For the upcoming PlayStation Vita version of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that touchscreen attacks will be added to the repertoire of hero Ryu Hayabusa. The series has flirted with such controls before – the DS game Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword was largely stylus-based, and the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3 will employ a similar control scheme – but this marks the first time an existing entry in the series has been converted for touch-compatibility.
The DS version of Ninja Gaiden was well-received: we gave it an 8/10 score in our review and praised the controls (except when they were being unreasonably exacting). The game didn't sell as well as other installments. Sadly, the Nintendogs crowd didn't take to a new installment of one of gaming's most legendarily tough franchises, even one with a friendlier-than-usual difficulty curve – but this announcement could bring tough-guy players to the Vita. On the other hand, Ninja Gaiden fans may not welcome a whole new set of controls to master (it's not known whether classic controls will be offered). How do you feel about the announcement?
Sep 22, 2011