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Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace

Today gamers in Japan will get their hands on the new demo Ninja Blade, a new action game to be released by FromSoftware. This demo should give us insight of whether or not the developer has arrived at their goal to create a “cinematic action game.” While our fellow Japanese gamers test the demo to see if this goal has been reached, the rest of us may be waiting till its time of release as no other regional demos have been confirmed.

What is left to be seen is whether Ninja Blade will able to distinguish itself from many of the other ninja actions games in the marketplace today, specifically its toughest competitor Ninja Gaiden II, released this past June.

The game is to arrive on Japanese shelves on January 29th with the rest of the world lagging behind a few days with a February 3rd release date. But luckily for those of you who want to prepare yourselves for the release, the theme song can be downloaded on Itunes today for $0.99, under the song name beanstalk, artist Yuki Koyanagi. Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace newsvine:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace furl:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace reddit:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace fark:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace Y!:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace gamegrep:Ninja Blade demo hits Japanese Marketplace

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Comment by DeQuosaek on 2008-12-29 22:46:45 | Reply

The demo of this on display at the Tokyo Game Show looked a lot like Ninja Gaiden. It had some differences, but didn’t stand out that much to me.

Comment by Steve on 2008-12-30 14:17:01 | Reply

So japan gets RE5 and Ninja Blade demos!!! WTF!

Comment by Takumi on 2008-12-30 14:26:20 | Reply

Ninja Blade? give me Naruto over this anyday.

Comment by 88 on 2008-12-30 15:43:21 | Reply

that post screams im a faggot, ninjas are better than fags screaming attacks theyre gonna do any day.

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-12-30 17:49:51 | Reply

That last post screams “I’m a homophobe!”. Clean up your act and maybe you’ll be worth listening to some day. Maybe…

Comment by Veritas on 2008-12-30 17:55:54 | Reply

Point is, Naruto and this both suck.

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-12-30 21:50:06 | Reply

Agreed. They are both likely to suck, but I’m not about to remain silent when homophobia rears its ugly head. This kind of shit needs to stop. It is very sad that in these supposedly enlightened times that people still hold these ridiculous points of view.

Comment by Takumi on 2008-12-31 10:14:39 | Reply

Manodestra i can understand where your coming from with not finding homophobic comments funny, and not to agree with 88 but when someone calls someone else a fag these days its usualy just an insult, the person calling them a fag probably arent thinking about its core meening - just like most insults.

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-12-31 17:52:30 | Reply

I’m not an easily offended person, but when an insult involves racism, homophobia or anything that denegrates an entire section of society, then I start to get really uncomfortable and need to address it. It may be throwaway to some who don’t realise the context, but that makes it all the more important that they need to be made to realise how offensive they really are when they use this kind of hateful language. “Fag”, “Faggot” and “That is so gay” seem to be common Americanisms used regularly on this board and I’ve heard them several times on XBox Live also. No one can afford to use these expressions lightly without realising the depth of their meaning and impact on other people.

Things Must Change.

Comment by Only Gunslinger on 2009-01-03 00:49:28 | Reply

ManoDestra for ‘12!

Comment by ManoDestra on 2009-01-03 14:34:07 | Reply

No, I don’t think so. The right man is in place now. And not being a US citizen, it might be rather difficult.

Comment by Takumi on 2008-12-31 10:04:38 | Reply

In regard to 88’s post: Good for you mister prick, but i like Naruto, its called an opinion.

Comment by bob on 2008-12-30 18:51:13 | Reply

You can also get the single at HearJapan with good quality mp3 and not itunes crap:

Comment by zarbor on 2008-12-30 21:23:58 | Reply

Ninja Gaiden 2 was good but definitely should have been an system seller but clearly was not. For those that played it through, know that the gameplay was improved, but the story and game design was weaker.

This game have QTE which Ninja Gaiden never had. Ninja Blade seems to have more in common with Otogi.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-12-31 00:38:40 | Reply

The story has never been a strong point. Usually the people that play NG only care about killing shit, and that’s really what the game is all about.

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-01-03 22:30:43 | Reply


okay so I’m one of those people, is it such a crime?

… is it? :D

Comment by ManoDestra on 2008-12-30 21:52:51 | Reply

The camera in Ninja Gaiden was awful. Without full control of the camera it placed itself back in the days of previous gen games. With full control of the camera it could have been a far better game.

Comment by KBY on 2008-12-31 11:13:49 | Reply

Ninja Gaiden + Lost Planet + SW Unleashed QTE’s = Ninja Blade

Comment by Darwinia on 2009-01-05 17:33:23 | Reply

Ok so I’m giving up on Xboxic as it has turned to shit. Does anyone know a good alternative to this where I can get good xbox news?

Comment by Worms on 2009-01-05 18:20:20 | Reply

Team Xbox

Comment by Darwinia on 2009-01-07 22:23:17 | Reply

Checked it. It’s great. Thanks.

Comment by dog eggs on 2009-01-07 20:45:58 | Reply

videogamenews dot com.
Batman the dark knight is up for download in HD from the VMarketplace (for the UK)

Comment by Takumi on 2009-01-07 16:12:48 | Reply

Its died again.

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-01-07 23:30:07 | Reply

It limps a little and then you hear the ominous *Death rattle*.

Comment by 30Winter on 2009-01-08 17:34:52 | Reply

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Comment by New Management on 2009-01-08 20:05:34 | Reply

Fuck You

Comment by Darwinia on 2009-01-08 22:01:21 | Reply

Me too. I like team xbox better but there’s less comments. I wish commenters would move there.

Comment by 30Winter on 2009-01-09 00:08:50 | Reply

Yea… Totally agreed there.
Team Xbox would do fine with a little extra.. erm.. “salt”.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-09 20:12:48 | Reply

Is it not sanatised over there though?

Cos’ if you can’t call someone a cunt I ain’t playin’.

Comment by ManoDestra on 2009-01-09 21:09:05 | Reply


Comment by ETHAN COLE 1 on 2009-01-10 21:58:34 | Reply

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Comment by XBOXIC Supervisor on 2009-01-11 01:33:37 | Reply

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Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-01-11 02:09:58 | Reply

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Seriously, I think it’s counterproductive to have people leave. Shitty, stop fucking around.

Comment by Kate Loire on 2009-01-11 03:22:09 | Reply

R.I.P Xboxic. We knew ye well.

Kotaku time!

Comment by ETHAN COLE 1 on 2009-01-12 04:41:35 | Reply

Hey man, I used to love this place, check it multiple times a day for years, really, but this is ludicrous… sorry brotha, but its DEAD.

Comment by 30Winter on 2009-01-12 05:16:21 | Reply

Hey… Let’s do a betting pool on when this thing will sink. Like within 3 months, within 6 months and so on.

Any takers?

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-12 11:59:40 | Reply

Nah, thats like betting on when your pet’s brain tumour will finally explode out it’s ears.

Shame. There ain’t enough sites that aren’t moderated to the point of having no personality. Or ones that get round the work firewall.

Comment by Takumi on 2009-01-14 17:15:43 | Reply

LMFAO thats got to be the funniest thing youve ever said. God il miss the people on this site

Comment by H34RT 4TT4CK on 2009-01-12 13:52:09 | Reply

And I like the small manageable number of readers. Makes drama here more lulzy instead of being lost in some +100 comments like in some other sites.

Comment by fagtits on 2009-01-12 19:39:40 | Reply


Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-01-13 20:11:02 | Reply

Indeed old chum….Indeed

Comment by Fannypack suicide bomber on 2009-01-13 00:52:12 | Reply

WOW, NEW NINJA BLADE DEMO!? Good thing nothing interesting has been going on with xbox in America.

Comment by ETHAN COLE 1 on 2009-01-13 01:05:13 | Reply

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See u guys and galls there :)

Comment by TK Chillin on 2009-01-15 02:41:40 | Reply

Try you can pretty much say what ever you want as the mods are pretty laid back.

Comment by Veritas on 2009-01-15 03:11:31 | Reply

How about instead of scattering to the corners of the world, people volunteer to write here? :P

I’m gonna write up a couple of samples tonight and tomorrow and hopefully get an effort going again.

Comment by StGermain on 2009-01-17 11:37:08 | Reply

Kudos to you Veritas, but what about those other people who posted a couple of articles and then disappeared of the face of the Earth? Be afraid, be very afraid :)

Comment by 30Winter on 2009-01-15 23:27:20 | Reply

* pokes corpse with stick *

It be dead!

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