If by a man's work shall ye know him, Tomonobu Itagaki is a smashed Xbox 360 control pad. In fact, he's a special kind of smashed Xbox 360 control pad. He's the kind that was desecrated in a frenzied tantrum of bile and frustration, its destruction soundtracked by a stream of vitriolic swearwords so extreme any senior citizens within earshot would spontaneously combust.
Team Ninja currently boasts "the most powerful team in history" and has improved since the acrimonious departure of Tomonobu Itagaki, studio boss Yosuke Hayashi has claimed.
Ninja Gaiden developer Team Ninja apparently has three action games ready to unveil at the Tokyo Game Show, which takes place in early October.
Ninja Gaiden is the franchise that never was, a famous videogame brand that has clocked up over ten titles without ever adhering to any consistent continuity. These are games that play almost identically, yet often have little in common beyond the name of the lead character and a propensity for fiendish difficulty levels. But still they endure, most recently revived and resuscitated by the mercurial talents of Tomonobu Itagaki and Team Ninja. Today gamers fidget in anticipation to see what the outspoken development wizard has come up with. Two decades ago, however, Ninja Gaiden was just getting started, launching in the arcades and on the NES in a peculiar criss-cross release pattern.
Back in April, we ran a story about EB Games listing Ninja Gaiden 2 for the Xbox 360. It seemed logical that the next instalment in the series would appear on Microsoft's next-generation console, since the first game was such a hit on Xbox.
Development of Dead or Alive 4 for Xbox 360 is taking up "90 per cent" of Team Ninja's time at the moment, according to Tomonobu Itagaki, one of the Xbox dynasty's fiercest proponents and "leader" of Tecmo's Team Ninja.
It's been nearly a year since Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki confirmed that a Ninja Gaiden sequel was in the works. Since then nothing, until now - courtesy of US online retailer EBGames.