Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja

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Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Review

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Review

The revenge of Shinobi.

There was a time when 'ninja games' referred to an indomitable force of shuriken chucking momentum that was less about hiding silently in the shadows while waiting for an opportune moment to strike, and more with slicing through monstrous demons and T-800-style car wreckers.

But with the release of Acquire's stealth-based Tenchu: Stealth Assassins way back in 1998, the greatest backstabbers in history were portrayed in a darker light that was more befitting of their ethereal reputation.

Tenchu holds the distinction of being the first 3D stealth game, with a feudal Japan setting that beat both Snake and Garrett to the blackjacking punch by a matter of months. Although in more recent years the pioneering sneak 'em up has fallen from grace, that hasn't stopped Acquire from supplying ninjutsu fans with a slew of shuriken shovelling sequels - including the Shinobido conceptual spinoff series. Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is the third Shinobido and while it doesn't push the Vita too hard, it does offer an engaging slice of old-school shadow-dancing action.

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Namco announces 3 Vita launch games

Namco announces 3 Vita launch games

Katamari, Ridge Racer, Shinobido lined up.

Namco Bandai has confirmed it will have three games on shelves for the PlayStation Vita's European launch next year.

You'll be able to grab oddball collect 'em up Touch My Katamari, ninja assassin sequel Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen and console launch perennial Ridge Racer when Sony's new handheld arrives on 22nd February.

A full European launch line-up for the system hasn't been announced yet, though Japan gets the following titles when it goes on sale there in December:

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Namco bringing Shinobido 2 to Vita

Ninja sequel to be a launch title.

Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja will be among the PlayStation Vita's launch titles when the system arrives in Europe next year, publisher Namco has announced.