The modern Ninja Gaiden reboot trilogy is finally arriving to the Nintendo Switch in the form of the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection. This was just one of the many games revealed in the recently concluded Nintendo Direct live stream event, which provided gamers plenty of interesting new announcements such as Splatoon 3 and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD remake.
Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja’s reimagination of the classic NES Ninja Gaiden franchise was first launched on the original Xbox back in 2004 and has since been remade and updated for practically every hardware to follow.
It tells the story of a ninja Ryu Hayabusa as he fought to find the legendary Dragon Sword and vindicate his fallen clan, earning high acclaim for its fast-paced gameplay and intrinsic combat. It would also span two sequels – Ninja Gaiden 2 in 2008 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge in 2012 – and while only the less-endeared third entry has been launched on the Nintendo Wii U in the past it appears like all three games are slated to slice their way into the Nintendo Switch later this summer.
During the recently concluded Nintendo Direct stream, it was announced that the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection would be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 10, 2021. This fast-paced collection will consist of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, as well as all DLC expansion like bonus game modes and costumes.
Thus far, there is no announcement if there will be any special features to be added to the Nintendo Switch ports of these games, but the Nintendo Direct announcement trailer promises that all of the “lethal skills,” “killer weapons,” and “fast and frenzied combos” from the past launches will be intact.
Before the massive Nintendo Direct event, speculations had begun emerging online that the modern Ninja Gaiden trilogy would be arriving to the Nintendo Switch thanks to a leak from a Hong Kong retailer last September 2020.
In addition, while developer Team Ninja’s previously launched Ninja Gaiden titles are seeing an abundance of renewed life thanks to their frequent ports and updates, there are currently no plans for a proper sequel in spite of Ninja Gaiden 3 director Fumihiko Yasuda expressing interest in such an endeavor last month.
In the meantime, the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection appears to give plenty of enjoyment and fun to Nintendo Switch owners who haven’t got the opportunity to play them in any of their previous iterations before.