Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is set to arrive later this year, but does not include Ninja Gaiden Black or Ninja Gaiden II - definitely a bit of a disappointment for some fans - and now we know the reason why.
As it stands, the collection comes bundled with Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge - the Sigma titles being reworked releases for the PlayStation 3. The reason for the original version of the games being emitted? Koei Tecmo "couldn’t salvage" the data from the other titles. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu (and transcribed by Kotaku), Team Ninja brand manager, Fumihiko Yasuda, explained why the collection is the way it is.
"I am aware there are pros and cons. For me personally, Ninja Gaiden II was my debut, and so I have a deep feeling for it. But there’s another reason for this choice. To be honest, there are only fragments of the data that remain. We couldn’t salvage them. However, when developing Sigma Plus and Sigma Plus 2 [for the PlayStation Vita], we got as much of this kind of data together as we could and organized it. Because we use utilize that is the reason why we selected Sigma."
It's a shame the data has been lost, as we're sure many fans would have loved to have played a remastered version of Ninja Gaiden II at the very least. Luckily it can be played through backwards compatibility, and is even Xbox One X enhanced. But for now, we'll have to settle with the Sigma games, which all come with 4K, 60FPS support when the collection launches this June. Hopefully it'll be great!
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