Taito is Resurrecting Ninja Warriors for the Nintendo Switch
The latest issue of Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu revealed that Ninja Warriors Again from Taito is in development for the Nintendo Switch and is expected to launch next year. Screenshots in the magazine show a 2D title that has a lot of common with previous entries in the series.
The very first Ninja Warriors came out in 1987 and used the same three-screen arcade hardware as Darius. It was ported to various home systems – including the PC Engine and Mega CD – and was remade on the SNES in 1994 as The Ninja Warriors Again (being named The Ninja Warriors in North America).
In the same magazine, it is also revealed that emulation experts M2 are handling the upcoming Darius Cozmic Collection from Taito.
Gematsu translated some quotes from the interview with Taito which state that the company is looking at resurrecting other classic franchises, and could produce some original games as well:
“We decided that it would be necessary to release Taito’s IPs and technology on all platforms in order to increase profit in the future.
We have titles that are already moving towards release.
These are the first steps of our new developments.
Projects are underway from re-releases to new titles on various platforms.
However, console games are an extremely difficult current business for us. With that in mind, we’d like to release things that will be welcomed by all of you, but if we get the chance, we might also make something original.
Getting buzz in the console game market is a big deal and makes it easier to appeal to customers.”
“About Taito Corporation
Taito Corporation is a Japanese video game developer and publisher of arcade hardware and mobile phones, and an operator of video arcades. It is also a former publisher of home video games. Taito is wholly owned by Square Enix Holdings. Despite being a subsidiary to Square Enix Holdings, the parent company has kept the branding of Taito distinct from Square Enix.”