Namco Bandai has revealed that it's publishing Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja, the PlayStation Vita ninja-stealth game from Tenchu creator Acquire. In Shinobido 2, players sneak, climb walls, and perform silent executions as the ironically named Zen, a betrayed ninja. It's due to be a launch title for North America next year.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Namco introduced the new Katamari Damacy no Vita, with a short video (after the break). In the video, the Prince is shown to have the ability to stretch the katamari into a tall, thin oval or a short one, presumably using the Vita's many (OK, two) touch-based interfaces.



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NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES SHINOBIDO 2: TALES OF THE NINJA (working title) FOR THE PLAYSTATION®VITA



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SAN JOSE, Calif., (September 15, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title) for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. Players will step into the role of Zen, a master ninja, through a thrilling dynamic storyline of betrayal and intrigue. Zen will find himself scaling sheer walls, leaping across roof tops, sneaking silently towards his prey and expertly dispatching foes with his razor-sharp blade. Shinodbido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title) will be available for the launch of the PS®Vita system for North America in 2012.



Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title) finds the region of Utakata in the grip of a vicious civil war. Players will step into the shoes of Zen, betrayed by his companions and left homeless. Saved by the Asuka Ninja clan, Zen chooses to live the life of a ninja and sets out to find those who wronged him, stopping at nothing to unleash the full impact of his silent and deadly revenge. Zen will use his honed ninja craft to take down enemies with Assassination a unique skill that lets players silently dispose the opposition with satisfying kills. Using the unique touch screen and panel, players will be able to mimic ninja actions such as throwing shurikens and targeting grapple points.



Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title) is developed by ACQUIRE Corp,, renowned developers of the ninja stealth genre and countless smash hits. For more information on Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (working title), and other NAMCO BANDAI Games titles, please visit; http://www.namcobandaigames.com or http://www.facebook.com/namcogames.

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