Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z's classic side-scrolling mode spotted in new trailer, screens

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will receive a special Ninja Gaiden Z mode, Team Ninja announced. The retro-inspired mode offers side-scrolling action similar to past games in the series along with 8-bit-style cut scenes and menus. In addition to the trailer and screens showing off the classic game mode, the developer issued an additional quirky parody trailer, seen after the break.

What's more, Team Ninja noted that the game's main character Yaiba will receive a downloadable alternate costume thanks to a collaboration with Comcept. Players will have the ability to dress their ninja warrior up like Beck, the lead character of Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is slated to launch on March 4, 2014 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
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Team NINJA today revealed the first official details and an all-new trailer detailing the

retro-stylised side-scrolling "NINJA GAIDEN Z" Mode, which will be included in the

upcoming YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z. Accompanying the new trailer are a variety of

screenshots and information about Yaiba's rage mode, entitled "Bloodlust", and his

cybernetic-savvy companion, Miss Monday. Additionally, in collaboration with comcept,

"Beck" the main character of Keiji Inafune's Mighty No.9 will make a cameo appearance

in the form of an alternate costume for Yaiba. The DLC release of "Beck" will be followed

by a Camouflage costume for Yaiba as well.

The new "NINJA GAIDEN Z" Mode expands the YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z experience

allowing Yaiba's over-the-top zombie chucking antics to spill over into an all-new 3D

side-scrolling realm. Brought to life through classic 8-bit stylized cut screens and UI, this

new mode will have Yaiba battling though hordes of elemental zombies, mechanized

enemies, and other familiar baddies reminiscent of a certain 8-bit ninja's plight (ahem) as

he racks up more mad points with every brutal kill.

To get through this side-scrolling gauntlet, Yaiba will have to push himself to his own

limits employing all the dirty tricks of his trade. Whether it be by chain flail or cybernetic

rocket punch, no amount of zombies have a prayer when face to face with Yaiba's

homicidal rage.

Fortunately for Yaiba, he will not be tackling this slaughterfest alone. Miss Monday,

an engineer for Forge Industries who brought the pieces of Yaiba back to life with

cybernetic enhancements, will be there making sure all of Yaiba's cybernetics are

operating at their peak performance levels as he tears through these hordes of zombies.

Sure, she doesn't really care too much about right, wrong or duty, but maybe because of

this, she has an easier time dealing with Yaiba's "special" attitude.


In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja

who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back

to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his

cyber arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Step into a stylized

living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead

can only be stopped by Yaiba's willingness to use any means necessary to get the job

done. Will he kill by turning his cyber arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead-

or just rip off an opponent's arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill

Yaiba's heart with twisted laughter in this upcoming collaboration between famed

developers Team NINJA and comcept's Keiji Inafune.

YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer

entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

and Steam® (PC) March 4, 2014.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.