Team Ninja

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Type Department of Tecmo
Industry Video game
Founded 1995
Key people Tomonobu Itagaki (1995-2008)
Yosuke Hayashi (since 2008)[1]
Products Dead or Alive
Ninja Gaiden
Metroid: Other M
Parent Tecmo (Tecmo Koei)

Team Ninja (Japanese: チームニンジャ?) is a Japanese video game development studio of Tecmo founded in 1995. It is formerly led by Tomonobu Itagaki and is best known for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series.


Team Ninja was originally formed by Itagaki from the best game designers working at Tecmo specifically for the purpose of creating the home versions of Dead or Alive and its sequel, Dead or Alive 2.[2] In 2008, Ninja Gaiden II for the Xbox 360 was published by Microsoft Game Studios, making it the first game created by Team Ninja to not be published by Tecmo. Tecmo Koei later released an enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden II on the PlayStation 3 as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

On June 3 2008, Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki announced that he was leaving Tecmo and Team Ninja, citing difficulties with the company. In the same statement announcing his resignation, he also announced that he was filing a lawsuit against his former employer over unpaid bonuses for his work on Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360. It was later reported on websites claiming that he was fired from Tecmo on June 18 2008.[3] Some ex-Team Ninja members also helped with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up for Ubisoft.[4]

In June 2009, Nintendo representatives announced at its Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference that Team Ninja was developing a new Metroid game for Nintendo's Wii console, titled Metroid: Other M. It has been revealed that Team Ninja is working on a PS3 and Xbox 360 game, which is the first time in 10 years that they have made a multi-platform game.[5]



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