|Type||Subsidiary of Tecmo|
|Key people||Tomonobu Itagaki (1995-2008)
Yosuke Hayashi (since 2008)
|Products||Dead or Alive
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. 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Gaiden II for the Xbox 360 was published by Microsoft Game Studios, making it the first game created by Team Ninja to not be published by Tecmo.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. Some ex-Team Ninja members also helped with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up for Ubisoft.
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.
- Dead or Alive - Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation (1996)
- Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore PlayStation 2 (2000)
- Dead or Alive 2 - Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 (2000)
- Dead or Alive 3 - Xbox (2001)
- Dead or Alive: Code Chronos (canceled)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball - Xbox (2003)
- Ninja Gaiden - Xbox (2004)
- Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox (2004)
- Ni-Oh - TBA/canceled
- Dead or Alive 4 - Xbox 360 (2005)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - Xbox 360 (2006)
- Dead or Alive Paradise - PlayStation Portable (2010)
- Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword - Nintendo DS (2008)
- Ninja Gaiden II - Xbox 360 (2008)
- Metroid: Other M - Wii (2010)
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions - Nintendo 3DS (2011)
- Dead or Alive 5 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (2012)
- Ninja Gaiden 3 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (2012)
- "Yosuke Hayashi: Team Ninja is about to go...". GamesRadar.
- Icons: Dead or Alive
- Ashcroft, Brian (2008-06-23). "Itagaki Didn't Leave Tecmo, He Was Fired". Kotaku. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- "Hands On: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up" (News). The Escapist.
- Deam, Jordan (2009-06-02). "Nintendo, Team Ninja Collaborate on Metroid: Other M". The Escapist. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- "Team Ninja reinvents itself with Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive" (News). GamePro.
- "Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus". Amazon.co.jp.
- "Dead Or Alive: Dimensions High Kicking To Nintendo 3DS". Siliconera.
- "Dead or Alive 5 Coming to PlayStation Vita". IGN.
- "Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge". Amazon.com.
- Official website
- Team Ninja on Facebook
- Team Ninja on Twitter
- Team Ninja at IGN
- Team Ninja at GameSpy