Team Ninja

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Industry Video games
Founded 1995
Key people
Tomonobu Itagaki (1995-2008)
Yosuke Hayashi (since 2008)[1]
Products Dead or Alive series
Ninja Gaiden series
Metroid: Other M
Hyrule Warriors
Owner Koei Tecmo
Parent Tecmo

Team Ninja (Japanese: チームニンジャ?) is a Japanese video game development studio of Tecmo (now Koei Tecmo), founded in 1995. It was formerly led by Tomonobu Itagaki and is best known for the Ninja Gaiden action-adventure game series and the Dead or Alive fighting game 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 the fighting game Dead or Alive and its sequel, Dead or Alive 2.[2] In 2008, the action-adventure game 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Gaiden II for the Xbox 360 was published by Microsoft Game Studios, making it the first game created by Team Ninja to not be published by Tecmo; Tecmo Koei later released an enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden II on the PlayStation 3 as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.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 would be leaving Tecmo and Team Ninja on July 1, 2008, citing difficulties with the company. In the same statement announcing his resignation, he also announced that he was filing a lawsuit against Tecmo over unpaid bonuses for his work on Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360. It was later reported that he was fired from Tecmo on June 18, 2008 in retaliation for his lawsuit.[3] Many of his colleagues at Team Ninja quit as well to join him at his new game development team, Valhalla Game Studios. Some ex-Team Ninja members also helped with Ubisoft's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up.[4]

In 2010, Team Ninja co-developed a new Metroid action-advneture game for Nintendo's Wii console, titled Metroid: Other M. 2012's Dead or Alive 5 was the first time in over a decade that they have made a multi-platform game.[5] Team Ninja also co-developed Hyrule Warriors, a fighting game set in The Legend of Zelda universe, for Nintendo in 2014, and Dissidia Final Fantasy, a fighting game in the Final Fantasy series, for Square Enix in 2015.


Year Title Platform(s) Note
1996 Dead or Alive Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation
1999 Dead or Alive 2 Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2
2001 Dead or Alive 3 Xbox
2004 Dead or Alive Ultimate Xbox By "Team Kunoichi"
2003 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball Xbox By "Team Kunoichi"
2004 Ninja Gaiden Xbox By "Team Kunai"
2005 Ninja Gaiden Black Xbox By "Team Kunai"
2005 Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360
2006 Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 Xbox 360 By "Team Kunoichi"
2007 Ninja Gaiden Sigma PlayStation 3 By "Team Sigma"
2008 Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Nintendo DS By "Team Kunoichi"
2008 Ninja Gaiden II Xbox 360 By "Team Kunai"
2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 PlayStation 3
2010 Metroid: Other M Wii Co-developed with Nintendo SPD
2011 Dead or Alive: Dimensions[6] Nintendo 3DS
2012 Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus PlayStation Vita
2012 Ninja Gaiden 3 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge[7] Wii U, PlayStation 3 (2013), Xbox 360 (2013)
2012 Dead or Alive 5 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2013 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus[8] PlayStation Vita
2013 Dead or Alive 5 Plus[9] PlayStation Vita
2013 Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2013 Toukiden: The Age of Demons PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable Co-developed with Omega Force
2013 Toukiden: Kiwami PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4 (2015) Co-developed with Omega Force
2014 Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS Co-developed with Spark Unlimited
2014 Hyrule Warriors Wii U Co-developed with Omega Force
2015 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
2015 Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade
2016 Hyrule Warriors Legends Nintendo 3DS Co-developed with Omega Force
TBA Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
TBA 2016 Ni-Oh PlayStation 4
Canceled Dead or Alive: Code Chronos Xbox 360

■ Ports and/or upgraded versions


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