Team NINJA Confirms Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Character & Weapon Details

Team NINJA have today revealed new information for the PS Vita release of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, the highly anticipated sequel to its PlayStation Vita launch title that will be available within Europe on the 1st March 2013.

According to Tecmo Koei Europe, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus will be faster, bloodier and than its previous release with a deep cast, new costumes and weapons, exciting boss battles and the introduction of the Hero play style that will give Ryu Hayabusa an edge in every fight, as Team NINJA explains:

The addition of the popular “Hero” play-style first featured in Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus gives every player a chance to play like a hero. With this mode selected, Hayabusa will get temporary advantages when his health runs low, including auto-block, auto-evade, increased damage, and a higher chance to dismember enemies, allowing gamers the chance to turn around a tough situation without interrupting the fast-paced action.

In addition to the confirmation of ‘Hero Mode’, Team Ninja revealed a list of characters that players will interact with during the course of the game:

  • Ryu Hayabusa: A young ninja of the Hayabusa Clan, Hayabusa is forced to face off with his long-standing rivals, the Black Spider Ninja Clan to prevent the resurrection of the Archfiend.
  • Momiji: The last Dragon Shrine Maiden and an elder sister figure to the children of Hayabusa Village. In addition to her ceremonial duties, she has trained to the rank of a full-fledged kunoichi.
  • Sonia: The alias of a CIA secret agent who attempts to track down Hayabusa to warn him of the plot to resurrect the Archfiend.
  • Muramasa: A legendary master swordsmith and the owner of Muramasa’s Weapons and Tools, Muramasa also owns an antique shop in Sky City Tokyo.
  • Elizébet, Ruler of Blood: The Queen of the Greater Fiends is deeply connected to the Black Spider Ninja Clan and works with Genshin on his schemes.
  • Dagra Dai: This evil priest was originally a human philosopher who underwent a horrific transformation to become the Archfiend’s Infernal High Priest.

While at the same time introducing the following pantheon of villainous bosses that players will encounter during the game:

  • Genshin: The enemy of the Hayabusa clan has joined causes with Elizébet, Queen of the Greater Fiends, in his quest to take out Hayabusa and his father.
  • Alexei, Ruler of Lightning: One of the Four Greater Fiend Lords, he smites enemies with lightning-fast shocks and charges. Players should focus on evading his attacks before counterattacking.
  • Volf, Ruler of Storms: Another Greater Fiend Lord, this lycanthrope werewolf’s immense strength means most of his attacks cannot be blocked. Players should jump or evade attacks and go in for damage as he recovers.
  • Zedonius, Ruler of Flame: This Greater Fiend Lord attacks Hayabusa with high-damage hellfire and relentless close-range attacks. The key to beating him is reading his next move carefully.
  • Black Dragon: After losing to Hayabusa once before, the massive Black Dragon is summoned by Elizébet to exact its vengeance with a devastating variety of attacks.

To face this murderous array of bosses, Hayabusa will employ an arsenal of deadly weapons, including the fan-favourite Dragon Sword. Team NINJA has also explained the weapons that will be available in the game:

  • Dragon Sword: The legendary Dragon Sword is his most trusted weapon, providing deadly attacks and combos even at Level 1.
  • Vigoorian Flail: The nunchuck-like Vigoorian Flail mercilessly assaults all enemies within reach.
  • Kusari-gama: The Kusari-gama gives players a far-reaching weapon.
  • Eclipse Scythe: The Eclipse Scythe can slice through surrounding enemies with immense swings.

The other playable characters are also well equipped, from Ayane’s Fuma Kodachi short swords to Momiji’s Heavenly Dragon Naginata and Rachel’s Inferno Hammer.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus will feature the iconic gameplay and gore that made the Playstation 3 version an ‘iconic game and this PS Vita re-release, with enhanced visuals and gameplay, will be released exclusively onto the PS Vita on March 1st 2013 within Europe.