When the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection was announced a few months ago, one of the many bullet points that Koei Tecmo emphasized for the re-release was just how many new characters would be playable. Now we get to see all those characters in action thanks to the latest Master Collection character trailer.
Starting with Ayane, the deadly butterfly ninja. She first appeared in the Dead or Alive fighting game franchise, but made her way to the Ninja Gaiden series first as an NPC in Ninja Gaiden Sigma and then as a playable character in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.
Ayane comes armed with two sai and a lot of quick spinning attacks that hit multiple enemies at once.
Momiji first appeared in Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword but didn’t become playable until Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. A fellow Hayabusa village ninja along with Ryu, she’s armed with a bow and naginata for incredible range and dexterity despite wearing high heels.
Rachel wasn’t armed with a machine gun in the original Ninja Gaiden, but in Sigma 2 she picked up the Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun as her main Fiend slayer. Despite having ample range from her gun, Rachel prefers up-close and powerful blows for dealing with her opponents.
And finally, Kasumi is the other Dead or Alive franchisee that made the switch over to Ninja Gaiden back in the day. She’s armed with a wakizashi and has probably the most similar playstyle to Ryu, except she can fire a giant purple beam from her hand. Kasumi made a cameo in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 but didn’t become playable until Ninja Gaiden 3.
It’s not clear from the trailer if all four characters besides Ryu will be available in all three games, but previously released details seem to indicate that not all four female characters will be available in all three games from the Master Collection. You might have to even unlock them the same way you did in the original games too.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection arrives on June 10 for Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.
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