Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Now Impaling Foes on PS Vita

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen for PS Vita

With PS Vita’s launch week in full effect, we wanted to give PlayStation.Blog readers just one more slice of Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. Have any of you elite assassins picked up both PS Vita and this stealth-action game?

My good friend from Acquire, Hiroshi Watanabe, wanted to share his experiences in developing Shinobido 2 for PS Vita. Fans are important to us and to this industry; even Mr. Watanabe started out as a student and was a BIG fan of the first Shinobido game for PS2. In his role as programmer, Watanabe put a lot of work into making the gameplay pop — and with the new trailer, and the game now out in the wild, you can see for yourself.

Check out our trailer and screens in the update below. Oh, and newfound PS Vita owners: let us know what you think of Acquire’s latest (and bloodiest!) adventure!

Hello. I’m Hiroshi Watanabe, a programmer for Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. Like some of the other development team members, I was also once just a student who spent my fair share of playtime on the Shinobido series. I was already a huge fan when the PS2 game Shinobido: Way of the Ninja launched. So you can imagine my excitement when I got to join the development team for the game’s newest iteration on a new handheld console, PS Vita.

Anyway, as fans of the previous Shinobido titles know, I believe that the one of the most attractive features of the series is the “Harakiri engine.” It immediately responds to the situation between the three daimyo (warlords), allowing for a variety of stories, and of course missions. And let’s not forget the game’s fast-paced action. Without a doubt, the newly added “Fukurou” and “Zankoku” definitely make this game special.

Shinobido 2‘s many various objects in the game are actually what make the game stand out so much from other stealth titles — and I personally prepared them! These interactive objects provide extra spice to the world of feudal Japan, and mean that swordplay is not the only way to dispatch your enemies. The interactive objects provide new strategies, whether it’s making a pile of logs collapse on an enemy, you throwing a bucket to create a distracting sound, slashing right through sliding doors, throwing tiny Buddha statues at an enemy’s head, or detonating stacks of buckets using explosives. Of course, it was no small feat creating and adjusting so many objects. :)

Now that Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is officially out in North America and Europe, we couldn’t be happier to finally have fans (just like I was and still am) getting their hands on the final product.

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Hell-Raiser-85 23 February, 2012 @ 14:07

Will there be a demo? James any news on Netflix app for vita?

why do pirates get their own day?
ninjas are much cooler.
the trouble is ninjas are silent so speak like a ninja day wouldn’t be very practical.

the quiet might be nice though. ^_^


This was one of my release day vita titles, and although it can lack a little variety at times, the controls and gameplay are very solid, and the camera controls that plagued the psp version of the first game are no longer and issue with the dual analogue sticks of the vita. More so though, it is great fun and feels extremely rewarding completing levels without being seen, which I am a sucker for feeling the need to do. Should there be a sequal further down the lifespan of the Vita, I shall certainly be looking forwards to it.

Why do my PSPLUS minis not work on the vita? Can I get some info on this?

TehPhilosopher 23 February, 2012 @ 17:13

This looks like a buy now that I have Motorstorm RC, Uncharted and Escape Plan. Is it heavy on combos (a la GoW) or is it more of a Hitman-style stealth game?

this is loads of fun, get it if you really enjoyed tenchu

People pay so much for vita but i bet most games that come out will come out on ps3 as well.. 100% the good ones will.. its not like they will just bring it on vita only when then they sell it on ps3 to get more money. Only good thing about the vita is you can take it anywhere u want. Price worth it for it? No. I might get a vita next winter or maybe next year.

European_Gamer 24 February, 2012 @ 07:37

I donwloaded Shinobido 2 yesterday.

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