Team Ninja has a host of amazing titles from Nioh to Hyrule Warriors and beyond. Here are ten of their best games.
At the Game Awards on Dec. 8, video game fans got a sneak peek at a new trailer for Team Ninja's latest title, Crouching Wolf: Fallen Fate, due out on March 3, 2023. The game appears to be a new Nioh game, but set in China rather than Japan. The game will bring similar combat, with the same Spirit Guardian returning concept, but fans can expect new changes to the weapons.
Team Ninja has long been known for its engaging action games, often set in feudal Japan. Games like Ninja Gaiden and Nioh have long been hailed as one of the greatest feudal Japanese games of all time.
Metroid: Other M (2010)
Metroid: Other M is an excellent game that really keeps the spirit of the old games but greatly improves the gameplay to feel more modern. Even though it's the only Metroid game made by Team Ninja, it's still one of the best.
Fighting Samus and jumping on the platform above is better than ever. The game's main downside is that its story is a bit lackluster, which doesn't make for fun gameplay. Also, the character of Samus itself may not have Worse than this game.
Hyrule Warriors (2014)
There are many crossovers with other franchises in the Warriors' game, and the Ninjas were honored to be involved in two of them. For Zelda fans who have never played a Dynasty Warriors game before, Hyrule Warriors is definitely a breath of fresh air.
The characters are designed in ways that are both familiar and new, giving Zelda fans some of the best versions they've ever seen. The story is familiar, but there are plenty of new plot points and characters that keep the game fresh and interesting throughout.
Dead Or Alive 3 (2001)
Fighting games have long been popular, with Team Ninja's fighting series Dead or Alive being the developer's first game and the reason they became popular in the first place.
While the game is a lot of fun with addictive gameplay and a solid story, it's nothing special compared to other major fighting games. However, for gamers who enjoy the franchise's characters, this is a must-have game.
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (2008)
Team Ninja is probably best known for Ninja Gaiden and its various sequels. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword itself is easy One of the best Ninja Gaiden games, released only on the Nintendo DS.
Because of this, Dragon Sword makes the game easier, and the overall gameplay simpler. That's not a bad thing, however, as it did bring so many fans to the series, and is the perfect game to specifically introduce younger players to the game.
Fire Emblem Warriors (2017)
One of the best Fire Emblem games, Fire Emblem Warriors is another Warriors game by Team Ninja, the perfect game for Fire Emblem fans.
There are many characters to choose from, however, the game is really limited to a few Fire Emblem games. The story itself is a bit weaker than Hyrule Warriors, however, the gameplay is vastly improved and offers an exciting challenge among other game modes.
Dead Or Alive 4 (2005)
Dead or Alive 4 is the long awaited entry in the series, the perfect successor to Dead or Alive 3, surpassing the game in almost every way. Combat feels fresher and more unique, and the story is great.
An online play mode also makes the game more competitive and addictive, allowing players to battle their friends or a random player. PVP has long been a key feature in keeping fighting games alive, and online modes help these games tremendously.
Nioh 2 (2020)
While Nioh 2 isn't quite as good as its predecessor, it's still a blast and offers a wider range of customization, making it feel more like an RPG than Nioh. Combat in Nioh 2 is more difficult than the first, and transforming into yōkai form proves to be an essential and useful feature of the game.
There are enough similarities between the two games that players will be able to more easily understand the game's general mechanics, but there are enough differences that it feels like an entirely new video game, with tons of Challenging enemies and bosses.
Dead Or Alive Ultimate (2004)
Alone, Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive 2 have been hailed as the best games in the series, so getting remastered versions of both games in one package is the best thing Dead or Alive fans have asked for. Dead or alive games are some of the hardest fighting games to master, but that's what makes them so compelling.
Dead or Alive Ultimate gets high praise for drawing lessons from the past to really make this game the best Dead or Alive experience players can have. Just like Dead or Alive 4, an online mode has been added, which helps make the game more playable and engaging.
Nioh is an action role-playing game and one of the best Souls-like games. The game feels like a fusion of Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls. The game is also a bit like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and may have influenced this game in turn.
Nioh is a game that Team Ninja strives for, with unparalleled action and atmosphere, and a fun and entertaining core story. The bosses players encounter are creepy, many of them straight from Japanese mythology.
Ninja Gaiden Black (2005)
Ninja Gaiden Black is an enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden, without a doubt the best game Team Ninja has ever made. This game is ideal for any fan of Nioh games, and the origin of Team Ninja's love of fantasy-based feudal Japan.
The game is very challenging, but there are some Best action ever in a game. Just like Nioh, Ryu has access to a variety of weapons and can unlock many different abilities to improve his overall skills.