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Ninja Gaiden II Goes Gold

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The Xbox 360 exclusive we’ve all been waiting for has finally gone gold.  Expect ninja clans of all types to rush to the stores on June 3 to finally get their hands on this game.  Microsoft issues a press release celebrating the 18k title and it goes a little something like this:

Get A Head Start On The “Ninja Gaiden II” Experience Through Exclusive Ask A Ninja
Episodes and GamePlay HD’s Documentary

Microsoft and TECMO/Team NINJA announced today that “Ninja Gaiden II,” the
blockbuster action-packed sequel to “Ninja Gaiden,” has gone gold and will be
shipping to retailers throughout North America on June 3. “Ninja Gaiden II” features
a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for Xbox
360, by legendary video game developer Tomonobu Itagaki and Team NINJA.

In “Ninja Gaiden II,” gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan
and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja
weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with
peril. “Ninja Gaiden II” will feature a new auto-health regeneration system, levels,
adventures, enemies and thrilling combat, representing a true evolution of the
highly popular franchise.

To get a head start on the fun ninja action, check out exclusive Ask A Ninja
episodes on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Sponsored by “Ninja Gaiden II,” the series will
help gamers get in touch with their inner ninja and features seven hilarious video
clips. The first three exclusive episodes have already aired and more episodes will
air May 27, June 3 and June 10. Xbox LIVE Gold members can view the episodes the
first week of release and access to the entire Xbox LIVE community will be available
the following week.

Additionally, GamePlay HD will air “The Way of the Warrior: Ninja Gaiden II,” a
documentary focusing on the history of the ninja and how it impacted the game. Be
the first to see the hour-long episode premiering on the Cablevision IO Digital May
30. Xbox LIVE members will also be able to watch the documentary for free on
Marketplace starting June 10. “The Way of the Warrior: Ninja Gaiden II” will bring
you face to face with the members of Team Ninja, historical areas of Japan, real
life ninjas and exclusive looks at behind-the-scenes footage.

“Ninja Gaiden II” will have an estimated retail price of $59.99 and is rated “M” for
Mature. For more information, visit www.xbox.com/ng2.

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