Like its big brother Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is headed to the PS Vita in a slightly improved and modified form. Which means there’ll be a bit of a name change. Don’t worry, it’s just turning into Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, just like Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus did before it. The game is appearing in Japan on February 28, 2012, which means Tecmo Koei is talking more about what’s new to get people excited.
One of the biggest changes are three new modes. Technically, it’s one new difficulty level and two new modes, but the new difficulty level has some nice perks so I’m lumping it in with the modes. Hero Mode is essentially “super baby easy mode.” People who pick it can focus on offense, like general sword attacks or tapping the screen for ninja stars, because Ryu will automatically take care of defensive manuevers. The other modes offer new gameplay elements. People can send Ayane, Momiji and Rachel off on missions of their own with Tag Missions or they can have Ryu go on a Temple Run-esque endeavor with Ninja Race.
It seems like with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, the key word is variety. Tecmo Koei wants to lure more people into the game, and are hoping that a casual game, casual difficulty level and girl power mission mode will do the trick.
No worldwide Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus release announcement has been made yet, but I think we all know it’s on its way. We got Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus after all, and Ninja Gaiden is a pretty major series for Tecmo Koei. We’ll probably see it in North America and Europe before 2013 ends.