Team Ninja, developers of Ninja Gaiden and Metroid: Other M, don’t focus on creating games for a specific audience. While many Japanese developers have been focused on making games that appeals to the more Western market, Team Ninja focuses on creating “interesting” games.
“A lot of Japanese developers have been focusing on developing games designed to appeal to Western audiences, but most of them have failed,” Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi told the latest issue of GamesTM. “It’s a situation we understand but, for Team Ninja, we never intentionally make games for the Western market. We merely try to make interesting games. However, we don’t want to be grounded as an exclusively Japanese developer.”
The Tokyo-based developer is always open for teaming up with another company, so long as they’re able to see their vision.
“We are open for any collaboration, but it would depend very much on who the partner was” Hayashi said when questioned about a potential project with Capcom.
“We’d need any partner to be enthusiastic about working with us. We wouldn’t want to work with a partner company just because they were famous.”
The full interview with Hayashi can be read in issue 106 of GamesTM magazine.