Team Ninja: ‘We don’t make games for the west’
posted on 02.17.11 at 10:21 AM EST by (@salromano)

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.

Thanks, NowGamer.

  • rockman29

    “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.”

    Finally…

    Finally!

    FINALLY!!!!111!

    Big respect to Team Ninja…

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    Wise words there from Team Ninja, and I completely agree with Hayashi-san. I find this trend of “Aiming” a product at a stereotype or stat-based demographic to be not only silly but often resulting in failure. A good game can be enjoyed by anybody, of any culture!

    Japanese games, by their nature, should be at least somewhat “Japanese”. Devs should just focus, as said in the article, on making good games!

  • sll1cool1m

    Good news.
    So I hope we won’t see a retarded reboot of this awesome series with a new homo crackhead protagonist, who ” appeals to the west “.

  • sheppard00

    Oh god, i’m glad to hear that. Nice words from Team Ninja, now the other 70% should learn from that ..”look to Square Enix and their Mindhack”..

    We love and want japanese style, nothing to compare with Western tittles. All good ideas to developing games are welcome, but keep the crap in the other side please.

  • FAUNA

    From a western gamer: This is a very good viewpoint TEAM NINJA. JAPAN, NO MORE ‘OUTSOURCING DEVELOPMENT TO THE WEST’ or ‘WESTERNIZING’ OF GAMES. The more ‘Japanese’, the better. I buy Japanese games BECAUSE they’re Japanese. & ALWAYS INCLUDE A JAPANESE VOICE TRACK OPTION PLEASE….

    • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

      That is what is ironic with these japanese developers. We always enjoyed their games. I think just because they see the success of huge titles like Call of Duty that the could capitalize in the same way. So many american and european developers don’t do much better so I don’t know why the Japanese are trying.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    yes more japanese developers should be like this

    *cough Capcom, Namco and Konami