Ninja Gaiden: The Master Collection due out in June includes 2007 Ninja Gaiden Sigma, 2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and 2012 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge – but it does not include Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2. Why?
According to Team Ninja, some of the code for these games was irreparable.
In an interview with Famitsu (thank you, Siliconera), Team Ninja brand manager Fumihiko Yasuda explained:
“As for Ninja Gaiden Black and the original Ninja Gaiden 2, only parts of their original data were still intact, and we could not save them either. That̵
Ninja Gaiden Black is a reworked version of Ninja Gaiden that came out in 2005. It is known to be even more difficult than the original. Black was released through the Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One S and X (with enhancements for X), but was withdrawn from the subscription service in September 2019.
Ninja Gaiden 2 is an Xbox 360 exclusive that came out in 2008. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a port for this game that was first released for PlayStation 3 in 2009. It was later launched on Vita. Digital Foundry analyzes Ninja Gaiden 2 in the video below:
In the same interview with Famitsu, Yasuda Team Ninja said that Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 are considered “the final versions”.