GameTrailers to provide behind the scenes documentary for Ninja Gaiden Sigma collectors edition

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It looks like the folks at Gametrailers will be spending a few weeks in Japan to get the inside scoop on the final few days development of Ninja Gaiden Sigma as Tecmo has contracted the company to develop a documentary for the collectors edition of the game.  I think this is the first time the company has done something like that and it's nice to see the company expanding it's operations.  Of course this does raise all kind of fun ethical questions as GameTrailers also does video reviews of games.  Hopefully they'll mention this in the review or perhaps skip reviewing the game altogether.

On Location in Tokyo, GameTrailers Captures Exclusive, High-Definition Video Footage During Final Days of Development

Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the PLAYSTATION®3 Computer Entertainment System Releases Tuesday, July 3

Santa Monica, Calif. - (June 28, 2007) - GameTrailers (GT), the premier provider of video for gamers and a division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks Entertainment Group, and Tecmo®, a leading publisher of video games for multiple platforms, announced today a partnership to create a behind-the-scenes bonus documentary DVD to be included in Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden® Sigma Collector's Edition Two-Disc set.  Taking gamers behind-the-scenes during the final days of development, the GameTrailers documentary showcases exclusive video shot on location in Tokyo, including interviews with Ninja® Gaiden Sigma's creator and director.  Available Tuesday, July 3, Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system is the highly anticipated newest chapter in Tecmo's action-packed Ninja Gaiden series.

"When we set out to create this documentary, we wanted to do something that had never been done before, and produce a piece that was more about the people making the game than the game itself," said Shane Satterfield, editor in chief, GameTrailers. "Now that the documentary is complete, we think viewers will appreciate this inside look at the human element behind game development and what it's like to live and work in Tokyo."

"GameTrailers' expertise in creating high-quality video for gamers with an authentic editorial voice made them the obvious first choice when selecting a partner to create the bonus documentary for Ninja Gaiden Sigma's Collector's Edition," said Yoh Watanabe, Tecmo's Marketing Manager. "Our goal was to include something that would really enhance the Collector's Edition offering.  We are thrilled with the end product and believe fans will be too."

Filmed on location in Tokyo, GT's documentary focuses on the human story of the game's development team - Team NINJA. Included in the documentary are interviews with the game's director, Yosuke Hayashi and legendary video game creator, Tomonobu Itagaki.  GT's cameras follow Itagaki as he hands over directorial duties for Ninja Gaiden Sigma to Hayashi. The documentary also touches on what it's like to be an American video game developer in Japan, the lifestyle and after-work activities of the enigmatic Team NINJA, and includes a secret hidden code to unlock bonus missions within the game.

Ninja Gaiden, the commercial and critically acclaimed action game, took the action genre by storm with its unique and innovative game play, killer story and mind-blowing graphics.  Now in Ninja Gaiden Sigma, gamers can also experience it from a whole new perspective by taking control of Rachel the Fiend Huter, an all-new playable character with a fighting style all her own. The game also includes a bevy of new content and missions, and enhanced graphics.

In addition to GT's behind-the-scenes DVD, the Collector's Edition set includes special hi-res packaging and codes to unlock Ryu and Rachael mission modes, and is available exclusively at GameStop/EB Games for $69.99.

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For more information on Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Sigma, please visit the Tecmo Official Website at

About Tecmo
Tecmo®, Inc., located in Torrance, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo based Tecmo, LTD. Tecmo, Inc. is a leading publisher of video games for next generation consoles, handheld hardware, and mobile devices including those manufactured by Microsoft, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Nintendo. Tecmo has gained worldwide recognition with product lines such as Tecmo Bowl®, Ninja Gaiden®, Dead or Alive®, Fatal Frame®, Monster Rancher®, and Gallop Racer®. More information on Tecmo can be found at Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

About GameTrailers
GameTrailers (GT) is the premier video destination for gaming entertainment and information.  GT delivers timely, high-resolution broadband video content for gamers that includes original shows, video reviews, game trailers and comprehensive video coverage of gaming events from around the world.  GT also has a robust community that features user-generated content, a community marketplace and a variety of communication tools so gamers can talk to friends and share media such as fan movies, machinima and daily blogs.  GT has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and is a division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks Entertainment Group.

About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including, IFILM, Neopets, Xfire, Y2M, and online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services.  MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
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