Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus gets updated story, characters, weapon details and new screens

Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja today sent over a batch of new info and several new screens detailing new characters, weapons and costumes for their upcoming PS Vita release of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus. It’s nice to see a company put extra work into a Vita release so hopefully it plays as good as it looks.

Check out the screens and details below.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus screens:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus hits the PS Vita on February 26th.

Team NINJA today revealed new information for NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS, the highly anticipated sequel to its PlayStation Vita launch title that will be available on February 26, 2013. Faster, bloodier, and more beautiful than ever, NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS brings the legendary action franchise to new heights with a deep cast, new costumes and weapons, exciting boss battles, and the introduction of the Hero play style that will give Ryu Hayabusa an edge in every fight. While gamers eagerly await the game?s arrival in stores, Team NINJA is sharing new images and information on characters, bosses, costumes, weapons, and gameplay to take players deeper into the ultimate ninja experience.

The addition of the popular ?Hero? play-style first featured in NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA PLUS gives every player a chance to play like a hero. With this mode selected, Hayabusa will get temporary advantages when his health runs low, including auto-block, auto-evade, increased damage, and a higher chance to dismember enemies, allowing gamers the chance to turn around a tough situation without interrupting the fast-paced action.

NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS features a strong cast of characters, led by Ryu Hayabusa:

  • Ryu Hayabusa: A young ninja of the Hayabusa Clan, Hayabusa is forced to face off with his long-standing rivals, the Black Spider Ninja Clan to prevent the resurrection of the Archfiend.
  • Momiji: The last Dragon Shrine Maiden and an elder sister figure to the children of Hayabusa Village. In addition to her ceremonial duties, she has trained to the rank of a full-fledged kunoichi.
  • Sonia: The alias of a CIA secret agent who attempts to track down Hayabusa to warn him of the plot to resurrect the Archfiend.
  • Muramasa: A legendary master swordsmith and the owner of Muramasa?s Weapons and Tools, Muramasa also owns an antique shop in Sky City Tokyo.
  • Eliz?bet, Ruler of Blood: The Queen of the Greater Fiends is deeply connected to the Black Spider Ninja Clan and works with Genshin on his schemes.
  • Dagra Dai: This evil priest was originally a human philosopher who underwent a horrific transformation to become the Archfiend?s Infernal High Priest.

Players can look forward to a variety of memorable boss battles in the game. Team NINJA today unveiled images of the following pantheon of villainous bosses:

  • Genshin: The enemy of the Hayabusa clan has joined causes with Eliz?bet, Queen of the Greater Fiends, in his quest to take out Hayabusa and his father.
  • Alexei, Ruler of Lightning: One of the Four Greater Fiend Lords, he smites enemies with lightning-fast shocks and charges. Players should focus on evading his attacks before counterattacking.
  • Volf, Ruler of Storms: Another Greater Fiend Lord, this lycanthrope werewolf?s immense strength means most of his attacks cannot be blocked. Players should jump or evade attacks and go in for damage as he recovers.
  • Zedonius, Ruler of Flame: This Greater Fiend Lord attacks Hayabusa with high-damage hellfire and relentless close-range attacks. The key to beating him is reading his next move carefully.
  • Black Dragon: After losing to Hayabusa once before, the massive Black Dragon is summoned by Eliz?bet to exact its vengeance with a devastating variety of attacks.

To face this murderous array of bosses, Hayabusa will employ an arsenal of deadly weapons. The legendary Dragon Sword is his most trusted weapon, providing deadly attacks and combos even at Level 1. The nunchuck-like Vigoorian Flail mercilessly assaults all enemies within reach, the Kusari-gama gives players a far-reaching weapon, and the Eclipse Scythe can slice through surrounding enemies with immense swings. The other playable characters are also well equipped, from Ayane?s Fuma Kodachi short swords to Momiji?s Heavenly Dragon Naginata and Rachel?s Inferno Hammer.