Yosuke Hayashi, the head of Team Ninja, says Wii U’s power is practically on par with the power of both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. All of Nintendo’s hardware do not prioritize power, according to Hayashi, instead, they push developers to use them in unique ways. Hayashi feels that Nintendo’s hardware motivates him, as a developer, to make creative games.
“In terms of power, it’s right up there with PS3 and Xbox 360 plus the power to run the extra screen on the controller. There is plenty of power there to use. For all of Nintendo’s hardware, it’s not about power; it’s about how you creatively use the hardware. When we make games for Nintendo, they are going to come and challenge us to use that hardware to make a creative game. That’s the key point from Nintendo that we always feel.”
While some mobile developers claim that video game consoles are becoming less popular, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi says consoles will be around for quite some time. Hayashi is excited for Nintendo’s upcoming console, Wii U, and thinks that it could get people interested in console gaming again.
“I don’t think consoles are going to disappear from gaming. You still have millions of people playing videogames with a controller on a box in front of the TV. Just look at Call of Duty, for example: it’s everywhere. There are millions of people playing it.
“I think people will continue to play games, and as long as the cost of development stays sustainable, and people continue to buy traditional games, then we’ll be here. If only one game sells everything, it will ruin the gaming and console industries completely.
“I think you can compare it to movies, People still go to the cinema after all this time. I don’t know how long cinemas have been around but it’s not like cinemas are completely gone and everyone is watching movies on their TV or smartphone.
“Yes, you have those new mediums, but the old guy is still there – and I think it’s going to be like that with consoles. I think they will be around for quite a while.”
Japanese developer Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi claims that female characters in the Dead or Alive series are made to look as “attractive as possible.” Hayashi says that people outside Japan may misinterpret the characters as being a humiliation to women but claims that’s not what the developer aims for. Apparently, Team Ninja’s designers create the female characters based on their common sense and creative sense.
“With the representation of female characters in the Dead or Alive franchise, we’ve always wanted to make the girls look as attractive as possible, and that’s something that’s not going to change for us at all. We are a Japanese developer, and we’re making the female characters with our common sense and our creative sense. When you take that to countries outside of Japan, it tends to be very misinterpreted in some cases, people considering it sexist or derogatory, etc.”
“For us, within our culture, we’re showing women like that, and we’re trying to make them look attractive. We can’t help if other cultures in other countries around the globe think that it’s a bad representation. Within our nationality and within our national borders, we obviously have morals that we create our female characters from, but within our Japanese sensibilities, we’ve made those characters the way they are and we’re not going to stop doing that.”
Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi claims that he and his team are still close to Nintendo designer Yoshio Sakamoto. Both Hayashi and Sakamoto are directors of the controversial Metroid: Other M for Wii. According to Hayashi, Team Ninja wants to work with Nintendo on another Metroid title. Whether it be a sequel or remake, should Team Ninja develop another Metroid game?
“Unfortunately Metroid is kind of out of our [Team Ninja] league as it’s Nintendo’s game, but we’re still in close touch with co-creator Sakamoto-san, so we want to do something with him moving forward definitely. It really depends on what he wants to do with the game first.”