Nth degree

It has come to my attention recently that Namco has trademarked the name “Ultimate Ninja.” While some speculate this was actually an action by the Bandai side of the company and involves appeasing the Narutards, I have higher hopes:

It’s a perfect fit. Heck, issue 10 was the obligatory 1980s-era “heroes trapped in a video game” story. And who cares about poseurs like Sephiroth when you could play as John Doe, the original white-haired sword-slinger? Did Sephiroth ever fight an emotionally crippled adult masquerading as Galactus? I think not.

13 thoughts on “Nth degree

  1. For some reason “Archie meets the Punisher” came to my mind. I remember reading it at a dentist’s office quite some time ago, when I was like 16 or something like that. Marvel can be pretty weird sometimes. Also, “The Punisher kills the Marvel Universe” must be the most awesome graphic novel ever.

    Did anyone besides me liked Rip Kirby? It was a pretty awesome newspaper comic strip.

  2. It’s not really the fact that they’re anime-based games that make them suck. It’s that they’re based off a license.

    – Eddie

  3. Well, I guess it’s hard to say whether they just shat these games out on a weekend to sell to all the fans, but I’m guessing that with one of the top licenses in Japan behind your game you tend to give them a marginal game experience. Why invest time and money into making it a great game when you can give them a poor one and they’ll buy the sequel anyway?

    I’ve played Naruto: Narutimate Hero (PS2), and it’s not THAT bad. It’s just not that great. It’s average. It does sport perhaps the worst ‘unlockable extras’ ever (collect images of the trading card game! And animations of each and every little move!) but I don’t really know that for a fact as I’ve not played every single game with unlockable extras.

    – Eddie

  4. You mean you’re hoping a game based on a comic book from 17 years ago (that only ran for about 2 years) won’t suck? But don’t get me wrong – Nth Man is pretty cool . In fact I would have to applaud Namco for even attempting to make a game out of that. Although I hope this doesn’t mean someone is foolish enough to try and create a modern-day comic version of Nth Man. I think that could suck more than any licensed game ever. Let the Ultimate Ninja rest in peace (and the magical land of nostalgia). I wonder – What if Namco was grabbing the copyright specifically to keep someone from using it for Naruto?

  5. It could very well be Nth Man. It wouldn’t be any weirder than when Namco nabbed the trademarks for Gumby and Berenstein Bears last year.

  6. You forgot to mention the fact that not only did Nth Man run for less than two years, the story was rushed to closure in the final two issues when Marvel canceled it for crappy sales. Still, the prospect of playing a game about an undead ninja assassin working for the Man while racing the Russians to prevent WWIII at the hands of an emotionally stunted superpowered manchild isn’t entirely awful. Just impossible.

  7. Namco – the N is for Nostalgia!
    Jeremy, I forgot to mention that because I didn’t know that. I only got the earlier issues of Nth Man (but I did see the video game issue). I think I either lost interest or the store I bought them at stopped selling them. I don’t really remember.
    Wait. He was undead? You could have put a spoiler alert on that. … For a 17 year old comic. … Which you probably assumed I read the entire run of since I said it was pretty cool. … Ok, I’ll just shut up now.

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