Ex-Team Ninja head honcho Tomonobu Itagaki is often considered to be the rock star of the video game industry. You'll never find him without those shades, and last year's scandal involving a young woman (and Tecmo employee) who alleged sexual misconduct against Itagaki only heightened his "bad boy" status.

And now, he's taking on the competition and firing off a few potshots. During a recent 1Up interview , Itagaki put Bayonetta creator from Platinum Games, Hideki Kamiya, in the cross-hairs. If you're not familiar, Bayonetta is the promising hack 'n slash, high-octane action title featuring the leggy, curvaceous heroine, Bayonetta. Kamiya is responsible for many other great character designs in the past, including Dante from Capcom's popular Devil May Cry franchise, and that same DMC flash and panache can be seen in early footage for Bayonetta . But Itagaki, responsible for the similar action franchise Ninja Gaiden , isn't impressed.

"If I made a similar game as a game I made in the company I quit, people would say, ‘What an idiot, can’t he make anything else?’ Well, that is more or less the opinion I have for, uh, that Bayo-something game."

And as for that character design, which everyone seems to like so much, Itagaki retorted:

"Covered in hair, is she? I dunno, Mr. Kamiya must have a lot going through his head. Well, in any case, I would first recommend laser eye surgery. I’m sure he’s not that strapped for cash, right?"

Geez. Looks like something got under the skin of Itagaki, and we're wondering if he has a rocky history with Kamiya. Then again, it could just be the customary Itagaki response, as he never hesitates to be both abrupt and in-your-face. We're not even sure if his assessment is correct; would people call him an "idiot" if he made another fast and furious action title that just so happened to resemble Ninja Gaiden ? Everyone, gamers and critics alike, tend to love those games, so…maybe not?

Related Game(s): Bayonetta

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Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Typical Itagaki. While I like his brutal honesty, he isn't as great as he thinks he is. I mean, he thinks his beach volleyball games were great works.


Last edited by n/a on 6/8/2009 3:21:44 PM

Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

What a tool…

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

Big thumbs up! 🙂

-Arvis

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

I'll second that!

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

Says the man who got fired and is a microsoft tool

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

He's a very useful tool for Microsoft.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

Would anyone call Team Ico idiots if they made a game "similar" to to Ico or Shadow of the Colossus?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

Aaron Greenberg would.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Aaron Greenburg is a toad. i dislike the man very much. i wouldnt have and respect for Sony if they had a guy like that working for them.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I guess a troll is on the loose, guys. Aaron Greenberg wishes he could promote something that isn't a lemon.

Jalex
Jalex
11 years ago

This seems like pretty standard fare for Itagaki, so whatever -shrugs-….

Something I don't understand (well, one of many things) is why people in general say things like ''Bayo'-something game.' It just makes the person saying it seem ignorant.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

He's being dismissive, like he can't be bothered with such an insignificant game.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

He should try to be (or act)more professional unless he wants people to stop supporting his games.

gungrave
gungrave
11 years ago

This guy's a joke. Puts out one good game and then he acts like his sh** don't stink. Anyway, I can't wait for Bayonetta, looks like an anime come to life with all the ridiculously insane powers. The character looks cool, I just hope they don't make her annoying like Dante in DMC3, that alone made me stop playing that game and make me lose interest in the series all together.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
11 years ago

Itagaki reminds me of the guy nobody wants at a party, because he can make even the best parties depressing.

superjew
superjew
11 years ago

More like the Japanese douche of gaming, I'm not comfortable calling him the ultimate douche, but he's got to be top 3.

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

Hes Japan's own Gabe Newell 🙂

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

I don't like Bayonetta, just another flashy DMC. That's how I see it at the moment, but it doesn't mean it's a bad game.

With that said I can't even remember the last game I bought from this guy….

Think it was Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore for ps2….yeeeeeeeeah a long time ago.

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

That was my last game from him as well… It was fun one of the few fighting games that kept me interested for long.
That said, don't think he did the whole game by himself, so… He is still a douche bag in my eyes.
Is he planning on releasing a game some time in the future or is he going to make a living out of insulting people??

Blood_Haze
Blood_Haze
11 years ago

this guy is a douche

he once said that DEAD OR ALIVE is better than TEKKEN 6 which is complete bullshit.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
11 years ago

Haha, his comments towards Tekken always made me laugh. There's a reason DOA isn't at any of the larger fighting game tournaments in the world, and it's not because it's the greatest fighter in the world.

Totalz
Totalz
11 years ago

This should be Kamiya's response…

If I made one decent game then walked around with my head stuck so far up my own arse I could feel my own midlife locks tickling the back of my throat and sue the company I quit for no apparent reason, I'd be an idiot.

On Itagaki's amzing game-creating history of Dead or Alive and…

That Ninja-something with the dude in the gimp suit? That Itagaki had a lot going through his head making that one…

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

isn't half of his games a remake of the original anyways? Dead or Alive for the Dreamcast, then Dead or Alive: Hardcore for the PS2.
Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden Black, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden Sigma… you get the idea…

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

Hey guys keep on the look out for this guy…I swear he's going to make a comment about MGS: Rising really soon and criticize Hideo Kojima for some reason…EVEN IF Kojima-san isn't working on the game AT ALL (besides producing it).

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

I dont think he's even producing the game. Unless of course it says Kojima productions on the game.

SarahPalinMILF
SarahPalinMILF
11 years ago

I'm sorry but asian people just can't be called badass…they can be like ninjas…but badass…please…besides not to offend anyone but the biggest asian guy I've ever heard of was like 5 feet tall…

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Yao Ming 7 feet, 6 inches tall……

Badass? Bruce Lee…..


Last edited by Scarecrow on 6/8/2009 7:00:01 PM

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Hey!

I'm one badass Asian person! lol
Size doesn't determine that? We're genetically shorter for some reason ^_^.

And yes Bruce Lee could kill anything 😉

Unless you're talking about the majority of Korean's wearing glasses and the Asian wannabes that want to be gangsters. Then yes they are n00bs.

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

hahhahahahaha. banky. you say alll that…

THEN call someone a n00b…..

lol.

ruined the whole post.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

That's how we roll ^_^

www
www
11 years ago

He don't got sh*t on Sam Houser…lol

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

And here i was, thinking im the only person who thinks Bayonetta is a joke.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

This guy sounds like such a child. Maybe the reason the character design looks similar is, *gasp* thats his style! Or can this guy not get that?

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

Now he contradicts himself, since Ninja Gaiden is silly. What kind of ninja is supposed to run up, hack and slash foes recklessly without using any stealth?! Doesn't that defy the whole point of being a ninja??

Though I agree; I don't think Bayonetta is much of a promising title. The trailer seemed kinda' sleazy, & if it doesn't surpass DMC, then it's basically percieved as a "phail that copied DMC".

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

I must be one of the few people that found Itagaki fun..i read the rest of the interview and was hilarious I don't think he really is like that…but if he is and I hope not poor dude =S.

more important and taking advantage of the readers.

http://forums.sega.com/showthread.php?t=282761

is and interesting thread caused via PSBLOG on a Sony response .

I'd say lets try and post.

sorry Ben if you don't like this offtopic comment =p

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

lol
I wasn't even considering Bayonetta until I saw in game footage. That chick is hot! I wanna give 'er a hair cut!


Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 6/8/2009 8:49:19 PM

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

Just when I started to forget why I didn't like Itagaki, he himself reminds me. Thanks Itagaki!

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Well, I wasn't impressed with any of the Ninja Gaiden games either. DMC is superior in my opinion.

sunspider13
sunspider13
11 years ago

Wow Itagaki loves to hear himself talk doesn't he?

jigokunohoono
jigokunohoono
11 years ago

yea but itagaki is a bit of an A-Whole any way in most interviews and he really isn't as great as he seems to think he DMC is better than NG but i do like DOA alot though Tekken is better and i dont know if it was 1up or kotaku or a different site but theres a pic of him in normal glasses with a microsoft person so i did see him with out his sun glasses on

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

He's a lot like I am, he speaks what he thinks.

Well, except for the part where I usually think before I speak.