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Tenchu: Shadow Assassins Slips into Stores for Nintendo Wii
The latest installment of the once-beloved series ships.
By Andrew Joy 02/03/2009 14:14:02 PST

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Series regular Rikimaru pitched in battle.

Its origin and reason may be unknown, but, to this day, ninjas and pirates – much like pie and cake – share a rivalry between their respective fans.  For the moment, it may seem petty and harmless, but that is the way of all big things: they always start small.  And in this battle that threatens to one day engulf us all, the latest salvo has now been fired, as Ubisoft today announced that Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (or Tenchu 4, as it is known in Japan) has shipped for the Nintendo Wii and should be available in stores across North America soon.  Coming at the tail end of the 90’s, the Tenchu series has been entertaining PlayStation owners (and, with few exceptions, little else) for a decade now.  For its jump to the Nintendo Wii, Shadow Assassins will, as expected, employ motion controls for certain aspects of gameplay, though with the focus remaining on the franchise’s trademark stealth action (like letting players flick a shuriken with the Wii Remote to put out a light source, for example).  Shadow Assassins is also in development for the PSP.  For more information on Tenchu: Shadow Assassins for the Nintendo Wii, be sure to check out the official press release below:

SAN FRANCISCO – February 3, 2009 – Today Ubisoft announced that Tenchu®: Shadow Assassins is now available for the Wii(TM) home video game system from Nintendo in North America. From the creators of the best-selling Tenchu series, Tenchu: Shadow Assassins brings the familiar look and feel of the original opus back to ninja players. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins continues the saga of elite ninjas, Rikimaru and Ayame, who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan. Playing as both stealthy Rikimaru and aggressive and acrobatic Ayame, players will fight their way through more than 10 missions and 50 side quests. Game features include:
• Use the Wii Remote(TM) to fight like a ninja with more than 17 historically accurate ninja weapons and tools, each with its own Wii motion.
• Move silently and use the environment as camouflage to hide and sneak in behind your targets.
• Accomplish missions as you battle enemies with katanas, throwing stars, smoke bombs and more.
• Advance to Shadow Mode level and challenge your ninja skills on Wii.
• Experience the epic adventures of Rikimaru and Ayame and put your true ninja skills to the test in a world of fierce combat and authentic tradition.

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