Team Ninja’s filth-fest, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
(the follow-up to Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
) released on Xbox 360 late last year, although you may have missed it, in the Gears of War
-dominated rush to own Christmas.
The series’ creator, Tomonobu Itakagi is Rock’n’Roll - or, at least, he seems to think he is, with his creased leather jerkin and his well-documented heavy drinking and his general ‘tude (man!).
What is clear and not up for any kind of debate is that he likes boobies, so much so that he pretty much invented the entire specialist area of games development known as ‘breast modelling’, much to the joy of teenage boys with Xboxs worldwide.
1Up managed to grab Itagaki for a quick chat about all things Dead or Alive
in which he predictably said he was happy with the (sluggish) sales of the game, that low to average review scores didn’t phase him and that it was all about pleasing the fans. And so on.
Perhaps the most telling and funniest remark Itagaki makes is highlighting the cultural differences between both the inspiration behind and the reception of the game in Japan and the US, telling the interviewer:
I think that there is a bit of misunderstanding in terms of the smaller mini-games, like the Butt Battle and Tug-Of-War. This is all kind of coming from a ... tradition if you will... a series of TV shows in Japan where you had bikini models, athletic competition where you'd have bikini models doing those kinds of things. It's almost kind of a joke, a throwback to that, something to make you laugh. And so, maybe in the U.S. there wasn't that kind of TV show, that kind of culture, so maybe people sit down and looked at those mini-games and studied them seriously as a real game, but that really wasn't our intention when we put them in.
Itakagi also goes on to talk at length about swimsuits (which he likes, evidently) and cheating on Xbox Live (which he hates). When probed about PS3 and Wii he has the following to add:
“There's no launch titles that create within me an urge to search all over Tokyo to find a PS3 so I can play them….The only thing I've seen running on a PS3 is [Team Ninja title] Ninja Gaiden Sigma…
Thankfully I was able to get my hands on a Nintendo Wii, I got one the day before yesterday and I bought all of the Nintendo launch titles, and I'm playing them right now… I haven't gotten my hands on Zelda yet, but I've been playing Wii Sports lately. The problem is if I start playing Zelda I'm not going to get any work done, so I have to be careful when I start that.”