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Ninja Gaiden pulls a flying kick on PS3

Tecmo's next-gen ninja confirmed for PS3

A new PlayStation 3 instalment of Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series is in the works, says the latest issue of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu.

Titled Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Tecmo's latest high-kicking action-em-up is listed as having a 'TBA' release in the mag, and will apparently let you play as large-breasted baddie, Rachel - which will certainly make for an interesting distraction from the beefy, ninja bloke we usually have to flip around the screen.

It was largely assumed after hints dropped from series creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, that the next Ninja Gaiden would be heading for the Xbox 360. Considering Tecmo's long-standing support of Microsoft's console, the appearance of Ninja Gaiden Sigma on PS3 has certainly come as a surprise.

At this point it's unclear whether Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a completely new instalment or just a next-gen redux - and internet speculation is already suggesting that it's just a prettier version of Xbox offering, Ninja Gaiden Black. We're not convinced of either theory at the moment, but we'll let you know when more details on Sigma reach our ears.