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The current Team Ninja logo.

Team Ninja, styled as Team NINJA, is a Japanese video game development department of Koei Tecmo which was founded in 1995 for Tecmo, Inc. by former leader Tomonobu Itagaki. With its primary headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan, Team Ninja primarily works on and produces games for Tecmo (however the team has also produced games for both Microsoft Game Studios and Nintendo). It is best known for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series.

On June 3, 2008, Tomonobu Itagaki announced that he was leaving Tecmo and Team Ninja, citing difficulties with Tecmo. In the same statement announcing his resignation, Itagaki also announced that he was filing a lawsuit against his former employer over unpaid bonuses for his work on Dead or Alive 4. When Itagaki left Tecmo, most of his colleagues and fellow Team Ninja members left with him to form Valhalla Game Studios.

The role of Team Ninja leader was taken over by current head Yosuke Hayashi.



  • Ninja Gaiden II was published by Microsoft Game Studios, making it the first game created by Team Ninja not published by Tecmo.

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Studios and Publishers
Koei Tecmo - Team Ninja - Tecmo
Directors and Producers
Current Yosuke Hayashi - Yohei Shimbori
Former Tomonobu Itagaki
Sound and Music
Current Makoto Hosoi
Former Kazuhiko Inaba - Takafumi Inamori - Ryo Koike - Shigekiyo Okuda - Hideyuki Suzuki