The Magical Ninjya: Jiraiya Kenzan [PS2 – Cancelled]

The Magical Ninjya: Jiraiya Kenzan [PS2 – Cancelled]

The Magical Ninjya: Jiraiya Kenzan (also know as Magical Ninja Ji Rai Ya) is a cancelled action game / platform that was in development in 2002 / 2003 by Capcom Production Studio 3 for the Playstation 2. The project was announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2003 but it soon vanished from Capcom’s release list and in the end Jiraiya was canned for unknown reasons. The gameplay would have probably been similar to the Mystical Ninja Goemon series or  i-Ninja, with an interesting coop multiplayer mode for 2 players.

Players would also been able to summon beasts to help in battles, and earn new beasts by beating the game’s bosses. The 2° player in coop mode could have chose if being another ninja or if using one of these beasts.

Originally Capcom released few screens, some artworks and a trailer of Jiraiya Kenzan, but sadly only the images are preserved in the  gallery below. The trailer (that was once available at Capcom’s official website) it’s now gone, so if you still have a copy of this (the file was named jiraiya_320.mpg), please let us know! The game’s characters were designed by Susumu Matsushita, the artist responsible for the design in Capcom’s Maximo series.

Thanks to Userdante, Celine and Sam Jones  for the contributions!


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7 thoughts on “The Magical Ninjya: Jiraiya Kenzan [PS2 – Cancelled]

  1. Sam Jones

    A little bit more about the story:
    As part of a TGS pre-conference briefing held earlier today in Tokyo, Capcom gave the world its first look at The Magical Ninja: Ji Rai Ya. This title, described by producer Koji Nakajima as a “quick and thrilling action game,” puts players in the role of a ninja named Ji Rai Ya,. The game allows you to do all sorts of ninja-ish things, like disappearing into a puff of smoke and walking on water. Fans of Mega Man will also be pleased to see that you can steal the powers of bosses that you’ve defeated and make use of them in later stages.

    Characters should be recognizable to fans of Japan’s Weekly Famitsu magazine and Maximo. Matsushita Susumo, who does the covers for Famitsu and the character designs for Maximo is the character designer for this game. He’s not just designing the hero though, as enemies which take the form of such traditional foes as Dracula and Kabuki warriors were also designed by him.

    Two player simultaneous play and a stylized cartoon look make us want to get our hands on this game. Check out the first screens of this game at the below link while waiting for more details. A Japanese release date is scheduled for 2004.
    From IGN

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