Fans introduced to Ninja Gaiden protagonist Ryu Hayabusa in his Xbox days probably don't hold fond memories of his more colorful beginnings. The rest of us, however, know Ryu for his less stealthy blue threads, and Team Ninja is offering an homage to his Famicom/NES/arcade roots in Dead or Alive 5.
Team Ninja tweeted an image of Ryu's 2P costume in the Dead or Alive 5 alpha version demo. Ryu has had a classic costume in every Dead or Alive, so it's nice to see tradition continue. As we previously reported, DoA producer Yosuke Hayashi isn't a fan of DLC costumes, and would rather have everything be unlockable.
Compare that to his look in the original Ninja Gaiden arcade flyer (1988)…
I already tried calling that number. No dice.
… and his debut on Nintendo's Famicom/Entertainment System:
I'm personally a big fan of the old school Ninja Gaiden style, but I'll take Ryu's ninja radness however I can get it.