The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection’s PC version is a joke, and Koei Tecmo’s trying to hide it

The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection's PC version is a joke, and Koei Tecmo's hiding it...

The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection’s PC version is a joke, and Koei Tecmo’s trying to hide it

Earlier this year, Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo announced that their NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection will be releasing on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch on June 10th, arriving on PC through Valve’s Steam platform.

This release will bring the Ninja Gaiden trilogy to PC for the first time, offering confirmed support for 4K resolutions at 60 FPS, but PC gamers should not expect much outside of that.  

On Steam, Koei Tecmo has confirmed that their Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection will support a lacklustre fullscreen mode and lack support for arbitrary resolutions. The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection will run at 720p, 1080p, and 4K. That’s it. Intermediate resolutions like 1440p aren’t even an option. 

Sadly, it looks like these PC releases will be barebones in nature, lacking many of the common features that are part of most PC ports. 

For starters, the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection will feature a maximum framerate of 60 FPS, lacking an unlocked framerate option of 120Hz support. Furthermore, PC players should not expect ultrawide resolution support or keyboard/mouse support. 

The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection will be designed to be played using Gamepads. The collection will also lack an extensive graphical options menu, making the remastered trilogy a basic PC port in practically every sense.


This game can be played in Fullscreen mode.
To do so, launch the game, and then click the maximize icon in the upper-right of the title bar. To return to Windowed mode, press the Esc key while in Fullscreen mode.


You can set the output resolution for playing this game.

Note: The resolutions below are supported.
1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080, 3840 x 2160

To configure the resolution, open the game’s Properties from your Steam Library. By entering “720p”, “1080p”, or “4k” in the text field of “LAUNCH OPTIONS”, you can fix the resolution to the corresponding value.
By setting the game to a low resolution, you can reduce the processing load.

Koei Tecmo’s hiding the PC’s version deficiencies – Sneaky

When discussing the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection resolution and fullscreen support on Steam, Koei Tecmo appears to have utilised a sneaky tactic that will prevent many PC gamers from accessing this information before launch. They have been transparent by publishing the information, but they appear to have taken measures to ensure that PC gamers don’t see it. 

Instead of noting these deficiencies in the game’s “About the Game” section on Steam, this information is instead hidden in the game’s “NINJA GAIDEN: MASTER COLLECTION DELUXE EDITION” section. To us, this appears to be an intentional decision to hide Ninja Gaiden’s deficiencies on PC. Why else would essential information like this be hidden in an irrelevant section that can only be seen by those who want to pay for the game’s premium version? 

Even with these limitations, the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection should provide PC gamers with perfectly playable versions of  Ninja GAIDEN Sigma, Ninja GAIDEN Sigma 2 and NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge. These games should be playable with a perfect 60 FPS lock with the right hardware, giving gamers a smoother gameplay experience than any of the game’s original console versions. That said, we don’t see why Koei Tecmo needed to make this information difficult to find on Steam. 

You can join the discussion on the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection’s basic PC port on the OC3D Forums. 

The Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection's PC version is a joke, and Koei Tecmo's hiding it...