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Android game uses 'Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z' artwork for false advertising

Screenshots of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.
Screenshots of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.
All Games Beta

On Sunday, news of an Android game available on Google Play using official artwork of Tecmo Koei's "Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z" surfaced.

Android game using official artwork from Ninja Gaiden Z.
Google Play store

Tweeted by @jimmyelgringito, the Android game in question is called "Ninja Killer: Zombies Run." At first glance at the game's page on Google Play, it would appear to be an accompany mobile game to the upcoming "Ninja Gaiden" spin-off slated for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this March. However, looking at the video and screenshot for "Ninja Killer" show a completely different game from Tecmo Koei's. The real kicker comes from the mobile game's description, describing the visuals as "Cute style graphics." Just by taking a peek at the slideshow for "Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z" provided by All Games Beta, the graphics depicting the game's intense violence are anything but cute.

This isn't the only time a mobile game has attempted to fool consumers into thinking their unlicensed use of an established character or gaming franchise was legit. Back in March of last year, an Android game called "Era's Adventure 3D" featured a green dinosaur that greatly resembled Yoshi from the "Super Mario Bros." series. The developer behind "Era's Adventure 3D" claimed ignorance on the similarities between his character and Nintendo's, but did change its appearance later on. The current mobile game trend, "Flappy Bird," borrows assets from the "Mario" games to give it its throwback charm.