Ninja Gaiden 3


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Wii U-exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to go multiplatform

Wii U-exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to go multiplatform

UPDATE: Enhanced edition dated for April on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Update: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is dated for 5th April on Xbox 360 and PS3, publisher Tecmo Koei has announced. It will be available both as a retail title and as a digital download.

Original story: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is no longer a Wii U exclusive.

Razor's Edge, an expanded version of Ninja Gaiden 3 - designed specifically for Nintendo's new console - will be released with more content for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Face-Off: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge on Wii U

It's very rare that we come across a console conversion that radically improves the experience to the point where swathes of text in the original review - not to mention the score - no longer seem relevant, but that's exactly the state of affairs we encounter with the release of this new "Razor's Edge" edition of Ninja Gaiden 3.

Simon Parkin quite rightly scored the original game at a risible 4/10, citing the dumbed down gameplay mechanics, button-bashing auto-combos and the emphasis on QTEs - a monotonous combination that amounted to a complete betrayal of the series' focus on tough-but-fair gameplay and intricate, technical combat. The review also pointed out the complete lack of skill progression, the pared-down weaponry and the omission of combo counters amongst other classic Ninja Gaiden staples.

Also receiving paragraphs of criticism was a particular scene found at the beginning of the game where the player has no choice but to cut down an unarmed, surrendering enemy opponent driven to begging for his life after witnessing Ryu Hayabusa annihilate his colleagues. It's the most blatant, heavy-handed example in the game of an attempt to make the player consider whether Hayabusa is a hero or a mass-murderer, but actually serves no other purpose than to make the protoganist look like an arsehole mere minutes into the action while highlighting just how little control you actually have on the narrative. In true "No Russian" style, nothing you do alters the inevitability of the scene.

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Ninja Gaiden 3 Review

Ninja Gaiden 3 Review

In an English country gaiden.

The voice actor is almost certainly not English, his cockney twang too off-kilter and overstated. Regardless, he takes to the role with enthusiasm, backing away from ninja Ryu Hayabusa, gun dropped, mouth wagging with laboured pleas for mercy. The last man standing from a platoon of soldiers now twitching on a London pavement wet with rain and blood, he hopes to appeal to Hayabusa's humanity with talk of a daughter back home and the fact he only took the job for the money.

His back thuds against a truck. There's nowhere left to retreat and nothing left to say. A giant button icon flashes up on screen, indicating that control has switched from the cut-scene director back to your hands. The game side-glances at you as if to say: 'What you gonna do?'

It's an illusion of choice, of course. There is no decision to be made, no capacity for mercy. You must press X to eviscerate. There is no other way. Place your controller on the floor just to see how long these two men will stand in quivering silence while the rain pitter-patters around their puppet bodies, and you'll be waiting forever. All that happens is that the button pulses ever more feverishly on screen, as if to say: 'Finish it, coward!'

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to be Wii U launch title

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to be Wii U launch title

Plus, Tecmo reveals Dead or Alive 3DS sales.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will launch alongside the Wii U some time next year, publisher Tecmo Koei has announced.

The news comes out of documentation released with the publisher's quarterly financial report released today, as reported by Andriasang.

There's still no word on whether the Wii U version will differ in any meaningful way from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the game, due for release on 4th February.

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No dismemberment in Ninja Gaiden 3

Gamers don't "want to see that anymore".

As detailed in our recent Ninja Gaiden 3 preview and clearly evident in the teaser trailer below, Team Ninja's next effort isn't exactly dialing back the gore.

Ninja Gaiden III

Hayabusted open.

The logic is sound. For decades gamers have been called upon to rescue the American president, be it indirectly in staving off threat of invasion to US soil in Modern Warfare or directly, in thwarting kidnap attempts in Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja.

If by a man's work shall ye know him, Tomonobu Itagaki is a smashed Xbox 360 control pad. In fact, he's a special kind of smashed Xbox 360 control pad. He's the kind that was desecrated in a frenzied tantrum of bile and frustration, its destruction soundtracked by a stream of vitriolic swearwords so extreme any senior citizens within earshot would spontaneously combust.

Ninja Gaiden 3 has multiplayer, more gore

Understand "what it is to gut someone".

A few new details have emerged as to what players can expect from the forthcoming Ninja Gaiden 3, including first mention of a multiplayer mode and, surprise surprise, more of the red stuff.

Team Ninja dissects Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden 3

"This is the real Ryu Hayabusa."

2011 is set to be the year Team Ninja emerges from the shadow cast by the departure of Tomonobu Itagaki with new games in the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises. Dimensions, the first DOA fighting game in over five years, is a launch window title for the 3DS, and Ninja Gaiden 3, still without announced platforms, has been described as a reboot. Exciting times.

Ninja Gaiden 3 will be more accessible

Brutal difficulty eased for post-Itagaki NG.

Hack and slash series Ninja Gaiden is known for its brutal difficulty but with the third game in the series developer Team Ninja plans to make the action more accessible.

Team Ninja not missing Itagaki

Studio has "most powerful team in history."

Team Ninja currently boasts "the most powerful team in history" and has improved since the acrimonious departure of Tomonobu Itagaki, studio boss Yosuke Hayashi has claimed.

New Team Ninja out to prove itself

Welcomes comparison with Itagaki games.

The New Team Ninja won't cower in the shadows of Old, and has said projects Ninja Gaiden 3 and Dead or Alive: Dimensions are statements of that belief.