Dead or Alive director Yohei Shimbori has admitted that the development team were actually shocked at the amount of backlash there was for Ninja Gaiden 3 by both the fans and the critics. Shimbori says that they soon realised that they needed to pay closer attention to the fans, and what they wanted out of a Ninja Gaiden game. Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi says that the forthcoming Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge for Wii U will be the ultimate version of the game for the fans.
“Everybody at the studio was pretty shocked. It really made us take another look at the game and why that reaction was there. One of the things that I learned was the power of having a series behind you, and what it means to be part of a series. There are existing fans out there, and you have to think about the people who have supported the series for so long, and you want to make sure that the game that you make appeals to them first, and satisfies those fans first.”