The rumor that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge was going to hit other platforms is true, according to Japanese video game magazine Famitsu. The action-adventure video game, which is an enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden 3, which was released in March 2012, will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge launched alongside the Wii U console in November last year, and it was even published by Nintendo in Europe and North America, but the game will no longer be exclusive to the publisher’s latest console.
Last week, Nintendo promised that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge gamers can download two additional playable characters at no additional cost. Nintendo today announced, via its Facebook page, that Momiji from the Ninja Gaiden series is the first free downloadable character in the game and is now playable.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is exclusive to Wii U.
While some mobile developers claim that video game consoles are becoming less popular, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi says consoles will be around for quite some time. Hayashi is excited for Nintendo’s upcoming console, Wii U, and thinks that it could get people interested in console gaming again.
“I don’t think consoles are going to disappear from gaming. You still have millions of people playing videogames with a controller on a box in front of the TV. Just look at Call of Duty, for example: it’s everywhere. There are millions of people playing it.
“I think people will continue to play games, and as long as the cost of development stays sustainable, and people continue to buy traditional games, then we’ll be here. If only one game sells everything, it will ruin the gaming and console industries completely.
“I think you can compare it to movies, People still go to the cinema after all this time. I don’t know how long cinemas have been around but it’s not like cinemas are completely gone and everyone is watching movies on their TV or smartphone.
“Yes, you have those new mediums, but the old guy is still there – and I think it’s going to be like that with consoles. I think they will be around for quite a while.”
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a Wii U launch title. Because of its excessive violence and gore, when the game launches in Japan, it will make the Wii U the first console that launches with a game that has a CERO Z rating, which is the “adults only” rating in the country. CERO Z rated games are meant to be played by adults – ages 18 and up – and adults only.