Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, which was formally exclusive to the Wii U, will be coming to both North America and Europe on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The ultra-violent game will released in North America on April 2nd, with a European release just a few days later on April 5th. The game will be available at both retail outlets and the PlayStation Store at launch. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge received an average review score of 69 on Metacritic.
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The director of the Australian Classification Board, Lesley O’Brien, has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is the first video game to receive the adult’s only rating, R18+, in Australia. Throughout most of the continent, it is illegal to sell R18+ games to minors.
In North America, Europe and Austrailia, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is published by Nintendo. For comparison’s sake, the original Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which is published by Tecmo Koei, is rated MA15+ in Australia.
“Under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, R18+ computer games will have a high impact and it is for this reason that these games are not suitable for under 18s.”
“Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects.”
-Director of the Australian Classification Board Lesley O’Brien
Nintendo of America has uploaded a fast and frantic trailer featuring Kasumi from the Dead or Alive franchise for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on Wii U. Kasumi will be causing plenty of bloody mayhem when she will be available as free download content sometime in the near future. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is already available to purchase in both Japan and North America, and will released in Europe on January 11th.
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.”
Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has once again admitted that the Ninja Gaiden 3 development team spent far too much time trying to make an action game, and subsequently forgot about the fans and what they wanted,. Hayashi says he now knows what the fans want from Ninja Gaiden and is set to rectify these mistakes with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.
“After launch, we learned again what fans of the series expect from the series and a Ninja Gaiden game,”
“We feel we focused too much on getting new action game fans and perhaps not enough on the fans who have supported the series for so long. Now, we have heard those voices and know very well what fans of the franchise expect from a Ninja Gaiden game and we’re ready to start again. That’s Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U.”
Team Ninja has announced that Dead or Alive female brawler Ayane will feature as a Wii U exclusive playable character in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge. Team Ninja came under quite a bit of criticism for the original Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The development team has said that to resolve this they have been working closely with Nintendo to create the experience that Ninja Gaiden fans deserve.
Compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, developer Team Ninja insists that Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge for Wii U will be a much better title. The developer now claims that the Wii U version will be the definitive version for followers of the series, and will be the “hardcore fan package.” According to Team Ninja leader Yosuke Hayashi, hardcore aspects that were left out from the other versions will be included in the game for Wii U.
“We left out some of the things the series was well-known for. We did leave some of our fans out.”
“We had this opportunity to put those hardcore aspects back in [Wii U version]. It’s kind of the hardcore fan package of Ninja Gaiden 3.”