Playing as the protagonist Yaiba – who was killed and then brought back to wondrous life to live as a cyborg – you must hunt down those pesky zombies as you simultaneously seek revenge for Ryu, your killer. Currently, platforms have yet to be confirmed but in the meantime you can check out Team Ninja’s website for more information.
A Japanese retailer has listed Wii U-exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The listing suggests that the features present in the Wii U version will come to the other HD formats, such as the additional playable characters like Ayane, Kasumi, and Momiji, as well as adjusted enemy AI. The game is apparently scheduled to be released in Japan on April 4th.
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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.
A blogger who has gone hands-on with the latest build of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U has written a comprehensive list of changes that Team Ninja has implemented in the game. We already know that Team Ninja have acknowledged that they make mistakes with the original Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and are looking to rectify this with the Wii U version.
- Perhaps the most significant change of all is the fact that Ryu is actually responsive in Razor’s Edge. Ryu’s recovery has been shortened greatly, so players can easily cancel into a dodge or block as the situation demands.
- Enemies have been improved. They are more aggressive, and some have access to new moves. The basic terrorist grunts and alchemists are the most obvious examples.
- Combat has been redesigned to have a more technical feel. Enemies have more stagger animations (including wall damage/stuns). Both playable characters now have a universal grab (the Guillotine throw).
- Charge attacks are extremely fast. Ninja Gaiden 3 introduced a charge mechanic, whereby holding down the heavy attack resulted in a powerful combo extension. The length of time needed to charge this attack has been reduced dramatically.
- There are six weapons available to Ryu in Razor’s Edge right from the get-go. Ryu now has access to the claws, scythe, dual katanas, staff, and an as-of-yet unrevealed weapon, on top of the standard katana.
- Karma has been redesigned to function as both the point/ranking system, as well as currency.
- Collectible items have been reintroduced. The Golden Scarabs from the original Ninja Gaiden, and Crystal Skulls from Ninja Gaiden 2 are strewn about each stage, and can be collected for an instant Karma bonus.
- Players can use this Karma currency to purchase upgrades for weapons and magic (Ninpo) as well as unique combat abilities and even in-game costumes.
- The new “Cicada Surge” teleportation ability has been polished greatly since its reveal back during E3. It is an incredibly handy way to get out of overwhelming situations.
- A new ability, called “Four Rings” has been introduced. It is a 360º shuriken attack that stuns enemies surrounding Ryu, and can be tacked on to combos on-the-fly, much like ordinary shuriken attacks.
- Ultimate Techniques can be used even when Ryu/Ayane’s weapons aren’t glowing red, simply by holding down and charging a heavy attack (much like in Ninja Gaiden 2). Ultimate Techniques have two charge levels once again.
- Ninpo is still earned through combat. However, you can keep your Ninpo charge between encounters now, allowing you to cast magic or save it as you see fit.
- Bosses have life gauges now. You can see their health on the bottom of the screen.