This week’s issue of Famitsu contains snippets of information regarding Hyrule Warriors for Wii U. We’ve already heard that the game is due for release on August 14th in Japan, but what’s new is that Team Ninja is helping out on development. Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayasahi are both producers for Hyrule Warriors, with legendary Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma supervising. Details about the story are scarce, but it involves Zelda being kidnapped by a witch named Shea. This leads Link to set off to rescue her.
Team Ninja studio head Yosuke Hayashi has reiterated that the company is still open to Wii U development, despite not announcing any new titles for Nintendo’s latest platform. Hayashi says that Team Ninja would consider games for the Wii U, as long as they’re a good fit. However, he did say that the development studio has no plans to port existing titles.
“Of course, I think there are games that would be good for Wii U. So I think we need to still see what exactly those games they are and how you make a game for Wii U that is perfect for the Wii U. So if we get a chance to make a game like that, well, maybe we can think about it then. But right now we have no plans to port existing games to Wii U.”
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.
Yosuke Hayashi, head of Team Ninja and director of Ninja Gaiden 3 is convinced that the Wii U is a next generation console. Hayashi has dismissed previous claims that the Wii U has a horrible and slow CPU and claims that it was just 4A trying to find a scapegoat for a simple business decision on their part. He then went on to say that if you’re basing next-gen simply on processor speed, then it’s not next generation, but the innovative nature of the platform places it in next-gen territory.
“The Wii U is an infant that’s just been born. It’s a little unfair to compare it to mature platforms that people have been working on for over five years. I’m sure people will find ways to bring out even more power as the platform matures.”
“To be completely blunt and honest, there’s no way that the Wii U processor is ‘horrible and slow’ compared to other platforms. I think that comment was just 4A trying to find a scapegoat for a simple business decision on their part.”
“If you’re basing this simply on processor speed, then it’s not next generation,” he says. “If you’re basing this on Wii U being a new idea that challenges existing platforms, then it definitely is next generation. It is a console videogame platform that is now independent of the TV. Nobody has done that before.”
“It’s no mistake to say that we have entered a period where it’s difficult to provide an obvious difference to many players based on processor speed alone. Players want new innovation that includes the environment in which you play and services you use, rather than just raw processor spec.”
“Nintendo is at the forefront of that innovation. I’m looking forward to seeing what the other platforms come up with in the future.”
Ninja Gaiden Razor’s Edge director Yosuke Hayashi has revealed that the development team is considering creating new Wii U games. Hayashi wouldn’t give any hints about what they’re developing in the future, other than an action game, and possibly new games for Wii U. He also said that Team Ninja really benefited getting the Wii U hardware early in development.
“We are working on an action game, and we are looking into other titles for Wii U.”
“One of the reasons we decided to develop Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge was because we heard about the development concept of Wii U itself early on. I think that starting development early was what allowed us to create a game that fully takes advantage of the hardware specs and special features.”
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.
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.