Ninja Gaiden 3 for all intents and purposes was a flop, especially when compared to its predecessor Ninja Gaiden 2, which perfectly balanced action and gore with some really challenging gameplay.
When the Wii-U was offered an exclusive repackaging of this failed sequel, namely Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, nicely brimming with new content including the return of everyone’s favourite limb dismemberment feature, it came as both a shock and a let down to the series fans.
Today however, Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja have announced that Xbox 360 owners will indeed be graced with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge as a full retail release.
Coming complete with a redesigned battle system, improved enemy AI, quick time events cut down to a minimum and of course the limb dismemberment which made Ninja Gaiden 2 such a brutal gore fest no one could resist its charms. There’s also the Ninja Skills system in which you can use Karma to buy weapon and Ninpo upgrades, feats and extra costumes.
Kasumi, Ayane and Momiji will join Ryu Hayabusa as playable characters, with Ayane getting her own Story Mode. All of the bonus female ninjas are available for a brand new ten chapter long Challenge mode, including some new (non Wii-U) stages for Ayane to tackle along with the Ninja Trials co-op mode and extra costume options.
New weapons will also be at your band of merry Ninjas disposal such as the Jinran-Maru, Blade of the Archfield dual swords, Lunar Staff and the Kusari-Gama. New Ninpo abilities such as Inferno, Wind Blades and Piercing Void will also appear and bolster your abilities.The 8-player online multiplayer features of Ninja Gaiden 3 have also been expanded with all the paid DLC available as a bonus, and five new Clan Battle stages with 100 co-op Ninja Trials.
All in all it’s a nice little package for the Gaiden fans who felt a bit cheated on the first time around, but what do you think? Does this go someway to make up for past mistakes or too little too late?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will be hitting store shelves on April 5th.