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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - review

A portion of a SPOnG review...

Pros:
+ New content adds marked improvement over original
+ Karma system adds depth
+ Lovely, gory finishers brighten up drab environments

Cons:
- Repetitive action, frustrating at times
- Dull scenarios and set-pieces
- Framerate issues and sloppy combat mechanics

Full review here

Europe - In shops and on Nintendo eShop now: NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge

Get ready to tackle one of the most intense action games of all time as NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge is available now, only on Wii U.

Go behind the mask of Master Ninja Ryu Hayabusa and use his incredible fighting skills to defeat an onslaught of vicious enemies. You'll need phenomenal reactions and incredible dexterity to survive the intense on-screen action – do you have what it takes?

In the fight for justice, the Wii U GamePad is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal. Its on-screen combo chart means you'll always know which devastating move to use next, while the ability to learn skills and change weapons with the touch screen means the battle rages more fluidly than ever.

Experience the intensity and formidable challenge of the expansively enhanced NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge, only on Wii U.

NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge is available from shops and as a download version from Nintendo eShop, only for Wii U.

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - review

A portion of a Eurogamer review...

This is a better game than Ninja Gaiden 3, and one that does commendable things in atoning for Team Ninja's past sins - but sadly it's far from a brilliant one.

Full review here

Germany not getting Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge?

It's actually not all that surprising if you know how violent gaming content is usually handled in Germany. Apparently Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is just a bit too violent to get published in Germany. This is pretty crappy, especially considering how Nintendo of Europe's headquarters happens to be in Germany. Thanks to Der Fux for the heads up.

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to be Australia's first R18+ title

We've been talking about Australia having an R18+ rating for years and years. Now that it's finally happening, we know the very first game to get that rating. Believe it or not, the Wii U has the 'honor' of pulling that rating in with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. How funny is it that Nintendo themselves can partially lay claim to the first R18+ rating?

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - review

A portion of an ONM review...

This is easily the best version of Ninja Gaiden 3, but it's not quite the action masterpiece that fans have come to expect from the series.

Full review here

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - two reviews

Videogamer.com

So, there's little doubt that Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge is a superior game to Ninja Gaiden 3, but in a console market that's about to be assaulted by Dante, Raiden and even Kratos, it's seriously lacking in precision and balance. And considering the subject matter, you'd think that would be paramount.


Metro UK

With online co-op and competitive modes on top of the story campaign this certainly feels like a more well-rounded package than the original version, but despite ticking almost every box that fans complained about last time we still found ourselves enjoying it less. That's probably simply because it's not as good as we remembered it and playing it through a second time is less fun. But it also smacks of a game focus-tested within an inch of its life, and forced to do exactly the things it was trying to get away from in the first place. But we're sure series fans will consider it a significant improvement and those new to the series will find it an enjoyable, if rough-edged brawler.

Team Ninja feels Nintendo is trying to broaden their market with Wii U

A portion of an ONM interview with Team Ninja's Yasuda...

ONM: Do you feel as though the release of more adult, "hardcore" games like Ninja Gaiden and ZombiU signals a new direction for Nintendo?

Yasuda: There are still familiar titles like Mario, so rather than changing direction, I feel they are trying to broaden the audience.

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Team Ninja considering Wii U for future titles

"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." - Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi

Certainly would be nice to see some other projects from Team Ninja. I'd love to see what they could do outside of the brands they've already established.

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