Team Ninja is responding to the criticisms of their widely loathed Ninja Gaiden 3 by promising a new hardcore experience with the Wii U version, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, due this holiday season.
Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi recently fessed up to Eurogamer about the gutted PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version released earlier this year.
“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. It’s kind of the hardcore fan package of Ninja Gaiden 3.”
Ninja Gaiden 3 was lambasted upon release with low scores and negative reception from fans for having terrible performance issues, being way too easy for a Ninja Gaiden game, and sporting a tacked on mutliplayer nobody especially cared for. It’s issues went beyond just needing a facelift and an added difficulty level. It lacked the heart found in the other two games that set them apart from the rest of the hack ‘n slash market, and no updated versions of the same game can really fix that.
Maybe if Yosuke Hayashi took to smoking five packs a day and wearing sunglasses in the dark, he could learn the secret formula that made the other games click. This guy did.
Still, anyone find it weird that the most difficult version of Ninja Gaiden 3 will appear on a Nintendo console? That’s kind of retro in a way. No exact date of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge has been confirmed, but expect it around the console launch this holiday season.