On Thursday evening, Nintendo of America confirmed that Team Ninja’s “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge” would be a launch title for Nintendo Wii U come November 18.
Featuring more weapons, exclusive game content, and much more, “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge” looks to deliver the “Ninja Gaiden” experience that, well, “Ninja Gaiden 3” failed to do so earlier this year.
We went hands-on with “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge” earlier this summer. Find our hands-on impressions here.
While “Ninja Gaiden 3” for Xbox 360 and PS3 only featured three weapons, two of which became available via downloadable content, “Razor’s Edge” has a total of six weapons – sword, claws, scythe, dual katana, staff, and kuari-gama.
Each weapon has its own strength and weakness when used in battle. In addition to an increase of weapons, Ninpo attacks also see an increase from one to a total of three.
Here is a breakdown of the new features, game enhancements, and exclusive content available in “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge”:
Ayane as a playable character: In previous versions of the game, Ayane appeared only briefly in one cut scene. Now players can help her progress through her own exclusive chapters using a special set of weapons and Ninpo attacks.
Character-progression system: Using Karma points earned during game play, players can upgrade weapons and Ninpo, learn new moves, increase their HP level and unlock new character costumes.
Ryu and Ayane playable in co-op mode: For the first time, players can use Ryu or Ayane to represent themselves in the game’s online co-op mode.
Test of Valor battle areas: Each chapter includes a hidden battle area called Test of Valor. Upon finding hidden Crystal Skulls, players will be transported to these areas to face down waves of enemies and classic NINJA GAIDEN boss characters with new moves.
Wii U GamePad Functionality: Using the Wii U GamePad, players can easily change weapons or Ninpo attacks, and also quickly reference the button inputs required for various combo attacks without ever stopping the action.
Additional Playable Characters: After the launch of the game, additional playable characters will become available as free downloadable content. More information about these characters will be revealed at a later time.
More Tenacious Enemies: The Wii U version of the game restores enemies’ ability to fight when severely wounded, requiring players to stay nimble with their battle strategies.