Ninja Gaiden 3 To Go Back To Basics

By Ishaan . November 5, 2010 . 9:26am


There isn’t much we know about Ninja Gaiden 3, presently in development at Team Ninja, other than that it’s going to better acquaint you with longtime series protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa.


Speaking with Famitsu, Team Ninja leader, Yosuke Hayashi, let slip a few more vague details about the Ninja Gaiden 3 teaser image that Team Ninja revealed at the Tokyo Game Show.


A prototype for Ninja Gaiden 3 has already been completed at Team Ninja, Hayashi revealed, but said that it would be a while longer before the game can be revealed to the public. In the mean time, he’s curious to see what sort of speculations fans come up with as to the direction of the game, based on the teaser image, which contains several clues.


Questioned as to how the game will compare to Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2, Hayashi’s teases remained vague. He stated that Ninja Gaiden 3 aspires to go back to the basics.


Hayashi emphasizes, however, that this doesn’t mean Team Ninja will allow themselves to be tied to the past. While past games in the series will be taken into consideration, Ninja Gaiden 3 will not be restricted by them.

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  • nyoron

    I actually liked both of the Sigma games a lot, even when compared to the originals, and I’m very interested to see where Hayashi takes this series on his own.

    And I don’t care about the other girls, but I want more Ayane. Like as much as possible.

    Maybe some Kasumi.

  • Zeonsilt

    I want Kasumi as a playable character.

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    I completely and whole-heatedly trust Hayashi-san with this game. If anyone can make NG3 as revolutionary as the first one, it’d be him. Not to say that Itagaki-san is bad at what he does, but once he makes one game, he says it’s the best ever and sticks to that formula without straying from it, which can be good and sometimes bad.

    • Well, I prefer Itagaki since he gave us Ninja Gaiden Black, but the sigma games have been ok. Hope it can live up to the standards of NJB instead of cramming in more breast-physics.

      • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

        Actually, if I remember correctly, Itagaki originally said that both DOA4 and NGII were the best in their genre and so there was no need for a sequel. I may be mistaken about NGII, but I know that he said that about DOA4. If it wasn’t for Hayashi, we probably wouldn’t even be getting these two sequels. But I agree, Ninja Gaiden Black was amazing. Ninja Gaiden is one of the first console games I remember that got DLC.

        • malek86

          I too remember him saying that DOA4 was perfect, or something like that. It’s weird though, because I’m liking NG2 better than NGB for now, while I thought that DOA4 was a step back from the previous games, especially DOAU.

  • Yes does this mean I can finally get into the series?! A story reboot sounds awesome for people who missed out on the previous two games!

    • malek86

      It’s not like they had much story anyway. You could play NG2 without playing NG1, and it would be just fine (read: the plot doesn’t make sense either way).

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      A few things: 1) Where are you getting reboot from? I didn’t interpret anything in the article as leading to a reboot. 2) It’s not too late to play the first two games, but like malek said, it’s not like you need to play them in order to have a blast. 3) Judging from your previous comments, I’m pretty sure any of the Ninja Gaiden games would be way too hard for you to finish. Although, now that I think about it, NGB and NGII did have a Ninja Dog mode. That may be right up your alley :)

      • Doesnt “back to the basics” indicate “take the series back to its roots by rebooting it?” Thats what I gathered.

        If the games are just like Bayonetta, which they seem to be in my brief look at the trailers, then I should be fine. Normal or Easy mode cant be that difficult, now can it?

        • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

          Not necessarily. I interpreted it as meaning they’re taking Ninja Gaiden 3 back to what made Ninja Gaiden great in the first place. Take out all the fluff and concentrate on the main meat of the gameplay experience. Besides, rebooting a franchise almost always resets the numbering system. They wouldn’t call it Ninja Gaiden 3 if it wasn’t related to the previous 2.

          They’re like Bayonetta in that they’re both Action-Adventure games, but Ninja Gaiden games, on Xbox, Xbox 360 and NES, are all notoriously difficult. Ninja Gaiden Black, which is the one you can download off XBL, added a lower difficulty setting because people were complaining too much, and they kept that low setting in for NG2. I never actually played the games on Ninja Dog mode (the easy setting), but I hear it’s substantially easier. You should definitely play these games.

          • Notoriously difficult? Darn :(

          • malek86

            Let’s put it this way: most people have a lot of trouble getting past the training boss (and when you finally do, the next boss is even harder).

            However, when you learn how to play, you’ll notice the game actually gets somewhat easier with time, and you’ll get plenty of healing items and stuff anyway.

            I’d suggest downloading the NGS demo from the PSN, which should be the first level (and the boss too, I believe). NGS also makes things a bit easier than NGB, by giving you the Flying Swallow at the beginning of the game.

          • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

            Don’t let it discourage you, though. Like I said, they added in super easy modes so everyone can experience the awesomeness

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Expect the worse. That way, you can be pleasently surprised when you actually play and notice that it isn’t as hard as you expected!

            … I just hope you have a good imagination.

          • The PS3 ones are not exactly cakewalks either (although I did find Sigma 2 disappointingly easy on its normal difficulty). I am very proud to say that I am the only one of my friends who did not just out-and-out give up on Sigma (it’s also amusing that almost all of them who did give up, gave up once they got to Alma).

          • malek86

            I must be the only person in the world who found Alma to be easy-ish. Weird thing is, I had lots of trouble with other bosses that people said were far easier.

          • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

            They’re not cakewalks, true, but they also tweaked things and added in new difficulty settings to make them easier. I agree, Sigma 2 was the easiest of all of them in terms of Default Difficulty, but on Master Ninja, jeez a lou, that took many forever too beat. I wanted to just give up sometimes. I had to take week long breaks on some occasions.

            Good for you. You’ve completely one of the toughest games out there (not sarcastic btw). Alma was one of the toughest bosses for me, too, although by the time I had got to Sigma, which was actually after Ninja Gaiden, NGBlack and NGII for me, she was pretty easy. Her and Ghost Doku were toughies…

    • thaKingRocka

      Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) remains my favorite action game of the decade. Every other game has paled in comparison for me (NG2 was good, but the boss battles were pretty cheap). That said, the story is entirely negligible. It is, for the most part, worthless wankery that can be ignored entirely. Don’t worry about jumping in at any point in the series. The story should not be the deciding factor.

      Also, give the DS game a go. It was crazily fun even if cat scratch fever would get you through it. As you gained precision in your swipes, the game became more enjoyable. It’s my favorite DS action game to date.

      And, no, going back to the roots doesn’t necessarily mean rebooting the story.

    • You know you can probably find Ninja Gaiden Sigma or Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 cheap for your PS3. And they do have a really easy difficulty for people who can’t play these type of games.

  • malek86

    I think the only way they could do something with the series, would be by rebooting it. NG2’s combat system is so awesome (much more refined than NGB), that I’ve trouble thinking of how it could be made any better by simply building on it.

    Also, I want more ridiculous plots, giant boobage, no stupid puzzle sections, and please put in skippable cutscenes this time.

    • Testsubject909

      There are ways to make it all that much more interesting, building upon what you’ve made if it’s a solid foundation is nothing bad. For one part, camera can always be refined, always.

      Responsive controls are already pretty much spot-on, perhaps addition to your own set of powers, combos, playable characters, variety in the multiplayer, maybe an offline DOA-esque combat game with in-game character as extra-sidegame which in itself could constitute a robust time sink.

      And yes, skippable cutscenes would help. There are always…

      Shadows. Yes, the ability to make shadow copies of yourself like in the original Ninja Gaiden 2. Imagine using magic, and making copies of yourself that follows you from behind imitating exactly everyone of your movements. You could jump, land, not move, have a totem of Ryu attacking from both ground and midair, though slowly dropping downward with every little step ryu takes when he uses his attacks.

      And they certainly wouldn’t do bad with a seperate campaign for the girls instead of integrating them as breakaway moments in Ryu’s campaign.

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      What would rebooting it do? Rebooting is generally just what people do when they can’t think up anymore story ideas with the given mythos, so to change the mythos, they just call it a reboot so they can do whatever they want without fear of contradicting anything. But the gameplay is almost always similar, if not the same.

      But there are always improvements that can be made to any game. In this game, they can make it look more beautiful (even though Sigma 2 looked gorg~ous), fix some camera problems, add an even more in-depth combat system (combos galore!), new weapons, new enemies, new Jutsus. I can’t think of what he means by back to basics except for meaning that they’re going to improve the core basics of gameplay, like camera, controls, graphics etc.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      All the female ninjas should dress like Ivy from Soul Calibur, or in DOAX swimwear. Actually clothing is nice but not even necessary. Then, take out Ryu all together and replace him with 2 or 3 more girls from DOA. Improve 6-axis jiggle, introduce Move jiggling and Kinect fondling. Oh throw 3D in there too. Whenever someone is talking in a cutscene instead of showing their face show their boobies bouncing (a result of talking, no doubt). Combat doesn’t matter as long as the boobies are in on the action. x10 bloodshed. EDIT: I forgot to mention boobies.

    • alundra311

      I think the word your looking for is “reboobing”. :)


    • [The Hunter] Doomrider

      She will be in the game. All that teasing in Sigma 2 would be useless otherwise.

  • thaKingRocka

    I didn’t think NG2 complicated things too much. I always favored the dragon sword anyway, though. My only real complaint about NG2 was that there was slowdown and occasional unavoidable cheapness in boss fights. When I died in NG1, I always felt it was my fault and the game was just too hard for me. Often, when I died in 2, I felt it was the result of shenanigans on the game’s part.

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    I hate to double post but I just read this on IGN: Team Ninja head Yousuke Hayashi said of the image, “He seems to be doing something with right hand. Also, there’s something not normal about this hand. It’s covered in blood, but there’s something unnatural regarding the blood.”

    Naturally, with the right hand he’s removing his mask, hinting that we’ll finally see Ryu’s face. But about the blood. It seems to be on his first two fingers. I remember back when I got in a lot of fights, in was always those two fingers that would be cut up, bloodied and bruised. So I’m thinking, are they going to put in hand-to-hand combat in this game? That’d be new and pretty cool. Or by unnatural, he simply means it’s like demon blood or something.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    Remove the ridiculous “stylized violence” AKA gushes of rainbows. It didn’t disturb me greatly, but I prefer merciless gore. Asking for the demons to be removed would be too much, so…

    I also wouldn’t mind if Ryu’s movement became a bit more fluid (just his walking/running around, it seems kind of… stiff).

    Bah. It’s not like they’ll listen to me, I’ll play it anyway.

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