Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Cuts "Steel On Bone" QTEs, Goes Back To Series Roots

By Spencer . September 19, 2012 . 7:20am


"After launch, we  learned again what fans of the series expect from the series and a Ninja Gaiden game," Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi said when introducing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. "We feel we focused too much on getting new action game fans and perhaps not enough on the fans who have supported the series for so long. Now, we have heard those voices and know very well what fans of the franchise expect from a Ninja Gaiden game and we’re ready to start again. That’s Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U."


I admit, I was skeptical that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge was just a gorier port of Ninja Gaiden 3. Team Ninja changed my mind when I played the game with Ayane, a character added for the Wii U version. Ayane’s mission takes place on Day 2 in Paris where she is getting massage. A mercenary storms in and points his machine gun at Ayane’s head then moves down to her… um… chest and attempts pulls her towel down a tad. Ayane, in a cutscene, quickly slaughters the gunman and after a few more cinematic kills the game gives control to the player.




The first thing I noticed about Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is that the enemies are more aggressive and they won’t plead for their lives anymore. Director Fumihiko Yasuda confirmed that they removed cowering enemies from Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Enemies feel "smarter" since you can’t repeat the same attack pattern and they will gang up on a player instead of waiting for you to kill them. The "steel & bone" quick time kills are gone. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge has dismemberment instead.


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While I breezed through the first wave of enemies, the third group finished Ayane off. One enemy who lost his leg crawled towards Ayane and self destructed taking off about 1/3 of Ayane’s life. Ouch. I changed my tactics a bit and used ninpo to recover Ayane’s life much earlier after I died the first time. At least for Ayane’s missions, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is challenging. Yasuda who was watching everyone play had a wry smile when he saw a player die. I asked him if Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge would have difficulty levels for new players and he said the game does. However, if you play Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge at a lower difficulty you’ll earn less karma. Players can use karma to unlock moves like the Guillotine Throw, the Flying Swallow technique, and more ninpo.


Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will have free downloadable content after the game launches. Hayashi didn’t reveal the content, but gave hints saying there was "quite a bit" and "series fans are going to love it."


Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a launch day title for Wii U in North America and Japan. The game will also be available in Europe in the Wii U’s launch window.

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  • SantiagodelosSantos

    So it sounds like they got a bad game, removed the bad parts, and made a relatively good game. Well, i hope that’s the case, i loved the older NG games

  • This is awesome. I too was skeptical about it but after watching the trailer it looks awesome and Ayane <3

  • Nitraion

    Hmm sounds like they really feel the slaps on the face in ps360 release…
    I hope they back to old formula and improve it not change it

  • If you’re able to skip battles I’ll give this version of NG3 a try. What I hate most about post-Itagaki NG is that you’re forced to fight these long, tedious, incredibly boring grunt battles with absolutely no reward.

    • I think they’re putting orbs back in the game? Not 100% certain though.

  • DietSoap

    “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will have free downloadable content after the game launches.”

    Certainly those who bought the game initially on 360 and PS3 will be getting this too as a thanks for putting up with their bullshit, right? … Right??

    • MrTyrant

      They should get all the improvement not just the DLC. 

    • SantiagodelosSantos

      I’m not entirely sure how it works, but Nintendo is publishing, so i imagine it won’t, but i’m not entirely sure how that would work though. I think Nintendo has NG3: razor’s edge as an exclusive, if they added the dlc plus the improvements wouldn’t the other versions also be razor’s edge?

    • Sardorim

       They wont get jack if Nintendo has their way.

  • XypherCode

    It’s shaping up quite nicely if you ask me. :)

  • I hope this will develop into Sigma 3 for PS3 in the future.

    • Godmars

      At this point more likely it would be a PS4 as well as New Xbox title.

      • SantiagodelosSantos

        And wiiu

        • Godmars

           Its already on the WiiU.

          Though considering the backlash from the initial release, that they’re making a  point of removing cowering/begging enemies, have to ask if they did any consumer testing. 

          • SantiagodelosSantos

            I really don’t know what Sigma 3 means, so i thought you where talking about a new game. nvm then :P

    • eilegz

       most likely thats what its going to happen, tecmo koei like to re-release stuff even when they have an very dlc featureonj most of its current games.

  • $30632660

    Are all the QTES out or just that Steel on Bone Mechanic?I’d love it if all QTEs were out of the game, but if it’s just that Steel On Bone junk then I’m satisfied either way.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I don’t want to said this but….. Ninja Gaiden 3 better edition?^_^

  • I’m still a bit skeptical about this (if Hayashi & co. really knew what they were doing, how did the original version of the game end up so bad in the first place?) but before people rush to accuse Hayashi of being a hack, it’s worth pondering: when was the last time you saw a major developer release an unpopular game, then not only apologize for it but set out to improve it using an exhaustive laundry list of the biggest fan complaints?

    • Draparde

      there’s only one other game that comes to mind (FFXIV) …and if they do anything like that other game did, i think it will turn out well. 

    • malek86

      I guess it would be more admirable if they also improved the existing versions, though. It’s not like Squenix said “oh sorry PC fans, but the better version of FF14 will only come to PS3”.

  • I’m still high on the original Ninja Gaiden since I haven’t played Sigma 2 or 3 yet. All the bad reviews and backlash don’t effect my opinion. I loved the original, still excited to get Sigma 2 and Razor’s Edge at Wii U launch. A Ninja Gaiden for launch on a Nintendo system, never thought I’d see the day. I’m excited as hell.

  • Despite what everyone says about Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, I still think that’s the best ninja-game ever released. If Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is anything like that, then I am happy. While I enjoyed Ninja Gaiden 3 as it was released, it was too easy and short for my taste.

    Wii U is getting some great games, so I’ll be biting the bait! But something inside me wants Tecmo Koei to find SOME way of releasing Ninja Gaiden Sigma 3 on PlayStation 3 with Razor’s Edge as base… just for the sake of having the best versions of the games on a single platform…

    Now where’s Dead or Alive 5 for Wii U? ;)

  • Jake_Indiman

    Hmmm…Well at least Team Ninja is addressing the players’ concern. It would be nice if we have a hefty update to reflect those changes on the current version of Ninja Gaiden 3. Well one can dream….sniff…

  • Solomon_Kano


    That steel and bone crap was what made me dislike the game, it completely ruined what I liked about NG Sigma and NG2. Now that we’ve had Sigma 2+ announced for Vita, I wonder if this version won’t make it to PS3/360 as Sigma 3 with a Sigma 3+ later? Or skip straight to a Vita version. I mean, they seem intent on getting the whole series on Vita.

    • K Mantle

       Rumours about this game being funded by Nintendo are pretty strong, and if they are true, I wouldn’t count a port to the Vita

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’d imagine that Nintendo wouldn’t be able to stop them from porting a game that’s a port in and of itself. They probably threw some money around to have Razor’s Edge made for Wii U, sure, but Tecmo’s pretty good about spreading the series around regardless of “exclusive” status. Might take another year or two, but I expect this will be ported just like the last two.

  • Budgiecat

    And ye…t those fans now have to buy a Wii U and sell their inferior PS3/360 copy…

  • Manuel Antony Marcano

    I played it at the WiiU event here in NY and was completely blown away by how different it was. Actually liked it almost as much as Ninja Gaiden Black. 

  • Visa Vang

    I just want to play the girls. They’ve been teasing them too much. I HATE YOU, TEAM NINJA. Well, I 3/4 hate you now because you’ve finally let us play Ayane… Maybe not, but I guess I hate you 89/100 because you released it on the WiiU (Which I’m gonna get…). I rather enjoy Ninja Gaiden on my PS3.

  • Souji Tendou

    Seems like they still didn’t learn. I’m gonna guess Ayane’s part gonna be integrated to Ryu’s story……… again.

  • William Carpenter

    Very, very glad to hear they cut the parts where you execute enemies after they’ve given up and cower in fear. Not only did it make me, the player, feel absolutely terrible, but it seemed way out of character for Hayabusa no matter what kind of gritty and edgy image they tried giving him. That’s just not something a game should force it’s player to do.

    I… I might actually buy this. Huh.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    I’m surprised they changed so much; I was thinking this game would be a flop given how bad the XBOX 360 / PS3 version was. But playing as Ayane, removing QTEs, teases about free DLCs and increased difficulty are pretty sexy~.

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