Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (360/PS3) Headed To U.S. And Europe [Update]

By Ishaan . February 6, 2013 . 9:30am

Updated report: Tecmo Koei Europe have announced Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 release in U.S. and European territories. The game will release in North America on April 2nd and Europe on April 5th, and will feature the same changes seen in the Wii U version—the removal of QTEs, the return of dismemberment, improved enemy AI, and Kasumi, Ayane and Momiji available as playable characters.

 

In addition, Razor’s Edge will also have extra costumes that weren’t available in the Wii U version. These can be purchased in-game using karma. Here’s a look at some of the new outfits that are in the game:

 

Ayane:

 

Kasumi:

 

Momiji:

 

Ryu:

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will also contain all the paid DLC that was available in the original Ninja Gaiden 3 for free. The game’s Ninja Trials mode now has 100 missions, and all four characters can be used to play them.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will be available both as a retail and a download title at launch in both the U.S. and Europe.

 


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  • Zurashii

    Why aren’t Momiji and Rachael in DOA5(+)?

    • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

      Maybe in DOA X3!

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        haha, well that’s a different story and it might actually work ^^

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      I assume they would not work very well as fighting game characters. Ayane and Kasumi are original DOA characters who also happen to be bad-ass Kunoichi (Shinobi). Rachael and Momiji are just bad-ass but not designed as fighting game characters.

  • MrTyrant

    Must not fap….

  • Peeka Chu

    Is this a digital or retail version? I’m one of those minorities (here) that would prefer digital.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      In the U.S., it’s both retail and digital. Ah, and in Europe, too.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Still not sure if I want to get this on PS3 now, or wait for TK to do a Vita port. They ported NG and NG2, and DOA5+ makes it clear that they can do NG3 on Vita.

    I kinda wanna play it as soon as possible, though. Hm… decisions, decisions.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu of Spades

      Get NG3 for PS3, the rest for Vita. That’s my plan, really. xP

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, that does sound good. If a Vita port happens down the line, I suppose I could always snag it on a sale at some point. Yep, so PS3 it is!

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      I’m double dipping because I could not decide which version to play. Can’t wait to play with Ayane hence PS3 version. Looking forward to playing with Ayane on the go, consequently double dipping for the Vita version, which should still take quite some time to release anyways.

      • Solomon_Kano

        True. Even if they do a Vita port, that won’t be happening for about a year.

    • benhofb

      I hope that Ninja Gaiden Z (Yabiba I think) comes to the vita as a + version as well. Then they would have all the current Ninja Gaidens on the go!

      • Solomon_Kano

        Y’know, I’d actually completely forgotten about Yaiba. It’d be cool to see that on Vita, but that one looks doubtful. With the bulk of development being in Spark Unlimited’s hands by all appearances, I can’t see us getting a Vita port unless TK does it themselves later on. We can dream though!

      • An Tran

        Hoping Yaiba gets released on Wii U if PS360 are getting NG3 RE

        • benhofb

          I wouldn’t be suprised considering how little news we are getting about Yaiba.

  • James Beatty

    So it’s going to keep the name in those territories? How odd, I was pretty sure that since Nintendo published it in those territories held the rights to “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge”. I thought the only way they could release it on other platform is if they changed the name…or is that not how publishing works? Still strange since Nintendo put money into publishing and old game that was poorly received in the hopes they could make it better only to have it show up on other platforms. Oh well

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, I don’t think that’s how publishing works. NG3 was TK’s to begin with so, in spite of Nintendo’s involvement, all rights to the Razor’s Edge name likely remain with them.

      I don’t really see anything strange here. TK knows how poorly NG3 was received. That’s a blemish on the Ninja Gaiden name and on Team Ninja, so it makes sense that they want the improved version to be experienced by the widest amount of consumers possible and still get some more money. With or without Nintendo, I’d imagine we would’ve seen an enhanced NG3. This wasn’t some noble goal on Ninty’s part, it was them stepping in to help with Team Ninja’s inevitable next step.

      It’s true to form for what Team Ninja’s done with every prior game in the series:

      NG > NG: Black > NGS > NGS+

      NG2 > NG2S > NG2S+

      The enhanced versions of previous games were always made available on the system opposite the original version, excluding Black. There was no reason to expect this would only appear on Wii U. Nintendo’s involvement might have bought them some time for this content to be exclusive, but NG has never been shy about hopping platforms. Also, some time after Razor’s Edge was announced, Hayashi flat-out said that he was interested in bringing this content to players on PS3 and 360.

      In fact, he said that talking to Spencer: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/11/12/team-ninja-on-developing-for-wii-u-bringing-qte-free-ninja-gaiden-3-to-ps3-360/

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        Yeah, people are making way too big a deal out of this. It’s pretty obvious what happened and not surprising in the least. A Wii U version of NG3 was already in the works early on. In the meantime, NG3 vanilla came out, got slammed for being a bad game, and Team Ninja realized they needed to start working on a fix.

        Normally, their priority would be to address the PS3/360 versions first but Nintendo took ahold of the opportunity and offered to publish the improved version for timed exclusivity. Win-win for both. Team Ninja got a publishing deal, Nintendo got a decent launch title for Wii U. Now that it’s headed to PS3/360, everyone wins.

        It really isn’t some huge betrayal or Team Ninja being evil or Nintendo being the devil or some kind of crazy conspiracy. The timing worked out and it was to the benefit of all involved. It’s as simple as that.

    • malek86

      “I thought the only way they could release it on another platform is if they changed the name… or is that not how publishing works?”

      That’s how Microsoft’s publishing works. At least some times (Castle Crashers got no name change at all). Doesn’t mean it has to be the same for everyone. Anyway, it’s not a rule. I imagine it’s a contract-by-contract basis.

    • http://eonhack.blogspot.com theclaw

      It’s a common assumption trolls frequently help spread. The truth is most publishing deals are made behind closed doors, any specific contract details rarely leaking out.

    • An Tran

      Wonder why Nintendo even bothered to put the money forth to publish it if Tecmo Koei is perfectly capable of doing so themselves.

  • idrawrobots

    I was going to buy the Wi U version, now maybe no version.

    • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

      I can’t blame you.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      yeah….

  • anarchy_panty

    As sad as it is, I’m considering picking this up just so I can play as Kasumi…

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      I’ll probably double dip for the PS3 and Vita versions as I’m a sucker for Ayane.

    • idrawrobots

      on a side note, I loved your show panty.

      • Rolling Guy

        Oh hey, yeah, it’s Panty!

  • Mister_Nep

    To anyone that has played the Wii-U version. Is this worth picking up? I mean I know they fixed many of the problems of the original version, but with all those fixes is this worth a purchase?

    Now that Razor’s Edge is hitting X360 and PS3 I’m thinking of picking it up, but I’m not sure if all these improvements are enough to make the game worth playing.

    • Solomon_Kano

      From accounts of people who have played Razor’s Edge, I’m told that it brings the game in line with what one would expect gameplay-wise coming from NG and NG2 albeit that it’s not as good as those two overall.

    • ronin4life

      I never played vanilla 3, but it is close to 2… in some ways worse, but at times the same or a tiny bit better.

      In my mind, 2 was kind of bad though. Really wish they would just revert to the design of NG1 already and turn it back into a compact Action adventure instead of an arena mash-em-up though… >.>;;

    • smashbrolink

      The Wii U version is well worth picking up. I own it and have gotten countless hours of enjoyment out of it. The fixes to it make it stand head and shoulders above the original version.

  • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

    Am I seriously going to buy this a 3rd time? For 3 new costumes?? The answer is YESSSSSS…..
    Gdi.

  • Barrit

    So glad I haven’t played my vanilla copy of NG3 yet. Time to trade that sucker in

  • DarthSithZero

    Holy sh*t It’s Finally coming, THANKS Tecmo Koei those costumes looks fantastic!!!!. I’m getting this 1st day and possibly a + version for vita in the future

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Nice, waiting was worth it. Now what’s it gonna be priced at? I’d accept $40 or less… just sayin’…

  • SirRichard

    I think the only surprising thing is how short it took for the jump to be made.

  • http://simplephilistine.wordpress.com/ Arla

    nevermind.

  • DesmaX

    They should release this as a free dlc for NG 3 too

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    (Stretches) Welp, looks like I’ll be picking this up now.

  • Lazulis

    Man, Ryu looks flippin cool. I don’t have a WiiU so yay, a ps3 version! Time for me to stink at this game like I always do!

  • smashbrolink

    Not fond of the costumes so no skin off my back, and I think that’s still the same amount of trials as in the Wii U version…….
    So I guess this counts as the first port that the PS360 are getting from the Wii U?
    That’s a switch.XD
    I’m still going to stick with the Wii U version, though, even though I’m glad for PS3 owners.
    Loving the game pad’s little tricks too much to switch for the sake of another character. You’d be surprised how useful it is once one gets used to it.

    • Kevin Tan

      I’m happy that more people get to play. Only thing that is missing from the PS3, 360 versions is the off-TV play, which fits my situation a lot better.

    • Nok Su Kow

      More like the WiiU was ported from the as of yet released Ps360 version. The AA will likely be better too. Was this the first Nintendo published game to go to other platforms?

      Also shirtless Ryu looks pretty freaking badass.

  • raymk

    Sexy all of them ;D. I’m going to pick up this version and its going to be a blast. The costumes are also free and now I wonder where that bob-obb guy is now saying they never have free costumes even when that itself wasn’t true for any NG before this game.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    All right!!! I wonder if the PS3 version of Razor’s Edge will support PS Move like the previous NG3 release? I’m now hearing Bayonetta fans are now using this and Mass Effect 1 Ps3 release to prove that Bayonetta 2 on Wii U is timed exclusive.

    • Kevin Tan

      Bayonetta situation =/= Ninja Gaiden situation. Bayonetta is being funded by Nintendo itself.

  • l777l

    Available in-game and not (free) DLC, kudos.

  • SpecDotSign

    Momiji mai waifu and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.

  • CasualGamer

    I knew it. Awesome news. Good thing comes to those who are patient.

  • Prinnydoom

    Didn’t really like NG3 but this might redeem it

  • evilmajikman

    Sucks Rachel isnt in NG3RE….

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The only reason Razor’s Edge is good now, is because of Nintendo. So Sony and Xbox fans should be thanking big N.But Troll’s don’t think, they ya know trolls

    • Solomon_Kano

      Nobody should be thanking anybody. TK ALWAYS does an enhanced NG re-release once the game is out. This time, the re-release was being worked on while Ninty was gearing up to launch the Wii U. So they step in to publish it, TK gets money, and they get the content first. Nintendo’s hardly the reason it’s good. Team Ninja taking the fans response to vanilla NG3 is why it’s good.

    • http://www.twitch.tv/jpnags Jason Naglic

      Yup this is the first time team ninja has ever done this. The reason why there was a Sigma and Sigma 2 is because of Nintendo too right?

  • Visa Vang

    Yes!! Now I don’t have to buy a WiiU (which I am still going to buy eventually). I wonder if Razor’s Edge will still use the original save data though.

    • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

      Good question, Will NG3 save files be compatible with NG3: Razor’s Edge, I hope TK can answer that.

  • thaKingRocka

    Doh! Guess I’m buying NG3 again even though I was actually happy with the original release.

  • Nipah_Monster

    Dang, looks like Tecmo Koei is gonna have all my monies…throws money at…

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I’ll wait for the Razors Edge+ (or sigma 3+) to hit the vita november/February

  • darkfox1

    Is the WiiU version gonna get all the new things the PS3/360 version will?

    • SDDMN

      I sure hope so, I would love to have that new costume Momiji’s getting.

  • Christian Wright

    in-game unlockable costumes?! whaaaa?! that’s how things should always be.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    100 trials… that’s 25 more than vanilla NG3 + the dlc packs…
    If you wanted to have any sort of chance on the harder trials, you needed to pay for those dlc weapons.
    Though I don’t think they fixed the slow downs… The memories of going through NG3 on Ultimate Ninja are still fresh in my mind… not sure if I can handle going “through” the game anymore. It was insane.
    Though trials… I might hit that up.
    edit: Hopefully Ninja Cinema is back as well

  • Ixbran

    Well, at least Ryu is being turned into Eye candy too …

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    Sweet, sweet revenge! Nintendo shall never have OUR titles as exclusives.

  • Göran Isacson

    Fan-service AND man-service outfits?

    I am okay with this.

  • kangms872

    yes! hayashi!

  • Sergio Briceño

    It’s a good deal and all. But please Tecmo-Koei, PLEASE make NG what it used to be! And Hayashi! I know you love NG! But I love it too and I know I would do a terrible job helming it, just like you are doing right now! I know you must be a pretty talented game designer, but I’m sure you can find better franchises to rui- take care of than NG and DoA…

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    You’re going to get banned if you post inflammatory comments like that. Consider this a warning.

  • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

    Note taken.

  • An Tran

    Don’t make conclusions just yet. Besides, it’s not just funded by Nintendo, the Bayonetta 2 team has Nintendo producers on board, as well.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Nowhere on that page does it say that Microsoft funded Mass Effect. If you’re going to engage in exclusivity discussions, do your research and post accurate sources, please.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    No, but if you read the Mass Effect Xbox 360 instruction manual, Microsoft is heavily involved with ME1 from the beginning, even MS released this statement about ME1 when ME2 was announced for the PS3 release:

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2010/08/17/microsoft-responds-to-mass-effect-2-jumping-ship

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20013992-17.html

    and yet we ended up getting Mass Effect 1 on PS3. The statement MS released sounded like they were heavily involved with ME1 development. Explain to me this: why did it took 5 years for ME1 to get on PS3, if EA was able to get ME franchise, they could’ve release ME1 and ME2 on PS3 at the same time so why wait 5 years for ME1 to get a PS3 port, they could’ve have made a ME 1 + 2 PS3 compilation. So yes I did suspect ME1 had a lot of help from Microsoft.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    “Heavily involved” is a really vague thing to say. Heavily involved could mean they provided tech support because the 360 was still a relatively new console at the time. Heavily involved could mean they helped with Xbox Live integration. Heavily involved could mean they discussed the idea for a new sci-fi series with EA early on.

    Nowhere has anyone ever implied that Microsoft funded Mass Effect. They funded Gears of War, yes. They funded Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. All of those games are still exclusive. Microsoft have done a lot of marketing for timed exclusivity, too. But nowhere has it been suggested that they funded the development of ME2.

    With regard to Bayonetta, we know absolutely nothing about the nature of the arrangement between Sega, Platinum and Nintendo.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    Why did it took so long for ME1 to get a PS3 port, if EA had ME when they bought Bioware that means EA and Bioware could’ve already made a ME1 for PS3 before 2012 (they could’ve ported ME1 to PS3 alongside ME2), nope it took 5 years for ME1 to get a PS3 port. That’s why I suspect Microsoft was heavily involved with ME1 that include funding and this was way before EA bought Bioware. MS didn’t fund ME2 because EA bought Bioware but they probably paid EA to make ME2 timed exclusive, after that we got ME2 on PS3 a year later. But the main question: Why port ME1 to PS3 5 years after the 360 release? If you look at the original 360 box of ME1, it had a “only on 360″ tagline:

    http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/2/7/9/930279_70694_front.jpg

    When ME2 was first released on 360, no “only on 360″ tag at all like the first one.

    http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/9/0/7/944907_99727_front.jpg

    So I do think MS may have wanted to make Mass Effect a true 360 exclusive but because EA bought out Bioware, that went down the drain, so I have my suspicion that MS has invested heavily on ME1. EA took over for ME2 and 3, I think ME1 was intentionally made for 360 and the PS3 port was sort of a big surprise and shock among gamers.

    About Gears of Wars, that’s now under question from PS3 owners because number 1: Microsoft does not own the IP, according to their trademark site:

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/Trademarks/EN-US.aspx

    Gears of War is not listed on their trademark, and number 2: Epic Games President Mike Capp said he wants to bring Gears to PS3:

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/03/04/could-gears-of-war-end-up-on-ps3.aspx

    http://www.1up.com/news/gears-of-war-ps3-epic-love

    Capp’s statement raised eyebrows and question amongst PS3 owners (and 360 owners) and speculating that Gears on 360 could be timed exclusive, and may end up on PS3 at some point.

    About Blue Dragon, I’m baffled by this, although MS trademark that series, it sequels somehow ended up on a competitor console, the Nintendo DS. I can’t believe it a MS property on a Nintendo console. So can we have Halo on PS3 since Microsoft allowed Blue Dragon on the DS.

    About Bayonetta 2, I’ll wait a year or 2 for a PS3/360 release to be announce like all past timed exclusives that ended up on another console.

  • malek86

    If you remember, we had some Rare games on DS, and there were talks of a DS version of Halo. MS doesn’t (well, didn’t) compete with Nintendo on the portable sector, so they probably saw it as a chance to make extra bucks.

    That has changed now that they have entered the smartphone OS market though, so it will probably not happen again.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    As @malek86:disqus said, did you forget Viva Pinata was on DS as well? And Rare are a Microsoft studio. Microsoft didn’t have a portable in the market. They didn’t view the DS as competition and instead, viewed it as a means to expand their brand further in the case of Viva Pinata. And yes, there exists a prototype for Halo on the Nintendo DS as well. It almost happened.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    Yes I’m aware of that too. I find MS to be weird for letting one of their property on DS. I’m glad Halo on DS didn’t get release, if that happen then PS owners like me would demand Halo and Fable on PS3 and in return we would have to give God of War, Uncharted, and Killzone to Xbox 360 as collateral and Nintendo fanboys would take advantage of this and would demand Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, and Jak & Daxter on their console, and that would cause a lot of imbalance in the gaming industry and fandom. Also 1st party exclusive would no longer have any meaning because of this. Could you imagine Metroid not on a Nintendo console.

  • https://twitter.com/mikedo2007 mikedo2007

    Yeah and I didn’t see MS giving Banjo Kazooie a DS release so that upset many Nintendo owner that like the character before MS bought out Rare, you know I wonder if Nintendo had bought Rare, I think Wii and Wii U would have solid core 1st party title like Perfect Dark 2 on Wii U, and maybe Jet Force Gemini that plays like Gears of War for Wii U.

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