'Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge' for Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
New details were outlined Tuesday by developer Team NINJA for their upcoming title, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, releasing April 2nd for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
It's been revealed that the game will have a full-featured demo available on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms before launch and that the full retail Xbox 360 version will support robust SmartGlass functionality for tablets and smartphones, a first for any Team NINJA game. Additionally, the developer announced the new "Golden Scarab" upgrade feature and fighting details for the female characters Kasumi and Momiji.
Xbox 360 players will be able to expand their Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge experience with Microsoft's SmartGlass "second screen" features on their internet-enabled tablet or smartphone. Through Smartglass, they can check their updated personal records and achievements and even watch strategy videos based on their current in-game location to get help. Players will also be able to participate in the game's community by viewing and commenting on gameplay videos which have been uploaded by players around the world; or take a more active role by uploading their own videos from the game.
Regardless of whether they are using SmartGlass features, all players can boost the capability of Ryu Hayabusa, the game's iconic ultimate Ninja, by discovering Golden Scarabs hidden throughout the game world. These scarabs can then be used to unlock new Ninpo or weapons. For instance, Piercing Void, a move that creates deadly sharp vacuum blades to slice up nearby enemies, can be unlocked for 20 scarabs while the sweeping Lunar Staff weapon can be unlocked for 10 scarabs. Team NINJA notes that the scarabs are well hidden and players will need to look hard to find them.
Fans of publisher Tecmo KOEI's Dead or Alive games will also have something to look forward to with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, as characters Kasumi and Momiji are being added as playable characters. Kasumi, first seen in fighting game Dead or Alive, brings a variety of deadly attacks including her renowned Mugen Tenshin attacks that strike with deadly speed even if delivered from midair. She can also unleash the slow but powerful Kunai Tempest, which creates a giant pinwheel shuriken, and Rending Wind, which channels her aura into a powerful beam of energy. Momiji is no slouch, either. She can double-jump in midair with her unique Heavenbreaker to rain down attacks from high overhead, transform dancing leaves into a circle of flames with her Crimson Lotus, and unleash a powerful fireball with her Autumn Flame.
Available prior to launch, the game's demo will feature stages for both Hayabusa and Ayane. Any Karma or Ninja Skills acquired in the demo can be transferred to the full version.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is developed by Team NINJA and published by Tecmo Koei. The game has been rated "M for Mature" by the ESRB.