After taking a few years off, the
Ninja Gaiden franchise is returning in a new adventure that involves
globetrotting, ancient magic, and lots of blood. The renewed Team Ninja has
been working on Ninja Gaiden 3 for a while and now it’s very close. How close?
It’ll be out March 20 of next year, and star Ryu Hayabusa is bringing some
friends along with him in the form of a demo.
Above: We got a helpful video walkthrough from a developer just last
The title hits 360 and PS3 March 20
in the US (March 23 in the UK) with a standard and collector’s edition. The
$99.99 limited release comes with an art book, CD soundtrack, a special figure,
and a Dead or Alive 5 demo that has playable DOA legends Ryu Hayabusa, Hayate,
Ayame, and Hikari. For those sticking with the standard edition, there’s still
a way to get early access to the demo, as those that preorder Ninja Gaiden 3
from Gamestop or Amazon get the same demo, only with half the fighters.
Gamestop buyers get a download code for a DOA5 sneak
peek with Hayabusa and Hitomi included, while the Amazon demo has playable Hayate
and Ayame. We got our first hands-on with all of those combatants in our recent Dead or Alive 5 preview
as well as a fun playthrough of both Ninja Gaiden 3’s single player
and online multiplayer.
The full DOA5 is planned for release some time in 2012.