|System: Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: Team Ninja|
|Pub: Tecmo Koei, Nintendo|
|Release: November 18, 2012|
|Players: 1 (2-8 online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes|
Also, the camera in Razor's Edge still has the same quirky inability to point in the right direction. However, it's always redeemable with a few quick swipes of the right control stick, and it reminds me of Mario 64, so it gets a pass.
Perhaps the biggest perk to the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3 is the addition of Dead or Alive's Ayane. In the last few NG titles, Ayane made a couple of cameo appearances, but on the Wii U, players can take control of the Dead or Alive mistress in her very own mini-campaign.
Ayane has a slightly more agile fighting style, if that's even possible, and her own little cache of weapons. Her campaign is nothing impressive or lengthy, and it's interwoven with the central storyline, but it is an impressive little extra for Wii U owners.
At the end of the day, Team Ninja has done a remarkable job cleaning up the problematic elements in Ninja Gaiden 3—the phrase "polishing a turd" comes to mind. But the improvements have definitely translated into an incredibly entertaining experience. It's not perfect by any means, but it's just the kind of blood-splatter free-for-all that the Wii U needed to solidify itself in the hardcore market, and it's one of the most enjoyable turds I've ever had.
Wait. Ignore that last thing.
Date: December 3, 2012