Jan 21st, 2013 publishUpdated   Jan 23rd, 2013, 6:11 am

The original release of Ninja Gaiden 3 was released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March of 2012. The game wasn’t received well by either fans of the series or critics. The Razor’s Edge version, exclusive to the Wii U, looks to solve many of the issues that players had with the original release. Check out the video below to see how these changes play out, and please leave your thoughts on the video in the comments.

Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge offers up gameplay mechanics that are better suited for a fast-paced  action game. Some of the new additions are dramatic changes such as changing up the combat, while some are simple, like bringing back dismemberment. All  of these changes are an improvement to the game. Players can also acquire a variety of upgrades that are better suited to their style of play, such as different weapons, powers, and moves. The chaotic action can be fun but it can also highlight some of the game’s short comings.

As battles get more intense, players may notice that issues with enemy tracking and targeting that can make it difficult to prioritize enemies, which is essential in the tougher fights. The difficulty scaling between progressing through a level and the subsequent boss battle, seems off. The standard enemies aren’t pushovers, but compared to the bosses, they aren’t much of a challenge. It feels like the boss difficulty levels should have been lowered, or the standard enemy difficulty should have been raised.


In the end, Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge, does its best to fix the issues found in the previous versions, but many still remain. It’s a decent game, and hardcore fans will likely be able to look pass its flaws, but newcomers should take note of these issues. If you are someone looking for an intense action game with unforgiving boss fights, this one may be for you.


  • Player feels more control of the character
  • Lots of enemy and level variety
  • Additional characters and upgrades provide replay value


  • Sporadic difficulty scaling
  • Enemy targeting and tracking issues
  • Too many effects on screen can get distracting

Final score: 9.0/10

Have any of you played  Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge yet? If so, what did you think?
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  • David Moore

    This game is awesome.

  • David Moore

    It feels more like ng2 now.

  • DESS_M_8

    This is a poor review. Not only is this an historical release and worthy of note for that reason alone but it is also the best Ninja Gaiden title ever made. Having a score solely for game pad implementation is retarded as how can this have any correlation to how good or bad a game is? If implementation isn’t necessary, don’t put it in. The fact this is a title that you can play off tv and direct to your gamepad is more than enough as this is one of the massive sellin points of the gamepad in the first place.
    This game is worth an 8/10 as far as ninja gaiden fans are concerned and at worse a 7/10 minimum for a general sense.
    Please so not slam games unless you have a reasonable an insightful reason to do so as it can affect less experienced gamers to choose whether or not to buy some titles.
    This is a good game

    • Rimas Stasaitis

      waaah im mad that someone has a different opinion than me, also seeing as how the gamepad is one of featured points of the wiiu, surely you can’t say that the teams work with the wiiu is irrelevant 

    • xdlugia

      “but it is also the best Ninja Gaiden title ever made”

      • Elem187

        Agreed, no Ninja Gaiden game will ever beat the NES versions. The games were brutally hard and satisfying.

  • I liked the review.  It was much more comprehensive than reviews typically are.  I appreciate knowing not only what the reviewer liked or didn’t like but why, which makes it a lot easier for me to imagine how I would feel playing this game.

    I may check this game out when the price comes down.

    • Rye Rugovac

      His review is absolute garbage. Not to be mean to the reviewer but, the online is good. I always have people online that are helpful, responsive, and nice people to fight or to work with. I always get at least 2v3 on Clan Battle, once you go on Clan Battle, everyone knows you, so there’s a community.
      The gameplay is astounding, with the variety of weapons you can choose, it sure makes for a violently pleasant experience.
      As for the audio, sure the rocket sound is repeated over and over, but the great voice acting and music makes up for this nitpick that you can just lower in the options menu.
      As for the story, he is right. However, the “secondary story” was kinda touching and the emotions and conversations between Ryu and Canna is just so cute and touching :3. I like the plot twists and the double/triple/quadruple crosses, it makes for something you wont ever expect. 
      As for the difficulty, I’m fine with the spikes. While the first boss was SERIOUSLY OVERPOWERED, I’m cool with that. You can just go on easy mode if its that hard, and retry the whole game in normal mode later.

      • Well, if you say things like he’s right about the story, but I liked it or, the game had difficulty spikes but it didn’t bother me, then you’re not disagreeing with his review, just his opinion.  As someone who hasn’t played the game and is looking at this review to see whether or not I want to get it, I can also say to myself “difficulty spikes, that doesn’t bother me” or “I don’t care that much about the story” and decide that the purchase is worth it to me.  The review was informative, and that’s what I look for in a review.  The final score doesn’t matter as much because people have different tastes and are bothered by different things.  Now I have a better idea of what the strengths and weaknesses of the game are so the review worked for me.  Maybe the review didn’t work for you, but I don’t think anything meant to be informative can be considered garbage if is, in fact, informative.

  • babe333

    Great review!!! Right on!  Thanks!!!

  • Laud

    The only thing I didn’t like was the rocket launcher guys but there’s a really easy way to deal with them. Do the lock on thing with the BOW and shoot quickly, it almost always aims for those guys instead of the guys on the ground.

  • Tobias Naustdal

     nAUTRON i think

  • Wayne Beck

    I really do hate when people review games in a youtube video and put none of their points in the write up. I’m sorry man, but I have no desire to watch you play or listen to you talk. 

    From the comments below alone I can see very easily that your two paragraphs do not contain even half of what you talked about.

    Everything I’ve read says this game is a spectacular jump back to everything that made Ninja Gaiden great and then some. It’s too bad you could take the time to explain yourself.

    • pick530

      I’m sorry but I have to disagree with your comment, I feel like there are A LOT more people who will see the YouTube video and actually take the time to watch it rather than reading paragraphs about it. I couldn’t really see how you would know how a game really is solely by reading about it. This review is great, but maybe soon someone will write a novel based on Ninja Gaiden 3 for the Wii U so then you will be satisfied. But for now I believe the rest of the people in the 21st century and I will just watch the video and base most of our thoughts on the game that way.

  • alex

    am playing this game right now and i agree with the fact that too many special efect confus me sometimes but the game is fantastic and is the best version i play this in ps3 and is good too i dont know why people talk so bad about it but i agree the wii u version look better…feels better and is a batter version at the end

    • BellsGhost

      Wii U version isnt good.  PS3 is better.  So is 360.

  • I’m now going to get this game when I finally get a Wii U. I hope the online picks up.

  • WiiUltra

    At 2:40 did he say that Ryu got infected with an STD? WTF hahah. 
    But seriously, the only part that I don’t like about this review is that he complains about the bosses being too hard. I mean, arent they supposed to be hard? Isn’t that what makes the game fun? Good review otherwise. I haven’t played this game, although I’m a little suprised he gave it a 6/10.

    • Elem187

      The original Ninja Gaiden’s on NES were some of the hardest games to finish… that is what was so great about them.

  • Ho Fan Yip

    Some points are true. But score 6/10 is a bit too harsh! What standard? I assume 5/10 is just score for pass. This game at least worth 7/10 IMHO.

  • I’ve never played a Ninja Gaiden game in ages so when I bought this game and hearing about all the praise it got I thought I might buy it… I have become an addict of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge… I LOVE IT!! 

  • he gave this game a 6/10 because he is bad at the game they need to get people who know how to play the game and it should of got 7/10 or 8/10

  • karlos e Alvarez

    is batman better than ng?