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Leading the pack this week is NetherRealm’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The team behind Mortal Kombat has created a DC Comics brawler that pits Batman against Superman in a battle over the soul of the very world. Also available this week is Dragon Fantasy: Book I, an 8-bit-styled RPG that is the second game in Sony’s monthlong celebration of indie games, “Spring Fever 2013.” The game is available for $9.99 as a PSN/Vita Cross-Buy title.
What else can you look forward to this week? How about the side-scrolling beat ‘em up Sacred Citadel, Capcom Arcade Cabinet‘s “1984 Pack,” and Team Ninja’s Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge? All three are available on the PS Store now.
With PAX East and GDC behind us, we head into another slow Spring month of new releases.
The first week of April begins with Trion Worlds’ Defiance for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. The alien-blasting game is a side-story companion to the Syfy show of the same name. This week also sees the release of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The enhanced special edition of Ryu Hayabusa’s third adventure was previously only available for the Wii U.
And that’s it.
Nintendo has announced that if you’ve got a ticket to this weekend’s PAX Prime expo, you’ll be able to demo eight different Wii U games during the big show.
The lines are sure to be long, but expo attendees who brave them will be able to play…
- New Super Mario Bros. U, the latest 2D Mario game
- The long-awaited Pikmin 3
- The minigame collection Nintendo Land
- The superhero squad sim from Platinum Games, Project P-100
- The Wii U-enhanced Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Scribblenauts Unlimited, the hi-def sequel to the popular DS series
- The Wii U-enhanced Trine 2: Director’s Cut
- …and ZombiU, Ubisoft’s zombie epic
PAX Prime will take place this weekend (August 31 – September 2) at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center.
It’s taken more than 20 years, but Pit is finally back in Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS. Hallelujah! (Cause he’s an angel, get it?).
Also available this week is Team Ninja’s Ninja Gaiden 3 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s the first game in the series without input from former studio head Tomonobu Itagaki and it comes with a sweet Dead or Alive 5 demo.
Rounding out the rest of the new releases is Capcom’s multiplayer shooter, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3, Xbox 360); From Software’s next Armored Core, Armored Core V (PS3, Xbox 360); and Konami’s compilation of the second and third Silent Hill games, the Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3, Xbox 360).
A complete list of this week’s new releases, including a Kinect game starring Pixar’s greatest characters, can be found after the break. (more…)
Ryu Hayabusa returns to slice and dice more demons this Spring as Tecmo Keoi has announced a release date for Ninja Gaiden 3. Ninja Gaiden 3 is the first game in the series not developed by former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki as well as the first to be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 at the same time.
And while we’re on this “firsts” theme, Ninja Gaiden 3 will also include the first time the public gets a chance to play Dead or Alive 5. Players who pre-order the game from GameStop will receive a DoA5 demo featuring Ryu Hayabusa and Hitomi. Meanwhile, those who place their pre-order through Amazon will receive a different demo, which features Ayane and Hayate. But if you buy the Ninja Gaiden 3 Collector’s Edition (available exclusively at GameStop), your demo will include all four characters.
The Collector’s Edition will take a $99.99 slice out of your wallet, but it includes a copy of the game, the DoA5 demo and a “Ninja Gaiden 3 ‘Unmask’ game art book, soundtrack CD, and a unique ‘Duel of the Masked’ figure.”
Ninja Gaiden 3 is also in development for the Wii U and will be available at the console’s launch, which is currently scheduled to take place sometime in 2012.
The Wii U is still shrouded in mystery, but the first launch title has been announced and it’s not what you’d expect.
Instead of an announcement from Nintendo concerning the latest adventure starring Mario or Link or even Samus Aran, the announcement of the first Wii U launch title has come from Tecmo Koei. During a financial presentation, the publisher revealed that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will be available at the Wii U’s launch (whenever that is). Nintendo plans to “re-introduce” the Wii U to the public at E3 2012, so a Fall release is likely.
Ninja Gaiden 3 is also in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be released on those two platforms in early 2012.
Ninja Gaiden 3‘s “Consequence” trailer is heavy on blood and disembodied voices crying out in lamentation. We see Ryu Hayabusa grunting around in pain while gallons upon gallons of blood, explained to be the blood and hatred of all he has slain, course through his arm. I almost want to see him use it to arm-wrestle with Nightmare from the Soul Calibur series.
In addition to the trailer, a multiplayer mode was announced at a pre-TGS event, set to pit would-be ninjas online against each other with the end goal of surpassing Hayabusa. I’m going to name my ninja Lag, because we all know that lag kills (cue the crickets).
It was also announced that two “play styles”, Ninja and Hero, will be featured in Ninja Gaiden 3. “Ninja” is the traditional style and the same way you’ve been playing the game for the past few iterations, while “Hero” will allow players to auto-block and auto-dodge if they just want to focus on the narrative.
So watch Ryu get a cursed arm capable of throwing a fastball from hell in the trailer above. Ninja Gaiden 3 is due in early 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
I always love video game conferences because of all the new developments being announced; this week, Tecmo and Koei announced that the Playstation Move controller will be an added full functionality to the upcoming brutally-slashing sequel, Ninja Gaiden III.
The statement also notes that the Move functionality will “give players a new edge when slicing through their enemy’s flesh and bone.” Sounds interesting! It is Ninja Gaiden, after all. It simply wouldn’t be without the mention of tearing apart enemies. The Move should be a welcomed addition, but I’m curious to see how much more frustration this will add to the already-difficult series.