Ninja Gaiden 3 for Wii U Gets Dragon Sword-style Touchscreen ControlsS

Team Ninja is bringing super ninja Ryu Hayabusa to Nintendo's new console, Wii U, with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. Its the more unique version of Ninja Gaiden 3, thanks to the addition of (optional) touchscreen controls.

Yosuke Hayashi, head of Team Ninja, tells Kotaku that the control scheme from Nintendo DS game Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is coming to the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3. The touchscreen-controlled Dragon Sword used screen taps to throw shurikens and move Ryu, swipes of the screen to jump and slash at enemies.

"It was almost like fate that we're making making Ninja Gaiden 3 and then we have the option to bring in Dragon Sword controls, that kind of gameplay, to a high spec console version," Hayashi said through a translator. "We feel we'll be able to give players a new kind of gameplay, a new feel with the new controller."

Hayashi said that more traditional, buttons and analog stick-based controls will be available to players of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge.

Publisher Tecmo Koei hasn't put a date on the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3, but the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of that game are currently scheduled for "early 2012."