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

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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."

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Bubbleman! Will buy a PS Vita for NHL 13 or Gundam Extreme VS, so make it reality!

I hope that the DS mode is optional. One of the things that makes Ninja Gaiden such a great game is the fact that when you play it at a high level, you can make every fight look incredibly cinematic and graceful. In order to do that though, you need the most precise method of input possible. Having played Dragon Sword, I can safely say that isn't the best way to play.

I will say though, that the touch screen controls could be great for people who are having a tough time with the controller, as it makes it easier/faster to switch between enemies and avoid being hit mid-combo.