Ninja Gaiden 3: Japan release date set, US and Europe have to wait

By Posted 14 Dec 2011, 18:24

Earlier this week we gave you a release date update for the third installment of the popular Ninja Gaiden franchise. Ninja Gaiden 3 is fast approaching and we can now reveal a solid release date for when the game will release over in Japan.

Yeah that’s right, Ninja Gaiden 3 is hitting Japan first if you didn’t realize. We told you in a previous article this week that the game would be released in March, but there has been no official release date in the west as of yet.

However, information over at AndriaSang which cites Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed that the game will be released on March 22 in Japan. Further information that you may be not aware of is there will be two versions of the game available – a standard edition and a collector’s edition. Sadly though, there’s no info on what goodies will be included in the premium version but we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

As for a US and Europe release date, there is no solid date other than March. If the game is hitting Japan on March 22nd, then possible scenario could see the game released in the west on Tuesday December 27 in the US and Friday December 30 in Europe and the UK – obviously this is just mere speculation though until Team Ninja state otherwise.

The game will also be coming to the Nintendo Wii aside from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but there’s no sign of it whatsoever since the console itself has remained in exile since its unveiling at E3 2011. One of the big talking points of the game prior to release though, has been about the fact that Ninja Gaiden 3 will feature online multiplayer for up to eight players. There’s already a collection of gameplay videos available online previewing multiplayer, the latest of which we have added below for you to check out. Feelings appear to be rather mixed should we say.

Are you looking forward to picking up the third game in the franchise, or are you worried that it lacks quality compared to the other two? We’ll update this when a solid US and EU release date is set.