Ninja Gaiden 3: New multiplayer gameplay shows shades of Tenchu

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We have some brand new gameplay to show you now from Team Ninja’s next entry in the popular Ninja Gaiden series. Ninja Gaiden 3 is due out soon on console and this time we have a specific look on how the online multiplayer mode is shaping up.

That’s right, as for the very first time in a Ninja Gaiden game, Ninja Gaiden 3 will feature online multiplayer. You may feel this is a slightly odd decision by Team Ninja since previous games have obviously focused on the single-player aspects of Ryu Hayabusa, but after watching the following video you may just be tempted to give it a try.

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There are two online modes in Ninja Gaiden 3, either multiplayer against other players, or teaming up with a friend in co-op modes. Both of these modes will have support for up to 8 players at a time and you can see that it can become a free for all when playing with 8 players online, although things may get a bit frustrating when players hang around on roofs launching arrows to players below – as seen in the video.

There will be another interesting aspect of online multiplayer, as players will also have the option of killing themselves in brutal fashion. We’re not sure if this harms the enemy in some way, or if it is just out of pride in true Ninja Gaiden style, but we will try to find out more details on this aspect, it certainly looks crazy though.

Just like the single player mode, players will also be able to perform combos online like Ryu’s Izuna Drop and also make use of special Ninpo attacks by shaking the controller. We’re not sure about you, but the general feel of this online mode instantly sends us back to the great Tenchu games on PS1 and PS2 – we would love to see a brand new Tenchu game in the future. As for Ninja Gaiden 3, the game is coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3, but a version for Nintendo’s Wii U has already been confirmed before the end of the year as well.

Check out the new multiplayer gameplay below and let us know your thoughts on it. Does online multiplayer belong in Ninja Gaiden 3 or not?