Wii U embraced by developers with enhanced versions

By Alan Ng - Aug 16, 2012

If you haven’t played Ninja Gaiden 3 yet, but have always wanted to, the upcoming release on Wii U may turn out to be something of a blessing in disguise. Team Ninja has been speaking at GamesCom and revealed that Nintendo’s version contains improvements over the Xbox 360 and PS3 that may make it the superior version.

The game will officially be known as Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge and is due out sometime after the Wii U releases before the end of the year. As expected, Razor’s Edge is going to be significantly different from the original console versions, as the player will now have an extended set of functionality available via the Wii U’s touchscreen controller.

For example, you can use the screen to view maps of areas and use it to access Ryu’s Ninpo powers if you prefer. We’re also hearing that the Wii U is getting exclusive weapons not found in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, on top of all the DLC that has released so far for the game.

Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi recently spoke with Eurogamer and revealed that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is going to be the ‘hardcore package’ between the three versions. He also made a somewhat surprise revelation by admitting that they let down fans by leaving out certain features in the Xbox 360 and PS3 version.

He added that these features have now made their way into the Wii U version and that they are now working on updated Wii U hardware to make the game look better than before. It sounds pretty tempting if you haven’t played Ninja Gaiden 3 yet, otherwise you may decide to give this a miss.

Are you happy that developers are starting to embrace the Wii U now as a hardcore console? The Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed 3 could also end up with the most enhancements over Xbox 360 and PS3, so it’s great news for those planning to support the new console at launch.

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  • Paul Phillips

    I think both of you have rather polar views on the system. The xbox is a good machine but has terrible RAM even minecraft had to be toned down purely because of the half gig of RAM, how many people today play games on pcs with quad core processors and a half decent graphics card? Probably more than those with top spec gaming rigs? I think if the wii u matches the 360 for spec but uses newer gen equipment (as were on the 3rd gen of intel quad cores) and has about the rumored RAM (1.5 – 3gb) then uts poised to still get decent looking ports of games for years to come and get a year of better looking games on console at least. Though the problem the system does have is the big N courting 3rd party devs both for AAA and indie titles.

  • I will be getting a Wii U at launch. I already have 8 games on preorder paid in full. I think people who say these negative things are just just sony drones and 360 haters, mad because we’ll have the better versions of multiplat games. Ha! wait til Injustice and Aliens C.M for Wii U starts to get press buzz!

  • um, no. i doubt much of this article is true. there have been many statements from folks in the game world that this thing will be an over-priced, out-of-date disaster, on day one. the specs barely catch up to the capabilities of the Xbox 360 & PS3. once those devices are updated with next gen systems, the laughably named “Wii U” will immediately be obsolete again, just as the Wii has been for a while. and saying “developers are embracing it” when you really mean just one, erodes your credibility.

    • Bucky

      The only ones that say that stuff don’t give their names or who they work for all the people who do give names and company say the complete opposition, I would rather believe a named source than some made up comment to get headlines/hits on web pages