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Ninja Gaiden 3’s Developer Diaries Show You the Way of the Sword

Ninja Gaiden 3’s Developer Diaries Show You the Way of the Sword

by Ben RunningsMarch 17, 2012

Team Ninja today released the final developer diary showcasing Ninja Gaiden 3. The videos go over everything from the inspiration behind Ninja Gaiden 3 to adding competitive multiplayer to the series.

There is plenty of gameplay to see as well as some behind the scenes content that might be too behind the scenes for some people. I, however, thought they were very interesting and show off what looks to be a very worthy sequel to Ninja Gaiden 2.

I have placed all 6 of the videos below for everyone to enjoy. Ninja Gaiden 3 will be released on March 20th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Team NINJA today, releases their six episode developer diary series in its entirety. Through these video features, Team NINJA aims to transport viewers into a dark realm to ultimately ‘unmask’ Ryu Hayabusa and the design behind the upcoming installment, Ninja Gaiden 3due out on March 20th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.


In episode 1, “Weight of the Sword”, Team NINJA touches on the overarching concepts and inspiration behind Ninja Gaiden 3. Head of Team NINJA, Yosuke Hayashi, Director Fumihiko Yasuda and Online Planner Yoshinori Ueda speak to the newly added layers to the intense notorious action packed franchise, Ninja Gaiden, and explain the immersive experience of cutting down an enemy.


In episode 2, “Face of the Dragon”, Team NINJA shares the message behind the new direction – one of self-reflection and suffering. Character lead artist, Masahiro Nose delves into the artistic direction behind Hayabusa’s cursed arm, and torment while art director Kenichiro Nakajo speaks to the relevance of the curse – to bring to light Hayabusa’s inner conflict, the weight of having killed so many.


In episode 3, “Forged in Battle”, Team NINJA details the combat system surrounding the katana. Unlike action titles prevalent today the environment and experience behind battle in Ninja Gaiden 3 is focused on the strength of the blade. Director Fumihiko Yasuda imparts the ever changing immediacy of swordplay due to the close range. Motion team leader Kosuke Wakamatsu and chief programmer Takanori Goshima discuss further how the new tactical elements in combat and boss fights elevate the experience for seasoned players.


In episode 4, “Clash of Clans”, online lead programmer Yasuhiro Nakamoto recounts some of the difficulties of incorporating online multiplayer into ninja based combat. For the first time ever, players can plunge into an action-fraught world that challenges players to polish their skills and abilities in the Shadows of the World multiplayer mode. Team NINJA delves into the ninja customization as well various co-op styled modes in eight player battle.


In episode 5, “Heart of the Dragon”, Masahiro Nose and Kenichiro Nakajo describe the realistic elements within Ninja Gaiden 3 and the redesign of Hayabusa. Unlike past titles, the new installment features enemies from the defense force rather than the more fantastical type monsters. In turn, to showcase the humanity of Hayabusa –the ruthlessness and brutality of a ninja – Team NINJA has darkened the overall tone of Hayabusa’s image and created a heavier substantial physical base for the type of action required of him.


In episode 6, “The Battle Lies Ahead”, Team NINJA together wraps the developer diary series and ties together the themes and parts of the Ninja Gaiden 3 experience. Providing more hints to the human side of Hayabusa, his depth and duality, and the opportunities for players to advance their skills even further off and online, viewers are also offered a glimpse at The Regent of the Mask once more.


Leader of Team NINJA closes, “With NG3 we want players to be entertained and have fun. We hope that the action of the game remains with them. That the game remains in their hearts. And becomes unforgettable,”


About The Author
Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and now spends his time working for the 'man.' A Genesis kid growing up, it wasn't until he stumbled upon Ocarina of Time that he drove head first into gaming. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it.

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  • coolboy968

    So theres a reason i didnt buy this game

  • Desmarais

    Does anybody know the identify of the Head of Staff Ninja in Ninja Gaiden 2???

  • Lorrie Lauro

    I am unaturally excited. ^_^ One Particular of my favorite builders operating on on the newest model of a single of my favorite games. Now the greater question…will Nintendo release the reins on another property…say…..Legend of Zelda?!?!

    My fangirl brain is operating absolutley insane with the possibilities. 50 hit Mastersword combos FTW!!!

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    I’m crew ninja, simply because ninja’s are great (although I do like Pirates of the Caribbean) I’m acquiring in argument with my friend Appropriate NOW, and she is group pirate and I Am staff ninja. We are heading to go on this argument for the relaxation of the week. Give me some very good arguments for Team Ninja. Thanks in advance!

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    can you flip off the blood in NG3 sigma on xbox 360 i am just wondering.

  • Annette Cutter

    January 30, 2006 – Crew Ninja’s Tomonobu Itagaki appeared in the latest problem of Famitsu Xbox 360 in not one, but two interviews in which he discusses his groups options for the Xbox 360.

    Itagaki initial apologized for disturbing the Xbox 360 Japanese start with the delay of Lifeless or Alive 4. DOA4 was originally scheduled to launch with the 360 in Japan on December 10, but ended up struggling two delays, at some point arriving at retail on December 29. He asked that folks forgive his selfishness in delaying the title this time, as DOA4 represents his collective operate from the earlier 10 years.
    When asked about Team Ninja’s foreseeable future plans, Itagaki resorted to some peculiar mahjong analogy ahead of revealing that Lifeless or Alive Xtreme 2 will be the team’s up coming title. He added that he is been contemplating about producing a handful of modifications from the authentic plan. The game’s opening and ending are already becoming labored on, he revealed, but he will not commit to a launch date for fear of creating an uproar in scenario of a delay. He does state that it probably won’t be too significantly off from what folks are expecting.

    Asked about Ninja Gaiden 2, which the magazine even now lists as being “unannounced,” Itagaki explained that there are a lot of things he hopes to do with the title. With Dead or Alive, he stated he made a “complete” fighting game, and he hopes to do the same in the action genre as his following goal, although he won’t state that this will automatically be via Ninja Gaiden 2. He cited “interactivity” as a keyword. Itagaki hopes to produce a type of action that pushes the interactivity of videogames to the limit.

    Team Ninja is also doing work absent at Undertaking Progressive. The directions of Ninja Gaiden and Venture Progressive are totally different, Itagaki revealed.

    But prior to DOAX2, Ninja Gaiden 2 and all the rest, comes Lifeless or Alive 4. Team Ninja is even now operating absent to tune up the game. We can count on the first on the internet patch for the recreation in February, which really should fix the several problems that Itagaki himself has encountered above his 300 Live-based matches. The patch will resolve a few interface troubles as well as some much more core issues.

    Sadly, downloads do not look like they will feature in DOA4’s future. The Team Ninja personnel isn’t really all that large, Itagaki disclosed, and the group desires to give priority to the following project. He also mentioned that, in the occasion of free downloads, updates would have to be offered to non-Live gamers via free of charge booster disks, which would also be difficult because of to costs. Regardless Of the damaging outlook, Itagaki provides that some employees members want downloads to happen, and it is below consideration.

    Itagaki’s responses ended up just a part of a lengthy Famitsu Xbox 360 characteristic in which Japan’s most significant developers share their thoughts on the system.

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