Ninja Gaiden 3 uses online pass

As is oh so hip, cool and trendy to do nowadays, Ninja Gaiden 3's publisher Tecmo Koei is locking its online multiplayer away behind a single-use code included with new copies. If you pick up a used copy, then, you'll need to pay extra to cut up your pals.

Tecmo Koei confirmed the online pass to Joystiq after a mention of it was spotted on the listing at game rental service, and Shacknews parent company, GameFly.

We've dropped Tecmo Koei a line to find out how much NG3's online pass will cost. $10 seems to be the going rate nowadays, though.

Ninja Gaiden 3 is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 20. A Wii U version, subtitled Razor's Edge, is also in the works for Nintendo's new console.