Ninja Gaiden 3 adds PlayStation Move support for 'casual' appeal

Team Ninja is adding PlayStation Move support to its upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3 in an effort to make the game "more accessible" to casual gamers.


The Ninja Gaiden series pretty much defines what makes a game hardcore. So, Team Ninja's decision to add PlayStation Move support to its upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3 seemed peculiar, to say the least.

"With PlayStation Move, you can make the motion of cutting an enemy down," Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi explained. "I feel it’s more the casual gamer that will use PS Move and it will make this kind of game more accessible to them."

While the franchise has been skewed towards the hardcore, it appears Hayashi and team are making concessions to attract a wider audience. "Ninja Gaiden 3 is still very difficult on the hardest setting for those fans who like that about the series," Hayashi told the PlayStation.Blog. "However, we have got the normal difficulty level in there for the players who simply want to follow the story or are not so skilled."

We haven't seen Team Ninja's implementation of Move yet, but perhaps it will give us an idea of what to expect from the Wii U version of the game? Ninja Gaiden 3 will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360 early next year.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 19, 2011 2:45 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Ninja Gaiden 3 adds PlayStation Move support for 'casual' appeal.

    Team Ninja is adding PlayStation Move support to its upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3 in an effort to make the game "more accessible" to casual gamers.

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      August 19, 2011 2:47 PM

      This is only going to work if the swords start shooting bullets.

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      August 19, 2011 2:52 PM

      What a horrible, horrible idea. Taking a game whose appeal is its niche difficulty and diluting it.

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        August 19, 2011 3:17 PM

        It's hilarious how quickly this series fell. QTE's, now this.

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          August 19, 2011 7:41 PM

          When Itagaki and the REAL Team Ninja left, I knew the series wouldn't be as good, but I didn't think they would try to go even lower.

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            August 19, 2011 7:43 PM

            And when I heard a NG game with QTE's , I was really already dreading it. I was hoping that it would be done tastefully like Bayonetta, but now I'm really doubting it.

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              August 19, 2011 7:55 PM

              lol did you just use the word "tastefully" and "Bayonetta" in the same sentence?

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                August 20, 2011 7:26 PM

                In terms of QTEs, Bayonetta was rather tasteful. The mandatory QTEs were confined to an "action button" (which was always X / square), a "jump" move, or an "evade" / "counter" move (Y+B / triangle + circle). They were memorizable after one or two runs through, to the point where you knew what was coming up. Also, in the Very Easy mode, failing a mandatory storyline QTE does not end the game; it just continues on with no bonus.

                The other QTEs were Torture Attacks, Infernal Demon summons, or special moves against bosses, and those are so fun to watch, even after the millionth time.

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      August 19, 2011 2:53 PM

      Casual gamers are why we can't have nice things. :(

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        August 19, 2011 7:45 PM

        Honestly, how true is that statement. I wouldn't mind it so much if they made casual games for casual gamers, but when they try to make the hardcore games for casual gamers....uughh.

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        August 20, 2011 10:40 AM

        Spend more money- buy games at full retail, buy collector's editions. Did you buy Duke Nukem's collector edition for $100 bucks? If not, STFU - this is a business and you don't "deserve" anything - your money does more talking.

        The Casual gamers are far more numerous than "teh hardcorze!"

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      August 19, 2011 3:02 PM

      Did you all really think a Ninja Gaiden made without Itagaki at the helm would be as ruthless or interesting as a game?

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        August 19, 2011 3:07 PM

        Nope. But I didn't it would be this fucking lame.

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        August 19, 2011 7:42 PM

        I for one pretty much agree with that statement. I just didn't think they would try to disappoint their fanbase that much just to appeal to the idiot casual gamer.

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      August 19, 2011 3:25 PM

      That's hilarious. This game is going to be so bad.

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      August 19, 2011 7:48 PM

      of all the games,...... of ALL the games! I don't even like Ninja Gaiden and I know this is retarded.
      ANY OTHER GAME - lol

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      August 20, 2011 11:42 AM

      Added Move support, QTEs, and removed decapitations+dismemberment (apparently Hayashi thinks don't want that anymore), no Flying Swallow.

      When are we getting to know about Devil's Third?

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