TECMO KOEI America announced that NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE, the latest chapter in the famed action series, has launched for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Team NINJA-developed title is now available at retailers and via download. In NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE, the most action-packed and feature rich NINJA GAIDEN game ever created, the enigmatic warrior Ryu Hayabusa must save the world from the terrorist occult known as the “Lords of Alchemy” while searching for a cure to the mysterious curse that threatens to destroy him.

NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE was designed from the ground up to please core action fans with a redesigned battle system, streamlined gameplay with greatly reduced QTE scenes, tough enemy AI, upgraded online features, and the bloody return of dismemberment. The title expands gameplay options with the new Chapter Challenge mode, in which players compete for the highest score in each chapter, and 100 Ninja Trials, the most ever for any title in the franchise’s storied history. The robust Ninja Skills systems lets players use Karma earned in combat to freely purchase weapons, Ninpo upgrades, feats, and costumes. Adding variety to the gameplay, Kasumi, Ayane, and Momiji all join Hayabusa as playable characters. Ayane will get her own story mode while all three female characters can be played in Chapter Challenge mode and Ninja Trials co-op play with multiple costume options.

NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE is the biggest and toughest NINJA GAIDEN game to date,” said Amos Ip, SVP and General Manager of TECMO KOEI America. “Team NINJA has created an action-packed epic with brutally challenging combat, exciting new gameplay modes, three playable female characters alongside Ryu Hayabusa, and innovations like Xbox SmartGlass integration that enhances the experience with an interactive second screen on the player’s tablet or phone.”

Xbox 360 players will be able to expand their NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE experience with immersive Xbox SmartGlass “second screen” features on compatible Internet-enabled tablet or smartphone. They can check their updated personal records and achievements, review stats, and watch strategy videos based on their current in-game location to get help. Regardless of platform, all players can boost Hayabusa’s capabilities by discovering Golden Scarabs concealed throughout the game world. These Scarabs can then be used to unlock new Ninpo or weapons. Crystal Skulls hidden in each level provide another bonus, sending players to new Tests of Valor challenges in which they face off against classic bosses from the series.

Six weapons are available in the game, including powerful Dual Swords, the expandable Lunar Staff, and Ryu’s Kusari-gama that lets him pole vault off enemies to attack them from above. New Ninpo including Inferno, Wind Blades, and Piercing Void give players new powers and options in battle. The online features in NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE have been greatly expanded, with previously paid DLC from NINJA GAIDEN 3 available as a bonus. Multiplayer Clan Battles support up to 8 players and gamers can use Karma to purchase customizable features using the Ninja Skills system online.

NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR’S EDGE is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $39.99 on both platforms.