Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

Common Sense Media says

Blood-soaked fighting game with few unique Wii U features.






What parents need to know

Positive messages

You play as a ninja assassin, negating any possible positive message for players.

Positive role models

The game's anti-hero Ryu mercilessly slaughters enemies (and his history of doing so is mentioned). He's not a role model. 

Ease of play

If players have ever picked up a fighting game before, they'll feel right at home, as the control scheme is rather simple. "Boss" enemies, though, can prove extremely challenging.


The game is a non-stop ride of carnage, with decapitations, blood spurting onto the screen, screams of agony, and a large array of viscous weapons, including swords, steel talon-like claws, staffs, and more. Several kills are shown in slow motion, glamorizing them. The game basically follows a "if it moves, kill it" philosophy. 


Some female characters wear skin-tight clothes to accentuate their figures. 


Harsh language is frequent as enemies shout "F--k you!" regularly. "S--t" is also heard often. 

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is a violent, gory fighting game that features enormous amounts of blood and human suffering -- often shown in glorifying slow motion detail. Hero Ryu shows no regard for human life and kills without a second thought. There is also rampant harsh language throughout the game. 

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information


  • achieving goals

What Kids Can Learn

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information


  • achieving goals

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Players step into the shoes of Ryu, a muscle-bound, blood-thirsty ninja, who is recruited to battle an organization set on bringing about an end to the civilized world. NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE improves on many of the shortcomings of its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions and includes a new playable character Ayane for a brief portion of the game. The Wii U Gamepad controller is rather superfluous in this game, not offering any real unique gameplay styles and simply mirroring onscreen choices. From it, players can quickly find attack combinations and access such things as the inventory and upgrade menu. Owners of the (separate) Pro Controller might have an easier time controlling the game.

Is it any good?


Ninja Gaiden 3 had plenty of shortcomings when it came out for other consoles and developer Team Ninja takes several steps to correct those in this revised version of the game for the Wii U. But Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is still far from perfect. The fight sequences are full of glorious overkill, which should please fans of blood-soaked fighting games, but it's the reason to keep kids away. It's fast-paced and never lets you catch your breath. Boss battles, though, are still extremely difficult -- sometimes taking up to an hour to complete. And the other battles get a bit repetitive after a while, even as you gather more weapons in your arsenal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel more easily aggravated after playing? Do you realize you can't even play-act this?

  • Families can also discuss online interactions and how best to protect yourself from strangers. 

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 18, 2012
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii U)

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Parent of a 15 year old Written bygreat gamer man April 16, 2013

its ssssoooooooooooooooo bloody

its sooooooooooooooooo bloody but amazing
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byrm7137 February 1, 2013

one of the first r rated games in australia

this parents is a high impact violence filled game gore blood and exuctions all make up the combat if your child asks for this i suggest you buy him the normal ninja gaiden 3 which is less violent not it is only on ps3 xbox360 and pc as ninja gaiden razors edge is the wii u port of the normal game but this has been polished up more with gore blood and heavy impact violence
What other families should know
Too much violence


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