Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Blood-soaked fighting game with few unique Wii U features.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written bygreat gamer man April 16, 2013

its ssssoooooooooooooooo bloody

its sooooooooooooooooo bloody but amazing
Teen, 17 years old Written byRyu_Hayabusa March 26, 2017

Razors edge

Again, such as the original ninja gaiden 3 it is VERY gory and in the first level i think it was in normal mode not hero it tells you how to play and i quote... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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. 

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