Tecmo: Ninja Gaiden returning to Nintendo

Tecmo’s insanely difficult Ninja Gaiden series made its North American debut on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, but its latest versions have bypassed Nintendo consoles.

Ninja Gaiden 3 is set for an early 2012 release for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360, according to Tecmo Koei. The company announced during E3 that the game and its protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa, are also set to appear on Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console for a version of the game being developed under the working title of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

Nintendo’s Wii U console is scheduled for a release some time in 2012. Nintendo tends to release home consoles later in the year for its North American customers, so I’m guessing the Wii U will be out in time for a fall or holiday release.