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Yasuda explains Hero Mode inclusion in Ninja Gaiden 3

Tuesday, 20th September 2011 15:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Team Ninja has explained that Hero Mode in Ninja Gaiden 3, which is a less-challenging mode with auto dodges and blocks, was implemented so newcomers to the series could experience the story without dying all the time.

Speaking with Joystiq at TGS, the game’s director, Fumihiko Yasuda, said the mode is entirely optional so those who want hard, ninja fighting action need not worry: there’s a “super hard difficulty mode,” as well – an aspect Team Ninja producer Yosuke Hayashi touched upon back in July.

“We’re keeping the hardcore aspect of the game anyway, we’re just trying to get the players who have never had a go at Ninja Gaiden to come check it out,” he explained.

“We really wanted to flesh out the story this time around, so we wanted people to enjoy that story and get used to the game as it is. In the past the games were really hardcore and we couldn’t get players to stay with us and complete the game.”

Part of the story is making Ryu a bit more relatable as a human, but all the while still maintaining his over-the-top, almost super-human ninja capabilities.

“When he has that mask on, he’s a ninja,” said Yasuda. “When you take that mask off, he’s not a ninja anymore. He’s a human like all of us. To leave that aspect out doesn’t make sense. We wanted to show that human under the mask. Who is this guy, why he does things.”

Ninja Gaiden 3 hits PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 in 2012.

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10 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    I love how games intentionally avoid calling them “Easy” mode anymore.

    Even if the “Normal” mode isn’t all that challenging, people seem to find it an insult to their fragile egos if they have to pick the “Easy” option.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    “We really wanted to flesh out the story this time around, so we wanted people to enjoy that story and get used to the game as it is. In the past the games were really hardcore and we couldn’t get players to stay with us and complete the game.”

    I can’t wait for big-breasted side-characters so i can take the story more serious.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @1 Good call.
    I think Hero Mode is a stupid name for easy mode. Bayonetta had the best name for this (“Casual mode”).

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @3 Every game calls it “casual” mode nowadays.

    Don’t get me wrong though, I’m all for this kind of feature. I personally like the challenge, but some people do just enjoy playing through a game, and that’s alright.

    Just stop giving it stupid names, and call it what it is. Easy.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: I think casual is the right name then. But i agree, people get so easily offended nowadays.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. a7md1990

    BullShiT… talkin’ ’bout story huh, Ninja gaiden story sux ass, specially NG 2, it felt more like an excuse to make a new NG game! ugly creatures that can apparently speak, humans with wings , fuckin’ dinosaurs that shoot fire out their mouths, and was is that all about?? nothing makes sense at all… eh!

    but I honestly love the combat, love it love it love it, best action game ever made (combat wise), but worst story EVER .

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ruckus

    I agree – call it easy and make it easy! Easy mode should mean that from start to finish the game should be easy.

    Then allow the player to change the difficulty during play and surely everyone is happy?_?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    Ninja Dog doesn’t go down too well, huh? :D

    What I would like to see though, is that if you do pick this Hero mode (which, considering you play an anti-hero by their own admission, it’s poking fun at someone already, that they’re basically, not playing the game as intended) you will receive an achievement. That’s it. Just a plain icon (not with a picture that pokes fun or anything of that nature) just to see how many takers there are for the cheevo.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @4 Yeah.
    They should either stick to “Easy, Normal and Hard” or the crazy descriptions like Doom 1 / 2.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Clupula

    @8 – Honestly, if you play the game on easy mode, it should probably take away an achievement or trophy from you.

    #10 3 years ago

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