Tecmo KOEI has dated Team Ninja’s latest slasher Ninja Gaiden 3 for 23 March 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Fans might also be interested to hear that a value-packed collector’s edition will be available for both consoles on the same day.

As you might expect Ninja Gaiden 3 continues the story of Ryu Hayabusa. As well as adding depth to this mysterious and complex character (their words, not ours), the game promises heightened intensity during close combat fighting while featuring new competitive and co-op online multiplayer modes that bring a new aspect to the series.

Team Ninja has also prepared a special treat for those who preorder: an exclusive, special downloadable two-character demo stage from their upcoming Dead or Alive 5 fighting game, which will give fans a first chance to experience the fighting game’s high quality and high energy action fighting before it hits stores in 2012.