One of gaming's most punishing franchises returns to consoles next week. Ninja Gaiden 3 will continue the tradition of being painfully difficult. I remember my time with 2004's Ninja Gaiden remake on the original Xbox. I tapped out around the third stage. I think I was fighting on a blimp, or something. I just remember hating every enemy, including the scrubs. Since then the series has become more accessible. You can always increase the difficulty if you're a masochist.
This launch trailer is all about pain. It seems that Ryu Hayabusa is suffering from some sort of psychological turmoil. I guess carving up people for a living may have some adverse mental affects. While the trailer doesn't show any co-op play, the product information states that it's in there, most likely taking the form of separate missions. Oh, and there's a dinosaur. Because, you know, they're awesome.
Ninja Gaiden 3 will be out on March 20th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It support two player online co-op.