Damnit, the first quarter is primed to destroy our wallets…again.

In addition to big-name games like Final Fantasy XIII-2 , Mass Effect 3 , The Darkness II , and Twisted Metal , a certain brutally difficult slash-'em-up game is also set for the January-March term. Prepare yourself.

Yep, it's Ninja Gaiden III . According to Joystiq , the highly anticipated sequel will launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2012, with a Wii U version coming at a later date. Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi revealed this targeted release window and action fans everywhere are already drooling.

Although the game boasts a new easy mode, we have to say- if you're a casual gamer or completely unfamiliar with the Ninja Gaiden series, be wary of this one. There's no doubt it's gonna tax your skills to the limit, just because that's what Team Ninja tends to do with such titles. I distinctly remember beating the first game on the Xbox…still can't believe I did it.

Related Game(s): Ninja Gaiden III