SAN JOSE, Calif., (January 4, 2013) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announce that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja® STORM 3 will be available throughout North America and South America on March 5, 2013 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Based on the hit NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series from VIZ Media, LLC, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 unleashes a tornado of electrifying ninja action and adventure that the franchise is known for, along with over 80 playable characters, advanced online modes and enhanced fighting mechanics allowing anyone to become a ninja master.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 will feature the most extensive character roster of any game so far in the series, letting fans engage with a huge number of their favorite personalities from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN universe, be they friend or foe. In story mode, players will be thrown into a series of thrilling adventures as they delve into the Fourth Great Ninja War. For the first time in Ultimate Ninja STORM history, players will be able to relive the most exciting series of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime as it airs in Japan and streams online. Experience new one-versus-many action stages to test players’ ninja skills, while electrifying fights will be punctuated with cinematic boss battles ranging from nefarious villains to massive beasts. Players will also be able to battle against the world through extensive multiplayer modes. Compete in user created tournaments, set up friendly player matches and check out the competition with player cards to view win/loss records and fighting styles.
“NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 brings the highly successful NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series straight to the hands of console gamers,” said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The talented team at CyberConnect2 has once again merged break-neck action and fluid animation into a thrilling fighting action-adventure title that’s fun for everyone.”
As a special bonus, first-run copies of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 will feature a code to download an exclusive Dragon Ball Z® Goku costume for Naruto and collectible trading card. These special items mark the first time the two mega anime franchises have crossed over in North America and will only be available for a limited time. Pre-ordering the game is highly recommended to guarantee access to these special bonuses.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at www.VIZ.com
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com
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