SANTA CLARA, Calif., (November 9, 2007) – The world-renowned ninja has become better, faster and stronger as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 3 will be available in March 2008 exclusively for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. Based on the popular animated sensation NARUTO, from VIZ Media which is currently airing on Cartoon Network, this action fighter perfects everything we have come to expect from the franchise with new innovative features, enhancements and customization options. Battle through 20 unique stages using more than 40 of the most loved and feared characters from the animation phenomenon. Unleash the hidden chakra from within and experience the best yet from the series.
"NARUTO is an international sensation and Ultimate Ninja 3 is the perfect complement to the VIZ Media franchise," said Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and COO, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "CyberConnect2 has built upon the series and crafted a title that reaches Hokage level of fun."
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 3 makes monumental leaps in the franchise with a host of "firsts" for the series. Players can now live through and be a part of all the major events that defined Story Arc 1 in Heroes History mode. Also, ninja-in-training can customize their characters with the Ultimate Jutsu which gives them that extra bit of edge during battle and allows them to earn points towards upgrading their strength, defense, chakra, agility and other special abilities. Turn playable characters into more powerful ninja of unprecedented size or summon giant creatures as allies with the new Summoning mode. In addition, NARUTO fans throughout North America can experience the game in both English and original Japanese voice over.
In keeping with the tradition of the series, an exclusive and original story will have players exploring the massive 3D rendered Hidden Leaf Village, participating in battle royale matches and completing more than 55 missions. The unparalleled experience doesn't stop there as tons of unlockable content will be available to offer loads of replay value including movies, music and cards.
For more information on NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja 3 please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com or www.naruto.com
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 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 Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the PAC-MAN, SOULCALIBUR, Naruto and Tekken brands. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products log onto http://www.namcobandaigames.com/.