The latest in the excellent Naruto based Narutimate Hero (or Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, if you prefer) series of 3D action/fighting games has been confirmed as being due for a winter release on the PS3. The game is entitled NARUTO ‐ ナルト ‐ ナルティメットストーム / Narutimate Storm.
Interestingly enough, the game looks to be the first in the Narutimate series to target the international audience first and foremost, as the shots we see are in English, and, most notably, the game occurs pre-timeskip, likely for this reason.
The game itself follows the usual mould of the series and needs no introduction; the major update this time looks to be graphical.
Presumably, this is just the first instalment of the series on the PS3, with a view towards servicing the needs of the international market, and the Japanese Accel games will follow later?
Via Game Watch.
In my opinion, it’s worth keeping up with Naruto just for the Narutimate series (I’ve played all of them), as they really are everything an anime based game adaptation should be.
However, it looks as if the decision to place it in the first part of the series may limit the game’s appeal; just how many times are fans expected to play through this?
In case you are wondering about an Xbox 360 port, it seems this is off the cards, as Ubisoft snaffled up the exclusive rights some time ago, so games on that platform look set to be developed for the US/EU market first and foremost.