Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 on the radar for Oct. 19 release

In case yesterday's announcement of two Naruto Shippuden games wasn't sufficient Naruto news for you, Namco Bandai announced the release date for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Fans will be able to take control of Naruto and, um, all those other characters on October 19.

If you'd like to experience a sample of the Ultimate Ninja Storm -- an Ultimate Ninja Drizzle, perhaps, or Scattered Ultimate Ninja Showers -- Namco Bandai also announced that a demo for the CyberConnect2-developed fighting game is available now on both PSN and Xbox Live.

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: ULTIMATE NINJA®: STORM 2 RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED

Santa Clara, Calif., (Aug. 25, 2010) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that a playable demo of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja®: STORM 2 is now available for download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Based on the popular NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series from VIZ Media, LLC, the free demo will offer a taste of the signature gameplay and unprecedented visual detail that is synonymous with the franchise. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 is scheduled to be released throughout North America on October 19, 2010.



Staying true to the anime series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 immerses players in the mythical world of ninja with new expansive environments, exciting plot twists, and explosive battle systems. Now for the first time in the Ultimate Ninja series, online versus play will be available to let budding ninja from around the world flex their jutsu muscle. The game will also feature an evolved Support Character system where players can call upon allies to help unleash explosive Team Special Techniques upon opponents.



Encompassing the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc, the game has a deep three-part story mode that have players living different ninja lives through the eyes of Naruto, Sasuke and Jiraiya. With more than 40 characters to choose from, engaging in bigger and more epic cinematic boss battles has never been this intense. As an added bonus, Lars Alexandersson, of TEKKEN® 6 fame, will appear as an unlockable guest character. Available in the game's versus mode, Lars brings his explosive signature moves and will appear in his TEKKEN 6 costume designed by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto.



NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 is developed by CyberConnect2 and for more information on the game, please visit www.namcobandaigames.com or www.hokagesroom.com. The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series is currently airing on Disney XD (rated TV-PG). For more information and to view free streaming episodes of NARUTO (rated T for Teens) and the uncut NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (rated T+ for Older Teens), please visit www.naruto.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.