Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations coming in March

CyberConnect2's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations -- a title so long, it scarcely leaves any room for news in this news post -- has been given an official North American street date of March 13, 2012. This news will surely delight fans of the surprisingly swell Naruto Shippuden series, the whole Naruto franchise, fans of the month of March and fans of ostentatiously long video game monikers.

The title will not only feature the same over-the-top combat of its predecessors, but also some sort of collectible trading card game mechanics woven into the core campaign. Personally, we love the juxtaposition of furious punching and kicking, followed by the thoughtful tapping of ancient martial arts mana cards.
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'NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM GENERATIONS'
RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

The Ultimate Clash of NARUTO Generations Coming March 13, 2012 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®

SAN JOSE, Calif., (December 15, 2011) – Leading video game publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that the next installment in the storied NARUTO SHIPPUDEN video game series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, will launch on March 13th, 2012 in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft. The game is based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media (from the manga created by Masashi Kishimoto), and will offer a vast selection of playable & support characters spanning every generation of the NARUTO saga.

Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is the latest title in the smash hit NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise. The title will revolutionize online play and ramp up the number of playable and support characters beyond any previous NARUTO SHIPPUDEN game. Players will compete in a huge variety of online battle modes with their favorite characters including Naruto, Sasuke, Zabuza and Haku – two ninja characters fans have been waiting to see more of since the launch of the original manga – and many more new ninja appearing in the game.

In a first for the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations will feature an innovative system that integrates real-world collectible cards with the in-game universe. The next generation of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN collector cards will each carry a code allowing players to unlock corresponding artwork for their in-game profile and engage in a special mini-battle to unlock a bonus skill and gain an advantage in the main fight.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations will be available on March 13th, 2012 in North America.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.