Come Spring 2013, North America will find itself directly in the path of another ninja-infused meteorological phenomenon. Namco Bandai has confirmed an English version of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and has set up the first playable version at this week's San Diego Comic-Con.

Once again developed by the world's biggest Naruto fans at CyberConnect 2, this latest installment in the over-the-top fighting series pushes further into the story laid down by the popular manga, its sequel, and approximately 9,856 anime episodes.

Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is the first in the series to pair the gorgeous cel-shaded art with 3D display support – "for the ultimate Ninja immersion experience," it says here. If you've been following the franchise for a while, however, you're probably wondering how 3D could happen before anti-aliasing.
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NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: ULTIMATE NINJA® STORM 3 COMING TO NORTH AMERICA FOR PLAYSTATION 3 SYSTEM AND XBOX 360

Latest Explosive Chapter in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Series Set to Arrive to Consoles Spring 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., (July 12, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announce that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja® STORM 3 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in spring 2013. The first North American public demo of this next blistering chapter of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN saga will be at the NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. booth # 5136 at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. The title will be the first NARUTO game for home consoles to offer visuals in 3D for the ultimate Ninja immersion experience.

To mark this special announcement, the development team at CyberConnect2 have pulled out all the stops to deliver a first playable consumer demo for fans attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con, taking place from July 11 through July 15 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. will be located at booth # 5136.

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 set in the village of Konoha, while the game's electrifying fights will be punctuated with massive scale boss battles, including a fearsome confrontation with the gargantuan Nine-Tails.

"NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 continues our legacy of faithfully bringing exciting ninja action to home consoles," said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. "This latest iteration not only improves upon the spectacular fighting mechanics, graphics and online functionality that the series is known for, but will propel players into the heart of the most exciting and epic chapter of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series."


For more information about NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com and http://www.facebook.com/namco.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.