Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact Release Date Confusion

Posted on October 14, 2011

Confusion is abound online as Namco Bandai Games Europe has released a press release (below) that mentions Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact will be released November 11, 2011 in Europe. We’re pretty shocked to find this out as we thought October 21st was the release date throughout Europe. We did some research and here is what we found:

Becoming a bit worried about North America, we at Anime Games Online checked Amazon.com and were greeted with the text “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock”. Almost having a mini-heart attack, we went to Amazon Canada along with Namco Bandai Games America, Best Buy, and GameStop and saw they all have listed October 18 as the release date. Not only that, the North American trailer has listed October 18, 2011. Additionally, Viz Media has announced they will be giving free copies of the game tomorrow to New York Comic Con visitors.

EDIT: Thanks to joui jouão for pointing this out – the Kage’s Trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact also mentions October 21st as a release date. The TGS trailer has October 21st written in the description, but not in the trailer and the trailers serving as the intro on the European sites mentioned above only say “Autumn 2011”. This leads us to believe one of two things A) October 21st was a potential release date, but not fully agreed upon throughout Namco Bandai Europe so some countries in Europe will be getting the game before others or B)the game has been delayed and thus all of the European sites have not yet been updated with a November date. Of course, we don’t know the real reason since we aren’t affiliated with Namco Bandai. Anime Games Online is just a site full of passionate fans reporting on their games, so we’ll have to wait until October 21st to see what happens.

By the way, Japan is pretty much 100% confirmed for an October 20th release date. The official website, Amazon Japan, and all of the scans we’ve gotten lately have had that date.

NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact has gone gold for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact will be available throughout Europe on 11 November, 2011.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Impact lets players unleash their honed Jutsu skills through exciting single-player and multiplayer modes. Single Player Mode lets fans become part of explosive NARUTO SHIPPUDEN fights straight from the anime. The game covers the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN storyline from the beginning through the most recent episodes! Ad-hoc mode allows two friends to team up and complete missions cooperatively. Players have access to a wide range of characters from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN universe, with customization options to power up characters to the max!

The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja series of video games from CyberConnect2 have sold over 8 Million Copies worldwide! Ultimate Ninja Impact continues in the tradition of delivering solid gameplay, as well as revolutionizing the series with a new hybrid action system, for 1-on-1, as well as 1-on-100 battles! Beginners can utilize simple controls and easy combos to become the ultimate ninja right away; while long-time fans will be impressed with huge battles against hordes of enemies! Fresh Boss Battles include the massive Eight Tails & The Six Paths of Pain!