Luffy is the Coverboy of V-Jump 520 (April 2012), Naruto Barely Mentioned

Thursday, February 23, 2012 is the much anticipated Japanese release date of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. Fans from North America and Europe are opening their wallets and dishing out the cash by paying top dollar/euro to get the latest Naruto game a few weeks early! You would think the hype would be just as huge in Japan, right? No!

The talk of the town isn’t our favorite orange-clad knuckle head ninja Naruto Uzumaki, but instead our favorite goofy rubberman, Monkey D. Luffy and his first PS3 game (set to release March 1st), One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Not only is Luffy the coverboy for V-Jump 520 (the April 2012 issue), he gets two additional spots worth of pictorial space! One at the bottom right hand corner and the other toward the bottom left.

As for Naruto? He is barely mentioned on the cover! The only love he gets are a few black and white words of promotion for Naruto Generations. Even the next anime episode staring Nintendo’s Kid Icarus gets more coverage on the front. It’s true, Japan is a One Piece type of town, but as the second most popular anime in the country, it’s surprising Naruto did not get the attention he deserves!

V-Jump is a Japanese magazine about new manga and video games based on popular manga. It is owned by the same parent company, Shueisha, as the popular Shonen Jump.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is a 3D fighter in works by CyberConnect2 for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. It will have a revamped online mode, 72 playable characters, and at least 38 stages. The game is scheduled to be published in Japan on February 23, 2012, North America on March 13, 2012, and March 30, 2012 in Europe. For more information, please visit the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations section.

One Piece PS3, One Piece: Pirate Warriors (or One Piece: Kaizoku Musou in Japanese), is the first One Piece game on the Sony PlayStation 3. It will cover One Piece Part 1 as well as some of the story contents of the One Piece timeskip. The game is in development by Omega Force and will be published by Namco Bandai Games and Tecmo Koei in Japan on March 1, 2012. A European and North American release are possible based on trademark filings by Namco Bandai, but no official word has been released.