Namco Bandai Games America has stated that there will be 75 playable characters, but there has not been any indication on whether this includes the multiple versions of each character. This has led some fans to believe there are more characters and others that believe this is the final roster. Well, according to CyberConnect2 (CC2), that isn’t the case! Twitter user Matthew James asked CyberConnect2 if the roster shown at the two events was final to which CC2 responded “Not all characters are revealed yet!” In other words, the roster shown in the video above is NOT final!
Now as fans we are left wondering how many characters are left and who are they!? It’s likely we’re going to find out in the next 17-18 days since the game releases February 23 in Japan. What characters do we think will be playable? Either Kushina since she was just shown in the anime or the real Madara Uchiha since we feel the “The Legend of Madara” isn’t complete without him. Again, we are just guessing and could be completely wrong. There are are a number of scenarios that can unfold and other characters that could be revealed (for example Yugito, Utakata, Kabutomaru, Zetsu, or Storm 2/Tekken’s Lars). We’re just excited to see what the near future has in store for us because whatever the case, it’s going to be exhilarating!
ARTICLE UPDATE: Thanks to hentbent who mentioned there are two versions of Itachi. This can be seen for a brief second 7-8 seconds in and 20-21 seconds into the video above. Also thanks to everybody who mentioned in the comments below that a character with two jutsus or costumes does not count as a separate character. We looked back at our sources, and that is 100% correct, Namco Bandai has mentioned one box equates to one character. In otherwords, including Masked Madara we know of only 71 total confirmed playable characters so far.
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, 75 playable characters, and at least 35 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.