It doesn’t get any more official then a confirmation from Naruto manga publisher Shueisha! Under their V-Jump label, they state Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations will have 72 playable characters. That’s 3 less than the 75 Namco Bandai Games America had in their features list. GameStop USA, who generally gets their information from publishers, explicitly lists 75 as well, adding the fact that is 33 more than Storm 2.
We highly doubt it, but could it be the USA version will be different from Japan? Or is the 72 mentioned by V-Jump just the number of characters in their strategy guide? Those are two very plausible reasons for the difference in numbers. However, our guess is neither as we have to respectfully say Namco Bandai Games America could have just made a mistake. The number 5 is above the 2 on the keyboard numberpad, after all. Plus, when we think back, our hometown publisher did mention DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi would allow players to create female characters, which ended up being untrue. We’ll have to wait and see what unfolds, but we really would love for our guess to be wrong!
As for now, what characters are confirmed? The 71 listed on Anime Games Online’s Generations playable characters page are 100% confirmed playable. As for the 72nd? We believe it is Kabutomaru based on CC2′s indication. It’s likely we will find out sometime soon as the One Piece scan from the latest issue of Shonen Jump indicates there will be a Generations scan as well.
And oh, yes, before we forget, here is an image from V-Jump. Under point 1 it says there will be a thorough explanation of all 72 playable characters and their tactics in the Generations strategy guide. Then points 2 and 3, which are unrelated to playable characters, highlight that there will be a bonus custom theme for consoles and a Naruto trading card that will come with the Naruto Generations strategy guide.
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, over 70 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.