Naruto Generations Approved for Manufacturing, Cards for North America

North America, there are just 11 days left until the highly anticipated release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations! Just yesterday. Namco Bandai Games America issued a press release stating development for the English version is complete and the game has moved onto the manufacturing stage!

The press release adds Generations will be compatible with the Sage’s Legacy cards, which are a series in the Naruto Collectible Card game. Each copy of Generations will come with at least one card from the Sage’s Legacy series, while supplies last. As Anime Games Online reported last month, Amazon will be offering 2 free cards. GameStop was originally offering only 1, but they have now one-upped Amazon and are offering 3 free cards! By entering special codes on the cards, players will be able to unlock artwork and bonus skills (it hasn’t been mentioned specifically what kind of skills).

In case you are wondering what the cards from the Sage’s Legacy series look like, check out the video below. You will note there are codes at the top right hand corner of each card. Our guess is those codes are the ones that need to be entered in Generations, but we could be wrong, and there may be another code located elsewhere!

SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 1, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations has now entered the manufacturing phase and will be on sale in North America on March 13 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by CyberConnect2 and based on the popular animated NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media from the manga created by Masashi Kishimoto (also available from VIZ Media), NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations is the latest rendition in the smash hit ‘NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm’ series of games, featuring the original Japanese voiceovers and lovingly crafted presentation faithful to the NARUTO series. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations offers NARUTO and gaming fans a torrential downpour of NARUTO ninja fighting action and adventure. For those gamers who cannot wait to get in on the ultimate ninja battle, the playable demo is available now for download on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE®.

“NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations is an essential addition to the library of any Naruto fan,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Beyond the unprecedented number of characters and online modes, stalwart fans can enjoy over an hour of brand new animation created by Studio Pierrot for the game.”

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations will revolutionize the series; online play and ramp up the number of playable characters to more than 70, with even more fan favorites available as support characters. Players will compete in a variety of online battle modes with their favorite NARUTO characters, including Naruto and Sasuke, and by popular demand, the characters Zabuza and Haku. For the first time in the series, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations will feature an innovative system that integrates real-world collectible cards with the video game, allowing players to unlock corresponding artwork for their in-game profile card and engage in a special mini-battle to unlock a bonus skill and gain an advantage in the network battle. This new card functionality works with the SAGE’s LEGACY edition of the collectible cards, which are sold separately.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations is rated “T” for teen by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $59.99. While supplies last, all copies of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations sold will include one or more exclusive foil-printed SAGE’s LEGACY cards, allowing players to try out the exciting card functionality for themselves.