Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 will have two different awakening types. The first is the traditional one we’ve been seeing since Naruto Storm 1 – hold of the triangle button when health dips under a certain level. An example can be seen at the video at this link. The second, new type of awakening is the one with a flick of the left analog stick. An example is from the Minato vs Masked Man footage at the San Diego Comic-Con.
At the 2012 New York Comic Con, players were presented with a screen showing all the playable characters in that particular arena’s demo. Sasuke and Hanzo can awaken only when their health dips, while Mifune, Darui, Naruto, and Minato can awaken at anytime. CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama has mentioned there are risks to awakening at anytime. What are those risks? According to Anime Games Online fan Raymond Rivera, if a player uses their awakening early, the chakra bar decreases (example screenshot here).
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is Namco Bandai Games and CyberConnect2’s fourth entry in the Storm series. It will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 in Japan, North America, and Europe sometime Spring 2013. It will begin with the incident with the Nine Tailed Fox from 16 years ago, continue on to the Five Kage Arc, and go up to the Shinobi War, covering latest episode of Naruto Shippuden before the game’s release.