Naruto Powerful Shippuden to North America March 2013

Namco Bandai Games announced today Naruto Powerful Shippuden for the Nintendo 3DS is coming to North America in March 2013! The game was released under the title Naruto SD: Powerful Shippuden in Japan back on November 29, 2012. Below is the official trailer, screenshots, logo, features list, and press release for Naruto Powerful Shippuden. The box art is a mock-up by Anime Games Online based on the Japanese version.

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Features List:
Two different stories – Play as either Naruto or Rock Lee and enjoy missions taken directly from their animated storylines

  • Two different gameplay modes – Story Mode & Endless Battle mode included
  • Anime inspired presentation – Comical graphics with humorous on-screen expressions and actions
  • Action-packed gameplay – Earn experience points to power up your characters, call-in support characters during battles or use the touch screen to strengthen special attacks
  • QR code feature – Scan special QR codes designed for the game and gain access to other bonuses
  • A whole new side-scrolling NARUTO game developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ focused on cutesy presentation, comical character style and easy to pick-up-and-play gameplay for fans of all ages

Press Release

Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that NARUTO Powerful Shippuden for Nintendo 3DS will be coming to North American retailers in March 2013. NARUTO Powerful Shippuden was developed by Inti Creates with production support from CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. and brings to the table a side-scrolling action fighting game with an anime twist. The game is based off of the popular anime series NARUTO SPIN-OFF: ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS, the latest series in the hit NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime franchise (all available from VIZ Media), allowing players to take the role of either whisker-faced Naruto Uzumaki or bushy-eyebrowed Rock Lee and enjoy lively ninja missions directly based off of their animated storylines.

Rock Lee’s eyebrows aren’t the only things that are oversized in NARUTO Powerful Shippuden. Similar to the NARUTO SPIN-OFF: ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS art style, the comical animations in the game feature oversized caricature heads and humorous on-screen expressions and actions designed to entertain and appeal to gamers of all ages. The pick-up-and-play gameplay allows even casual and young gamers to enjoy busting out flashy moves and special attacks throughout the game’s various stages. Players will be able to take the ninja brawl from the training fields to the forests to the mountains during both night and day.

”Rock Lee from the NARUTO series is known for his great energy and child-like-enthusiasm, fans will notice that the NARUTO Powerful Shippuden gameplay and character animations truly reflect Rock Lee’s endearing youthful qualities,” says Jason Enos, Senior Global Brand Manager at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “With its comedic presentation working in conjunction with its martial arts action and iconic NARUTO ninja techniques, NARUTO Powerful Shippuden will delight a wide range of fans while providing a great sense of adventure and a pulse-pounding experience.”

NARUTO Powerful Shippuden includes a Story Mode as well as an Endless Battle Mode so players can choose to either follow a progressive storyline or just pull out the punches for a sprightly ninja showdown. The action-packed gameplay allows players to earn experience points to power up their vivacious characters and also use the touch screen to strengthen special attacks. Fans will recognize their favorite characters from the NARUTO franchise such as Kakashi, Sakura, Gaara, and many more; all can be called upon as support characters in the midst of battle. With familiar friends at their sides and ninja moves up their sleeves, players will embark on the journey of becoming a powerful Leaf ninja to knock out opponents or even become a knock-out with sexy jutsu.

NARUTO Powerful Shippuden is rated “E10+” for “everyone ages 10 and above” by the ESRB, and will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in North America in March 2013.