Update January 18: See Naruto Storm 3 Scan 21 – DLC Costume Visuals for confirmed looks of each of the characters.
YOSH!! ANBU Kakashi, Road to Ninja Sasuke, and Swimsuit Sakura have been confirmed as DLC (downloadable content) in addition to Road to Ninja Hinata, Samurai Naruto, and Naruto in Goku’s Costume. The news comes from the latest Shonen Jump scan which confirmed Tailed Beast Mode Naruto will be on the game disc. Only images of Samurai Naruto and Naruto in Goku’s costume were shown, but as you can see in the scan cutout below, there is text that confirms the other characters as DLC.
The scan also confirms the rumor from early today – April 18 will be the Japanese release date for Storm 3. In addition, the scan reveals the Japanese demo will be available for download in early February. As you may already have heard on Anime Games Online, with PS3 games, the demo can be downloaded by anybody in the world as long as they have a Japanese PlayStation Network account. It’s unlikely Xbox 360 will get a demo for Japan.
As far as Anime Games Online knows, ANBU Kakashi, Road to Ninja Sasuke, Road to Ninja Hinata, and Swimsuit Sakura have only been confirmed as DLC for Japan.
Europe will be getting six free downloadable costumes for those who pre-order Naruto Storm 3 (the normal version as well as the Will of Fire and True Despair editions), but aside from Samurai Naruto and Goku Costume Naruto, it’s unclear who the other 4 could be. We would have to guess they would be the same, but again, that has not yet been confirmed.
As for North America, only the Goku costume for Naruto has been confirmed. No information on additional DLC has been revealed.
Stay tuned to Anime Games Online for the latest Naruto Storm 3 news!
Below are EXAMPLE images of what ANBU Kakashi, Road to Ninja Sasuke, Road to Ninja Hinata, and Swimsuit Sakura MAY look like. As mentioned above, their Storm 3 models have not yet been released so they could differ from what is shown below.
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 North America and Europe in March of 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.