You may have seen this in past scans, but today Namco Bandai Games Japan has officially announced the Naruto Storm 3 demo will be released in less than a month from today – February 19, 2013! The demo will consist of the Third Hokage vs Nine Tailed Fox giant boss battle and Minato vs Masked Man story mode battle. This demo was showcased at various events already, including the 2012 Comic Con and Japan Expo. We have the video for you to enjoy below.
Just to be clear, this is for JAPAN! No information on a demo for North America or Europe has been announced at this time.
Although the game will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360, the demo will likely only be for PS3 due to the popularity gap of the systems in Japan.
Good news is if you have a Japanese PlayStation Network (PSN) account, you can download the demo for free no matter where you live! At least this has been our experience here at Anime Games Online in the past for Storm 2 and Generations. Anyways, if you don’t have a Japanese PSN (also known as SEN, Sony Entertainment Network) account, you can get one for free at account.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com. It is worth noting you must select Japan as your country to get a Japanese PSN account. We’ve taken a screenshot of the English version below so you can fill in the form correctly since the text will change to Japanese once you pick Japan. Once you’ve signed up, and clicked the confirmation link in your e-mail, you can go to your PS3 and sign in with your new account. On February 19th, logged in with your Japanese PSN account, you should see and be able to download the Naruto Storm 3 demo in the the Japanese PlayStation Store.
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 South America on March 5, Europe and Australia on March 8, and Japan on April 18, 2013. The story for the game will begin with the Nine Tailed Fox incident from 16 years ago, continue on to the Five Kage Arc, and go up to the Shinobi War, covering the latest episodes of Naruto Shippuden as they air in Japan.