Naruto Storm 3 – English vs Japanese Demo, Blood and No Blood

The Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 demo is now out in North America, Europe, and Japan for the PlayStation 3! Xbox 360 owners with Gold membership in North America and Europe can also get the demo now as well, with Silver members getting a chance to get in on the fun next week.

Anime Games Online’s HystericalGamez took the time to download both the English and Japanese version of the demo. A key difference he noticed was the English version had blood and the Japanese version did not have blood! Why? We aren’t too sure!

This is the first Naruto Storm game to be rated CERO B (for people 12 and over) in Japan as past Storm games have been CERO A (all ages). Meanwhile, Storm 3 retains the T for Teen (13 and over) in North America and PEGI-12 (12 and over) in Europe – the same rating for all Storm games released thus far in those two regions.

It’s possible there may be an option to turn on and turn off blood in the final version of the game. We didn’t see it in the demo, but again, it’s possible the final version may have this option. However, if that’s not the case, this difference between the English vs Japanese builds would be quite odd!


So where was blood seen (or not seen)? In the demo, we noticed Hiruzen’s (Third Hokage) face in the English version (pictured first) had blood, while in the Japanese version (pictured second) did not. Also, when Minato (Fourth Hokage) hits the Masked Man with his kunai there was a small amount of blood spatter (third image), while in the Japanese version there was not (fourth image).


Here is video footage of Minato slashing the Masked Man with his Kunai thanks to HystericalGamez.

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.