Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising Brings 3D Brawling To PSP

By Spencer . June 10, 2009 . 9:36am

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Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising takes players through the Rescue Gaara arc of the anime, but not through a series of one on one matches. This Naruto game is a 3D brawler.

 

At E3 I played Akatsuki Rising and punched my way through an unrelenting group of inept ninja. Mashing square usually did the trick. If you want to do something more flashy Naruto has his trademark jutsus linked to the R button. The game felt a lot like Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 right down to the plastic-y 3D models.

 

In this game you don’t have to be one of the heroes. You can see the other side of the story and play the game as an Akatsuki member like Itachi. Screenshots show Sasori, Kisame, and Deidara will be in the game too. Namco Bandai says the total roster has over 15 characters. The game also supports ad-hoc play — cooperative and competitive. Players can fight each other in the game’s versus mode.

 

Unlike last year where a slew of Naruto games popped up during the holidays, Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising is the only Namco Bandai game starring the orange ninja scheduled to come out later this year. North America gets it on the PSP this fall. It seems like Namco Bandai developed this game specifically for North America. Akatsuki Rising is not a localized version of an existing Japanese game. Actually, Akatsuki Rising doesn’t even have a scheduled release date in Japan.

 

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  • Cloud_ST

    “Akatsuki Rising doesn’t even have a scheduled release date in Japan”

    This is becoming popular since Ultimate Ninja Storm,I guess USA really,really loves Naruto,maybe even more than/or the same as Japan.

  • ferx

    if you look the enemies and the graphics, they’re the same from Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 (released for PS2). I think Namco Bandai took this game and made it portable but with Shippuuden charecters

  • john23456

    since Naruto Shippuden Legend : Akatsuki Rising is like uzamaki chronicles 2 i think that naruto will have transformation like in chronicles 1 naruto went nine tailed for and in #2 he went one tailed form and in this new game it ends with the gara arc witch has two tailed naruto

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