First Look At Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

By Spencer . July 3, 2012 . 4:35pm

CyberConnect2 has a new Naruto fighting game slated for release in 2013. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 goes back to the very beginning of the series, even before Naruto was a kid. The game has a rooftop fight where the Third Hokage fights the Nine-Tails. The video also shows the Fourth Hokage and a mysterious "masked" man who are probably playable characters in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 too.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • I’m guessing you guys don’t play the Naruto games much :o.But yeah anyways, I’m looking forward to this game. Generations was pretty good but they need to learn to add patches to their games. Also Masked Man was in Storm Generations. just a heads up :P

  • Herok♞

    I hope everyone from Generations returns and is included in story mode, going by the symbol for the game, I conclude the game will at least go into the war and hopefully the end of the series, since Kishi said the series was almost over. If not hopefully they can make the ending dlc because I don’t want Naruto to end up like DBZ with endless games coming out.

    • British_Otaku

      As if one of the most popular anime and manga in Japan and worldwide isn’t going to be milked beyond belief when Dragon Ball and Rurouni Kenshin and Astro Boy are still getting new anime productions, new manga productions, new movie productions and new games.

      I’m with you on hoping that not a single character from Generations is dropped but this is going to end up with endless games coming out for it. They have yet to touch on movie content (short of one villain from the first movie), OVA content or the tons of side characters like Dosu… Yep, someone here really wants that guy. >_>

      • Herok♞

         I just hope they don’t over milk it, it seems like Dragon Ball is done for now except for the kinnect game and the other stuff you mentioned isn’t leaving Japan any time soon. I just hope after its over they have one final super game if this isn’t the last one that has every character playable including the movie and filler ones.

        • British_Otaku

          Oddly specific… What is “over milk” in contrast to just “milking”?

          Dragon Ball is hardly done once Kinect is out. We will likely have another game on a console or portable (not mentioning the arcade games like Card Ass and . Or we still have Dragon Ball SD’s manga which gets occasional animated projects.

          If you look at the DBZ games, the closest thing to a “final super game” is 2007’s BT3 which lacked King Kai (whose playable debut was last year in a DS game) along with many filler, secondary and movie characters.  Some characters just started exist following that game such as Tarble, the two antagonists of the feature where Tarble appeared and more so with Dragon Ball SD. Naruto is likely to have the same treatment for the next decade.

          How does leaving Japan discount milking? The games are developed in Japan, as with the anime productions and manga productions. Plus, it doesn’t need to release our country to extend the life of a 60s, 80s or 90s story and increase the amount of material to be used in future games…

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Naruto would be born at this point in time. But yes the boss fights are back with Sarutobi-sensei being all epic and that entire battle looking way better than it did in the phenomenal anime. Minato with that thrilling Rasengan to the back was stunning. And even masked man there was phenomenal.

    I wonder if theyll take it way back and give us a Madara v first hokage fight. Cyberconnect 2 bringing us the game of all games for the generation, this will be the best game of all time, I know it. 

  • A smart move, taking a deeper look at the story before the story. CyberConnect just keeps raising their own bar, huh?

    • British_Otaku

      Story before the story? I’d assume you mean “gameplay before the story”, but the gameplay is hardly competitive especially against the CON/GNT franchise or typical fighters even other anime ones.

      If you mean “story before the gameplay”, yep, they have never failed to raise the bar on the story mode short of Generations, the game which probably made the most steps forward for the game just out of character selection and the KnJ/Sub bar.

      • I think what he meant was the events (Nine-Tails attacking Konoha) 
        before we were introduced to Naruto as a character.

        • British_Otaku

          I see.

          Still expect most Naruto games in the future to be summarised as “Zabuza Saga to 4th Ninja War Saga” or “Gaara’s Rescue to 4th Ninja War Saga” with the fights falling outside of it to be bonus arcs or stories. Much like DBZ games are addressed as “Raditz to Buu” or “Raditz to GT”.

          Would be nice if we were introduced in this order though.

          • That would be interesting for future instalments. Future Naruto will be very interesting to see. I wonder if they’ll look to pulling in characters from the movies into the fray.  

        • This is what I meant.

  • MrKappa

    From this trailer I can say CC2 is gonna do a nice cinematic story mode like how they always do but that is pretty much all they are good at.
    Aside from that though I predict that the game will still be a mess and play like absolute ass much like the past 3 games, to further my point the scan that came out shows they still have the sub gauge so that is already a minus.

    One hope of mine is that they get a new composer. Whoever they have has used the same music for all the games and even Asura’s Wrath and that new .Hack game.

    • I liked the first storm’s gameplay style if they went back to that then I would get it but so far not impressed because like you said story mode will be good but vs will be awful 

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      The music is fine as is, it sounds epic, why switch composer?

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Play like absolute ass? What game were you playing cause it sure as hell wasn’t the Ultimate Storm games. The music is also kickass. Whoever the composer is, the music is quite similar to the .hack games but at least they all sound unique.

      Unlike someone like Motoi Sakuraba who’s songs all sound like they were ripped straight from Star Ocean 3.

      • Anime10121

        You my friend took the words right outta my mouth:)

      • Come on now. You can make the point that Narutimate series music is good without stepping on another composer. Sakuraba has his share of nice tracks.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Yeah Sakuraba used to be good. Compare Tales of Eternia’s OST or Baitan Kaitos OST and compare that to the embarrassment that is Tales of Graces F’s.

          My boy Sakuraba doesn’t seem to care anymore. Also I only made the comparison from the “every song sounds the same” comment. =X

  • Firstly, it is not a big deal if Spencer doesn’t know every facet of the Naruto universe, just knowing getting the news out there with the main points should be enough.

    Anyways, I’m looking forward to more trailers and news about this upcoming Naruto game. I can’t wait to go through certain moments, again. 

    • Yeah I know, I was just saying. Not trying to insult anyone or anything.

      • I’m sorry if you felt if it was directed only to you, it was more of a generalization than anything else. If I wanted to say it to you, I would’ve replied directly to you.  

        I didn’t think you came across as being “insulting”. I’d be hypocrite if I was to say I haven’t pointed out things like that myself.  

  • Nitraion

    Well I hope Shippuden chara not suck this time like shino or tenten, I want use choji butterfly form too yes i love minor chara ._. as I don’t follow Naruto much since pain arc ends and that is I just follow story from Storm game honestly….

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    I just want them to make the combat deeper and a better story mode but this is a great change 

  • gaiahatergaia

    The 4Th Hokage’s badassery makes your panties wet, i don’t care who you are, but i’m sure you’re trying to change your underwear right now.

  • Cjs0511

    I wish the tailed beasts would be playable

  • Xapth

    I’ve always loved the story between Naruto’s parents, Kushina and Minato. It’s one of the few arcs that really got to me emotionally. I’m psyched to be able to play it at the high quality level that this game seems like it will deliver.

    And wow, that battle with Kyuubi looks unbelievably epic… 

  • Sub gauge again? C’mon, this is a fighting game. They should enhance the blocking and dodging system instead

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    So the manga will end during early 2013? CC said they wouldn’t release Storm 3 until the series reached its ending.

    By the logo and trailer, I think it will feature more assist options based on the story’s approach at the war.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    They need to put the Sasuke from the Road to Ninja movie!

  • KotaroInugami

    I am asking for nothing more as far as deeper combat. I have plenty of fun as it stands. It is what it is and as a fan, consider this game bought.

  • Domii

    I wonder why you guys keep saying “mysterious masks man” when everybody and their mothers know it’s Madara.

    • Syn

      Its Tobi, not Madara, they arent the same person

      • Domii

        Oh yes they are my brotha!

        • Shogunreaper

           No they aren’t, read the manga. Madara was summoned by edo tensei.

        • Pain12

           we say the mask man becauses we dont want to spoil it 4 people who dont read the manga but if u feel smart ill tell u masked man is

           obito and madara is brought back by edo tensie thats what kabito showed mask man to join him

  • Ok, I see what happened here.  Namco Bandai did Storm Generations to compensate for Storm 1 being exclusive to PS3, and to catch new players up on the current story arcs.  Now they are moving forward with Storm 3 as the official canon installment with the fully realized boss fights.  I’m thankful for this.

    I wonder if the comic will be finished by the time this game comes out.  I’m not sure where the climax will be for this one.  I could assume the plot arc for the game ends with Naruto taming 9-tails, but I’m not sure at this point.  I’m getting it guaranteed.  Probably won’t be ditching Generations unless they carry over every fighter.

    • Shogunreaper

       I’m sure the manga will be finished by 2013 so this game will end how the manga does.

    • Anime10121

      CC said previously, that they wanted to wait until the War/manga was concluded before they made the third Ninja Storm game.  So this probably means that this game will have the conclusion to the series.

  • Shadowman

    Soon there will be Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and the manga gonna end then the anime and that will be the end of Naruto. I will be a sad panda if this end.

    • RaikageV

      Afaik there will be another anime series after Shippuuden.

      • Shogunreaper

        and you know this because…?

        There has been no kishi hasn’t said anything about that. In fact hes already said that he knows how its going to end.

        • RaikageV

          I read it somewhere but it seems that it was just a rumor (can’t find the source anymore).

    • Ninja Storm 3 is the last game, they’ve stated it before. Since its to coincide with the ending of the series.

  • IshimaruKaito

    so i bought generations for no reason? i coulda just waited

    • Asura

       Uh, you seriously thought another game wouldn’t come out? Self-inflicted pain there buddy.

    • Anime10121

       Sadly you did, they stated in multiple interviews that Generations was not a full sequel (hense no number) and that it was basically a game for people who were fans of the gameplay.  It was a game they were using to refine the gameplay and see what works so when they did get to Ninja Storm 3, they would be able to use what they learned from Generations and put it to work.

      Its the reason I skipped on Generations even though I LOVE the Ninja Storm series.  It was stated from the beginning to be a more condensed game.

  • Zero Shift

    Please please please bring back the free roam story mode of Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. That was one of the best things about that game, the lack of that feature in Generations dissapointed me. Hopefully if they bring it back, they can also make it more interactive than just “run here, talk to this person; collect item, fight enemy” style play.

    • Anime10121

       Generations was never meant to be a full on sequel.  It was never going to have the story sequences from the older games, it was a game meant to refine the combat, while adding a little plot to make your purchase justifiable.  Its the reason I skipped out on Generations, and instead waited for this beautiful, beautiful game.

    • karasuKumo

      It’s almost certain that it will have a similar story mode style to Storm 2. Although since this will be based during a war I doubt you’ll be able to roam around as care free as you could in Storm 2 lol. I think they’ll add some sort battles possibly even random encounters within the world map. ^_^ Personally I’m really looking forward to seeing how they handle it.

  • This game will be HUGE.

  • This game looks epic.Just from the one boss battle I saw Im hooked.I didn’t buy Storm Generation but I am definitely buying this ^_^

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    I’m a Ninja

  • DemonKingAsura

    Holding out hope for the Synchronic Impact system from Asura’s Wrath to transfer over here (The cinematics team from Storm 1 and 2 were the main Asura’s Wrath Developers).

    The scenes where the giant Wind bullet hitting Kyuubi on the forehead and Minato using a Rasengan on Tobi would be perfect instances to add the Synchronic impact input.

    Still loling at CC2 trying to make the shinobi populace stand a chance in hell against Kurama without using any sealing techniques.

    • Göran Isacson

      Question- what was the Synchronic Impact system? Was it when you pressed Circle to fill a meter, or some other mechanic?

      • DemonKingAsura

        It was the Timed Button presses, like pressing either Triangle or Y (Depending on the console) at the exact right moment a circle that surrounds it shrinks until is the same size as the button prompt.

        Depending on your timing you can get either Good, Great or Excellent depending on your timing, similar to a Rhythm game of sorts.

        • Göran Isacson

          Aaah, gotcha. That would be a pretty sweet element to include in this games QTE’s, though I would hope that failure and success would have a little more weight in-game here than they did in Asuras Wrath-in that game, I could press the buttons wrong tons of times without it ever affecting the battle, so in the end I couldn’t help but feel as if the QTE’s didn’t really matter.

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    Zombie Itachi Playable?

    • British_Otaku

      Zombie forms better be an alternate costume for every character who has a standard design as seen in the manga/anime.

  • XiaomuArisu

    EPIC bossfights are back!
    Will this really be the grand finale?

  • Göran Isacson

    That Konoha versus Kurama bossfight is looking pretty darn boss, I gotta say. But after reading the comments here, is it a safe bet that this will pretty much be THE Naruto game? The one that will be released after the story ends meaning there won’t be a sequel that will contain everything in this game and more?

    Because if so, this may have to be the first of these games that I actually buy.

  • Mago Iichi

    Minato is such a beast

  • TheInternetNomad

    these games give me a reason to catch up on Naruto, and then promptly find out I missed nothing. glad I skipped out on generations.

  • Shogunreaper

    Eh.. I hope kishi goes and does a flashback of the madara vs hashirama fight before the manga is over, otherwise we’ll be stuck with the crappy version from the orochimaru fight.

  • Yu_TheKing

    So hoping that this includes as many playable characters as possible from the current arc and perhaps even a few important filler characters *coughGurencough*. (Utakata, Kurenai, Kushina, Guren playable PLOX >,<)

    Aside from that, this game definitely seems like its gonna go out with a huge bang and its looking amazing already.

    • Davian_Thule

       if they have filler characters i would like them to include Chiriku

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