Hands-On Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3’s Nine Tails Fight

By Spencer . July 12, 2012 . 2:42am

Namco Bandai brought a short demo of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 to Comic Con. Instead of letting players duke it out in versus mode, this build focused on the game’s story mode and showcased a battle between the Third Hokage and the Nine Tails fox that razed Konoha. Remember the giant boss battles from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2? The Nine Tails fight in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is kind of like those, but you have more room to move around since the Third Hokage can leap from building to building.




The Nine Tails tries to keep distance between itself and the Third Hokage. When its far away you can throw Fuma Shurikens by pressing square. Get close enough and you can smack the Nine Tails with his giant staff by pressing circle. Midway through the fight, a member of the Inuzuka clan shows up and a breadcrumb trail shows the quickest path to him. If the Third Hokage meets up with the Inuzuka clan he can call them in to do a Fang Over Fang barrage.


When the Nine Tails is almost out of life, Ino-Shika-Cho shows up. Shikaku Naru holds the Nine Tails down with his shadow, giant Choza tackles the monster, and Inoichi calls the entire village to attack it with fireballs. All of these actions are done through quick time events like mashing circle to make Inoichi extend the range of his telepathy. Miss a QTE and you’ll lose a little bit of life before replaying the scene.




The next battle was a fight between the Fourth Hokage and a "Masked Man" who uses space-time ninjutsu. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is an evolution of this year’s Naruto game with the substitution jutsu meter returning. One major change is you can activate an Awakening at any time. In Generations, you had to wait until half of your HP was depleted, but in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 all you have to do is flick the right analog stick. Sure, you can severely damage the Masked Man with an early Awakening, but the catch is you’ll be debilitated for the rest of the fight.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 also has a "secret factor" that triggers another quick time event. A prompt at the bottom of the screen tells players to do a chakra dash, which makes the Fourth Hokage rush towards the Masked Man. The Fourth Hokage throws a kunai that passes right through the Masked Man, but manages to hit him with a mid-air Rasengan blast.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in spring 2013.

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  • Tales_of_Master

    Good thing I skipped Generations :D

    • yorudox

      generations was only good to fight the kid characters with shippuden, and the sub bar system and a few other things.

  • This game is sounding awesome. I’m glad to see the Awakening Mode isn’t just something that is used at the end of battle – it will make people think twice between using it too early. I’ll continue to play as any other character than Naruto, Sasuke or Itachi (I couldn’t really use Sasori) outside of online battles.   

    I really want to do the Nine-Tails vs Third Hokage fight. ^_^

  • XiaomuArisu

    YES!Boss battles are back!
     But its a little sad that the battles in the game look so much better compared to the anime…

  • Herok♞

    Well, this sounds like 2 which is good I just hope they don’t make us do all the same things for the plat this time.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man if this game is going to feature ALL the storyline battles form start to end as I have been lead to believe, and the game is already getting dubbed I seriously wonder when this game will be released…

    • yoUNg_grOUp568

      it won’t start from the beginning. This is a flash back. This games starts after the five kage arc 

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        Why would it start that late? In the interview he said

        “We planned to include as much content in story mode as possible. In particular, all of the anime episodes that have been aired up until the 2013 release, we hope to include in the game.”

        • yoUNg_grOUp568

          he said that this was just a flashback and it would start after the five kage arc and the main focus of the game will be the fourth ninja war.
          this is the interview he said that in 

        • yorudox

          do you people not watch the anime or manga?
          if not
          *SPOILER*-if you don’t watch ether the manga or anime 
          you fight the fox then it goes to a flash back where you are 3rd fighting the fox then you are minato fighting madara, THEN you are back to fighting the fox in regular time.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    “Get close enough and you can smack the Nine Tails with his giant staff by pressing circle.”Ha! Take that! You lucky I didn’t hit you with my scroll! Wonder what other fights have QTEs?

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Ah they brought back Secret Factors, those were always so intense to get but so rewarding, nice/

  • Domii

    Damn I really hope CC2 tone it down on the QTEs this time around. While I had a blast with UNS2, I kinda wish the combat is a little deeper in this one.

  • aoihana

    The boss battles sound pretty damn epic, and although I already knew how cinematic they were from previous footage, they sound really interactive! I have to admit, though, I’m not really a fan of QTE’s(Probably from the Dreamcast days when that boy kicked that soccer ball to Ryo Hazuki), but they seem fun! 

    I can’t say I’m hyped just yet, but maybe when we see some more story mode battles or characters in action, it’ll interest me more! (◕‿◕✿)

  • Millsuperman

    I wish for cc2 to go a little more indept with the fight.
    Indeed the 4 button set up is fine, but I just wish for a little more.

  • Solomon_Kano

    This is sounding goooood. Skipped Generations, but I’ll definitely be getting this.

  • isfuturebright

    I wanted generations (I have storm 2) but seeing they are making this every year I can’t stop thinking that it just ain’t worth it :/

  • ARandomBlackKid

    Said The stuff I think they should add HERE COMES AHUGE LIST
    1. FREE ROAM I hate being confined and not able to do anything like jump around like in generations.
    2. Every character that has had a crucial part in the show and the manga mainly cause if this is the “Last Game” please oh please oh please add every character I don’t want to have an awesome game but not have all those characters that were in the very first naruto game I ever played when it was ninja council one <3 I don't want all those characters from all the games up till now that a few not being able to play. I highly doubt xbox people or ps3 people care how much disks it takes for story mode just give us those characters for that good nostalgic feeling of the game itself.
    3. Add all Jinchuriki we have waited For a while, due to naruto having chakra mode in generation which is a huge jump from the actual time period at the end of the game I think if you guys could make that much of a jump you can add The sage of 6 paths ( Nerfed so not uber op but atleast let s have that honor as another character and obv all forms of MADARA and Tobi (Tobi with 1 sharingan and another char Tobi with Rinnegan and sharingan) and MADARA the same but 2 sharingan and Rinnegan
    All forms of NAGATO teen and adult and ressurected (Edo tensei) form. Add all the resurrected forms.
    4. Please make custom chars like WE COMPLETELY MAKE OUR OWN CHARS yea the have skills u can change the color of it and we have diff hair types like Utaka's hair Sasuke's hair and other stuff based off real chars to make ours and specials the same like you want it to look like that but change it's color and add bits of one special to make urs so it's designed to how you want it (I really hope some how you see this and contemplate on the possibility of doing this

  • luka solar

    i seriuslly can not wait this game
    anybody nows if is demo on ps store?

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