Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 To Focus More On Story Telling

By Sato . March 4, 2013 . 10:35pm


During a recent Famitsu interview with Bandai Namco Producer, Yusuke Sasaki, and CyberConnect2 President, Hiroshi Matsuyama, they talked about the enhanced cinematic story telling in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.


Those of you who follow the Naruto anime or manga might know how the story has been building up to a climax in the recent Shinobi World War Arc. Plenty of battles from that arc will be playable in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, but the story telling aspect was actually a huge focus in the development of the game.


CyberConnect2 President and CEO, Hiroshi Matsuyama, said that each chapter was made by the development team with the thought process of making a feature film. He believes that completing a chapter will reward the player with the same satisfactory feeling you get from finishing a movie.


“What surprised me the most was Chapter 4 in story mode. It revolves around the story of Naruto’s mother, Kushina, and the Nine-Tails event. The original story is very moving and its entire episode is included in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.” said Sasaki.There aren’t too many battles in the chapter and the event scenes alone take up about one and a half hours. The scenes are also in full motion with real-time 3D characters, instead of still frame pictures, too.”


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is slated to be released on March 5th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • Davenex

    Has it been stated anywhere how much of the shinobi war arc this game will cover? Because if they do cover parts of it are they just planning to stop at a low point of the arc?

    • grevlinghore

      It goes from the Five Kage Summit up to Five Kage vs Madara.

      • Randy Marsh

        It doesn’t just go up to the Five Kages vs Madara, it goes up to the part where Naruto breaks Tobi’s mask, although a pretty choppy version of it. ….Spoilers, I guess?

        • Bobby Jennings


        • grevlinghore

          Didn`t know you were into Naruto Randy! That`s cool though! Choppy version, huh… Well, the game goes on for a little longer than I thought then :o

        • British_Otaku


          It goes up till Naruto breaking Tobi’s mask and concludes Madara vs the Five Kage. However, it creates it’s own conclusion for both battles so the game can have a positive ending (or avoid spoiling Tobi’s identity and how badly the Kage’s battle with Madara goes).

          • J_Joestar

            feels like an awkward place to stop… (although i guess it makes sense when you consider the manga isn’t far beyond that part).
            I wonder if they’ll do a NUNS4 or a large DLC expansion of some sort for when the arc finally ends in the manga.

          • British_Otaku

            It will be the same as with Dragon Ball games in the 80s and Dragon Ball Z games on the 90s. We will get sequels which cover the current arc better than the last game did, yes there is a chance of DLC but I would rather pay for Generations 2 or Storm 4 if the arc is done.

            Worth appreciating how most licensed games are released while the source material or a significant influence related to the source material is still running. Aside from insuring awareness of the brand and using that hype, it means that if it is based on it, chances are whatever story arc is running isn’t concluded. Not an issue if the original work is episodic, with some manga or anime which can stick to a single day for real time years with a few transformations, attacks and reveals to make up for it. No surprise that our games can’t catch a break.

            Naruto movies (as with movies for other long running arc based stories) catch themselves out too.

    • Bobby Jennings

      It goes to to Naruto vs Tobi and the Jinchuriki. I just finished the game yesterday myself.

      • Herok♞

        how long would you say it was to play though?

  • Ridho Siregar

    Stories… I like those.

  • Herok♞

    Well guys this game is clearly the worst ever because it doesn’t have Hanabi and Konohamaru. This is a ridiculous argument and no one seems to care that they are missing. So can someone explain to me why people would be demanding characters 10x less relevant then these guys be playable?

    • Freud_Hater

      Don’t be ridiculous, the only character that truly SHOULD have been in this game is Shinoh from the second Shippuden movie. Duh.

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        The Rower should have been in this game!


    Just bring back the old Narutimate HERO games, nuff said…

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I heard that the Road to Ninja movie also made that scene from chapter 4 but it is even better than the one from the TV version. Lots of people crying I heard.

  • Senshen

    I am sorry but they say over 80 playable characters but more than half of them are just variant costumes. How lazy do you have to get to basically copy and paste designs just to get some attention. This is made worse by the fact if they wanted they could have put in 80 different characters if they wanted to. People like Ginkaku, Kinkaku, the Seven Shinobi Swordsman, the rest of the sound ninja are some examples and god forbid if they ever use movie characters. Honestly for the most part the game is about the same as the last one just with some very small amounts of blood, and some hack and slash. All in all a game for renting not for buying.

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