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  ‘NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM GENERATIONS’ RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED
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12/16/2011
 


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SAN JOSE, Calif., (December 15, 2011) – Leading video game publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that the next installment in the storied NARUTO SHIPPUDEN video game series,  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations , will launch on March 13th, 2012 in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft. The game is based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media (from the manga created by Masashi Kishimoto), and will offer a vast selection of playable & support characters spanning every generation of the NARUTO saga.

Developed by CyberConnect2,  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations  is the latest title in the smash hit NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise. The title will revolutionize online play and ramp up the number of playable and support characters beyond any previous NARUTO SHIPPUDEN game.  Players will compete in a huge variety of online battle modes with their favorite characters including Naruto, Sasuke, Zabuza and Haku – two ninja characters fans have been waiting to see more of since the launch of the original manga – and many more new ninja appearing in the game.

In a first for the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm series,  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations  will feature an innovative system that integrates real-world collectible cards with the in-game universe.  The next generation of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN collector cards will each carry a code allowing players to unlock corresponding artwork for their in-game profile and engage in a special mini-battle to unlock a bonus skill and gain an advantage in the main fight.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations  will be available on March 13th, 2012 in North America.

For more information on  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations  please visit  http://www.namcobandaigames.com. For more information and to view free streaming episodes of NARUTO and the uncut NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (both rated TV-14), please visit  www.naruto.com or  www.VIZAnime.com.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at  www.namcobandaigames.com or  www.facebook.com/namco.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at  www.VIZ.com.

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