Naruto Shippuden makes its way onto the 3DS

If you’re a fan of the yellow haired hyperactive ninja and you’re looking for your next fix of fast paced action, look no more! International video games publisher, 505 Games, has announced today that the Naruto Shippuden series is making its way onto the Nintendo 3DS in Europe with a new game titled Naruto Shippuden 3D – The New Era.

The game will follow the Naruto Shippuden storyline based on the manga and anime series and players will get to encounter an all new female ninja character known as Malice during the course of events. The five Kages will also be making their first ever video game appearance when the game launches on the 3DS. When starting the game, players will get to use Naruto himself as a playable character and he comes complete with Sage mode transformation which will drastically power him up when his special gauge has been filled. Naruto isn’t the only playable character in the game however, Sasuke is also playable once you unlock him later on in the story.
Ten other characters will be making themselves available in the form of support or “Assist” characters for use when playing – a feature seen in many of the Naruto games. This will add a strategic element on missions as you only have the ability to bring three with you per chapter.
The story will span across nine different locations and there are many secret items and stages to unlock whilst playing.

Naruto Shippuden 3D – The New Era will be taking full advantage of the 3DS‘ hardware capabilities, which of course means that the game will be playable in full 3D without the need of glasses.Another feature that will be available to the game is using the 3DS camera to redeem “Sharingan codes” – code issued by 505 Games to unlock ingame characters and items. The 3DS motion controls will also be used in various situations throughout the game, such as to dodge incoming attacks during boss fights.

Speaking of the game, Ralph Pitt-Stanley, commercial director for 505 Games said, Naruto is a franchise that inspires fierce loyalty amongst its fans, so we’re very conscious that any game featuring its characters has to be of a particular quality to keep them satisfied,” he then went on to say “We’re proud to be the first publisher to bring Naruto into the 3rd gaming dimension, and hope this forms the basis for many more to come.”

Naruto Shippuden – The New Era is being published exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS by 505 Games and is set for release during 2011.
A Japanese storymode and gameplay trailer for the game can be seen below.

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