Atlus bringing next Naruto games to Wii, DS

Dragon Blade Chronicles and Naruto vs. Sasuke confirmed for November 16 launches; publisher promises more from the blond ninja on DS early next year.

While the anime and manga series Naruto has seen a consistent stream of gaming adaptations in recent years, the list of companies bringing those games to Western audiences has been growing almost as steadily. One more company has been added to that list, as Atlus today announced that it will be distributing Takara Tomy's Naruto games for Nintendo platforms in the US, Canada, and Latin and South America.

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The first two games in the agreement will be Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles for the Wii and Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke for the DS, both set for launch on November 16. Atlus has promised a number of preorder bonuses and bundle incentives for customers at stores like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Toys R Us, and EB Games Canada.

Dragon Blade Chronicles is an adventure game that has players take control of both Naruto and Sasuke as they attempt to discover the secret of elemental dragons. Though it will feature the same stars, Naruto vs. Sasuke follows the pair's adversarial storyline, asking players to recruit teams of fighters to control in cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

This generation of systems has seen publishers like Namco Bandai, Atari, and Ubisoft play a role in bringing Naruto to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the West. For Nintendo's systems, Takara Tomy originally partnered with D3Publisher of America to release DS and Wii versions of the blond ninja's adventures, but briefly took over publishing and distribution duties itself before allying itself with Atlus.

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Discussion

28 comments
Wii4Fun
Wii4Fun

Dammit! I'm not a big Naruto fan...but I'm waiting for the day they make a game based on Naruto where you make your own ninja, it's free roam, you learn new moves and jutsus and maybe throw in local or net multiplayer...or both!

Lawsow
Lawsow

@Animatronic64 The gsmes are better than the anime (if you care) but if the games sucked, then there would be no sequels or any other games. Bleach is just as popular but the games don't make enough money for sony to release them in America(actually they dont care) but Sega milks them for all the money they can get. This is popular and the fans really care, if you cared or liked the seris, then you would like the games too. Dragon blade does suck though BUY STORM 2

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

I'm not a big fan of anime, but even I can acknowledge that Naruto is one of the worst animes on the face of the planet. And so far, all of the Naruto games have been mediocre, there are other games within their respective genres that outdo every single one of them. Essentially the only reason you'll ever play them is if you're a raving Naruto fan. They aren't decent, they aren't average, they are crap. Their sole existence is only made to turn a quick buck. And before any of you get too excited about this, Atlus isn't developing it. If you look at the actual developers track record, you'll know nothing else but to expect the bottom of the barrel.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

There have been a lot of hit & miss games for Naruto. Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 looks like it will be the greatest so far. I'd also like to take this time to say that: One Piece > Naruto.

Axelfire250
Axelfire250

@GatsuBlackSword and hhap52 Atlus isn't making the game, they're only localizing it.

AsukaNaga
AsukaNaga

@ lamprey263 They made a new game called "Catherine." It looks like a persona game but it turns out to be a different game all together. A horror-themed action adventure game with a few sex scenes. So that is a definite "NO" North America release. But I could be wrong. Lets hope I am wrong. xD

hhap52
hhap52

@GatsuBlackSword I think this is their first one.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@iRaInOnPaRaDeS Plz dont do that... ever again.. that is why I watch the Japanese version only and the manga. The only things I ask for in the future naruto games are: 1. Not button match scenes 2. character customization (make your ninja and jutsu) 3. wide open world and have fights start right there and than like the wii ones.. ( keep it like that ) ..i guess thats it

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

That's great. Now we need games based off of a series that doesn't suck.

leeko_link
leeko_link

I love games from Atlus more than those from Namco Bandai, Atari, and UbiSoft. Not like, "love."

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez Atlus, make a new Persona game already

dmfreak
dmfreak

Now that's odd of Atlus releasing a Naruto game.

OMGtrollmage
OMGtrollmage

@3yeman couldnt agree more dude. Namco should have brought over Unlimited cruise.

3yeman
3yeman

No, its time for Next gen Bleach or one piece games, and don't say that they're not popular, cuz they really are, and if bakugan got a place for a next gen game, why not bleach or one piece? ^^

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Credit needs to be given where it`s due. Do not confuse the publiser with the developer. Atlus didn`t create Demon`s Souls, only merely published it for NA. FromSoftware, is the company you want to be thanking for the creation of Demon`s Souls.

sebetai
sebetai

I'm tired of naruto games. they make like 6 naruto games a year. i'd like a new one piece or some other anime to get a game out in NA.

mxpowar
mxpowar

@Ninpo187 Atlus didn't "create" Demon's Souls, they only published it. From Software developed the game and I read that they are already working on a sequel.

TristanH12
TristanH12

Bundle incentives?! What will they have?!

Ninpo187
Ninpo187

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helldew
helldew

yay now get tales games :)

Crazyholic
Crazyholic

Atlus PUBLISHING a Naruto game? huh, I didn't see this coming at all . . .

lookin_boy
lookin_boy

1st. but honestly, this is good news