Namco Bandai brings it on

Publisher details lineup including We Cheer for the Wii, Ultimate Ninja for the PS3, and Digimon World Championship for the DS.

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As part of Namco Bandai's Gamers' Day yesterday, the publisher parted the curtain on a number of its more high-profile releases for the year, giving GameSpot hands-on time with Soulcalibur IV, Afro Samurai, and Tales of Vesperia. The publisher also dished out a few dates for its previously announced games, saying that Soulcalibur IV would toe the line on July 29 and the Samual L. Jackson-led Afro Samurai would bare its blade on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall.

Previously revealed games thus slated, Namco Bandai today rattled off a spate of new games that would be making their way to gamers' homes in the near future. With Naruto: Rise of a Ninja and Clash of a Ninja Revolution being greeted with tepid reviews on the Xbox 360 and Wii respectively last year, Namco Bandai announced it would be completing the current-generation circuit with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm for the PlayStation 3 this fall.

Ultimate Ninja Storm is a continuation of the Ultimate Ninja fighter series seen on the PlayStation 2. Namco Bandai promises that more than 25 characters from the animated series will appear in the game, and players will be able to customize their fighters with a number of jutsu maneuvers. A first for the series, Ultimate Ninja Storm affords players the opportunity to freely explore the Hidden Leaf Village and Forest of Death to complete more than 100 missions. The game will also support head-to-head multiplayer fisticuffs.

Namco Bandai also announced a pair of games aimed at Nintendo's platforms. Not content to just give THQ the claim to "the first-ever cheerleading video game" uncontested, Namco Bandai today announced that We Cheer will arrive for the Wii this fall. Whereas THQ's All-Star Cheer Squad will use the Wii Balance Board, We Cheer will rely on the console's traditional motion-sensing controls, with players using a Wii Remote in each hand to control their virtual pom-poms. Players will attempt to match onscreen prompts to more than 30 "smash-hit master recordings...including tracks from Hilary Duff, Aly & AJ, The Plain White T's, and Natasha Bedingfield."

We Cheer features a variety of modes, including both cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players. The game also includes a workout mode, and players will be able to customize their digital personas with a variety of outfits and accessories.

For the Nintendo DS, Namco Bandai is reviving its digital monsters for another go-around with Digimon World Championship. Based on Toei Animation's Digimon Data Squad, Digimon World Championship offers a diverse range of more than 200 Digimon to collect and train for use in 50-plus different in-game competitions. Namco Bandai is promising "a new kind of Digimon game" with World Championship, and gamers will have the opportunity to explore the entire Digital World, using a variety of different hunting-gear items to capture wild Digimon. In addition to a single-player campaign, the game includes support for local and online wireless competitive play.

Discussion

38 comments
belwyrm
belwyrm

When I think of Namco I think of the Tales series, Soul Caliber, Tekken and Ace Combat (never really got into Naruto), so it's kind of saddening to see a press anouncement that has no, or limited, coverage of these powerhouse games. Instead Namco focuses on their upcoming Cheerleading title *Makes a disgusted sound*.

09231991
09231991

Can't wait! ROAN for the 360 was amazing and its nice to see the Sony games now looking back and thinking to themselves, why didn't we think of that. Awesome.

tefdesign
tefdesign

Where is the announcement for Ace Combat coming to the PS3. This is getting rediculous.

Broly103091
Broly103091

if they're gonna continue with the naruto series, they better include some freaking jap dub with english sub, or get better voice actors.

IncrediBurch
IncrediBurch

Only 25 characters for Naruto? That seems skimpy compared to the PS2 titles. Stop making Digimon games that are nothing more than Pokemon Rip-offs. Have they watched the series? They don't collect ANYTHING! Afro Samurai? Cool, hope it's good. We Cheer? Well, those games were on there way anyways.

02sfraser
02sfraser

i seriosuly cannot wait for Naruto on PS3. its going to be awesome :D

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

First ever cheerleading game? Ouendan?

bkbiggie
bkbiggie

Namco should have a couple of 8 out of 10 games already on there minds:) Bringing Naruto, Soul Calibur IV and Afro amurai on the PS3 would probably one of the must-own when they arrive.

justfei
justfei

nice work bandai! go go power rangers! lol

Serious
Serious

I enjoyed the naruto game I bought when i was a PS2 users. I'll surely get the PS3 ultimate ninja. I really like playing games that are based on my favorite cartoons and anime.

mashom
mashom

why to much late tekken6 ? they need more time ?

YTP_1991
YTP_1991

and were is tekken 6???????

3Dpaper
3Dpaper

We cheer looks awsome....*cough*.....

liesandpies
liesandpies

Yeah. That's a great lineup of games you got there. Plenty of AAA titles (sarcasm).

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

there is a 99.99% chance digimon WONT come to australia :( the last time a digimon game was here was when it was on the ps1 0_o very dissapointing

ekisom
ekisom

YOU MAKE PRESS EVENT DETAILING PRODUCT LINEUP AND NOT INCLUDE TEKKEN 6!@#!@#! SHEISSE KASE BAKKERRROOOOO!!!!

I-Draxx-I
I-Draxx-I

but i want tekken ... gimmy tekken 6 NOW ^^

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

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Reetesh
Reetesh

I hope that Digimon Championship game is like that Card battling game!

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Wait I'm confused, Namco just released UN3 for PS2 and now they're planning to release UNStorm (lay off the drugs Namco) for PS3. What's going to happen when Naruto Shippuuden: UNAccel gets announced since it's a PS2 game. PS2 > PS3 > PS2??? This We Cheer game sounds like a disaster, just imagine how much windows, wiimotes will break and people who will get injured.

mastertimx
mastertimx

wii cheer? great................well maybe naruto for ps3 will be good.

IsmirZone
IsmirZone

What is with these brand name games and licancing. More original Namco games please and less wait.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

Where's Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2, dudes? Come on, it's inevitable, unless Koei is saving that for their Gamer Day.

Impulse_Drive
Impulse_Drive

do we really need to pay $50 for a game to tell us how to wave our arms in the air?....

TBoogy
TBoogy

Wii gets "Wii Cheer"? I'll NEVER own a Wii, it seems.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Some good stuff coming up and some not so good stuff ... sounds like normal to me.

Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

Yep, come on. Where's the NA/EU Eternal Sonata info.

black_awpN1
black_awpN1

The PS3 Naruto game looks Godly! Its kinda hard to tell if its a Game or the actual anime( Its that good looking)

Serbine
Serbine

Good to see another Digimon game on the way:D.

mxpowar
mxpowar

What I want to know is when Eternal Sonata for the PS3 will be released.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I hope the PS3 Naruto's are better than the PS2 Naruto's. Ultimate Ninja 1 disappointed me so much, I was about to scream.

kenshinhimura16
kenshinhimura16

A cheerleading game? What has happened to the world?¡

MinPinz
MinPinz

2 cheerleading games? seriously? i think this is a sign of the apocalypse...

Nike_Air
Nike_Air

We don't want any of those games ....... bring on Ridge Racer 8 !