Naruto fends off Akatsuki Rising on PSP

Namco Bandai bringing latest installment in blond ninja's Shippuden adventures to Sony's portable this fall.

Sony's PSP is already having a good year. Even if rumors of the UMD-less PSP2 don't pan out, the system has a number of high-profile titles headed its way, including installments in the Little Big Planet, Rock Band, Assassin's Creed, MotorStorm, Persona, and Dante's Inferno franchises, to name a few. And, according to Sony, some of the biggest announcements concerning the portable are slated for next month during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

There's nothing quite like a kick to the face.

As part of its 2009 press event, Namco Bandai said that it too would be heavily supporting the PSP, announcing that Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and Tekken 6 will arrive for the handheld this summer and fall, respectively. Adding one more to that pile, the publisher has also revealed that Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising will also be released for the PSP this fall.

Based on Naruto's adventures in Viz Media's Shippuden animated series, Legends: Akatsuki Rising sees the titular fighter and a number of his companions embark on a quest to find Gaara, better known as the fifth Kazekage. To accomplish this goal, Naruto must defeat the Akatsuki criminal organization.

Following a mission-based structure, Legends: Akatsuki Rising offers gamers access to more than 10 characters from the animated series. Namco Bandai describes combat as a "fast-paced tactical" affair, with players timing their jutsu attacks to maximize their damage output as well as launching combined assaults as part of a three-man squad.

Legends: Akatsuki Rising features a number of modes, accommodating both two-player cooperative and competitive action. Original mode plays out as the basic storyline adventure, which sees Naruto setting out on his aforementioned quest. In Scenario mode, players can increase their characters' abilities by undertaking various side-mission quests. Akatsuki mode lets players assume the role of a member of the titular criminal organization. Lastly, Versus mode lets players duke it out against friends via ad hoc local wireless play.

For more on Namco Bandai's lineup, check out GameSpot's full coverage of the 2009 Namco Bandai event.

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Discussion

47 comments
6795896
6795896

This game was awesome and fun!

wdrodrigues
wdrodrigues

Game's Awesome! I've basically finished it!

jerome25
jerome25

this is my favorite!! 1.dissidia final fantasy 2 naruto shippuden legends: akatsuki 3soulcalibur broken destiny!!

hellgod102
hellgod102

OMG it looks so awesome I can't wait for it to come out i'm geting it for sure.

atrofiado
atrofiado

hope it doesn't give us a kick in the face also

Rock_Hound22
Rock_Hound22

i wonder if ultimate ninja 2 will work on the psp go like this game. if they both can't work, im not getting a psp go

luisfer17
luisfer17

Nice tittle for the psp, also nice variety of akatsuki player although i wish we could see tobi and the six pain, as well as a updated sasuke and naruto.

Thangil
Thangil

Nothing beats a subbed version! Hate the dubbed ones, cant stand the annoying english voices. And zaxafreon its Jiraya. ;) Love the Japanese voices, cant stand to watch Anime in any other language! ;D Best wishes to all from Swe

RaikirBLaZE
RaikirBLaZE

OMFG 10 Characters!!! I pissed my pants. The Akastsuki option is pretty cool, even though im sure the guys I want to play as wont be in here. I dont like Sasori, Deidara. Hidan an Kakuzu would be cool but they are too far in. But seriously, I think we could get a little more. I know it say "more than 10" but that's probably 11. @ zaxafreon: noob...i havent watched Naruto in a while either but id take subbed anyday. i dont remember what year it was when i last watched a dubbed version.

miko1511
miko1511

Does any know date when it's out

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

if the new naruto game's gameplay is like naruto uzumaki chronicles 1 or 2 (as it seems) then the game is gonna suck big time

saber_lily
saber_lily

all of the games are very popular

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

i like this. hope the gameplay is like Ultimate Ninja Storm like in the PS3

zaxafreon
zaxafreon

gnbfd Posted Apr 30, 2009 8:54 pm GMT "you know what would make this better? If CN didn't cancel the anime dub. I hate watching it with subs. I stopped watching them because I knew the dub was close to Shippuden. I now have no clue what the **** has been going on in Naruto in the past 6 months" The naruto in the jap is quite anoying but u can live with it but the dub naruto is somthin else... Also other character in dub voices dont reflect there character like jiary(is tht how you spell it?) who in the manga is in his 50s sounds like someone in his 20s in the dub. Also hearing word you cant understand creating mystery for stuff like nejis kaiten is compleltely ruined by the stupid translation of it being rotation which really ruins the whole effect in the stupid dub!

Rahsilfer
Rahsilfer

Been waiting for so long...FINALLY!!

tpeeple1
tpeeple1

This is gonna be a huge year for the psp.

atrofiado
atrofiado

such a great year this is!! And Sony tells that there are more news? I'm gonna have a heart-attack.

riku19
riku19

naruto is cool and all, but DISSIDIA just rules come on! :D

megadisc
megadisc

i love naruto and you cant do anything about it.

ficha13
ficha13

yay! first tekken 6, now naruto! hope it's like the one on the xbox 360!

Xcommand
Xcommand

cooperative?...so that means this is an advanture game?..a must buy for me!!!

spicyramen08
spicyramen08

I agree with Virtual Erkan... I upgraded to the newest 3000 PSP version this year and I'm so glad. I've been recollecting my favorite games and I absolutely love Namco Bandai games.

Genesis_123
Genesis_123

wouldn't it be awesome to fight the tailed beasts in akatsuki mode? If they did i would buy this in a heartbeat

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

It is true that PSP is having such a great year

cdog21
cdog21

It looks like Sony is stepping up their game this year.

EviLDim4
EviLDim4

i only ask for Hidan in this Game so Please Namco Bandai

c_rec
c_rec

@gnbfd are you kidding me?! the dub is miserable! I hope they have the option of japanese w/ subs, it would be sweet if it let you play as all akatsuki members like the manga, but i guess the japanese anime isn't even that far so its not gonna happen:( oh well at least it'll probably have itachi!

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

This is awesome news! I cant wait to play as Deidara and Sasori on my PSP!

jadefury27
jadefury27

i can finally dust my psp off thank god!

jadefury27
jadefury27

i guess namco is assuming people are watching online. viz actually posted the first 8 eps w\english voices, i guess it's too much to ask that the game would have a special edition packing that in. it's also too bad shippuden is at episode 115 about now...

gnbfd
gnbfd

you know what would make this better? If CN didn't cancel the anime dub. I hate watching it with subs. I stopped watching them because I knew the dub was close to Shippuden. I now have no clue what the **** has been going on in Naruto in the past 6 months

DS-man
DS-man

awesomo!, Shippuuden cmin out on a consol that westeren gamers can play

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

ok...wow this is some news cant wait e3 looks more promising hopefully sony will give us the second anolog stick lol

ssk187
ssk187

I'm excited. The graphics remind me of UNS for the ps3. I hope they go farther then just the Gaara arc in the game. Still a very strong showing.

WhenPicklezFly
WhenPicklezFly

Yeah naruto, yeah sakura for healing hinata yeah everything YEAH

nappan
nappan

Good good... now stick this on CONSOLES... I'm ready for a Shippuden sequel to NTBB. That game has an amazing online following around the leaderboards. Very fun break from SCIV and more intense fighters.

omarsh94
omarsh94

thank you namco bandai :D

akram112
akram112

lets hope atleast this naruto game makes the psp proud; the previous entries for psp werent that great.

Lyca
Lyca

Im really looking foward to psp game news at e3 this year fingers crossed that there will be loads more titles like this.

sinistergoggles
sinistergoggles

Looks like it's gonna be a good year for PSP owners; they just keep coming. :o

2mrw
2mrw

i now belive sony when it said half of the PSP line up is till uncovered...........in two days 3 major announcment... SC, tekken and naruto.....sweet.

playagamer
playagamer

Good games but I'm not buying a new PSP untill the PSP2 with two nubs.