Naruto for PS2 coming to America

Ninja series' original Narutimate Hero game set to sneak into stores in first quarter of 2006.

Ninjas and anime are both big money these days, so it's only natural that an anime about ninjas would do similarly well. Shonen Jump's ninja manga Naruto debuted in Japan in 1999, but now the series has made its way to US shores with episodes on the Cartoon Network, and all manner of licensed fare from VIZ Media.

Not one to leave a hot anime license un-capitalized upon, Bandai Games today announced that it is bringing the PlayStation 2 fighting game Naruto: Narutimate Hero to the US in the first quarter of 2006. While the Japanese are getting the third Narutimate Hero game this holiday season, the original game is closer to the storyline of the TV series that will be current when it releases next year.

Narutimate Hero is developed by CyberConnect2, the studio behind the .hack series. It features cel-shaded graphics, 14 playable characters, multitiered fighting environments, and a variety of collectible in-game items, from trading cards to toys, music, and movies. For more on Narutimate Hero, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions from the 2003 Tokyo Game Show.

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5 comments
zeke2040
zeke2040

bro i can't wait till part 2 comes out , but i'm still hook on this one and also the gamecube

evil_cm
evil_cm

Darn, They should create english version of NH4, I willing to pay 100$ for it

punker4evernofx
punker4evernofx

agree Relex_Rahl couldnt say it any better... DAMN YOU JAPAN! i want my naruto fix but not with these cheese characters... some BS

Relex_Rahl
Relex_Rahl

eh they should just skip right o the latest game, translate and localize that.