THE NARUTO franchise is a popular comic and TV series that first debuted in Japan over ten years ago.
During the past few years it has picked up a cult following in the UK and Europe, with Namco Bandai publishing games based on the series.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 continues the fast and frantic fights from the original game and adds a raft of new playable characters.
Namco Bandai’s product manager Kate White tells MCV: “Naruto continues to be one of our key anime best-sellers. The brand is still young, it was recently Naruto's 10th anniversary and it’s the best-selling anime series in the UK.
“Plus, we have a hardcore base of Naruto fans who are continually faithful to the games so we know that they'll be knocked out by the triple-A offering in Naruto Storm 2.”
This time round there are 18 destructible stages and a roster of more than 40 characters, with a ‘drive gauge’ that unleashes special attacks.
Gamers can also play online in a variety of fighting modes including ranked matches and quick matches for instant action.
The story is based around Naruto Uzamaki – a young boy who has a nine-tailed fox demon trapped within him. An organisation known as Akatsuki attempts to capture Naruto and eight other tailed beasts to control the world.
Naruto, of course, goes out of his way to stop them.
Namco Bandai is promoting Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 with a stand at London’s MCM Expo in October, a targeted print and online campaign, a demo on PSN and Xbox Live and cross-promotional plans with Manga for a series of Naruto DVD box sets.