Atlus gives Naruto the bonus treatment

by: Sean Colleli -
There have been scads of Naruto games, oodles. What's different about NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Dragon Blade Chronicles and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Naruto vs. Sasuke? Well this time Atlus is doing the publishing, and if you know Atlus, you also know this means preorder bonuses! So far there are some nice looking figurines and a few game logo hats. No info yet on which retailer gets what, but some of the names dropped are Amazon and Toys R Us. Atlus has always been consistent with the feelies and doodads they give out with preorders, so it's nice to see them extending the tradition to a licensed title.


IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 24, 2010 -- Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that they have reached agreement of distribution with Tomy Corp., the licensee of Nintendo platforms in US, Canada, Latin and South America from VIZ Media for NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Dragon Blade Chronicles for Wii™ and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Naruto vs. Sasuke for Nintendo DS™. These two chapters in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN franchise, based on the extremely popular anime series, are currently scheduled for release on November 16, 2010. Over the next few weeks certain retailers will offer special bundles, pre-order bonus items, and gifts-with-purchase for the games, making them perfect gifts for the holiday season.

"We're very excited to work with Tomy Corp. and VIZ Media to present two new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN games to fans across North America," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Atlus. "We're sure fans will have NARUTO SHIPPUDEN on their holiday wish lists as they do every year, and we're happy to bring them not only the games but also exciting bonus offers at retailers such as,, Best Buy, EB Games Canada, GameStop, and Toys 'R' Us."

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Dragon Blade Chronicles for Wii ( and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Naruto vs. Sasuke for Nintendo DS ( are set to release on November 16, 2010. Fans can also look forward to more NARUTO SHIPPUDEN adventures on Nintendo DS in early 2011.

For more information on NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, and to view subtitled uncut episodes (rated T+ for Older Teens), please visit the official website at The TV version of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN can be viewed on Disney XD every Wednesday (rated TV-PG). Uncut episodes can be viewed on and Hulu, and dubbed downloadable episodes are also available on iTunes, PlayStation® Network, Xbox LIVE, and Amazon Video On Demand. More information on the ratings may be found at

About NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Dragon Blade Chronicles (Wii)
Take control of both Naruto and Sasuke as they go their own ways to seek out the mysteries and power behind Genryu, the mighty Elemental Dragons, in an all-new epic adventure. The world is in danger and only the power of the legendary Dragon Blade and rare elemental orbs hidden across the land can save it. As Naruto, you will use special orbs collected from the powerful Genryu to enhance your Dragon Blade with new powers, acquire new skills by finding and equipping dozens of Ninja Scrolls hidden throughout the world, and take on gigantic dragons in incredible boss battles! With two superstars in one game, you won't want to miss this amazing adventure! NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Dragon Blade Chronicles has been rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) with cartoon violence and language by the ESRB.

About NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Naruto vs. Sasuke (Nintendo DS)
Experience first-hand one of the most popular storylines from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN arc as Naruto and Sasuke face off amidst a backdrop laced with intrigue and subterfuge! Discover, recruit, and swap fighters into your team to meet the needs of any given situation. Compete against your friends in Wireless Battle Mode for up to four players, or play cooperatively in the new Boss Rush Mode (local wireless only). Take part in thrilling battles and exciting mysteries, all leading up to the epic showdown between Naruto and Sasuke! NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Naruto vs. Sasuke has been rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) with cartoon violence, language, and mild suggestive themes by the ESRB.

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