It looks like Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 may only be published in Europe.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 takes players on a heart-pounding adventure from the point of Naruto’s return to Konoha to end of the second Sasuke Rescue Arc. It boasts 60 playable characters and 24 battle stages, including the option for a brand new 3-man cell gameplay making full use of a special abilities.
The game sounds extremely exciting, and easily the best Ultimate Ninja game on the PS2! According to a report by Siliconera, however, the excitement of Ultimate Ninja 5 will not make it’s way to United States and Canada. The report states that the game is in works for localization to Europe only, and unlike Ultimate Ninja games of the past, the audio will only be in Japanese, but the text of the game will be in translated into English and four other PAL region languages.
Siliconera ends their report by saying that Namco Bandai Games has hinted at there being “more Naruto games to talk about in the future”. What does that mean? Possibly Ultimate Ninja 6 is in our future (which is planned or a PSP release in Japan at the moment) and maybe even an Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 for PS3!?
Of course, there is no official word on Ultimate Ninja 6 or Storm 2 coming to North America at this time. We are only hoping to see those games! The only Naruto Namco Bandai game officially announced to hit North American retailers this year is the action/adventure, Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising, which is planned for an October 6th release to the PSP.
Anyways, please take this news with a grain of salt. If any form of official word by Namco Bandai Games releases in regards to Ultimate Ninja 5, we hope to keep you updated!