18. Nov, 2004 14:15 (HKT)

Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 for Gamecube™ shipping today - details, videos & lots of more information inside

The Naruto craze continues with Tomy's Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3. The second game introduced four player support, which made Naruto 2 not only one of the best fighters on the Gamecube™, but also a party game. This time around you'll be able to maneuver a full team of three ninjas for 3 on 3 combat. Three on three battles will allow players to use an all new team super move.

Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 features at least 25 playable characters. Returning characters include: Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, Sakura, Garra, Iruka, Zabuza, Haku, Shikamaru, Kiba, Ino, Hinata, Neji and Lee. New characters include: Shino, Ten-Ten, Jiraya, Tsunade, The Third Hokage, and Tsunade. Another change to the fighting system is that characters with "transformations" can do them during battle. This means you can switch from Kakashi to Sharingan Kakashi or from Garra to transformed Garra without having to switch characters. Tomy has also added two super moves per character to change the gameplay.

This game is something for fighting fans and Naruto fans to get excited about!

We've been hitting the record this year as Naruto 3 has kicked Konami's Winning Eleven 8 from the throne (considering the amount of preorders shipping out). Sufficient supply has arrived today and every single preorder is expected to ship out during this day. New orders are welcome to ship within 24 hours at US$ 59.90 only.

Freeloader compatibility

We have tested Naruto 3 extensively and are happy to announce that the game is working fine with Datel's Freeloader device. So everyone still considering to import the game who does not own a Japanese Gamecube™ machine can be rest assured to purchase our Naruto 3 + Freeloader combo, available at US$ 75.80 only.

Tomy official preorder gift & Play-Asia preorder giveaway

Customers frequently checking out import news sites may have taken notice about Tomy's Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 preorder gift, which is given away in Japan. Last year we've been able to include the Naruto Pouch with most of our Naruto 2 preorders and this time we were able to get a limited batch of the Naruto 3 preorder gift as well - a Naruto wristband showing a Konohana leaf.

Our allocations for this year's preorder gift was roughly 2:1 (1 gift per 2 games), which means that about 50 percent of all orders will include the wristband as gift free of charge. The giveaway has been made on a fair first come, first served basis. The earlier you have preordered, the higher the chance for the gift.

Next to Tomy's official preorder gift, we have been running a second gift promotion at Play-Asia.com. All customers who have picked up the game early enough will receive either a Naruto Full Color R Collection Gashapon or a Naruto: Narutimett Hero 2 Gashapon (picked randomly). A last minute substituation had to be made for a number of orders to avoid shipping delays. We kindly apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 packshot & preorder gift gallery

We've opened up a copy of the highly desired game and taken some extra quick shots. Click on each picture of the gallery below for an enlarged shot. Be reminded, roughly 50% of all preorders will receive the wristband gift.

Naruto 3 video download: Intro & 2 fights

Just like last year with release of Naruto 2, we have taken the time to make 3 quick in game videos of Naruto 3 to reduce your waiting time until your copy is in the mail. Click on each link below:

  • Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 Intro (11.5MB 1:32min)
  • Naruto vs Kakashi Sensei (8.9MB 1:04min)
  • Jiraya vs Akimichi Choji (7.7MB 0:56min)

    Naruto Mania - lots of more products available at Play-Asia.com

    Since the beginning of broadcasting the Naruto anime on TV in Japan, the community of Naruto fans is growing day by day. Fascinated by the "heroes" Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and their companions, every episode is bringing new exctitement to thousands of fans worldwide. With more than 100 episodes shown so far, Naruto related products are available in a wide variety.

    At Play-Asia.com, we are currently carrying a total of around 60 products. Among them are video games (not only for Gamecube™ but also PlayStation2™ Gameboy Advance™ and others), a large amount of officially licensed merchandise and toys, official Japanese RC2 DVDs as well as soundtracks based on the anime series.

    Check out our full Naruto product range.

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