TOMY, D3Publisher Bring Naruto to Wii

TOMY Corp. and D3Publisher of America Inc. (D3PA) today confirmed rumors that they are working on a new game based on the hit anime series Shonen Jump Naruto. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii system, the game Naruto: Clash of Ninj MVZ (working title) is a head-to-head fighting game that is expected to ship this fall with special content created for North American gamers.

“For some time we have wanted to give Naruto fans in North America something they could not find anywhere else, and in Naruto: Clash of Ninja MVZ we have a game with original, exclusive content that will amaze them,” says TOMY Corp. exec VP Mark Shinohara. “For TOMY, 2007 and the release of Naruto: Clash of Ninja MVZ will mark a significant milestone in not only our relationship with D3PA, but in TOMY’s expansion in the video game industry.”

Developed by Eighting, The new title will include characters that have never been featured in previous Clash of Ninja games released for the Nintendo GameCube. The next-generation offering will also feature fresh character and special attack animations, and, for the first time, new interactive environments.

In Naruto: Clash of Ninj MVZ, players will be able to launch attacks with the innovative Wii Remote using Ninja-like movements. Up to four players can compete in nine different gameplay modes or take on special mini-games created exclusively for use with the remote control system.