Before we begin, a minor gripe: I really hated typing out the full title of the last big Naruto game, Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. It was a clunky title that did not roll off the tongue and ate up headline space like you would not believe.
Cinematic action master CyberConnect2's newest game to feature Masashi Kishimoto's stealth-averse ninja Naruto has been announced, and it has a much more punchy, elegant title: Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (Narutimate Storm 3 in Japan) for PS3 and 360! Losing three syllables makes all the difference. Expect bigger changes in this full sequel, including a more in-depth story mode that starts at the very beginning of the story, back when the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon attacks the Leaf Village.
So far, all that's available on the official site is this image, with the link in the bottom-right corner leading to a developer blog that not only promises the upgraded story mode, but an improved battle system. What improvements could those be? We'll have to wait and find out!
I know my favorite (Tsunade) will be there no matter what, but I wouldn't mind an older, wiser (?) Might Suit Naruto from Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3. What gameplay improvements do you hope to see in Naruto Shippuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3? Which characters do you want playable, and what parts of the story do you want to play through when it arrives sometime next year?