We’re pretty excited about the latest Naruto fighting game from CyberConnect2 – and if you’re a fan of the number one unpredictable ninja from Konoha, you should be too. The story mode in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 will begin with Naruto’s return to his hometown of Konoha – and will cover all the best battles from the anime/manga series up until Naruto’s confrontation with Pain.
Above: Jiraiya vs Pain
Above: Deidara vs Gaara. This boss battle eventually takes to the air, featuring Gaara chasing down Deidara over the rooftops of the Sand Village
Above: Kakashi vs Naruto and Sakura. Naruto and Sakura team up to see if they can steal the strings of bells from their former sensei. Expect nostalgic flashbacks to the first time Kakashi tested Team 7’s teamwork
Above: Shikamaru vs Hidan. Even side characters get a moment to shine in Storm 2
Above: More Shikamaru vs Hidan footage
Above: You’ll be able to play as Sasuke for a bit in the game’s story mode. Here’s some gameplay from what appears to be a free battle
Above: A Japanese trailer for Storm 2 with English subtitles. You’ll see lots of quick cuts from boss battles, including Sakura and Chiyo vs Sasori the puppet master
Above: Another Storm 2 teaser that starts off with a Pain-ful beginning
The boss battles are especially impressive, so we’ve packed all the latest gameplay videos and screenshots into one place. Check out the all the eye candy for a sneak peak at all the ani-mazing artwork in motion.
SPOILER ALERT: The images and videos in this article will contain spoilers for those who aren’t caught up with the Naruto Shippuden anime series
Some of these videos use the voice actors from the English dubbed version of the anime. But purists who prefer subs over dubs can choose to play through the game with English subtitles and menus with the original Japanese voice actors.
Above: Sasuke works his ocular ninjutsu with the mangekyou sharingan
Above: The general movement animations for Konan look amazing, especially when she dematerializes into thousands of paper cards
Above: Naruto gives Pain a proper beat down. You can see more screenshots here
Oct 11, 2010