Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is still awaiting release in Europe, but over in North America the title has already been a success. Hot on its heels is Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles, a new 3D action title in which players become Naruto and must take on a series of story-driven missions to save the Hidden leaf Village from evil.

"With 'Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles,' we will deliver another layer of gameplay depth to the franchise by introducing an original storyline and providing an opportunity for fans to engage in large-scale ninja combat, all the while exploring familiar locations of the Naruto universe in an adventure setting," said Naruo Uchida, Namco Bandai Games America Inc.'s Senior Vice President.

The game will blend close quarters melee combat with longer range attacks like shurikens and explosive cards, and in times of need familiar faces from the series, including Kakashi, Sasuke and Neji, will be on hand to offer assistance.

There's no specific release date, but it's planned for a winter 2006 release in North America.