Despite a lot of people feeling as if Namco Bandai has kind of worn thin the welcome of Naruto games, the company has managed quite the success with the franchise shipping more than 10 million units worldwide since 2003, spanning 15 different multiplatform releases.
Yusuke Sasaki, Producer at Namco Bandai Games stated that...
“We’re very glad and proud to have achieved 10 million units worldwide for the NARUTO franchise, and we promise you that we will keep working very hard on this important series to carry on exciting all the fans around the world. Thanks again for all of your support, and I wish you all the best for 2012!”
The stats don't lie. With 15 titles and 10 million units shipped that's well over 650,000 units per title. Although, to be fair, it's probably less for the handheld Naruto games and a bit more for the console titles. But you get the drift.
While Naruto games aren't Call of Duty titles, which ship about 20 million SKUs annually, Namco Bandai seems to be doing pretty well with the Naruto franchise.
A new title is even in the works right now and is scheduled for release later this year for the Xbox 360 and PS3 called Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. Developed by the same people that churned out last year's marvelous fighting game, Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi, I'm betting that Namco hopes to hit gold once more with Ultimate Ninja Storm when it lands on retail shelves on March 13th.
You can learn more about the Naruto video game franchise or TV show and movies by paying a visit to the Official Website.