Namco Bandai announced today that the Naruto franchise has shipped over 10 million copies worldwide since 2003. That’s a lot of Naruto games.

From the press release

    Champagne corks are popping today at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. following the news that the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN video game franchises have shipped an incredible 10 million copies worldwide since the launch of the first game in 2003 (Japan/Asia 1.9 million units, North America 4.3 million units, Europe 3.8 million units). NAMCO BANDAI Games began releasing NARUTO videogames in March 2003 and has published a total of 15 titles to date across multiple platforms.

    Since 2003 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. has had the privilege to work very closely with a number of talented developers on the series including the exceptional team at CyberConnect2. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja ® STORM 2 from CyberConnect2 was released in October 2010 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® and has been a huge success with global sales in excess of one million units.

    To celebrate the 10 million sales milestone in his own inimitable style, the charismatic president of CyberConnect2, Hiroshi Matsuyama, will run all 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195km) of the Marathon de Paris in France dressed as NARUTO on April 15th, 2012, joined by producers from NAMCO BANDAI Games. He’s already engaged in a hard NARUTO-style training regime to get in shape for the event!

    Also, for the first time in the history of the series, NAMCO BANDAI Games is pleased to announce a collaboration between the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN videogames and the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN trading card game, which will see the light of day within the same release window as NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations on March 13th, 2012.

    “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!” said Yusuke Sasaki, Producer at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

    Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is the latest title in the hit ‘NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm’ series of games. The title propels the series into the future with revolutionary online play and more playable and support characters than ever before. With original Japanese voiceovers and a faithful presentation, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is an essential addition to the smash hit NARUTO series of games. The games are based on the popular animated NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media from the manga created by Masashi Kishimoto (also available from VIZ Media),