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  • Summary: NARUTO Powerful Shippuden includes a Story Mode as well as an Endless Battle Mode so players can choose to either follow a progressive storyline or just pull out the punches for a sprightly ninja showdown. The action-packed gameplay allows players to earn experience points to power up their vivacious characters and also use the touch screen to strengthen special attacks. Fans will recognize their favorite characters from the NARUTO franchise such as Kakashi, Sakura, Gaara, and many more; all can be called upon as support characters in the midst of battle. With familiar friends at their sides and ninja moves up their sleeves, players will embark on the journey of becoming a powerful Leaf ninja to knock out opponents or even become a knock-out with sexy jutsu. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    It's the ideal mix of fun and funny, without being too over-the-top.
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    80
    A breath of fresh air for both longtime fans of the show and brawlers in general. It’s as interesting outside of its missions as in them, with unique experience-point investing and gambling mechanics that future games in this genre should look to for inspiration.
  3. Forget the license behind it, this is a lovely little 2D brawler. [May 2013, p.79]
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    It's most certainly a step up from the old DS titles, but Naruto: Powerful Shippuden doesn't quite have the depth to make it really stand out amongst other brawlers out there. Hopefully future titles can build off the good base they've got.
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    67
    It’s a more inventive take than you usually see for licensed anime titles, and smartly evolves past the standard, overwrought storyline retreads typically used.
  6. Mar 11, 2013
    66
    Get ready for a lot of humor and action. We believe 3DS deserves a bigger and better, more ambitious Naruto game, but if you already know this is a humble proposal, then you will certainly enjoy this game.
  7. Mar 26, 2013
    60
    Naruto: Powerful Shippuden does one thing exactly right, and that's the humour. The actual gameplay gets a bit too repetitive too quickly, but a fun storyline and a personal goals feature do their best to keep things interesting.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Mar 13, 2013
    10
    The game is really good. I haven't finished it yet but, so far, the missions are really good. They don't feel repetitive at any moment and there are a lot of missions. I was afraid of wasting my money on this one, like I did with Adventure Time for the 3DS, it's good but it helps that I love the series but the game wasn't what I was expecting.

    Now, on the other hand. Naruto Powerful Shippuden feels fresh, there is a lot of fun in this game. I haven't been able to put it down. The game is great for a handheld with missions being short, but don't take that as a negative thing, they are short but missions have tasks that you can complete and you must choose before going into the mission, if you complete the task you will be awarded with more experience points and I can tell you, it never feels like a chore.

    Music is great, visuals are really good and funny. 3D is not that good, gameplay and controls are awesome.
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  2. Mar 28, 2013
    9
    This is a whole new side-scrolling Naruto game. It features anime inspired presentations. and action packed gameplay.
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    9
    A game that does what it advertises. It doesn't have a huge roster, as you're limited to Naruto and Lee, but has interesting mechanics, a decent simultaneous story mode and, most importantly, is fun to play. Expand