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  • Summary: Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era will provide high-kicking action in glorious, portable 3D in an all new story setting.

    In this latest videogame action adventure in the long running and celebrated series, Naruto is presented for the very first time in 3D, with dynamic camera twists and
    turns taking full advantage of the new Nintendo handheld's hardware capabilities. Naruto is available from the outset as a selectable character, with rival Sasuke un-lockable during the course of gameplay. A supporting cast of ten 'assist' characters, three of which can be taken along per chapter, offers a different dynamic to gameplay, allowing for a more strategic approach to combat.

    Naruto fans will be able to engage in a bespoke storyline based on the last events of the manga and animation series, featuring an all new female ninja character, Malice. The mysterious Five Kages, will also make their first videogame appearance in an adventure which spans nine different locations, with secret items and stages aplenty to be unlocked along the way.

    Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era on 3DS also incorporates the lead character's 'Sage Mode', in which Naruto transforms into a significantly more powerful version of himself once his special gauge is charged to maximum. The game will make use of the 3DS' motion controls, in situations such as avoiding certain attacks and during boss fights.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    70
    The lack of a versus mode, a minimal usage of the 3D feature and the bad atmosphere are lowering the score, while the rest offers you a solid 2D-jump'n'run game in the world of Naruto Shippuden.
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    70
    In conclusion Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era is a strong enough title on the 3DS and thankfully doesn't fall into the drivelware category.
  3. It'll appeal to fans, but this by-the-books platformer takes far too long to warm up. [Aug 2011, p.98]
  4. Jun 23, 2011
    50
    There is a decent game crying to get out, but poor design choices mean that Naruto needs to go back to ninja training.
  5. Aug 1, 2011
    45
    Hold out for the vastly superior Shinobi. [Aug 2011, p.72]
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    45
    Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era is a really flawed game which looks like it has been developed for the previous system and then rushed over the Nintendo 3DS to push its sales by appealing fans of the young ninja.
  7. Jul 8, 2011
    30
    Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era is a lesson in how not to do platformers. A shoddy effort.

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