Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. As a fighter on the DS however it makes great strides in the right direction and if you're a fan of the show or previous games, this is a great game to go check out.
  2. It is truly one of the powerhouse titles on the DS, and everybody should give it a try - especially Naruto fans.
  3. Certainly a game most fighting fans will go back to. It could also be the first time young gamers discover the genre, and with its instantly-addictive gameplay, they're likely to stick with the genre from here on out.
  4. Fun and frustrating at the same time.
  5. 72
    A much-needed leap in the right direction, as the game draws its inspiration from the Clash of Ninja series, and succeeds in delivering one of the best fighting games on DS, and it’s only going to get better down the line.
  6. The fighting is fast-and-furious enough to keep Naruto nuts occupied for a good while, especially if two friends make it a point to jam together, but we still think they should've included a character building mode and online play through Nintendo's WFC service.
  7. 70
    At least, the action's fast, fluid, and fun. The AI's no world beater; so while veteran fighting gamers won't break a sweat, everyone else has a fighting chance.
  8. Bump the challenge up a notch, however, and playing the game requires a bit more strategy(and becomes a lot more fun). [Mar 2008, p.88]
  9. It’s an average DS game which is populated by a long list of games worth buying ahead of it.
  10. Despite its shortcomings, Naruto: Ninja Destiny surprisingly handles itself real well and sets itself up for a follow-up that should knock everyone's socks off.
  11. For fans of Naruto who know what the Hidden Leaf Village is or are accustom to hearing about Trigram Palm Rotations, this game can provide a deep and challenging fight.
  12. 70
    When the limbs stop flying and the dust settles, Naruto: Ninja Destiny is as close to what fans want in a Naruto fighter as they will get on the Nintendo DS: fast-paced fighting with a dash of touch screen support for item usage.
  13. A 3D fighter on DS is long overdue, and D3 deserves kudos for being the first to publish such a title. Unfortunately, there are too many pieces of frosting missing to make this either a good introduction to the world of Naruto or a solid execution of a fighter on the handheld.
  14. If you absolutely must get everything related to Naruto, pick it up. Otherwise, you're better off waiting for the inevitable sequel where they'll (hopefully) tighten the game up a little.
  15. Though Naruto: Ninja Destiny doesn't quite earn high marks with its fighting system, this solid freshman effort is a footstep in the right direction for Naruto games on the DS.
  16. 60
    Though we found plenty of things to annoy us, the basic gameplay and extravagant character roster (once unlocked) should be enough to satisfy most fans.
  17. 60
    Hardcore Naruto fans who are subject to long road trips will manage to squeeze a few hours of fun out of Ninja Destiny. All others should apply their stealthy skills elsewhere in gaming's vast stable of ninja titles.
  18. This Naruto-inspired 3D fighting game is little more than a shadow clone.
  19. 50
    There’s simply not enough to keep players going. If you do manage to find this title in the bargain bin, it can provide some cheap fun on the way to work each morning. Otherwise, you will be disappointed by the lack of fleshed out features.
  20. If you're a fan of the series, more than likely you've already played a version on a home console. Save yourself the money, play that, and purchase a set of DVDs instead. Trust me, it'll last longer.
  21. While the battle modes do offer you a chance to play as some of the other characters in the series, butt-ugly rendering and all, most of them are locked in the beginning however. Now, I know there’s a way to unlock them, because over the course of reviewing the game I unlocked a couple, but I’ll be damned if I know how I did it.
  22. 16
    Worst of all, Ninja Destiny doesn't offer infrastructure play for online battles. All of this, combined with the hollow mechanics and lackluster design, makes it hard for even the most hardcore Naruto fan to appreciate Naruto: Ninja Destiny.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    Not a great game to begin with. The graphics are horrible and glitchy and the controls are suckish. I mean, what was Bandai thinking when they gave this game out to millions of children. I, however, have played this game and I must say it sucks. I never played it after how short the story was and how short the character roster was. All in all, this game sucks and should be thrown in a fire. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    Sadly, "Naruto Ninja Destiny" is one ugly looking DS game with terrible graphics and simplistic dialogue.
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    An average fighter that doesn't offer much in terms of gameplay depth or replay value. The roster is relatively big and diverse and story mode passes some time even if non-fans may get lost. The game also suffers from a lack of game modes and sub-par graphics. Full Review »