Naruto: Ninja Council Game Boy Advance

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  • Summary: NARUTO takes place in a world where ninja hold the ultimate power. Infused with the spirit of a once fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto Uzumaki is a ninja-in-training who is learning the art of Ninjutsu with his classmates Sakura and Sasuke. The trio studies under the instruction of theirNARUTO takes place in a world where ninja hold the ultimate power. Infused with the spirit of a once fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto Uzumaki is a ninja-in-training who is learning the art of Ninjutsu with his classmates Sakura and Sasuke. The trio studies under the instruction of their teacher, Kakashi, who helps the group face dangerous and daunting tests and challenges. Through their adventures, the young ninjas learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right versus wrong. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Presentation-wise, Naruto: Ninja Council looks like one of those great Super Famicom games that got left in Japan and finally made its way over to the GBA.
  2. 80
    The adrenaline meter, however, hovers at medium until you reach the boss battles, and there's little replay value unless you're someone who can never get his fill of Naruto ninjutsu.
  3. 65
    Naruto is simple yet fun, entertaining and true to the franchise but ultimately still just a "good" game.
  4. It's a good reminder of everything that once was in terms of the smacking-around-everyone-and-staying-alive gameplay, but the fact is, the gameplay hasn't really aged well itself.
  5. This game was fun for a couple hours, lasted only a few, and left me wanting to go back to watching the anime series.
  6. A yawn-inducing game that even fans of the series will want to steer clear of. It looks nice enough, but the story is a joke, and the gameplay is as stale as month-old bread.
  7. 20
    A short diversion at best -- not something you should spend your hard-earned cash on.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
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  1. Bc
    Aug 5, 2006
    8
    A great game if your into naruto but the story was too quick. not that many charactors ,but it was a awsome game non the less i promise if u A great game if your into naruto but the story was too quick. not that many charactors ,but it was a awsome game non the less i promise if u think your a narutro fan you will buy this game trust me i liked it. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2016
    7
    A rather short, breezy experience. One that's simplicity and graphics make it feel like an old school NES game. That's actually one of it'sA rather short, breezy experience. One that's simplicity and graphics make it feel like an old school NES game. That's actually one of it's strengths. The kind of retro appeal to it's design and looks make it all the more charming and almost nostalgic.

    It's all pretty straightforward. You just make your way through the levels punching everyone who gets in your way and then fight a boss. The levels are short and few so it goes by in no time. It's also pretty easy. You path to the bosses is met with almost no resistance. Regular enemies pose no threat. The bosses themselves aren't difficult either with the exception of the final boss, which is an awkwardly huge leap in difficulty. There's also no penalty for death. Even if you do run out of lives Iruka pops up with infinite continues. Those looking for a challenge should look elsewhere.

    The game has no real story. It just pulls characters good and bad from across the early arcs of the series and puts you up against them. There are some bits of dialog that change based on which character you play as, but hardly anything resembling an actual plot. At least we get to see some familiar faces.

    As for the characters you can play as, you start off with only Naruto or Sasuke. Kakashi is the only unlockable character. Outside of different jutsu there's no real difference between the characters. Only that the few bits of text the game uses changes slightly for the "story."

    The gameplay itself is pretty solid. The boss battles are the highlight, but the levels leading up to them are pretty satisfying as well. There are some decent level designs and secrets hidden inside. The controls do have you gliding around a lot, but that's not really an issue. The only thing I had a problem with gameplay wise was how using jutsu is handled.

    You just hold the B button until your chakra builds up to the jutsu you want. You don't really need jutsu at all in the regular levels. The only time you might actually need them is for the boss battles, and really not even then. A good thing to, because they can be kind of a pain to pull off.

    Overall it's a short and easy diversion for Naruto fans. One probably best experienced as a rental or very cheap purchase. There are some unlockables to keep you coming back for a little while longer that you can get by collecting all the leaf symbols in the game, but there's no hiding the fact that many are going to be better off going with the infinitely superior sequel "Ninja Council 2."

    Still, it's not a bad game. Just one lacking in challenge and staying power. For hardcore Naruto fans or even those who want an NES styled game with modern refinement it's still worth a look. An all around solid game, Naruto or not.

    7.5/10
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  3. Yomamma
    Aug 5, 2006
    5
    It was not that good but all in all good graphics for a gameboy advanced game.

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#11 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2006