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  • Summary: Join Naruto and his friends on their Ninja Academy quests as they battle the best in the land. Perfect your ninja skills to earn money and unlock tons of bonus content. Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate ninja? Be your favorite ninja: Fight as one of over 12 playable characters including Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, Rock Lee and many more. Switch between 12 interactive stages mid-combat to gain a tactical advantage while performing powerful ninjutsu moves as seen in the hit television series. Lethal super attacks: Increase your chakra and unleash multi-level super attacks to ascend the ranks and become a full-fledged ninja. [Namco Bandai] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. A fresh and inspired fighting game.
  2. Battles are fast paced and can get extremely intense; simplistic controls that are easy to learn but tricky to master; Captures the look and feel of Naruto perfectly.
  3. Ultimate Ninja transcends the Naruto fandom; those who had fun playing Smash Bros. or even the little known Power Stone could easily find themselves having a blast here.
  4. The gameplay and style will feel familiar to anyone who's picked up a Dragonball Z Budokai game, but to everyone else it most likely won't cut muster.
  5. Ultimate Ninja capably captures the spirit of Naruto, delivering a stylish fighting experience that's both easy to pick up and easy on the eyes.
  6. Pushes the right buttons but the uninitiated can bash away and still win, so it doesn't match the flair or control of a Virtua. [Feb 2007, p.65]
  7. 60
    If you're just a casual fan of the fighting genre, there are certainly better choices out there that would provide a better overall experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. StephenK.
    Jul 9, 2006
    9
    Okay, this game is not made for every fighting game fan (if you dislike 2d fighters, or super smash brothers type gameplay). Naruto is, however, the best anime licensed game I have ever played (and I have played many, many licensed games being a dbz fan). Surprisingly, there is a good amount of depth in this game if you TAKE the TIME to learn the counter system and when to use the assorted combos. If you are not a fighting game fan, let this stay on the shelf. If, however, you do enjoy a good fighter, or happen to be a Naruto fan, at least rent this game. Expand
  2. KurtisH.
    Nov 29, 2006
    8
    This game mixes in humor and an intresting battle system similar to Super Smash Bros. Although, the game lacks depth in a few key areas, the overall experience is worth the $40 for everyday fighting fans, and it is a must buy for any Naruto fan. Expand
  3. RandyM.
    Mar 20, 2007
    8
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is definetely a huge surprise. This game goes beyond the fanbase to appeal to fans of the fighting genre in general. While it may not be for everyone, it's still a fun and lasting experience. Expand
  4. AnonymousMC
    Jul 31, 2006
    6
    I better watch the anime movie than to play this game. But I aleady bought it since I'm a big fan of Naruto. The ninjutsu didn't meet my expectation. Too bad. The worst is the original voice is dub to English! Dank, what's in your mind to hear KAGE BUNSHIN NO JUTSU to Shadow replication style??? I hate it! Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    4
    I am a huge Naruto fan, and a huge fan of fighting games, but this didn't hold my attention, the crappy story mode, the limited amount of characters, and boring versus and mission modes, hold this game back from being fun. Expand
  6. AnonymousMC
    Jul 3, 2006
    4
    The basic truth is that this game was released in 2003 in Japan under the title "Narutimate Hero", and is greatly overshadowed by the two sequels that haven't made their way through translation, Narutimate Hero 2 and 3. If you're a fan on the translated and dubbed anime, then this game will keep with the story you've seen, and won't reveal the future. But if you're one who watches fansubbed versions of the japanese episodes, this will be painfully behind the times in terms of the story, and you'd be better off importing a copy of Narutimate Hero 3, which boasts around 60 different characters compared to the 12 in Ultimate Ninja. Expand
  7. RichardM.
    Jun 29, 2006
    3
    Not worth buying or even renting; play it at Wal-mart or stop by a friend's house to get a taste of it. Fun for about 10, maybe 20 minutes. A complete mash fest that lacks any worthwhile single player mode. Combos are minimal and each character has only one special, which gets boring to watch after the second time. It fails as a single-player and two-player fighting game. Look elsewhere if you expect to be entertained longer then the duration of a Naruto episode, and don't lie to yourself and others by saying the game is anything more than a "pathetic" video game. Expand