User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
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  1. 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.
  2. 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'reThe 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
  3. 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 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

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#55 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#94 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Play Magazine
    90
    The game is juts totally multidimensional; easily the freshest fighting game to come along since "Powerstone". [july 2006, p.71]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    Really, if Naruto's your thing, then this game is right up your alley--but even the most hardcore fighting-game fanatics will get a kick out of it as well. [July 2006, p.75]
  3. Game Informer
    65
    Even so, for gamers who don't know jutsu from chakra, don't expeect the game to give you any real incentive to play independent of its source material. [July 2006, p.106]