Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  1. 80
    Although some gamers might be turned off by Revolution 3's 3D arena and its lack of advanced move inputs, the amount of skill required to effectively time moves and anticipate oncoming attacks is impressive. Wii owners -- especially the Wii-owning Naruto fans -- will be happy to have this in their collection.
  2. Naruto's latest is a good fighting game that's held back by an unbalanced Story mode and laggy online play.
  3. Like any good fighting game, Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 thrives on multiplayer action. It stumbles in a few areas, and is certainly one of the more repetitive fighters released this year. But it's also a really good game that, when played with others, can be very addictive.
  4. For those who have never played the Naruto Clash of Ninja fighting game series, start with this one. It’s got 40 characters, a slick fighting system, tons of unlockables, and online combat for the first time. Longtime fans might be wary of the game, however, as this is the fifth game in the series in four years.
  5. Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is not a perfect game. It has plenty of issues when it comes to graphics and simplistic gameplay. However, it still manages to be a great fighter on the Wii. The online capabilities are what really boost this title past the competition. If you love Naruto or are looking for a decent fighter on the Wii, Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 will probably be your best bet.
  6. 70
    A step forward for fighting games? Not exactly. But it's certainly a tasty bit of comfort food for the fans.
  7. 67
    Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is a step up from Clash of Ninja Revolution 2, but nagging problems keep the game from reaching its full potential.
  8. It is a good follow-up to the series, with a more refined combat, good visuals that excel in combat, and a very interesting story mode.
  9. Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is a different yet enjoyable fighting game. Your friends might hassle you, but it’s their loss.
  10. It's a excellent game for those who have never played the Naruto Clash of Ninja fighting series.
  11. Even if Naruto Shippuden: Clash Of Ninja Revolution 3 is really similar to the previous chapter (enough to discourage a lot of players), is still one of the best Beat'em up on the wii.
  12. Diehard Naruto fans might find a little joy in taking their favorite characters into the ring (again), but the payoff for the effort of trudging through Story mode is adequate at best.
  13. The classic more of the same. You won't find any new feature, combo or new gameplay idea here. Just for the die hard fans.
  14. If you love fighting games, you should consider Clash of Ninja 3, regardless whether you love or hate Naruto. Until Tatsunoko vs Capcom hits next year, it might be as the box declares, the Best Fighting Game on the Wii.
  15. 75
    Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution is proof the Wii has some nice fighting games.
  16. Nintendo Power
    75
    Like its predecessors, Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is good fun--the fighting is fast-paced and has easy-to-learn controls--especially when playing against your friends. [Holiday 2009, p.88]
  17. We would have liked to see more innovations in Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja 3 other than the added online capabilities. The game is still one of the better and most accessible fighting games available for the Wii. The lack of a Japanese voice option and the inconsistent difficulty remain something that holds this game back from true greatness.
  18. Naruto's back once again and this time he wants to stay with Wii users. Clash of Ninja Revolution 3's basically the same game that we received last year, adding a brand-new online feature and a lame story mode. Its a 'sold' title for the fans, but just an interesting one for those who are looking for some fun.
  19. Thanks to its solid fighting system, large roster, and plentiful play modes, Clash of Ninja Revolution III ranks as one of the better brawlers on Wii.
  20. A worthwhile pick for fans and those in the mood for a wild brawl. Get some friends together and go ninja crazy.
  21. Even though the developer Eighting really improved the graphics and added online play to their Naruto formula, they also managed to put in a few extra problems like hiccups in the frame rate and lag online. In the end, Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 still is a fun party fighter for up to four players, but it could have been so much better with just more polish.
  22. CONR3 really maximizes on the underlying potential the series has always had, and the online mode really pulls everything together to make it a game that, truly, can stand alongside the plethora of great fighters that have come out this year.
  23. The story of the game is pretty lame, but the developer managed to deliver a very good fighting system, so in the end it turns out to be a fun fighting game.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    Naruto Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is a fantastic game with a whole lot of characters. The versus mode is great, the extras are awesome, andNaruto Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is a fantastic game with a whole lot of characters. The versus mode is great, the extras are awesome, and the characters in the game are really balanced. I'm not a fan of the Story mode, because it only features one arc and is basically imbalanced... Overall its really worth a try and you should buy it. Full Review »
  2. EdP
    Jan 18, 2010
    8
    I was doutbful about this game, because I have played the other Clash of Ninja and didn't convince me, instead I prefer Gekitou Ninja I was doutbful about this game, because I have played the other Clash of Ninja and didn't convince me, instead I prefer Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 3. But I bought it and for my surprise this game was really good. Excellent graphics, good characters, interesting story (just shippuden), nice animation, even power in characters and the most important; excellent wi-fi fights. I mean, there are a lot of opponents, few lags in the connection and easy to get. Of course is not a perfect game, but you can try it and enjoy a good time. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2016
    6
    Revolution 3 is yet another entry into the Clash if Ninja series. Although this one guarantees hours upon hours of multiplayer mayhem orRevolution 3 is yet another entry into the Clash if Ninja series. Although this one guarantees hours upon hours of multiplayer mayhem or serious one on one matches, Revolution 3 is a bit of a step down in the standard set by most of the previous games.

    For starters, the story mode launches you into the most frustrating and unbalanced matchups that have ever existed in a fighting game storyline; more often than not, you are pitted against very strong all-rounders or projectile spammers that have been given boosted input reading A.I and Super Armor. The final battle is by far the most unfair matchup in the entire Clash of Ninja series. You will throw your controller at least twice after losing to the cheap opponents.

    Single Player mode is absolutely dreadful. The worst offender is the Mission List, which commands that you complete certain tasks such as defeat 10 opponents without recovering or no substitution options, meaning one mistake, and the computer opponent will lock you in a combo or defeat you easily. There are even missions that require you to win solely with a Special Jutsu! Everything is stacked against you in the Single Player mode.

    This game is also the most unbalanced Clash of Ninja yet. There are only a handful of characters that stand out and dominate the game, while a vast number of them don't necessarily have enough options in a one on one battle and become severely disadvantaged. This one also introduced several new gameplay mechanics, such as attacking immediately after rising from battle and most unfortunately, Latent Ninja Powers. In Revolution 2, characters were given special techniques if their health reached 40% or below, balancing the characters so that more often than not, every character has more options availabile in the midst of a battle. However in Revolution 3, this was transformed into Latent Ninja Powers, giving some characters special abilities and aids exclusive to their techniques, but giving others overpowered and game-breaking techniques, like Shino's ability to leech chakra out of opponents even while guarding and Kisame's water clones requiring zero chakra. Characters are turned into broken messes and create unfair, unwinnable matchups due to these powers. As for the other new mechanic, when you are knocked to the ground and you do not roll, you will get back up but immediately attack and attempt to trip the opponent,. "Attempt" is the key word. When players are too hasty, the move comes in handy, but normally, the opponent is going to jump or block this attack, especially since guarding is automatic in Clash of Ninja. After it is avoided, a powerful finishing attack on you is almost guaranteed. You are left open and completely defenseless in this position, all thanks to the game's need to "tweak" the battle system for the excuse of balancing.

    Still, at the heart of Clash of Ninja is multiplayer. There are some broken mechanics and overpowered characters, but during a 4 player mash-up, it hardly matters. There's still fun to be had, because Revolution 3 is far from terrible; it's more playable than EX in Japan. However, the lackluster game modesand overly difficult and frustrating Single Player modes weigh down a seemingly fun experience. Despite anyone else's opinion, the stupidity of Story mode combined with a severely unbalanced roster, horrible A.I, a few broken mechanics and several bugs and glitches (and to top it all off, Bando's sour grapes-- he charges the highest prices for characters in the history of Clash of Ninja like a cheap skinflint) all lead to Revolution 3 feeling like a step down in quality. There's an overall lack of polish in this release despite its emphasis on multiplayer brawls and competitive and enjoyable free-for-alls. Just don't play with the computer. Compared to Revolution 2's exuberant polish and great characters and content, and the quality of so many other Clash of Ninja titles released before it, Revolution 3 should've been better to get ahold of, but it falls flat. Maybe in only a few areas, but in very specific and frustrating ways.

    If you disagree... go fight Deidara with Nine-Tailed Naruto again. Win on the first try and then feel free to tell me I'm wrong.
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