For years, Naruto has entertained anime and manga fans from all over the world. The yellow-haired ninja is not only a Japanese icon but also a marketable property with appearances in several video games. With most of these fighting games based on anime, Naruto and his allies usually engage in one-on-one combat along with side quests and open-world adventures.
Even though there are several solo Naruto ventures, the Shippuden Ultimate Ninja series has spawned several cult classics on multiple gaming platforms and achieved high sales for developers like Namco Bandai. It is safe to say that Naruto games have become as popular as the anime itself.
10 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5
In more ways than one, the PSP game Ultimate Ninja 5 feels like a time capsule as it featured some elements that got revamped with other platforms. The game includes alternate modes of characters with new abilities and costumes while also allowing the Assist feature that can be used by players to call multiple characters for assistance in battles and for extra damage.
Despite it drawing acclaim in its time, Ultimate Ninja 5‘s 2.5D animation doesn’t come close to its successors that went down the 3D route.
9 Naruto Shippuden: Clash Of Ninja Revolution 3
A classic Nintendo Wii game, Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 generated immersive gameplay in both single-player and multiplayer modes (with over 40 characters to choose from).
The game is also perfectly suited for the motion-based controls of the Wii as the motions can unlock new features. For instance, an upward tilt during Hidan’s neutral special can make him throw a scythe upwards as an attack. While the game is a cult favorite for Wii players, the game was riddled with a few lock-up glitches like the screen getting frozen after specific attacks.
8 Naruto: Clash Of Ninja
The first installment of Clash of Ninja series introduced the quintessential Naruto brand of cel-shaded fighting games to Japanese and international markets. The plot largely deals with Naruto’s Academy graduation and his first major clash.
The overall nature of Clash of Ninja is simplistic given that the game was released way back in 2003. Even though beginners would have fun with easy-to-learn fighting styles, the gameplay can be quite predictable for modern players. Regardless of the gameplay, it is of historic value for fans of Naruto video games.
7 Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja
This 2007 release is notable for several reasons. First of all, it was the earliest Naruto game to be released on the Xbox 360. As it was a Ubisoft Montreal game, Rise of a Ninja also became the first Naruto game to be developed by a non-Japanese company.
What set Rise of a Ninja apart from other Naruto games back then was its emphasis on world-building. Apart from the usual fighting, the players can also embark on sidequests in sprawling natural environments. Another positive aspect of the game is that it spawned the iconic sequel, Broken Bond.
6 Naruto: The Broken Bond
Picking up where Rise of a Ninja ended, The Broken Bond was Ubisoft’s second experiment with the anime basing the story on the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Incorporating voice talents and songs from the source material, The Broken Bond offered the hope that even non-Japanese companies could helm good anime video game adaptations.
Apart from the storyline, the tag-team system drew positive acclaim. The incorporation of 3D cutscenes was another way in which The Broken Bond improved upon its precursor. With that being said, the game still retained the widespread environments to explore on the map.
5 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm
Covering the initial episodes from Part I, this was the first Naruto game to feature a 3D fighting system and HD gameplay. Ultimate Ninja Storm definitely ushered in a new age for Naruto games on the PS3. Basically, the game seemed to introduce features and visuals that would only get enriched further with other future sequels in the Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise.
Combo-centric mechanisms. Cel-shaded graphics. The chakra management system. Single-button combat. These are just some of the many elements that make this game relevant even today. Still, the game wouldn’t rank on the absolute top solely because of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and 4 overshadowing it.
4 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Naruto games are mostly known for their one-on-one fights but Ultimate Ninja Impact ups the stakes pitting Naruto and his fellow ninjas against hordes of 100 enemies. This rush battle system is set against the Kazekage Rescue arc while also covering the events of the Five Kage Summit Arc.
The chaotic adrenaline-fueled gameplay and cinematic scope of the battles make for a truly unique experience in the character’s gaming history. The rush battle system might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is still an essential collector’s item as it was the last Naruto PSP game.
3 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Multiple players can be gathered to form teams in Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution for battle royale-style tournaments. What’s unique is that not only are the characters from the anime and manga but Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto also created some exclusive characters for such teams.
Added to the mix are alternate versions of characters such as Mecha Naruto from the anime’s Part II. The 72 characters offer a wide variety of battle moves to experiment with. Hence, if players are bored with the same old versions of the Naruto ensemble, they would enjoy the revamped versions of existing characters.
2 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is centered upon the Fourth Shinobi World War as Naruto and a group of ninjas from other villages face off against the terrorist organization Akatsuki. Players can expect a lot of high-octane action, quick-time events, and even scenarios that involved elements from hack-and-slash games.
Fans were also excited for the return of boss battles from Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Mob battles are also a part of the story mode that would remind players of Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact. The game’s versatility increased with the addition of ‘The Ultimate Decision Mode’ that allows players to choose between two paths: a difficult Legacy mode and a relatively easier Hero mode.
1 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Concluding the dramatic Fourth Shinobi World War, Ultimate Ninja Storm 4‘s narrative took an introspective approach while covering Sasuke and Naruto’s individual perspectives. The plot twists and turns aside, the game retains boss battles and introduces new features like elemental damage, and the ability to fight on walls.
Visually speaking, the cinematography is a high point, especially towards Naruto and Sasuke’s climactic battle. As for the other characters, players can choose up to 100 different ninjas to make teams of three.
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