Naruto on the DS and Wii
Alright Naruto fans, get ready to put your jutsu to work. TOMY is due to release two titles that you cannot miss: Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 (Wii) and Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 (DS).
At this year’s Comic-Con I had a chance to preview these games at the TOMY booth. Let’s just say I’m elated that I scheduled a brief appointment.
Prior to Comic-Con TOMY hooked me up with a copy of Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 for the DS. Admittedly, I haven’t been much of a fan of the DS system. I never found the small screen and 2D visuals very attractive. As a Naruto fan, however, this title began to alter my opinion of DS gaming.
The Shippuden story arc is set two and half years after the classic Naruto series. Playing an older and stronger Naruto, as he sets out to rescue Gaara from the Akatsuki organization, is more fun than I anticipated. The game follows the Shippuden story arc precisely, thus allowing fans and gamers to live out their own Naruto fantasies. Better still, it’s not just Naruto and his special jutsu lying at your fingertips, but 17 playable characters complete with their own unique jutsu!
The game is well thought out and challenging. In fact, I still have yet to harness and release the special jutsu that comes with forming any 3-man squad!
So, I found myself playing more DS than ever before. But still, I tend to want and expect more from the visuals of any gaming platform.
Well, before I could even make a slight criticism, TOMY already responded with Ninja Destiny 2. The visuals of this 3D fighting series are awesome, and will undoubtedly change the way we think about gaming on the DS. Moreover, we now have 34 playable characters and a new quest mode with tons of unlockable content. That means more jutsu and more action!
Oh, and let’s not forget one of the coolest features of the DS: wireless multiplayer gameplay for up to 2 players.
Similarly, Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 for the Wii brings many of our beloved Shippuden characters to the big screen. This tournament style fighting game is just spot on. And it’s not simply the enhanced graphics and jutsu attacks that will have fans salivating for its release. Ninja Revolution takes tournament style gaming to the next level, offering advanced features, such as the ability to defend yourself as you get up from a knock down, that make it truly unique.
Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 will hit stores in September. Unfortunately, we have to wait till November for Ninja Revolution 3. Either way, I’ll be offering reviews and more in depth info on each game shortly before their release. So, make sure you check back!