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The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, known in Japan as the Naruto: Narutimate Hero (NARUTO-ナルト- ナルティメットヒーロー, Naruto: Narutimetto Hīrō) series, is a series of 3-D fighting games developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai. Although most of the series is available exclusively for Sony's video game systems, recent instalments of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise have also appeared on Microsoft platforms (Xbox 360, and PC/Steam).

Gameplay

In the Ultimate Ninja series line, the player controls one of the many characters seen within the Naruto anime and manga. The simple goal is to fight the opposing character and to win by reducing their health to zero. Battles as aforementioned are rendered in 3D polygons, and all characters have a variety of uniquely-named attacks in their moveset in the form of attack strings with various directional inputs and so forth, each with their various functions (such as a counter or a guard break attack).

The catch to this goal is the vast amount of weapons that appear to the characters as the battle progresses (along with items which could potentially heal the player or the opponent). Along with the various weapons available to the characters, they also have their various special abilities taken straight from the series (Naruto Uzumaki's Rasengan or Sasuke Uchiha's Chidori, for example). To use these attacks, however, the player must have the required chakra as indicated by the "chakra bars" located under the players health. Using the technique drains the chakra bar (which can be regained through various methods, including special, character specific methods for some characters). These special techniques are not performed in real-time, however; once successfully executed, a cinematic takes place, where the player either has to fill a bar to a specific level or hit buttons illustrated in the corner of the screen faster than their opponent to assure the attack is at its full strength.

All characters can use the Body Replacement Technique, although some characters use different versions (two variants of Body Replacement exist; one which evades normal attacks, and another which begins a tug-of-war like minigame after juggling an opponent). Also, some characters have specific transformations available to them (such as Sasuke's Cursed Seal of Heaven with the right amount of chakra or, in the later games, by successfully executing their special technique). The first 2 games of the Ultimate Ninja series let players execute 3 different secret technique attacks using three different chakra levels (red, purple, and blue, in order of weakest to strongest), 2 different signature techniques, and a wide variety of kicks, punches, and throws. However, in Ultimate Ninja 3, players are only allowed to use one secret technique attack, besides the other attacks and techniques. To compensate for this, players will be allowed to select the secret technique of their choice before each battle, but not all secret techniques will be made available at the start of the game. Different secret techniques must be obtained through story mode and completing missions.

Games

English nameRomaji nameJapanese releaseEnglish release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Akuseru5 April 200724 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Akuseru 220 December 200727 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja BlazingNaruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Bureijingu14 July 201624 August 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3Naruto Shippūden: Naruteimetto Akuseru 310 December 200911 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja ImpactNaruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Inpakuto20 October 201118 October 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja MissionNaruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Misshon
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu 221 October 201019 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu 318 April 20135 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu 44 February 20169 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm GenerationsNaruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu Generation23 February 201213 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm RevolutionNaruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu Reboryūshon11 September 201416 September 2014
Naruto: Ultimate NinjaNaruto: Narutimetto Hīrō23 October 200326 June 2006
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2Naruto: Narutimetto Hīrō 230 September 200412 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3Naruto: Narutimetto Hīrō 322 December 200525 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Card BattleNaruto: Narutimetto Kādo Batoru
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom FortressNaruto: Narutimetto Porutaburu: Mugen-jō No Maki30 March 200624 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Online14 April 201320 July 2015
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja StormNaruto: Narutimetto Sutōmu15 January 20094 November 2008
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