Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is the first instalment of the Ultimate Ninja series released for the Playstation 2.
The game features a unique battle system with special attacks and various techniques that can be used. It also features several items, like kunai and shuriken. There are many multi-layered stages from around the Naruto universe, including Sunagakure, the Chūnin Exams arena, and the Forest of Death. In the original Japanese version, there were only 12 characters; however, Namco Bandai has added the ability to select both Cursed Seal Sasuke and Nine-Tailed Naruto as bonus characters. Although both of these characters were already in the Japanese version as transformations, Namco Bandai has separated them into separate characters. Due to this, both Naruto and Sasuke have lost their ability to transform into their advanced modes during battle. This is much like the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 transformation system.
The game's twelve stories are meant to depict the events from different characters' perspectives and as the result some of them deviates from the original source (such as Neji become the winner in match against Naruto).
Critical reception has been mixed, ranging from mediocre to somewhat high ratings. G4's X-Play gave Ultimate Ninja a three out of five for a creative comic book feel and stylish cell-shaded graphics, but complained that the controls are too simple and the English voices are "slightly questionable". Both IGN and GameSpot say that the game is easy, yet fun to play, and praise the anime/manga-inspired graphics.
- Naruto Uzumaki (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) (Playable in a Nine-Tails form)
- Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) (Playable in a Cursed Marked form) (Sharingan)
- Sakura Haruno (春野サクラ, Haruno Sakura)
- Shikamaru Nara
- Hinata Hyūga (日向ヒナタ, Hyūga Hinata) (Byakugan)
- Gaara (我愛羅, Gaara)
- Rock Lee (Eight Gates)
- Neji Hyūga (Byakugan)
- Kakashi Hatake (Sharingan)
- Orochimaru (大蛇丸, Orochimaru)
- Zabuza Momochi (桃地再不斬, Momochi Zabuza)
- Haku (白, Haku)
- Every character in the game has three ultimates they can choose from. The colour chakra that covers the character represents how much chakra it takes: Red = 1, Purple = 2, and Blue = 3. However, Nine-tailed Naruto and Curse Marked Sasuke only have the ability to do Blue ultimates.
- Jutsu are done with pressing a certain direction button two times with the attack button. Most jutsu in the game are attacking, but some characters like Kakashi, Haku, Shikamaru, and Neji have counter jutsu, in which they need to be attacked in order to use their jutsu.
- Unlike its future Storm successors, running on water costs chakra; if the player does not have enough chakra, they will fall through the water on stages where it is available, and will be treated just like if they fell off the stage.
- Although Nine-Tailed Naruto and Curse Marked Sasuke are very powerful in the game, they have been given big disadvantages compared to the other characters. Nine-Tailed Naruto is unable to use any items he picks up, meaning he cannot use support or battle items. Curse Marked Sasuke gradually loses health over time, but stops when he only has ten percent left.
- In one of Sakura's ultimates, she actually uses one of Kurenai's genjutsu techniques as her attack, the same Kurenai used when she fought Itachi in Konoha.
|Ultimate Ninja series||Naruto: Ultimate Ninja - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - Card Battle - Mission - Online - Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes - 2 - 3 - Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact - Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm - 2 - 3 - 4 - Generations - Revolution|
|Uzumaki Chronicles series||Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles - 2 - Naruto Shippūden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising - Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna Drive|
|Path of the Ninja series||Naruto: Path of the Ninja - 2 - RPG 2 - Naruto: Konoha Senki - Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō|
|Ninja Council series||Naruto: Ninja Council - 2 - 2 (European Version) - 3 - 4 - Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble - Naruto Shippūden: Naruto vs. Sasuke|
|Ninja Destiny series||Naruto: Ninja Destiny - 2 - 3|
|Clash of Ninja series||Naruto: Clash of Ninja - 2 - 3 - 4 - EX - EX 2 - EX 3 - Special - Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution - 2 - 3|
|Other Naruto Games||Naruto: Shinobi no Sato no Jintori Kassen - Naruto: Rise of a Ninja - Naruto: The Broken Bond - Naruto Shippūden 3D: The New Era - Naruto Shippūden: Dairansen! Kage Bunshin Emaki - Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles - Naruto SD Powerful Shippūden|
|Other Related Games||Jump Super Stars - Jump Ultimate Stars - Battle Stadium D.O.N - J-Stars Victory VS|