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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. 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

Title System Japanese release English

release

Ultimate Ninja
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja PlayStation 2 October 23, 2003 June 26, 2006
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 PlayStation 2 September 30, 2004 June 12, 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 PlayStation 2 December 22, 2005 March 25, 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 PlayStation 2 April 5, 2007 March 24, 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 PlayStation 2 December 20, 2007 November 27, 2009
Ultimate Ninja Heroes
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes PlayStation Portable August 28, 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress PlayStation

Portable

March 30, 2006 June 24, 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 PlayStation

Portable

December 10, 2009 May 11, 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact PlayStation

Portable

October 20, 2011 October 18, 2011
Ultimate Ninja Storm
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm PlayStation 3 January 15, 2009 November 4, 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 October 21, 2010 October 14, 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 February 23, 2012 March 13, 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows April 18, 2013 March 5, 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows September 11, 2014 September 12, 2014
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows February 4, 2016 February 5, 2016
Others
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing iOS, Android

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