Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles
(ナルト- 疾風伝 龍刃記, Naruto Shippūden: Ryūjinki)
|Video game info|
|Japanese||November 26, 2009|
|English||November 16, 2010|
Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles, known as Naruto Shippūden: Ryūjinki (ナルト- 疾風伝 龍刃記; Literally meaning "Naruto Hurricane Chronicles: Dragon Sword Chronicles") in Japan, is a video game for the Wii.
Unlike the Clash of Ninja series, the game is more of a free-roaming hack-and-slash video game. Despite this, it seems to use graphics similar to the aforementioned Clash of Ninja games, and even reuses several models. All characters wear new, armoured outfits that are based on their normal attire, with the exception of Tsunade and Jiraiya.
The story is loosely based on the Itachi Pursuit Arc, and seems to take place shortly after its beginning. Naruto's half of the story is more original to the game, and revolves around a small squad of Konohagakure ninja attempting to stop Kuroma Tatsushiro, one of the last members of the ancient Dragon Gods, from unleashing and taking the power of the Genryū, five eternal dragons originally sealed in Mount Koryū, for revenge. To do so, Naruto must slay each Genryū with the ancient Dragon Blade, given to him by Kuroma's younger sister, Akari.
For Sasuke's half of the story, on the other hand, he has already formed Hebi by the time the story begins, in order to hunt down and kill Itachi. However, his efforts are hindered by Akatsuki's attempts to capture the Genryū that Kuroma has summoned for their own purposes. Throughout the story, the player either plays as Naruto or Sasuke along their journey, utilising their respective blades and team members' abilities to fight through various levels.
Almost all characters have scrolls attached to their new clothing. In terms of game play, these scrolls are used to perform jutsu of an elemental nature that is not natural to the user, or to enhance the power of techniques that the user already knows. For instance: Naruto can use Earth Release, Water Release, Fire Release, and Lightning Release, all of which are not of his elemental nature. The armour that the characters don is to protect their chakra system from the environment of Mount Koryū, which normally has the mysterious effect of rendering people unable to use their chakra and fight.
- Naruto Uzumaki (also playable in a three-tailed form)
- Sasuke Uchiha (also playable in a Level 2 Cursed Seal)
- Sakura Haruno
- Kakashi Hatake
- Shikamaru Nara
- Rock Lee
- Neji Hyūga
- Suigetsu Hōzuki
- Earth Genryū
- Water Genryū
- Deidara (supported by Tobi; against Sasuke)
- Wind Genryū
- Fire Genryū
- Wind Genryū (against Sasuke)
- Itachi Uchiha
- Lightning Genryū
- Deidara (supported by Tobi)
- Fire Genryū (against Sasuke)
- Itachi Uchiha (against Sasuke)
- Kisame Hoshigaki (against Sasuke)
- Kuroma Tatsushiro
- Light Dragon
Reception of Dragon Blade Chronicles has been resoundingly negative in the gaming review community. Gamespot's review gave it a 3.5/10, noting "Shallow combat, frustrating exploration, and crippling technical issues make Dragon Blade Chronicles a Naruto adventure to avoid".
- When the player completes the entire game, they get an option to receive a special outfit and a special move exclusive to Naruto.
- Lee wears the special armor despite not needing it; he uses Taijutsu, which doesn't need chakra.