Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4, known in Japan as Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Accel (NARUTO-ナルト- 疾風伝 ナルティメットアクセル, Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Akuseru), is the fourth instalment in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, and the first in the Accel game series.
In addition to elements that were established in previous Ultimate Ninja games, Ultimate Ninja 4 offers several new aspects to combat. When two opponents clash, they will begin a series of high-speed attacks, appearing as a pair of blurs flashing across the stage. The winner is determined by a game similar to that of Rock, Paper, Scissors. There is also the addition of "Awakening Jutsu". When certain conditions are met, a character may trigger their Awakening Jutsu. These techniques are more powerful than the standard Ultimate Jutsu and, as the name implies, "awakens" a character's powers (i.e. Naruto's tailed fox form, after which he is surrounded by the fox's red chakra).
The game features a "Master Mode", an RPG-like mode that takes place before the storyline of Naruto: Shippūden. In this mode, players are able to experience the main Shippūden story, but before that they must complete an original storyline called The Black Shadow. The storyline is fairly long, and at the end of it they have to defeat the Black Shadow himself to move onto the main Shippūden storyline. The Shippūden plot line in this game ends halfway through the Kazekage Rescue Mission (approximately up to Episode 15 of the Shippūden anime), after which it moves onto a free mode where the player can complete various missions and tasks, and can also look for tokens called Pieces of Memory, which are needed to unlock Hero Mode fights and cut-scenes.
During Naruto's journey with Jiraiya (somewhere after he developed the Giant Rasengan), Naruto proceeded with his training and was given prayer beads which he put around his arms and legs and is put through Jiraiya's Sealing Technique: Four Limbs Weighting Seal, making the beads really heavy, forcing Naruto to carry the beads until they glow red and Jiraiya takes them off, effectively making Naruto exponentially more powerful.
They then make their way to Tree Felling Village, renowned for its mine caves and high-quality crystals. Naruto and Jiraiya then discover several villagers gathered around the cave, including the village mayor. A young woman living nearby appears before them and explains about the ceremony going on. The villagers had gathered for a ritual, that is, a human sacrifice. Jiraiya then explains that it's in fact a ceremony to offer human sacrifices to the demon named Black Shadow living in the cave. The human sacrifice for the ceremony is a little girl called Aoi. Progressing into the cave to stop a determined Aoi, Naruto gets stopped by an unknown creature, claiming to be Black Shadow. The creature blocks Naruto's path with a crystal wall. Naruto tries to break it with his Rasengan, but fails. Meanwhile, the beads start to grow red and Naruto leaves the cave to find Jiraiya to get them off. Investigating further, Jiraiya asks Naruto to find the lady they had met earlier, before he can take off the beads.
Asking around for the whereabouts of the lady, Naruto gathers vital information about the Black Shadow and the Tree of Life that once grew in front of the cave. The Tree of Life, leaves of which were said to cure even the incurable diseases, was cut down by the ancestors of the village, to make transportation of crystals easier. However, they were not aware of the demon that rested within the cave, the Black Shadow. The Black Shadow could not stand the smell of the flowers that grew beside the Tree of Life, and was thus, forced to live in a remote part of the cave. The Tree of Life nurtured the flowers that grew beside it. But, when it was cut down, the flowers withered with it. Free of the fragrance, the Black Shadow appeared before the cave. To avoid destruction, the authorities of the village decided to provide one sacrifice to the demon annually, hence the ritual. Naruto also finds the location of the lady and, in the Forest of Delusion, he find the woman.
Jiraiya appears before both Naruto and the woman, and points out that the woman was Aoi's mother, Tsubaki. It is then revealed that the primary motive of Aoi to head inside the cave, was to bring back the leaves of the Tree of Life, known to cure even the incurable diseases. Tsubaki was indeed suffering from an incurable disease. After the talk with her, Jiraiya takes the beads off Naruto. As Naruto heads back to the cave, Tsubaki's condition worsens. Before he leaves, she gives a pendant to Naruto, asking him to deliver it to give it to Aoi; saying that it will protect her.
Naruto reaches the gates of the cave and remembers an old friend. Reaching the seal, he breaks past the crystal wall. Naruto reaches further inside the cave and finds Aoi heading deeper into the cave. Naruto gives her the pendant and asks her why was she doing it. Aoi then starts crying, refusing to watch her mother die, as she watched his father. Naruto moved by her words, asks Aoi to stay there, while he will take care of the Black Shadow. Naruto leaves and enters the heart of the cave. Three figures, which had previously encountered, fuse together to form the Black Shadow. The final battle between the two begin. But, Naruto soon finds out that the Black Shadow was invulnerable. Naruto gets cornered in a moment.
Black Shadow proceeds to deliver the final blow, when Aoi enters and distracts him. Then Black Shadow looks at the sacrifice, and decides to deal with her first. Naruto somehow blocks Black Shadow's attack and saves Aoi in the nick of time. The pendant Aoi received from Naruto, indirectly from her mother, breaks and some petals fall out. Black Shadow gets uncomfortable from the fragrance of the petals. Naruto then remembers the words from Jiraiya, and the other villagers, Black Shadow can't stand the smell of the flowers that grew near the Tree of Life. He finds his last opportunity to defeat Black Shadow and release his chakra. He manages to defeat Black Shadow, and now exhausted, goes unconscious. He then wakes up in an unknown house. Confused, he leaves the house and sees Jiraiya standing outside, who tells him that he had been sleeping for two weeks. Naruto, remembering about Aoi, quickly leaves for the Forest of Delusion. There he looks at Aoi and her mother, whom he thought was a ghost. After a warm talk, Naruto and Jiraiya leave, while Aoi asks Naruto to come back again, to which Naruto smiles.
Some characters may or may not be available in both pre- and post-timeskip outfits. Parenthesis indicate a character's Awakening Mode(s).
- Naruto Uzumaki (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) (Demon Fox Mode), (One Tailed)
- Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Sakura Haruno (春野サクラ, Haruno Sakura) (Rage Mode), (Medical Mode)
- Shikamaru Nara (奈良シカマル, Nara Shikamaru) (Strategy Mode)
- Ino Yamanaka (山中いの, Yamanaka Ino) (Covered With Flowers Mode)
- Chōji Akimichi (秋道チョウジ, Akimichi Chōji) (Super Chōji Mode)
- Kiba Inuzuka (犬塚キバ, Inuzuka Kiba) (Food Pills Mode)
- Shino Aburame (油女シノ, Aburame Shino) (Beetle Mode)
- Hinata Hyūga (日向ヒナタ, Hyūga Hinata) (Byakugan Mode)
- Gaara (我愛羅, Gaara) (Possession Mode), (Kazekage Mode)
- Temari (テマリ, Temari) (Fan Dance Mode), (Wind Robe Mode)
- Kankurō (カンクロウ, Kankurō) (Dance Mode), (Show Mode)
- Rock Lee (ロック・リー, Rokku Rī) (Loopy Fist Mode), (Eight Gates Mode)
- Neji Hyūga (日向ネジ, Hyūga Neji) (Byakugan Mode)
- Tenten (テンテン, Tenten) (Ninja Tool Mode), (Tool Use Mode)
- Konohamaru Sarutobi (猿飛木ノ葉丸, Sarutobi Konohamaru) (Ultimate Mode), (Grandson Mode)
- Hanabi Hyūga (日向ハナビ, Hyūga Hanabi) (Ultimate Mode), (Byakugan Mode)
- Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) (Hound Mode)
- Might Guy (マイト・ガイ, Maito Gai) (Eight Gates Mode)
- Asuma Sarutobi (猿飛アスマ, Sarutobi Asuma) (Fist Strike Mode)
- Kurenai Yuhi (夕日紅, Yūhi Kurenai) (Haze Dancey Mode)
- Shizune (シズネ, Shizune) (Medical Mode)
- Anko Mitarashi (みたらしアンコ, Mitarashi Anko) (Ultimate Mode), (Curse Mark Mode)
- Chiyo (チヨ, Chiyo) (Veteran Mode)
- Hashirama Senju (千手柱間, Senju Hashirama) (Hokage Mode)
- Tobirama Senju (千手扉間, Senju Tobirama) (Ultimate Mode), (Hokage Mode)
- Hiruzen Sarutobi (猿飛ヒルゼン, Sarutobi Hiruzen) (Reaper Death Seal Mode)
- Minato Namikaze (波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato) (Ultimate Mode), (Flash Mode)
- Jiraiya (自来也, Jiraiya) (Sannin Mode)
- Orochimaru (大蛇丸, Orochimaru) (Sannin Mode)
- Tsunade (綱手, Tsunade) (Sannin Mode), (Mitotic Regeneration Mode)
- Itachi Uchiha (うちはイタチ, Uchiha Itachi) (Tsukuyomi Mode)
- Kisame Hoshigaki (干柿鬼鮫, Hoshigaki Kisame) (Shark Skin Mode)
- Deidara (デイダラ, Deidara) (Sky Eagle Mode)
- Sasori (サソリ, Sasori) (Poison Mode)
- Kabuto Yakushi (薬師カブト, Yakushi Kabuto) (Super Recovery Mode)
- Kimimaro (君麻呂, Kimimaro) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Sakon and Ukon (左近と右近, Sakon to Ukon) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Tayuya (多由也, Tayuya) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Kidōmaru (鬼童丸, Kidōmaru) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Jirōbō (次郎坊, Jirōbō) (Curse Mark Mode), (Curse Mark Mode Stage 2)
- Zabuza Momochi (桃地再不斬, Momochi Zabuza) (Demon Mode)
- Haku (白, Haku) (Ice Blade Mode)
- Black Shadow (影法師, Kagebōshi) is the first boss in Master Mode, and is a giant wolf-like monster with five eyes, two snouts and six legs. It only talks in Katakana in the Japanese version.
- Aoi (あおい), a young girl. In order to heal her terminally ill mother, Aoi becomes a human sacrifice to the Black Shadow, but actually went to kill the demon so that she could retrieve a leaf from the Tree of Life that would be able to heal her mother.
- Tsubaki (椿), Aoi's mother. She was dying of an incurable illness before Naruto and her daughter, Aoi, saved her by obtaining a leaf from the Tree of Life.
- For some reason, the Naruto playable in Master Mode before the main Shippūden storyline, isn't playable in Battle Mode.
- There is a Japanese Plus version with new music.
- To get 100 000 ryō, the player should have a saved file of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3.
- This is the first game where Chiyo doesn't have puppets during battle.
- The Shippūden version of Sasuke is not playable or even seen in the story mode and throughout the game.
- After a certain mission, the Tree Felling Village changes its name to Tree Revival Village.
- Oddly, after the main storyline ends in Master Mode, Gaara never appears again but Chiyo does. According to the manga and anime, Chiyo sacrifices herself to revive Gaara, and therefore shouldn't be alive, whereas Gaara should.
- Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Accel official webpage
- Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 Official English Website
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