Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
Ultimate Ninja Storm retains many of the gameplay elements from earlier installments of the Ultimate Ninja series. It features cel-shaded graphics that "will break the barrier between anime and video game". There will be no online play, but downloadable content will be available after the game's release. Unlike previous games, where players fight on a two-dimensional background, Ultimate Ninja Storm will allow players to fight on a completely three dimensional setting. The story mode loosely covers events from the start of the series to the end of the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Between missions players will be able to explore the Hidden Leaf Village, which acts as a central hub for selecting additional missions.
New features to the series introduced in Ultimate Ninja Storm include "Awakening Mode", a transformation that can be activated when a player has a set amount of health remaining. The amount of health remaining differs for each character with stronger Awakening Modes requiring the player to have less health than others. Once activated, the player gains new abilities, speed and stronger attacks. Players will also be able to customize their character's jutsu, ultimate jutsu, and what support characters they have in battle mode. Returning to the game from previous installments is "mash" mode, which is initiated if both players activate their special attack at the same time. During this "mash", both players will have to press the corresponding buttons as fast as possible in order to knock out their opponent.
- US November 4, 2008
- EU November 7, 2008
- JP N/A
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