Naruto Powerful Shippuden Review

Naruto: Powerful Shippuden is a 2D beat'em up action game for the Nintendo 3DS. Instead of having the usual-looking Naruto characters, Powerful Shippuden has super deformed chibi versions of the Naruto characters. The game has much comical humor throughout its story. The cutscenes consist of text dialogue with the on-screen chibi characters and has the usual sweat drop over a character's head and over exaggerated character expressions that we all know from anime. The game can get quite funny if you stick with its story.

The game has a campaign for both Naruto and Rock Lee. Both characters play quite differently and have separate campaigns with their own exclusive missions. Naruto can use jutsu attacks while Rock Lee can only perform physical attacks. Each character has his own unique standard attacks, special attacks and combos. Both characters have their own unique super modes that are turned on through the touch screen as well. The characters can block and they each have the ability to dodge as well. Each character can summon partners to help out during battles as the game progresses.

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The game plays like a standard side-scrolling 2D beat'em up and has a variety of missions such as getting through a long stage in a certain amount of time, fighting a boss enemy or fighting off a certain amount of enemies. Each campaign has training modes as well. One unique aspect of the game is that it will give you a series of bonus objects that can be performed along with the main objective. These bonus objectives start out easy and they can be set to a higher difficulty. A player must play each stage multiple times to complete all objectives, which adds some replay value to the missions.

Each stage completion and bonus objective completion gives a player a certain amount of experience points that can be used to level up the character. The main level can be raised to increase attack power and health and other statuses can be raised to give status enhancements to weapons and reduce the possibility of a status effect affecting your character along with other enhancements. Partners can also be leveled up. Each stage can be played over several times to increase your level, so you can't truly get stuck even when the difficulty is ramped up on later stages.

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Naruto: Powerful Shippuden is an overall good beat'em up game, but it gets boring just as quickly as other beat'em ups overall. The bonus objective feature with multiple difficulties does give a few reasons to play each stage over, but it all still gets repetitive after a while. The graphics of the game looks great with its overall bright and colorful look, so it's easy on the eyes, but the overall action gets stale after a while. This game will mainly appeal to fans of Naruto more than gamers that are looking for a new beam'em up to play.

The Good:
+ Graphics are bright and colorful
+ Funny facial expressions
+ Overall decent beat'em up with many moves per character

The Bad:
- It all gets repetitive after a while

Final Rating: 75%. Naruto: Powerful Shippuden is a decent brawler but it's fans of the Naruto series who will get the most out of this game.


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