Naruto's destiny leads him to the Nintendo DS.
Naruto has appeared in video game form for several years, but even if you, like me, have never seen Naruto before, Ninja’s Destiny could be a game to keep your eye on. The characters are fully 3D, crisp, with sharp character models and particle effects. It will feature a single-player story mode, a versus mode, and local wireless fights.
Like most fighting games, your goal is to punch, kick, and combo your opponent into submission, but Ninja Destiny adds the Touch Screen as an additional level of input. Touching various icons will activate a health increase, activate a power increase, keep your opponent from unleashing certain moves, etc. Each character has between 8 and 10 combo maneuvers which the player must discover and memorize to annihilate the competition as quickly as possible. Each character also has a specific super-move. Ninja Destiny will feature sixteen characters, nine of which are unlocked, including Naruto (duh), Sasuke, Gaara, Neji, Might Guy, Rock, Sakura, Shikamaru, Itachi, and Nine-Tailed Naruto. The game’s storyline (which does not catch up to the Japanese anime run) is told through static image based cut scenes between each battle.
The American version of Ninja Destiny is also improved over its Japanese counterpart, and includes a larger character roster, more arenas, and an improved frame rate.
Naruto: Ninja Destiny is set to release on Feb. 26th.