Reviews and Problems with Naruto: Powerful Shippuden
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Naruto Powerful Shippuden
2 September 2013
Summary: Naruto fighting games tend to follow a specific formula. The console versions of the Shippuden series have been some of the best fighting games in the franchise, but the content hasn't really been super fresh, as it follows the familiar storyline of the television series. While the games are ever improving on the home consoles, the portable systems haven't been given as much love.
Summary: Naruto Powerful Shippuden is based upon the art style and antics of Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals , while still incorporating a humorous twist on the standard Naruto Shippuden storyline. The gameplay is solid, if a bit on the simplistic side, but offers up a plethora of bite-sized missions for both Naruto and Rock Lee’s paths.
Summary: Naruto Powerful Shippuden is a quality side-scrolling brawler wrapped in a comical deviation from the Naruto norm. Those unfamiliar with Naruto may not see the appeal, but fans will see it as a breath of fresh air.
Pros: Fun side-scrolling brawling, Light-hearted, comical take on the series, Experience system deeper than some RPGs
Cons: Some of the humor is lost on series outsiders, Gameplay becomes monotonous after a while
Summary: A chibi Naruto game that downplays the austerity? Believe it!
Pros: A cute art style that looks crisp and fun, Original Japanese voices, Plenty of characters from the series, Supports QR codes for extra content, Two hilarious, connecting story lines
Cons: Difficulty spikes require level farming at times, Feels more suited for short bursts of play, Missions are lacking in variety, No English voice option (if that's your thing), Only two playable characters
Conclusion: It's most certainly a step up from the old DS titles, but Naruto: Powerful Shippuden doesn't quite have the depth to make it really stand out amongst other brawlers out there. Hopefully future titles can build off the good base they've got.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Naruto Powerful Shippuden is a completely different take on the Naruto franchise. We have many of the same characters, however they are now in sort of bobble head like form. Players get to go through Naruto's and Rock Lee's storylines - which helps the length of this game.
Excerpt: I probably shouldn't be reviewing this game. Until I played it, I thought of Naruto as a sort of compact, orange symbol used in bookshops to warn me that I'd reached the wrong section. It's one of those manga-becomes-animé-becomes-game gargan-chises that's just a little too imposing to those looking in from the outside to contemplate approaching.
Excerpt: Naruto games have covered many genres over the last several years, from fighting games to RPG’s mixed with action-adventure elements. The console versions of the Shippuden series are known to generally be solid fighting games, but the content hasn’t seen much updating due to the games closely following the storyline of the TV show. After all is said and done, Naruto games tend to be strongest when they are simple beat ‘em up games done well.