Excerpt: Some video games based on existing franchises try to win new fans to the source material. Others feel like they were created solely for pre-existing fans. Naruto Ninja Council 3 for the Nintendo DS falls into the latter category and offers little to entice fans unfamiliar with the manga series.
Excerpt: "Naruto: Ninja Council 3" makes its debut onto the Nintendo DS platform following up two rather lukewarm prequels on the Game Boy Advance. Somewhat of a highly anticipated title a lot of fans of the hit anime cartoon have been waiting anxiously for some time to play this third installment. The question is does the game live up to the hype of the big screen or like the other installments before it does it lack the ability to pack a serious punch?
Summary: Naruto: Ninja Council 3 features mission-based gameplay for up to four players. The ninja action game utilizes an interchangeable attack system allowing players to combine attack techniques from all available characters in the mission to increase their chance of success.
Excerpt: Naruto: Ninja Council 3 for the Nintendo DS is a fighting game where as many as four people can duke it out as Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, or any of 25 other characters from the Naruto universe. The game offers plenty of visual and vocal fan service for followers of the Naruto comic books and animated series. Thanks to its easygoing controls and multitiered arenas, it also bears a striking resemblance to the Super Smash Bros.
Pros: You'll be jumping skyward and dishing out Jutsu attacks in no time, attack cutaways and vocal cries provide plenty of fan service, includes 28 characters from the Naruto universe, the multiplayer party mode is crazy fun
Cons: Not as deep as most fighting games, using the touch screen to perform supers feels clumsy, mission mode gets old quickly, multiplayer is only way to have a regular match with fair rules