Conclusion: Eight years doesn’t seem enough for a proper comeback of this classic ninja master. Considering the graphics and the faulty 3D mode, Shinobi is far from perfect. The audio adds a nice futuristic touch to the game, sprinkled as it is with some oriental samples reminding you of the original soundtrack. Shinobi has a great replay value especially for the more persistent players, adding new challenges and extra content through the StreetPass feature of your console.
Excerpt: The original arcade Shinobi game (1987) was one of my biggest gaming accomplishments when I was kid. Not only did I complete it more times than I can remember but it also featured a kickass protagonist named Joe Musashi, a highly trained ninja who single handedly took down an entire secret ninja organisation. This was gaming at its best during the late 80's that also featured the modern equivalent of cowboys, ninjas!
Summary: Naruto superstars collide in the series' most over-the-top handheld fighting game yet! Fight as Naruto, Sasuke, and your other favorite characters using an exciting, easy-to-learn battle system full of acrobatics and ground-shaking combos.
Excerpt: Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble is like an expansion pack for Tomy's prolific Ninja Council series. Though the Ninja Council games are side-scrolling platformers, they also usually feature a multiplayer mode where two to four players can brawl with their favorite characters. The catch, however, is that this mode was always inaccessible as a single-player option. So that's where Shinobi Rumble comes in.
Summary: Parents need to know that like many Naruto games, Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble is a fighting game. It consists almost entirely of just beating up one opponent after the other. Being set in the fantastical world where Naruto lives, it is easy to distinguish the action in this game from violence in real life, but there are still realistic elements that make their way through.