Excerpt: the show -- oh, I know the characters now (at least by name) and I've a basic understanding about the general plot and rivalries to the point where when they happen in game I have the context, but I have neither the interest nor the motivation to get any more involved than that.
Excerpt: Naruto and his friends (and enemies!) are putting their ninja skills to the test on the Playstation 2 in the new Naruto: Ultimate Ninja video game! This fighting game is based on the hit Naruto anime TV show about the young ninja with the dream to become the Hokage , the master ninja, of the Village...
Excerpt: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is the second Naruto title to hit the streets, and this cel-shaded fighter does a fairly good job of portraying the characters and environments found in the anime series.
Conclusion: Well well well, a licensed game that's actually worth the plastic it's burned onto. Hell, it's actually a decent fighting game. Shallow, perhaps, but still a great party game and solid enough that you want to explore the different modes.