Naruto was a shonen that captivated an entire generation, a real bombshell that today can boast of being one of the best known and most popular manga that exist internationally. Who else and who least has heard of this crazy ninja or, at least, is able to recognize him if he sees an image of him, and as usually happens in these cases of disproportionate success, there have not been precisely a few video games that have been launched based on the work of Masashi Kishimoto.
Unlike what usually happens with many other anime, Naruto It has been quite successful in the field of interactive entertainment and thanks to certain subseries it has earned a very special place among the gaming community. Therefore, today we bring you a list in which we select our 10 favorite games in this seriesso prepare your seals and jutsuSo let’s start!
- Launching: 2007
- Platforms: Xbox 360
Can you imagine the current Ubisoft making a game based on a successful anime? We don’t either, but luckily years ago it was a company that liked to take risks and try all kinds of projects, which led it to develop two games of Naruto exclusively for Xbox 360. The first of them, Rise of a Ninja (work of Ubisoft Montreal, the same study that is in charge of farcry since its third installment), was an entertaining adventure that allows us to explore Konoha and its surroundings with total freedom, enjoying great mobility, a good handful of tasks with which to entertain ourselves and a combat system that, within its simplicity, worked really well and successfully emulated the need to do hand stamps to execute techniques. Perhaps its Versus mode was a little lame with very few characters and a questionable balance (Gaara was intractable), but in general it was a product that we had a lot of fun with.
- Launching: 2005
- Platforms: PS2
CyberConnect2’s start with Naruto was somewhat lukewarm, and its first two PS2 projects fell somewhat short of expectations. Fortunately, with the arrival of the third installment of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja the study took a gigantic leap in qualityoffering us a fighting game with a much more polished combat system, a very high amount of content, a large template of playable characters, a graphic section that left us speechless with the recreation of special techniques and a good selection of modes that kept us entertained for weeks playing both solo and against our friends in their local Versus mode.
- Launching: 2005
- Platforms: Game Cube
if you lived Naruto in its heyday and owned a GameCube or Wii, chances are that at some point you ended up trying out some of the many games in the series. Gekitō Ninja Taisen (Clash of Ninjas in the West), a series of 3D fighting titles that we enjoyed enormously thanks to its fantastic combat system, its good graphics and its hilarious multiplayer for up to four players. With an accessible control system and mechanics much deeper than it might seem, we had one of its best iterations with Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4a title that never reached Europe, but which offered us the most extensive and complete roster of the first stage of the anime before making the leap to Shippuden.
- Launching: 2007
- Platforms: Playstation 2
CyberConnect2 said goodbye to Naruto on PS2 with a very remarkable and complete game which offered us the opportunity to control a large number of characters from the first stage of Shippuden while we enjoyed some very dynamic combats that very successfully recreated the battles of the series. It was the last of the saga to consider a 2D gameplay with platform elements, a formula that was perfected with this installment and that resulted in a tremendously fun work, with a lot of content and with a very polished gameplay that worked like a game. threw. Perhaps the abrupt end of his Story Mode was a bit disappointing, but beyond that you will not find any better game of this famous ninja for Sony’s 128-bit console.
- Launching: 2008
- Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
We are not exaggerating if we say that Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm It was the game that ended up putting the video game adaptations of Naruto on everyone’s lips. With the jump from PS2 to PS3, CyberConnect2 took the opportunity to redesign the gameplay of the Ultimate Ninja and take it to the field of 3D fighting, creating a formula consisting of large arenas through which we can move freely while executing simple and intuitive combos, an approach that was later copied by many studios in their attempts to bring great anime to the field of electronic entertainment. This, added to the fact that graphically it was a real show that recreated what was seen on television like never before, ended up putting the icing on the cake of a work that would become the cornerstone on which video games would be based. Naruto in the years to come. Perhaps its single player modes fell short for us and the absence of the characters from Shippuden and online multiplayer hurt more than necessary, but in general, it was a product that did not disappoint any fan and that we continue to remember fondly.
- Launching: 2010
- Platforms: Switch, PS4, PC, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
As expected, after the success of Ultimate Ninja Storm CyberConnect2 did not take long to release its sequel, which this time I know that it is fully involved with Shippuden to take us to relive the history of the series until the fight against Pain. This, in addition to allowing the studio to include tons of content and a fantastic selection of playable characters, also brought with it a great and long adventure mode to narrate the plot of the manga in great detail, to the point of seeming more like an interactive anime than a fighting game as such. Of course, the occasion was also used to polish mechanics (although some of them brought with them great imbalances) and allow us to compete online, resulting in a tremendously enjoyable game and highly recommended both to play alone and in company.
- Launching: 2010
- Platforms: Wii
Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special It was the last game of this sub-saga for Nintendo consoles that was released and as expected after so many deliveries polishing and perfecting the formula, it was the best of all, leaving us to remember the most satisfying Naruto title in terms of pure and simple gameplay, balancing accessibility and depth in a fantastic way. A great and complete fighting game that never left Japan and that perhaps sinned from being excessively continuous and having somewhat boring single-player modes, something that it more than compensated for with its hilarious multiplayer, its extensive squad of more than 40 characters and a fun combat system like few others.
- Launching: 2013
- Platforms: Switch, PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360
CyberConnect2 leveled up again with the third numbered installment of the saga Ultimate Ninja Storm, a more ambitious title in terms of narrative, with graphics that left us speechless, great bosses, a story that covered from the end of the battle against Pain to the beginning of the Fourth Ninja World War (with an invented ending). , that’s right), a brutally extensive roster of fighters and revised mechanics that fixed many of the imbalances of previous installments. and its expansion Full Burst finished rounding off an already over-the-top title by adding more mechanics, tweaks, and a new story mode chapter to allow us to relive Itachi and Sasuke vs. Kabuto. A must for fans.
- Launching: 2008
- Platforms: Xbox 360
If Ubisoft hit squarely with Naruto: Rise of a Ninjathe French company finished embroidering it with its sequel, Naruto: The Broken Bond, one of the best games that have ever been made of the popular ninja. As you can imagine, the title perfected mechanics, greatly expanded the character roster and the adventure mode gained in scale and ambition (for example, the video sequences became 3D), offering us larger and more extensive scenarios with many activities. interesting enough to grab our attention and make us want to explore everything. A somewhat forgotten gem but we strongly recommend that you try it if you have the opportunity to do so. And yes, it had the anime soundtrack again.
- Launching: 2016
- Platforms: Switch, PS4, PC, Xbox One
Although the formula was already a bit worn out after several annual installments, CyberConnect2 gave it its all again with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, his last game of Naruto and also the best ever made based on this series. Thanks to him, we were able to enjoy the final arc of the manga in a much more epic and spectacular way than in the anime itself (and without its horrible padding), of an overwhelming squad that included fighters from all eras of the original work, of a system of combat perfected to its ultimate consequences and a dazzling graphic section that took advantage of the generation jump with respect to the third installment to leave us with our mouths completely open. And with its expansion, we even had contents of Boruto. Without a doubt, the definitive game for any fan.