|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Takara TOMY||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: TOMY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 15, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The only mode that really has significant replay value is the wireless battle mode. However, this mode only allows you to fight against local enemies multi-cart, so your options are somewhat limited.
It would be great if the Ninja Destiny series would take a hint from the Bleach or the Naruto: Path of Ninja series (both also on the Nintendo DS) and incorporate an online component to the multiplayer, but it looks like well have to keep waiting for that feature. Still, if you have friends with the game in close proximity, duking it out in one of the games many battle arenas is always fun, and it just may be the best part of the game.
The only thing that really stands out about Ninja Destiny 2 is the visuals. While every other Naruto game for the Nintendo DS platform tends to use sprites for the action, the Ninja Destiny series is the only one that incorporates 3D, cel-shaded models for the action. This is a very interesting choice, and it works well about 70% of the time. The 3D models look great in battle, and the look of the game is reminiscent of the visuals in the PlayStation 2 iterations of the Ultimate Ninja series. However, when your character is running around in the story modes overworld, things get a little less polished. In this situation, character models suffer from very dramatic jagged edges and blurry features. Still, despite these issues, the fights in Ninja Destiny 2 look great, and I was impressed with the choice to go 3D on the DS platform.
With a superb character roster and great source material, Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 could have been a great Naruto-themed brawler for the Nintendo DS. However, the simplistic battle system and poor story/dialogue choices leave this game with much to be desired. Its hard to recommend this to hardcore Naruto fans, as theyll likely be disappointed by the shallow gameplay. However, its equally difficult to recommend to series newcomers, as the dialogue and story are hard to follow. If you are looking for a great Naruto brawler on the Nintendo DS, youll have to keep waiting, because Ninja Destiny 2 just isnt destined for greatness.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor