|Dev: Takara Tomy|
|Release: November 16, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: 480p||Cartoon Violence and Language|
If you were holding out hope that perhaps the story would be a redeeming factor here, you can quash that thought. While the story isn't terribly offensive, it is basically a filler arc about a mud monster threat that Naruto will have to dispatch. The game does introduce some new characters, but they are largely forgettable and one-note. The best part of the game's story is seeing familiar characters in semi-new situations. But because of the bland over-arching story and the poor quality of the visuals, even these enjoyable moments seem all the more fleeting.
I didn't get any enjoyment from playing through the single-player mode, and unfortunately, this extends to the multiplayer mode as well. Many of the same issues that hamper the single-player mode limit the two-player mode as well, and the poor controls and visuals don't really set the versus mode off on the right foot. Although there are some unlocakable characters and options, the poor execution really makes this mode as much of a chore to play through as the single player mode, and I can't imagine spending more than a few minutes playing the multiplayer mode with a friend before the game's persistent flaws got the better of me.
While the Naruto Ultimate Ninja series continues to develop and get better on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it looks like Naruto on the Wii is getting worse. I had high hopes for this title, as the new battle elements looked like they could have shaken off the past few underwhelming releases from the Naruto franchise for the Nintendo Wii. However, I could not have been more disappointed in this title. Nearly every facet of the game is broken, from the visuals to the gameplay. Even the story fails to impress! No matter whether you are a fan of the Naruto franchise or just want to check out a fighting game for the Wii, make sure you stay far away from this game. Far away.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer