Naruto Shippuden Ninja Council 4

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous action game, but troublesome controls mar play.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game features a team-based dynamic, and the group of characters you select help others in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters all work together to fight for good. Teamwork is required to battle the bad guys who are making things difficult for regular people.

Ease of Play

The game has awful controls including strange button layouts as well as the way the game reacts when you are hit by enemies. Falling causes you to not be able to move which allows bad guys to hurt you, and dying means restarting at the beginning of a very large level. Frustration levels can build quite quickly, even for adult gamers.

Violence

Weapons and magical attacks are used in battles, but characters disappear or burst into flashes of light or smoke when destroyed.

Sex

Female characters are portrayed wearing robes or skirts, but not excessively short or revealing

Language
Consumerism

Naruto is a brand based around a manga series and includes television shows, manga, and many toys and clothing lines. The game could be considered an extension of brand marketing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tough to control anime title is more likely to frustrate than entertain their young gamer. While the game looks gorgeous, the controls and sloppy programming make this seem like more a cash-in opportunity to market the Naruto brand than a way to create interactive fun for Naruto fans. Parents should also know that multiplayer battles are in the game, providing they have multiple cartridges and Nintendo DS handhelds.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 7, and 8 year old Written byNaruto uzumaki August 22, 2009

E-10+

Its a great game!
Teen, 15 years old Written byscadet23 July 26, 2009

e.g. Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

Well kids under 13 are not really suppose to have because the controls are easier for adults and teens.
Teen, 14 years old Written byFalcata July 29, 2009

Free Stuff! Anything you want!. http://www.rewards1.com/index.php?referrer_id=1026337

I bought it and get bored for awhile. Then picked it up again and it has never been this much fun.

What's it about?

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN NINJA COUNCIL 4 is an action adventure title with a lot of platform puzzles, not unlike classic games from the NES era, where you traverse a 2D playfield to accomplish a goal. Players take control of Naruto, who’s returned to his home village after four years away. You then team up with other characters and set out on an adventure to take out bad guys who’ve started to do some damage in your absence. You’ll use kicks, punches, small weapons and magic to accomplish your task.

Is it any good?

When a game looks as great as Naruto, it’s a shame that the gameplay doesn’t even contain one tenth the level of polish. The oddly mapped controls mixed with the choices made in game, such as losing a throwing weapon when you are hit or having enemies stand completely still until you attempt to attack, really detract from what potentially could’ve been an excellent title. Because the game is so unsatisfying to play, if you have a fan of this brand, try renting it before you buy it. If you're not a fan, than you might want to skip it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Do you think Naruto Shippuden Ninja Council 4 is essentially an advertisement for the brand? Why does this tend to happen with games for kids?

  • Is the cartoon violence in the game absolutely necessary? Could a game based on Naruto brand work under a different genre?

  • Why would you pick or not pick a female character as your team leader?

Game details

For kids who love playing with others

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