Naruto Shippuden Ninja Council 4

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
Naruto Shippuden Ninja Council 4 Game Poster Image
Gorgeous action game, but troublesome controls mar play.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

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.


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


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


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


Its a great game!
Kid, 11 years old December 30, 2012


Terrible game really boring good for everyone
Teen, 14 years old Written byheavy678 August 12, 2009
Love it?

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

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Release date: June 2, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love playing with others

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate