A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The player guides the team through the story and evil doers are vanquished, and good usually triumphs over bad. However, it is done by fighting.
Positive Role Models
Characters consistently resort to fighting to solve conflicts.
Ease of Play
Very simple controls are easy to learn, and controlling the characters is easy even during intense fights. Unfortunately, the ease of control also translates to an overly simplistic game where button mashing the same buttons will progress you through the game with little effort.
Violence & Scariness
The game is based around Naruto and his team of fighters traveling from location to location to fight people in one-on-one combat. Weapons, including swords, exploding devices, and shurikens, are used as are various methods of hand-to-hand combat and magic. But, there is no blood or gore in the title.
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No major foul language is used in the game, but players call enemies names such as "jerks."
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Products & Purchases
Game is based purely on the Naruto brand which encompasses movies, television shows, toys, and video games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this easy-to-learn fighting title will appeal to any fan of the Naruto series, but could confuse gamers who aren't fully involved in the story. The game features a lot of reading, which outlines events that take place in parallel with the events of the game. The game moves you from fighting arena to fighting arena via a top down exploration phase. The combat is constant, and makes up the gist of this game.
Is It Any Good?
Considering the title is a three dimensional fighting game on the Nintendo DS, Ninja Destiny 2 is very good at what it does. However, criticisms of the first title as being somewhat shallow because of its two-button attack system, also ring true here as well and somewhat blemish this version. The story gets quite convoluted, and is quite hard to follow for the uninitiated. But fans of Naruto, will likely have zero issues keeping the various incarnations of characters straight. As one of the few fighting titles for this handheld system, it's nice to help fill out the genre.
Online interaction: Wireless DS-to-DS play is available providing you have multiple game copies, making this a good game to play with a friend.
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