Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution Update

D3's latest console-based Naruto fighter looks to be the biggest and baddest yet.

It's a pretty safe bet that Naruto is just about the most popular anime running in North America right now, so publisher D3 is providing due service to all the fans of the series out there with its third Naruto-based fighting game, Clash of Ninja Revolution. This is the series' first appearance on the Wii, and it looks like the developer has done quite a bit to enhance the sequel for the unique capabilities of the platform. It also generally looks like the most fully featured Naruto fighter yet, with a sizeable cast of characters and a wealth of gameplay modes on offer. We got to take a look at a few of those characters and modes recently.

As we've previously reported, the Japanese version of Clash of Ninja Revolution focuses on Naruto Shippuuden, which is set later in the series' continuity when Naruto and friends are older. Because those episodes haven't made it to US shores yet, the developers chose to literally toss out the 14-character roster in the Japanese game and start over with a younger cast of characters that will tally 20 in the final game. So in addition to replacing existing characters in the Japanese game with their younger selves, a number of new characters have been added who weren't in the original at all. The game has also been enhanced in a few other ways when compared with the Japanese version. For instance, there will be a number of two-part stages that allow you to transition from one adjacent fighting arena to another, and there will be eight of these transitional stages in the American release, versus six in the Japanese game.

The core fighting engine here should be familiar to those who played the previous Clash of Ninja games, but it looks like quite a bit of new gameplay has been added for each character and in general. As we noted at the E3 Media & Business Summit, the fighters' most powerful "jutsu" attacks--which proceed in an over-the-top fashion with cinematic camera angles--can be controlled with Wii Remote and Nunchuk motions now. There are a number of other places where you can use motion controls. During those stage transitions we previously mentioned, you can waggle one remote to get in a solid hit en route to the next arena, or you can use the other one to teleport ahead and land before your opponent to set up your next attack. For instance, you can shake the controller at the right time to deflect some projectiles, and even the basic attacks can be delivered with a good controller shake. It's worth pointing out that diehard GameCube fans can still play the game with the controller from that system, if they prefer.

A number of general changes and additions should make the fighting more interesting this time around. The arenas now have objects scattered around them that will provide cover, and you can snap directly to that cover by using the dodge button near one of the objects. Revolution also offers the first four-player combat in the series, which you can set up in team-versus-team or battle royale configurations. Purportedly, the performance has been increased considerably in comparison with the Japanese version, which we're told ran at a paltry 10 to 15 frames per second and suffered significant slowdowns. We tried a two-player match with two computer-controlled characters thrown in, and while it was noticeably less smooth than playing one-on-one, it was still quite playable.

It looks like the designers have put a lot of thought into giving each character his or her own unique and varied moves, as well as special attacks. Naruto naturally has an ability that lets him clone himself, so you've got several Narutos hanging out in the arena as long as your chakra meter lasts. On the other hand, Kakashi has a move that lets him copy certain incoming special attacks from other characters if you time your execution right. And Tenten has a move that lets her drop a trap on the ground to ensnare characters who then wander over it. We're not able to reveal the entire lineup of characters just yet, but if they all have such a diverse array of moves at their disposal, the combat in the game should end up being pretty varied.

The roster of playable characters has expanded to 20 for the North American release.

In addition to all of the expected story, versus, and training modes in the game, Clash of Ninja Revolution will have a few Wii-based minigames to occupy your time as well. One of them is a simple shuriken shooting gallery that has you firing off throwing stars at pop-up cardboard targets for points. Another game has you performing martial arts kata of sorts with the controllers to make Naruto perform training moves; we had a hard time wrapping our heads around that one. But the most addictive one from our perspective has Naruto splitting himself into multiple clones, each of which flits quickly around the screen. When they stop moving, you have a few seconds to point to the original Naruto. Each round adds on more iterations of Naruto, and while it's pretty easy to track the movements of the original guy when there are only three of them onscreen, it's not so easy when there are a dozen of them.

Clash of Ninja Revolution is looking like a solid third installment in the popular fighting series. Because the Wii isn't enormously upgraded from the GameCube in terms of hardware, this game has seen a similarly modest bump in graphical quality. Our favorite sequences were the cinematic attacks, which use creative camera angles and fast action to effectively approximate the sort of high-flying combat you'd see in the TV series. The game is due out in late October, so look for a full review to hit around that time.

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PRONIN8
PRONIN8

for u guys wanting this game... u would wait for the next game they make, because the story only goes to the 3 sannin battle and thats it, the next one they pop out might be the better one to get, cause by then they will be well into the anime to add all the characters from the 130 episode range, so i recommend waiting for the next installment

batosaims
batosaims

the xbox 360 game will be better though

ojolop
ojolop

cant wait till this game to come out

ewilX
ewilX

This is the same game thats know as Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX Shippuden (or something like that) in Japan, right?

blobs_mark_1
blobs_mark_1

naruto naruto naruto wooooooooooooooooooooooo

akuya32
akuya32

I hope this game turns out to be on the lines of Naruto 4. The fact that this game only has 20 characters might stop me from buying this game.

retrofraction12
retrofraction12

this one looks good cause you have to do alternate sequences to use chakera

luis_aek
luis_aek

after playing Narutimate Accel... NO other Naruto game had been better. I hope this one to be the exception.

kahleed
kahleed

I can't wait till this game comes out :)

Ghettoness23
Ghettoness23

this game is looking pretty good....needs a bit more characterrs......but im styll more excited for naruto rise of a ninja

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

this game would be much better if they wouldnt repeat the gamecube naruto. Gekitou ninja taisen 4 (import #4) is the best by far. i dont think the wii version of naruto #1 will top it. Smash Bros Brawl will own all wii games. LOL!!!

PRONIN8
PRONIN8

the only good thing i see in this game is that, now that the development team knows how the japan version did, they can fix those problems and make this one better, but i hope they wait untill the anime gets to the 133-134 episode range so they can add the extra characters

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Naruto4801
Naruto4801

yeh but they can still fill the sides with characters, like they did on clash of ninja 2

lineagemaster
lineagemaster

you are right when you say that rise of a ninja for the 360 is much better but is not as complete in terms of fighting as clash of ninja revolution...ok im just gonna buy them both...

subzerodark01
subzerodark01

i might be shock what the number is now because the number might not change at all or it has that the question. but it kind bad when you can't play with older version on Revolution. hope you can edit your character special so if they have two special then chose the first one or second one that be great.

deathpapaya
deathpapaya

The amount of characters is still pathetic compared to Gektou Taisen 4 (GCN), Narutimate Hero 3 (PS2) and Naruto Shippuden Narutimate Accel (PS2) ... I recommend most Naruto fans import does instead... Good games too...

TBVGFIZ
TBVGFIZ

actually, there are 21 characters confirmed by now

Jubei50
Jubei50

another worthless naruto fighter,in my opinion it's the naruto on 360 getting all the buzz than this crap,i'm not a wii person anyway so i'm going to pass.

Shishio817
Shishio817

I'm not wasting my time and money with another fighting game. Naruto: Rise of a Ninja for the 360 is where it's at!

Billy2by4
Billy2by4

NightKiller, if you watch the interview. It will show that each character has two specials, wish they had more but yeah, CANT WAIT FOR THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TalesofRaGnArOk
TalesofRaGnArOk

Well, Im definetly using the Gamecube controller for this. Better get actually good new characters. CoN2 was pretty decent

NightKiller34
NightKiller34

I had both clash of ninjas and clash of ninja 2 had 20 characters,so whats the difference?Also why can't they have more than one special?

spuddyt
spuddyt

if rock lee does not have drunken fist abilities this game sucks ass oh and btw the english dub of the show sucks compared to japanese with english subtitles (if you can read at an ok speed)

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

OH DAMN!!! I am so excited IMAO =) I wanted to buy the WII cause of the 3 sonic games on it well only 1 at the moment but mario and sonic at the olympic games and sonic riders zero gravity is gonna come out so I am just trying to get a WII for that (originally reason) but now i am even wanting final fantasy crystal chronicles crystal bearers, bleach shattered blade, the one piece game (dont really know the name), some other games and now even Naruto for the WII. I am not caring about how good the games are or not i am just a anime freak and a final fantasy crustal chrnoicla lover and not to forget I admire sonic the hedgehog more than god ^^ Actually Sonic is kinda like a god to me^^

stanley2011
stanley2011

HIM-Jimmy-AvA Kakashi all the way!! Posted Sep 17, 2007 8:31 am PT Login to rate this comment i agree all the way:D:D

dstv
dstv

learn to read cast of characters that will tally 20 in the final game this sentence was taken from the passage above!!!!!! second paragraph

zero-G1080
zero-G1080

the games looking good but i actually like the manga inspired graphics of the ultimate ninja games on the ps2 better

sasuke133
sasuke133

ha this game looks good but idk if its really gonnamke me want a wii cause im gettin naruto rise of ninja for the 360

rusty_13
rusty_13

who is crow?? karasu?... anyway i hope the thing about 20 characters is wrong

Relys
Relys

Maybe a renter. Naruto sucks, but that's just my opinion. (It's too long and the boy/girl relationships get no ware). I really did love all the fights in the anime. The best one was Rock Lee the drunkin fist IMO.

Willy105
Willy105

The name Revolution brings back memories.

Naruto4801
Naruto4801

I think theres 25 charcters not 20 .

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

Interesting, seems like a good rental!

kahleed
kahleed

I can't wait till this game comes out :)

LinearShot
LinearShot

Hmm.... To sound like something I would rather not Im not that excited about the game. One, I don't have a wii, I want one, don't have one. Also, Ive played some previous games and they were entirely horrible. Besides the graphics look the same as the previous bad games. Personally if they wanted to make a Naruto game they should look and the dragon ball z games. The latest one has enough characters to make you vomit! Sure the battle systems bad but this one could easialy improve that with the classic battle style utilized by Soul Caliber, DOA, or even Tekken! The whole thing I think needs to be kicked in the nads and revamped.

mnmguy94
mnmguy94

guys,think a bout it. 3 less than before, then that means they're taking out Akamaru, Crow, & Mizuki from Clash of Ninja 2. Akamaru & Crow weren't serious players. and Mizuki has the exact same attacks as Iruka. so basically it stayed the same with improvements.

NarutoUzumaki15
NarutoUzumaki15

even though it is only up to episode 100 or so like you said we have already seen a massive amount of charcters that dont show up in the games let me name them for you Kureni, samu, 3rd 1st 2nd 4th jeriya tsunade mandara sound ninja from chuunin exams thats far back then theres kisame temari the sand jonin the kazekage anko and then theres the internet and from wat i see everyone that knows naruto is up to episode 28 oin the shippuden series which is the latest and theres a ton more characters that i didnt mention so theres no excuse

jameeler91
jameeler91

theres only 20 cause hello the show on CN is only on i think the 100th episode not sure my bro watches it all the time but they wanted to keep up with the show so the lil kids buyin it dont go "who the hec is this guy?"

curua02
curua02

Sounds promising, but the graphics just look... Ugh. Even for a Wii game.

musti_44
musti_44

haven't seen much of Naruto here in the UK. Is it any good?

dstv
dstv

the japanese get gnt3,4,EX,EX2(to be realeased) and we get this ....what prevented them from putting more than 20 chars in the game

dstv
dstv

im so not gettin this game...20 characters is not worth $50 i'd rather buy naruto on psp

ss4fusion20
ss4fusion20

looks like it couold be alot of fun..i already got it bought..just gotta wait for release date..please dont make be regret buying this naruto :)

wii-g
wii-g

its gunna be disappointing