Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (GC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, September 9, 2006

With the Naruto series continuing to rise in popularity throughout North America thanks to syndication on Cartoon Network, D3 Publisher of America is continuing to bring games based on the show to eager fans everywhere. The latest of these titles is Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2, the sequel to the original fighting title for the Gamecube. With a host of new features and other improvements, CON2 could be a game that could really hold its own.

While the core gameplay of the original Clash of Ninja title was very solid, it was the limited options that really brought the title down. For the sequel, there are now over 14 gameplay modes to choose from. These modes promise to be a little more than your standard fighter, with notable additions such as 100 Defeats and Team Battles. In addition to this, the story mode looks as though it will offer multiple paths to encourage more than one play through. Considering that the original CON’s story mode could be beaten in around 15 minutes the first time around, this new and improved gameplay mode should help give the title a lot more replayablity.

Another exciting addition would have to be the four player multiplayer options. While the first game was limited to strictly one on one battles, Clash of Ninja 2 now allows players to use up to four players for all types of matchmaking possibilities. With team battles and free-for-alls, perhaps this new style of gameplay will make the title appeal to fans of the Super Smash Brothers games. And to make things more interesting there are now 23 playable characters in the game. With this added depth, CON2 should be a title that spends a lot more time in gamer’s systems.

Clash of Ninja 2 may be using more or less the same exact graphics engine as the original and a lot of the same voice work, but the new options and features will help to make it a completely fresh experience for gamers everywhere. As long as these new gameplay modes have enough to them to keep people interested, this could be a title worthy of the Naruto name that Gamecube owners everywhere will want to check out. The game should be out on the 26th of this month, so definitely give it a look.

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