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Naruto Shippūden 3D: The New Era

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Naruto Shippūden 3D: The New Era (known as Naruto Shippūden: Nin Rittai Emaki Saikyō Ninkai Kessen (ナルト-疾風伝 (しっぷうでん) (にん)立体 (りったい)絵巻 (えまき)!最強 (さいきょう)忍界 (にんかい)決戦 (けっせん)!) in Japan, and Naruto Shippuden: The New Era in Europe) is a video game developed by Tomy and published by 505 Games for Nintendo 3DS. The game was never released in North America. It is a side-scrolling adventure game with 3D image projections for the Nintendo 3DS platform.

Plot

The game starts off with Naruto Uzumaki training on Mount Myōboku. Soon after his training, he is called back to Konoha by Kakashi Hatake. When he arrives, Naruto finds out that Tsunade has cancelled the pact with Sunagakure, and the hidden villages all seem to be about to go to war.

Bad Qualities

  1. False advertising: Despite the title claming it to be “3D”, the game is a 2D platformer similar to the Mario games.
  2. Very poor and loose controls. There are better 3DS platformers that had much better controls than this game, such as New Super Mario Bros 2, Sonic Generations, Naruto: Powerful Shippuden and both Ben 10 Omniverse games.
  3. Terrible graphics for an early 3DS game. Other 3DS games had way better graphics than this game.
  4. Combat is extremely awful in this game and very hard to pull off.
  5. You only start out with a 2-hit combo and you have to buy more hits. You should be able to have more hits from the start. Buying them just makes the game even more tedious.
  6. Only 2 playable characters, which are Naruto and Sasuke. The rest of the characters are support-only.
  7. Very little replay value.
  8. Confusing story. At the beginning, Kakashi tells Naruto that he needs to return to Konoha, which makes you think that Naruto has to fight the Akatsuki member Pein like in the anime and manga. However, he doesn't even appear in this game and instead you fight a fake Tsunade. Speaking of story....
  9. The entire story is extremely awful even for Naruto filler standards.
  10. The main villain, Malice, is very generic, as she kidnaps the Kage just because she hates all the ninja because of what they did to her son. Later on, for some reason, her son comes back and turns evil, and she joins forces with you for some reason.
  11. Very unresponsive and poor quick time events.
  12. The European release does not contain voice acting at all, which is unexcusable considering other Naruto games had voice acting.
  13. Awful controls
  14. Poor level design.
  15. The game at launch costed $40, which felt like a big ripoff compared to other and cheaper games that came out around the same time.
  16. This game made Tomy lose the Naruto license, which killed the Naruto Ninja Council series and ruined the chances of a new Naruto: Clash of Ninja game, which fans really want even to this day.

Good Qualities

  1. The boss fights are pretty unique and each plays differently.
  2. Awesome soundtrack.
  3. Good voice acting in the Japanese release.
  4. The special attacks are pretty nice to watch.
  5. The box art is really cool and would pass as a poster for a Naruto movie.
  6. Malice, despite being generic, has a pretty cool design.
  7. The second Naruto 3DS game, Naruto: Powerful Shippuden was a massive improvement over this game. While it still only has 2 playable characters (Naruto and Rock Lee), the game does have a better story, better controls and graphics, better gameplay and more replay value. The 2 playable characters also have their own unique story mode.

Reception

The game received mixed reviews.

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