The 10 best video games of the 2000s, ranked (according to IGN)


The 2000s were quite an innovative and creative time for the cartoon-based video game market. Around the time when Naruto launched and began to experience a boom in popularity, there was no shortage of different video game consoles for all types of games based on which series to develop on. While the Playstation 2 arguably has the largest selection of earlier versions Naruto games, there is also the Nintendo DS, the Playstation Portable and even the Nintendo Wii towards the end of the decade.

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Some were simpler, more barebones beat-em-up games where players completed simple missions and timed battles using their favorite characters, like the Ninja Council series, without any of its entries reaching the limit. top ten. Many others had surprising depth, however, with lengthy campaigns that sometimes even offered a new game plus additional replay value.

ten Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 for the Playstation 2 (7.6)



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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 – Where Naruto: Narultimate Hero 3 as it was called in Japan – was the third installment of the Ultimate Ninja range of games for the Playstation 2. It was developed by CyberConnect2, which handled much of the original games in the series, and was released on March 25, 2008.

The game featured a roster of 42 characters and a decent story mode, and the finalists could get over 60 hours of fun from it. The main story of the game has also been turned into an OVA in order to generate hype.

9 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes for Playstation Portable (7.7)



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Naruto: The Ultimate Ninja Heroes was an exclusive fighting game in English and the first game in the series released on Playstation Portable in English. It was developed by CyberConnect2 and released on August 28, 2007.

It featured 20 playable characters and also released several new features for the Naruto fighting game series. These included three-on-three matches and two-player wireless battles.


8 Naruto: Clash Of Ninja for Nintendo GameCube (7.8)



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Naruto: Clash of the Ninjas – known as Naruto: Gekito Ninja Taisen! in Japan – was the very first cel shaded 3D game in the series, released for the Nintendo Gamecube. It was developed by Eighting and first released on April 11, 2003.

There were only eight playable characters, with Team Seven featuring Lee, Iruka, Haku, and Zabuza, all of which appeared on the game box. There was a little story mode that had to be played to unlock Lee, and from other modes such as Survival, Time Trial and Training.


seven Naruto Shippuden: Clash Of Ninja Revolution 3 for Nintendo Wii (8)



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Naruto Shippuden: Clash Ninja Revolution 3 was another game that didn’t come out in Japan, only the US and Europe, for the Nintendo Wii. It was developed by Tomy Corporation and Raizing, and released on November 17, 2009, just before its release in the decade.

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It boasted a full roster of forty playable characters and was the very first game to feature Wi-Fi connectivity for online combat. Its story mode covered the Kazekage Rescue Mission arc of the series, and there were also 40 stages to play on.


6 Naruto: Clash Of Ninja Revolution 2 for Nintendo Wii (8.2)



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Naruto: Clash Ninja Revolution 2 was another title released exclusively in America for the Nintendo Wii. It was another of the titles developed by Eighting and released on October 21, 2008.

There were 35 playable characters in total, seven of which had never appeared before in a Clash of the ninjas Gameplay. While the game doesn’t have any online features, it made up for that with an original in-game-only story mode and beautifully animated cutscenes by Studio Pierrot.


5 Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja for Xbox 360 (8.2)



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Naruto: Rise of a Ninja was both a game exclusive in the United States and developed exclusively for the Xbox 360. It was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, making it the very first game in the series developed by a non-Japanese company, and was released on 30 October, 2007.

The game launched with eleven playable characters and then added five more via DLC. The story spans the start of the series through the Konoha Crush arc, and the gameplay alternates between one-on-one combat, RPG-style exploration, and 3D platformer sections.


4 Naruto: Clash Of Ninja 2 for Nintendo GameCube (8.2)



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Naruto: Ninja Clash 2 – known as Naruto: Gekito Ninja Taisen! 2 in Japan – released for Nintendo GameCube. It was developed by Eighting and first released on December 4, 2003.

The roster included 20 playable characters in total, with a few new modes such as the introduction of foursome rather than just standard one-on-one matches. The story covers the graduation of Naruto academy all the way to the Chunin exams, and several bonus fights could be purchased to deepen the story.




3 Naruto: The Broken Link for Xbox 360 (8.2)



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Naruto: The Broken Link was another title developed exclusively for the Xbox 360 and released only in America. Like The rise of a ninja, it was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and released on November 18, 2008.

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The title’s adventure-based story mode covered Itachi’s Return, Tsunade’s Search, and Sasuke’s Salvage Arcs, with ten playable characters. For single player and multiplayer battles, 30 characters were playable in total, and the game also featured a brand new tag-team system.


2 Naruto: Clash Of Ninja Revolution for Nintendo Wii (8.4)



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Naruto: Clash of the Ninja Revolution is the third installment of the North American Clash of the ninjas series of games, released for the Nintendo Wii. It was developed by Eighting and released on October 23, 2007.

There were 20 playable characters in total, with the story spanning the second half of the Chunin Exams arc until the end of Search for Tsunade. The Wii Remote and the combo nunchuck must be used together to perform certain combos, although it is also compatible with the Gamecube controller.


1 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, originally for the Playstation 3 (8.4)



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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm – otherwise known in Japan as Naruto: Storm Narultime – was originally released for the Playstation 3, but was also released later on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It was developed by CyberConnect2 and first released on November 4, 2008.

It boasted of a roster of 25 playable characters, with ten additional characters just in support. The story loosely covered the events of the original anime until Episode 135 and was the first game where players fight in a totally three-dimensional environment rather than just two-dimensional.

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