Thursday, November 29, 2007

Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX2 - New Import

Eighting developed the latest Naruto fighting game for Takara Tomy and their high level of craftsmanship continues to distinguish the company from the rabble. For our play test this morning, NCS started with the Story Mode which begins with Gaara looking up into the night sky while the prologue scrolls. A member of the Akatsuki named Deidara is flying in on a white bird for the first match.

Naruto GNT EX2 is a 2D fighting game with sidestepping moves. It looks 3D but it's pseudo-3D since there is no lateral movement. You can only move left and right with the nunchuk's analog pad. Gaara's moves include a sand projectile and a sand explosion which erupts around himself to knock opponents nearby off their feet. His other move is an impressive sand wave which washes across the stage and wallops an enemy with tidal force. To jump, push up on the analog stick. Double jumps are possible by pushing up again while in mid-air.

Primary attacks are thrown out by swinging the Wiimote while secondary attacks are activated by the "A" button. To use Naruto's Sharingan, the Wiimote and Nunchuk are rotated in a circular motion towards each other and then shaken to make the game's controls an energetic affair.

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