Following Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (2003), CyberConnect2 developed the second version, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2. This game was available by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 platform. It was first released on September 30, 2004, in the Japanese market. After that, it was not until three years later that areas outside of Japan could enjoy this game. In 2007, the game was available in North America on June 13 and in Europe on October 19.
A game’s highlight is that it possesses a diverse character system than the original version (12 characters). In the game, players will discover up to 32 characters in the global version and 33 characters in the version for Japan (added Doto Kazahana).
About the game modes
In Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2, there will be three game modes to join, including Ultimate Road, VS. Duel and Iruka Training. In particular, Ultimate Road is a mode which is developed by combining the two modes of the old version. The player becomes a Leaf Village’s warrior. The player’s task is to combat the dangers that come from Leaf Village. The battle challenges are built in stages, and the player has to complete the required tasks to go forward. In addition to defeating enemies, players also participate in training missions to unlock new combat skills or use the accumulated rewards after each mission to equip additional support items. Instead of bringing many matches with fixed sequences, VS. Duel is a simple and easy to understand mode. It allows the player to play against COM or another player at random matches.
Before starting a battle, the player can choose a character to use (with the main battle role) and a character that has a supporting role during the battle. When players want to get acquainted with the combat techniques and the moving of character, Iruka Training mode is a suitable choice. With this mode, the player will participate in many different training exercises to get control manipulation more agile.
Besides, the combat skills are more careful and beautiful than the previous version. The movements are quite flexible and easier to control.