Ultimate Ninja Blazing: The Naruto Game You Didn’t Know You Needed To Play
There’s a big number of gaming options for Naruto fans. In 17 years, the franchise has released over 50 games, including titles for consoles from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Not to mention the unofficial fan-made games that you can find on the internet.
With all these alternatives around, it’s no surprise that many fans have forgotten about this mobile game.
Available for both iOS and Android, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Blazing has celebrated its first anniversary this year. With over 270K followers on the official Facebook page, it remains very popular. But it’s much less discussed than other titles, such as the Storm ones.
The game is a classic strategy RPG where you have to pay attention to your characters’ health points and chakra and complete missions to level up. The way you position each character on the battlefield defines everything. It’s all about knowing which characters work well together and which can better balance the power of the enemy. It’s a game Shikamaru would master for sure!
Why you should play it
I was very late to the party because I only downloaded this game in July this year when I was bored and sick in bed. But since then, I wasn’t able to put it down. Let me list a few of the reasons.
The Story Mode is pure nostalgia
Now that the anime is over, everything about the early classic episodes feels even more nostalgic. The Story Mode in this game allows you to watch again the key scenes of the canon episodes. While you do not exactly play through the story — which would be awesome —, you still get to review the scenes in detail. It has helped me remind many things that I had already forgotten.
It has an amazing variety of characters to pick from
This is probably my favorite thing about this game. It has over 600 characters that you can collect and use in missions. This list includes characters that are not available in any other Naruto game, such as Mizuki, Baki, and Rasa. Do you even remember them?
Besides that, characters are available in many different forms. Do you want to play with Obito in his juubi jinchuuriki form? You got it! Want to be teenager Konohamaru? No problem! Ever wanted to be adult Naruto? Now you can!
You can create the most unlikely teams in the world
Ok, I know this is not an exclusive of this game. You can do this in Naruto Storm: Generations, for example. But the fact that this game has more characters available and that its teams have room for more people makes it even more fun. I mean, what even is this team?
They update the game very often
One bad thing about mobile games is that they tend to get boring over time. That doesn’t happen with this one. They have maintenance every other week and are constantly uploading new challenging missions and characters. They also have new features planned for the near future. I’m excited to see what they have in store for us!
I couldn’t forget to mention this. Being an otaku is always tough on the wallet. So if you can get an amazing game for free to distract you while you’re saving for that expensive one… Why not?
It takes a lot of space
The game currently fills 530MB in my tablet’s storage. That can be a problem if you have a thousand of other apps, pictures, and songs fighting for space on your device. You may have to buy a new SD card or to delete a couple of selfies to be able to download it.
Because it’s so heavy, it can also slow down your phone’s system, which is never a good thing.
It may not be that easy to play on smaller screens
Like I said, I have been playing on my tablet. It has a 7” screen, so it’s not huge but it’s still bigger than a phone. I’m not sure if the game is that good to play on smaller screens because it requires a lot of control. A few millimeters in a character’s positioning can make a huge difference.
If you can, I’d recommend using a tablet to play, not your phone.
It’s not easy to engage in multiplayer
I love games with a multiplayer option. I always find it much funnier than playing alone. But every time I decided to join multiplayer mode in this game, I had to try at least a dozen times before I finally got into a team. The server seems to be too unstable and is always disconnecting before you can even join a room to play.
You will eventually get into a room but it’s not worth the time you’ll waste trying.
It’s not the best place to make new friends
Even though you can add other players to your friend list after they act as your helper, you cannot talk to them. Yep, that’s right. There’s no way to message other players.
The only communication you can exchange is during a mission in multiplayer. Even then, you can only use the awkward signing stickers that the game provides with messages like “Hi!”, “Heal plz!” and “Get the boss”. I wouldn’t call that a conversation.
In spite of all the cons I’ve mentioned, I still recommend this game to every Naruto fan. The pros greatly surpass the cons and it’s guaranteed fun. Especially if you, like me, are a fan of strategic RPGs. Same if you used to collect Naruto cards and would do anything for a rare character. Trust me, if that’s you, you’re going to love this game!
What’s your favorite Naruto game? Have you already tried Ultimate Ninja Blazing? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!