March 30th, 2005, 08:33 Posted By: wraggster
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<BLOCKQUOTE>For the past 2 years the end of April has become a time for fans of the hugely popular Shonen Jump manga and anime to look forward to, with each release of a side-scrolling Naruto: Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu series for the Gameboy Advance. This year however, the action is on the DS, and due April 21st, there's just less than a month left to go.
Naturally the improved graphics make use of the extra power within the NDS, but Tomy haven't missed any chances to employ the unique features of the machine either. By wielding your stylus, you can direct chakra (energy) and execute attacks, or by blowing into the microphone, can perform Goukakyuu no jutsu (a powerful fireball technique!). Meanwhile on the bottom screen are the characters you can switch between, which unlike in the first two titles, is now five instead of three. Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Shikamaru and Kiba are all there, along with their chakra and health bars.
Further improvements include the ability to stockpile weapons instead of just holding and using one at a time, and Naruto packs some new moves too. Being able to kick off from walls to jump higher is the first, plus he can attack while squatting, and coolest of all, can run vertically up walls like a true light footed ninja.
Since Naruto began two and a half years ago, there has been almost 125 anime episodes, not to mention the 250+ manga comics, many games across GameCube, PS2 and GBA, plus the Japanese hailing it as the next Dragonball. It's clear that if there's just one anime waiting to burst onto the world scene, it's Naruto, and this year the series finally hits America via Cartoon Networks Toonami line-up. Naruto arrives late 2005, but also worth noting is One Piece, starting in May.
With a modern twist (and bright orange clothing at that!) on the classic ninja, the story follows Uzumaki Naruto as he attempts to become the number one in the Hidden Leaf village. Because of the time it'll take for the English edition to catch up with the storyline and characters of the games, it's unlikely we'll see Naruto DS outside of Japan for a long time though. Pre-orders for this title are still being taken, with everyone receiving a free Naruto Armband, including those who have already placed their orders, exclusively at Lik Sang.
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