Reviews
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 22nd, 2013

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A word of warning: there are some minor spoilers for this game, as well as the end of Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.

Namco Bandai’s Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 continues where Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 left off; but developer Cyberconnect 2 added a whole new list of features to the mix – with fantastic results. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: with each progressive iteration, the Ultimate Ninja Storm titles approach the ideal way to experience Masashi Kishimoto’s beloved manga and anime series. If you’re a fan of the series, this will be like a dream come true; if you’re not, you’ll still experience a great story and enjoy a very robust fighting game – if you have a little patience.

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Review
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 9th, 2012

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The Raikage takes it to Sasuke.

If I have ever given you my Thumbs business card, or if you have ever read the Masthead, you would know that I am a very big fan of the Naruto anime series. There are a number of different Naruto game properties out there; but the series that tops them all (in my humble opinion) by capturing the magic of the series is the Ultimate Ninja Storm series developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai. The latest title in that franchise, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, takes the series to a new level of awesomeness and accessibility, improving an already great game.

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Holidaze
Our Thoughts On 2010

By Toronto Thumbs Staff - December 24th, 2010

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The end of the year is nigh and we have all played many games; both good and bad. We at Toronto Thumbs decided to share some of our thoughts about what we have enjoyed (and not enjoyed) over the course of 2010. For the most part, there are a number of categories. Even though some of us could not find games that fit each section, we still gave our all in those that we could.

Since I am lazy, I am going to update this post and keep it current. Be sure to stay tuned!


Review
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 2nd, 2010

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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm was an incredible game that brought you as close to the popular anime series as you could possibly be; at least, that was the case before the sequel came out. Cyberconnect2 has done more than I could have hoped with the sequel, and created an amazing follow-up to the first title – ans on multiple platforms to boot!

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Interview
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 5th, 2010

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Recently, Toronto Thumbs conducted a Q&A with Namco Bandai’s own Andrew Davis about Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2; this title is one that I am very much anticipating (like this is a real surprise to anyone who reads this site regularly). Andrew was full of useful information and awesome humour; we would like to share some of what he said with our readers.

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FASHIONABLY LATE REVIEW
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 12th, 2009

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

Over a year ago, I remember seeing footage of what was then called the Naruto PS3 Project.  Having played my fair share of Naruto games, this one caught my attention.  Out of all of the games I had seen, this one appeared to be the closest thing you could get to experiencing the television anime series in a game.  Indeed, CyberConnect2 stated that their goal with this game was to blur the line between the show and the game.

I cursed the fact that I didn’t have a PS3.  I would never really be able to play this game, because as long as I had my DVD player, I could not really justify getting a PS3 (for the sake of upconversion and BluRay).  As luck would have it, though, at the beginning of this year my DVD player tanked and I gleefully began saving for my PS3.

So excited was I about this game that I bought it a full month before I even had the PS3 sitting in my basement.

Was it worth it?  Yes, my friends.  It certainly was.

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Review
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 22nd, 2009

Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2

Role playing games and I don’t always get along, especially the Final Fantasy-style RPGs with the side view turn-based battles and endless levelling up. Because Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 is an RPG, I was hesitant to play it even though it involves one of my absolute favourite anime series ever.

While I didn’t end up hating the experience, I found that the overall game could have used a bit more polish. The story is akin to one of the many filler arcs in the anime. A group of baddies is attempting to control a spirit creature that releases the hate in everyone. One of the villagers escapes with a component to trap the creature and your job as Naruto is to recruit a group of ninja to help seal the beast away forever.

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