GamesRadar's potentially annual Platinum Chalice awards 2006

Winner: Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2
Tomy | GameCube

It's no secret that the GameCube's last moments are reserved for quick cash-ins based on licensed material. Most of the time said material is the anime flavor of the month, and the game is, well... terrible (Zatch Bell comes to mind). But even with all these strikes against it, four-way fighter Clash of Ninja 2 managed to impress even the most pessimistic animephobes with its bouncy action and true-to-the-show fisticuffs.

Rather than just pit two loud-mouthed kids at each other and call it day, Ninja 2 will have you teleporting, dodging and counterattacking like crazy. It sports a simple fighting system that still allows experts a chance to pull off maneuvers worthy of their spiky-haired combatants. The omnipresent Naruto franchise remains a huge draw, and with excellent, authentic games like this coming out, expect to see more of Ninja Hogwarts in 2007.

Honorable mention: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Atari | PlayStation 2, Wii

This thing somehow managed to shoehorn in 130 characters, over a dozen distinct storylines, some (literally) earth-shattering fireballs and more spiky hair than all 10 years of the '80s, and it was addictive as hell to boot. That at least deserves an honorable mention in our book.


  • Jordo141 - March 19, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Consider you life somehow saved... I sunk 964 hours into Oblivion.
  • Awesomeforthemasses - September 10, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    Okami! I will avenge you! Anyone who could have bought it but didn't, watch out, 'cause I'm comin' for you.
  • gangjute8 - July 13, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Really, anyone owning a PS2 or Wii who didn't get Okami does not deserve to play video games. It delivered all you guys wanted, and you ignored it. That's like throwing away a computer's mouse, except X100 worse.
  • FrozenImplosion - April 16, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    wow and i thought MY time in oblivion was bad! i had 99 hours and 23 minutes, but that cant possibly live up to 147!
  • superfunk - December 20, 2008 3 p.m.


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