Naruto: Path of the Ninja review

See baby ninjas, RPGs in the wild for 29.99


  • Faithful
  • entertaining storyline
  • Short anime cutscenes
  • Feeling superior to arrogant ninjas


  • Vanilla battle system
  • Carbon-dated graphics
  • Real ninjas wouldn't play it

Oct 29, 2007

Every gamer knows that the path of the ninja is tread quietly, strewn with sliced-off heads and populated by dark, silent killers. Unless you're talking about the anime/manga/videogame juggernaut Naruto, in which case that same ninja path is tread clumsily, strewn with preteen hijinks and walked bya hero who dresses like atraffic cone and sounds like Bart Simpson. Path of the Ninja, the new DS Naruto RPG, will accordingly play - for the Naruto-ignorant - like a kind of Before They Were Ninjas TV special: a chronicle of the time lil’ ninjas spend trying to impress the older, cooler ninjas and getting their shit rocked before they become the agile death machines we know them to be.

More Info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionWhy play a lousy-looking but competent abridgement of a great story when you can watch the great-looking anime in its entirety?
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
Release date23 October 2007 (US), (UK)