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The game is a 3D arena fighter with the player able to play as characters from the Naruto series. The fights are only between 2 players, but they can have up to two supports each that can come in to deal damage. There are also limited use items that can be used with the D-pad for various effects. Each character has their own jutsu that lets them play differently. Filling up the chakra bar will allow the character perform special strong moves. The more powerful ones will trigger a cutscene with inputs to increase/reduce damage depending on who does them first. The ninja dodges do use a bit of the chakra as well. Only the second and third games have online modes, with the third one being a lot more robust with ranked modes.
Each of the game's story modes chronicle a different part of Naruto's story. The game has dubbed cutscenes, with options for English and Japanese. The game has the town act as a hub between chapters. In this town, the player can interact with characters, take on quests and do side missions. On top of normal fights, the game also has special boss fights in big setpieces and ninja-themed minigames.