Naruto: Ninja Council
Naruto: Ninja Council (known as Naruto: Ninjutsu Zenkai! Saikyō Ninja Daikesshū (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト- 忍術全開! 最強忍者大結集 “Naruto: Full Throttle Ninjutsu! Great Council of the Strongest Ninja”) in Japan) is the first installment in the Ninja Council series. It is an action game for the Game Boy Advance. There are scrolls that the character can obtain to perform abilities at the cost of Chakra, which can be used to attack, break down barriers, or create whirlwinds. The story mode very loosely follows the Land of Waves arc to the Chunin Exam arc.
Naruto: Ninja Council 2
Main article: Naruto Ninja Council 2
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 (known as Naruto: Saikyō Ninja Daikesshu 2 (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト- 最強忍者大結集2 “Naruto: Great Council of the Strongest Ninja 2”) in Japan) is the second installment in the Ninja Council series for the Game Boy Advance. This game was released on April 29, 2004, with a North America release on October 10, 2006.
This game loosely follows the second through third seasons of the anime, but with some minor differences, such as repeated fights against Dosu Kinuta, Zaku Abumi, Kabuto Yakushi, and Orochimaru, as well as areas that did not appear in the anime. It also features a two-player co-op mode using the link cable, and a four-player battle mode. However, while the first game had voice samples from the cast (carried over from Clash of Ninja), this game does not. The sprites in this game, while not only different from Ninja Council, would become mainstays for this series.
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 European Version
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 European Version is the third installment in the Ninja Council series and the first for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan on April 21, 2005 as Naruto: Saikyō Ninja Daikesshu 3 for DS (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト- 最強忍者大結集3 for DS “Naruto: Great Council of the Strongest Ninja 3 for DS”) and three years later in Europe on October 3, 2008 as Naruto: Ninja Council 2 European Version.
The game features side-scrolling action gameplay with touch-screen and microphone functionality. There are separate stages in the game much like the first two games in the series. The storyline follows the Sasuke Retrieval story arc, minus the Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha battle, instead adding a final battle with Orochimaru. The Sound 4 are also present in the game, but Kimimaro is only featured in a mid-mission minigame.
Naruto: Ninja Council 3
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 is the fourth installment in the Ninja Council series for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan as Naruto: Saikyō Ninja Daikesshu 4 DS (ＮＡＲＵＴＯ－ナルト- 最強忍者大結集4 DS “Naruto: Great Council of the Strongest Ninja 4 DS”). Character-related content such as Kimimaro, the Sound 4’s special attacks and their alternate forms themselves are changed or removed in the international versions. The game includes a Naruto CCG card as an added bonus. It features a “Movie” mode, which allows players to watch secret techniques. In Europe it was released by Nintendo as Naruto: Ninja Council European Edition
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 has similar gameplay to the last two games in the series. The missions take place on a small map. The touch screen serves as both a map and as a place to perform different jutsu. Animals and ninjas are the typical opponents in the game. On certain missions, the player has to fight bosses, which are usually the antagonists from the series, including Ino. During missions, the player has to defeat the opponent under various conditions (e.g. having the character’s health cut in half, protecting an ally, using a certain move to K.O. the opponent, etc.).