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Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble is a competent fighter with surprising depth that should keep players interested, especially if one has friends to play against locally. And even if you don't, the mission mode has enough variety that makes unlocking new specials and abilities fun and doesn't drag down the game. Shinobi Rumble lays the groundwork for what could be a very impressive sequel on future handhelds, such as the Nintendo 3DS.
Even with its issues, this is one of the few handheld Naruto titles that is worth the purchase for fans and isn't throwing away your money if you are on the fence about the title or are looking for a competent handheld fighter to add to your Nintendo DS library. This game just goes to show you that not every licensed handheld title has to turn out terrible.