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Video Game / Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles

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Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles is a PlayStation 2 Action-Adventure game developed by Cavia and Namco Bandai, based on the Naruto franchise. It is set after the Search for Tsunade arc of the manga and anime, which had not aired in North America at the time the game was released, resulting in Itachi, Kisame, and Tsunade being cut from the English version, Choji's and Gaara's outfits being altered, and the Rasengan being renamed the Power Strike. The game has RPG elements, including a world map and the ability to customize Naruto's abilities.

The game follows Naruto's day to day life fulfilling various missions for the Hidden Leaf in the wake of a sudden increase in the number of bandits and armed thugs, until a rash of disappearing ninja unveils a sinister plot by Orochimaru to destroy Konoha using an army of undead ninja.

Tropes the game provides include:

  • Action Girl: Averted, surprisingly. None of the female characters are playable, and while Sakura does appear in some of the FMV, the game's set long before she Took a Level in Badass. However, there are off-screen moments of action-girlness, such as Hinata shyly stating that she was the one who captured the criminal that Naruto is tasked with transporting back to Konoha.
  • Ax-Crazy: Gaara, surprisingly seeing how the game is set after his Heel–Face Turn. He's also in league with Orochimaru again.
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  • Big Bad: Orochimaru, who's been collecting dead ninja and resurrecting them with a parasitic fungus to create an army of zombies.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The English release of the game would have had one of these had Itachi and Kisame not been cut out.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: One of the boss fights is against a swarm of giant praying mantises, which end up being incredibly difficult to kill and one of the hardest fights of the game.
  • Big Eater: The reason why being teamed up with Choji to find some Tamasaburo - a famous and addictive candy - for Anko is a bad idea.
  • Blood Knight: Gaara, in keeping with his pre-Heel–Face Turn attitude. Sasuke also shows signs of this, jumping at the opportunity to fight Naruto to the death.
  • Casting a Shadow: Shikamaru's abilities revolve around shadow manipulation.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss‎: Gaara can soak up a ton of damage with his Shield of Sand. Cursed Seal Sasuke also has a lot more health than regular Sasuke. The Praying Mantises take up even more damage individually.
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  • Dishing Out Dirt: Gaara's shtick is sending waves and bullets of sand at you from a distance, soaking up damage with his Shield of Sand, and teleporting if you get too close. The boss fight can be difficult due to his attacks having a long range and being hard to dodge.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Naruto's Sexy Jutsu can be used to stun enemies, even working on zombie ninja, and combine with the Multi-Shadow Clone jutsu to create the Harem Jutsu.
  • The Eeyore: Karin Kagura starts off as a gloomy girl when Naruto first meets her due to being depressed over her father's recent death and the decline in her store's business. After mission 10, however, she develops into a cheerful, friendly girl.
  • Elite Mook: Each class of enemy has a subtype that has a lot more health, deals a lot more damage, and fights a lot better than the others.
  • Escort Mission: Several, usually to protect a merchant's cart from waves of attacking bandits but also to escort a prisoner and prevent his buddies from freeing him.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Kakashi's Thousand Years of Death is an overly-glorified kancho.
  • Flash Step: One skill in the Skill Plate is the dash which is where Naruto can basically teleport a short distance through speed. Useful for getting out of tight spaces. Enemies can use them too.
  • Funny Background Event: While Naruto is searching for Tamasaburo, two of his shadow clones run headlong into each other in the background.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sasuke lets his jealousy of Naruto get the better of him in "Coastal Disturbances" and "Punishment", and it leads to a boss fight.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: A reoccurring element in the game is Naruto fighting his allies. For instance, there is his tussle with Choji over a rare candy and a friendly rivalry rematch with Neji. It is played most straight in "Coastal Disturbances", where the leader of a group of bandits forces Naruto and Sasuke to fight to the death after taking a woman hostage.
  • Me's a Crowd: Naruto's Multi Shadow Clone jutsu is a practical way of fighting multiple opponents at once. Attacking while in Jinchuuriki Mode automatically spams it as well.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The title cutscene is comprised of FMV clips from the game, including some that were taken from deleted content.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The female bandits dress in purple and pink, in comparison to the male bandits' more practical green and brown getups.
  • Protection Mission: A large number of missions involve protecting a location or cart from waves of bandits. They can get frustratingly difficult later on.
  • Random Encounter: While travelling the routes between towns, Naruto will randomly be attacked by groups of thugs.
  • Running on All Fours: Naruto runs like a fox when using the Nine Tails' chakra.
  • Shock and Awe: Kakashi's Lightning Blade and Sasuke's Chidori.
  • Slaying Mantis: One of the boss fights involves duking it out with two giant deadly praying mantises.
  • Slice of Life: The first part of the game starts off with Naruto being sent on random missions that do not connect to each other. In other words, daily ninja life outside of long scale adventures.
  • Super Mode: Naruto can enter his Initial Jinchuuriki State (which the game calls "Nine Tail Power") for increased attack speed and damage and auto-spamming the Shadow Clone technique, but only if he fills up a combo meter and is below 50% health. If the player fulfils certain conditions defeating him, Sasuke taps into his Cursed Seal Level One for a second round during the boss battle in "Punishment".
  • Tag Team: When paired up Naruto can swap places with other characters until their chakra meter runs out.
  • Timed Mission: The "protect the merchant's cart" missions have the caveat that if the cart is broken or the timer runs out before all enemies are defeated the goods will be stolen.
  • Wolverine Claws: Some of the zombie ninja have three blades attached to the back of their hands.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Episode 20, "Closed For Business", reveals Orochimaru and Kabuto are aiming to cause this using a green mist that brings dead ninja back as zombies.