The fun begins with presentation. Naruto Powerful Shippuden doesnít take itself seriously at all. Characters are self-aware and constantly poke fun at the fact they are in a game. This may turn away "serious" Naruto fans, but as an outsider, I enjoyed it. The overall mood is conveyed wonderfully with the visuals. The chibi style characters are well animated and showcase some truly over-the-top reactions. That, alongside the bright color palette, is perfectly suited for both the platform and gameplay.
I also liked the 3D implementation. I spent more time with the effect turned off, though I like the way developers have leveraged the 3D with sprite-based games on the system.
Naruto Powerful Shippuden sticks with the Japanese language tracks, though outside a few in-game phrases, there isnít much spoken audio. Background music fits the overall tone of the game -- bright and upbeat.