The third PS2 fighting game in the Ultimate Ninja series is set in the forest village of Konoha, providing players a light role-playing backdrop to the front-and-center fisticuffs, and providing Naruto fans an opportunity to visit and interact with other characters from the Shonen Jump anime and cartoon show. The game's control scheme is similar to that of its predecessors, with button-presses that translate to punches, kicks, and powerful (but more difficult) chakra attacks.
In the role of Naruto (or one of his close companions), players enter a fighting contest and battle their way up a ladder of opponents. Fights can take place in over 50 locations, and victory awards single players the chance to level-up their characters' statistics. A "Versus" mode is also available, for head-to-head battles and for single players who want to skip the narrative and get straight to the fighting. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is the first in the North American series to offer the option of using the character's original Japanese voices. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide