Last night my copy of Naruto Shippuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX finally arrived. Here is how the game starts up.
When you unwrap the game seven out of the fourteen characters are playable: Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi, Guy, Lee, Neji and Gaara. Playing through the story mode is the way to unlock some new characters and there is a video clip from the story mode where Naruto and Sakura battle Kakashi.
Besides Naruto’s new air Rasengan combo there is a new cover system in Naruto EX. When you’re close enough to a crate or a rock you can sidestep by pressing B or Z and hide behind the object. While behind a crate you can surprise an enemy with an attack shaking the remote for a weak attack or by pressing A to do a jutsu. Naruto makes a shadow clone roll out when he gets out of cover and unlike the other Clash of Ninja / Gekitou Ninja Taisen games Naruto’s shadow clone stays out attacking other players until Naruto runs out of chakra.