If you did not know, Tencent Games signed a deal with Japanese manga publisher Shueisha and games developer Namco Bandai back in 2013 to make games based on Naruto. Thus far, Naruto Online, a browser game, has been released. Just yesterday, Tencent Games launched Naruto Mobile, which is once again exclusive to China. I gave the game a short run, and it was really a nostalgic trip.
I started reading Naruto over a decade ago, and Naruto Mobile stay true to all the origins. Players will start out just playing as Naruto, right from the beginning when he was yet to be certified as a ninja. As the game progress, more characters will open up, including Sasuke and Sakura. Controlling just one character at a time, he or she can be switched around at any time outside of battle.
There are 25 characters at launch (more to be added), each upgradeable to get stronger. Some are exclusives for first top-up, some can only be gotten by collecting character pieces and form them up, while others can only be gotten by spending cash. There are many money sinks in Naruto Mobile, which is typical for a Free-to-Play mobile game. There is no word regarding an English release.