Naruto is a fascinating character. He can be obnoxious at times, but he just puts so much effort into everything that it's hard not to end up rooting for him. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the new Wii action adventure he stars in, Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles. It tries to win you over with its vivid, detailed characters and an original Naruto story, and at first glance it seems as if these elements might serve to make its shallow combat and bland exploration tolerable. But although the character of Naruto is as likable as ever here, a laundry list of unending frustrations and some crippling technical issues try your patience in ways that make this a game even Naruto's winning attitude can't save.