Another interesting feature is called the Ultimate Path (Ultimate Contest in English version).
This is an RPG style part of the game, which allows you to go on missions and unlock several characters, as well as learn different techniques.
Down can be held for charging up chakra passively (which can also be collected in the form of chakra orbs that appear from a knockdown victim if they impact a surface like so), while some characters can hold up for a unique taunt that gives them a unique passive effect and/or can heal them for a bit of HP.
series, can choose to hold up or down while pressing the jump button to warp between two of the planes each stage has, allowing for diverse stage interaction on top of hitting objects and/or background characters that provide items and the like.
Said items also involve unique ninja tools (aside from the usual kunai and shuriken) that can be switched through with the L1 and R1 buttons while they are used by the Square button by default, and all ninja tools can be used to aim at any opposition that is not on the same plane as the thrower.
The game also features an RPG-esque story mode, the first half from the series, the second being an added story arc that takes place between the Search for Tsunade and the Sasuke Recovery Mission.
In this arc, Orochimaru has Kabuto use a technique called the Forbidden Technique: Gedō Seal to seal Kakashi's Sharingan. It features a new story mode, more manoeuvrability for characters, and a much larger variety of music.