- Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is the seventh installment in the franchise, with an upgraded roster of characters and exciting new gameplay features.
- The game features a Special Story Mode that brings together characters from the Boruto series with original characters from the Ninja Heroes mobile game.
- Players can relive key moments from Naruto’s story through in-game battles, including boss battles such as Naruto vs. Shukaku and Naruto vs. Sasuke. The game also includes a customizable character feature.
The countdown for Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections has started and Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2 have shared more details in the lead-up to its release in December 2023. As the other games in the Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise have been well-received by players in the past, the new installment should feature an upgraded roster of characters and some exciting new gameplay to the table.
Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is the seventh game in the franchise and will build on many of the previous games’ mechanics. Veterans of the franchise should be familiar with many of the gameplay features, though there are some characters that have been added to the roster who will be completely new to those who haven’t played the mobile games. These new characters will feature in a new Special Story Mode, which promises to bring together the cast from the Boruto series with the Ninja Heroes mobile game’s original characters.
Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections Tells a New Story
The Special Story Mode will feature a story that’s original to Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. The story will depict a shinobi world on the verge of breaking into the Fifth Shinobi War, thanks to Merz and his armies. The Hidden Leaf Village gather to stop this threat with the help of Nanashi, a character from Ninja Heroes. The story seems to culminate in a final rematch between Sasuke and Naruto, with Naruto in the role of the antagonist. It’s unclear why the hero of the story would suddenly be against Konoha at such a pivotal moment, but the mystery should be solved once the game is released.
In addition to the Special Story Mode, the usual Story Mode has been refined to include Naruto and Sasuke’s entire journey from its beginnings all the way to the end. This is a first for the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, which previously only depicted part of the story. Players will be able to experience each major story beat as an in-game battle, complete with Awakening Mode, Ultimate Jutsus, and Combination Ultimate Jutsus. The most important moments in the story will be depicted as boss battles, which include:
- Naruto vs Shukaku
- Sasuke vs Itachi
- Naruto vs Pain
- Naruto vs Sasuke (Parts 1 and 2)
Players Will Relive the Best of Naruto Through Gameplay
Players will also be able to customize their characters, a returning feature from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, though the only costume items released so far have been the White Cat Ears. These items will be unlocked through game progression, and are a surprising addition considering it was a feature that was left out of the previous game. Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections will feature the largest roster of playable characters in the series to date. New additions include the brothers Indra and Ashura Otsutsuki, and the new characters Merz and Nanashi.
Characters with karma will also be featured, with Boruto, Kawaki, and Jigen demonstrating this power. Other features seen in the Boruto series, such as Baryon Mode and Sasuke’s Supporting Kage form, will also be available, though some can only be accessed through Awakening rather than them being a version of the character on their own. Overall, there are more features in Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections than in previous games in the series. It’s encouraging to see that the developer has brought back some of the good parts of previous games that were left out of the last game, such as customizable characters.
Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is in development for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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