Now that the Ultimate Ninja Storm series has concluded, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker will be the next Naruto game. With a new developer and a completely new graphics style, Shinobi Striker looks to set itself apart from Ninja Storm. Because of that, it would be great to see Boruto characters that weren’t included in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series.
Road to Boruto disappointed many by only including Boruto and his friends, along with adult versions of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Gaara. New characters like Shikadai and Metal Lee weren’t playable, even though the latter can be fought in the story. Adult versions of characters like Rock Lee and Sai can’t be played either, despite appearing in the story mode.
More Shinobi Striker
The characters confirmed for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker are the usual suspects: Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi. We also get a few Akatsuki members, but there are no real surprises thus far, including Kurama’s trailer appearance. Considering that Naruto to Boruto is the name of the game, one would imagine that we see more of Naruto’s son in the game.
After Bandai Namco failed to include them in the vanilla Ninja Storm 4 game, we really need to see Shikadai, Metal Lee and more in Shinobi Striker. Grown up versions of Konohomaru would also be appreciated, since we fight him several times in the Naruto Storm 4: Road to Boruto story expansion. Even the villains of the Boruto story aren’t playable, which is really annoying since they are fought several times throughout the mode.
Learning From Ninja Storm
With no release date set for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, there’s plenty of time to add new characters to the game. Aside from characters in the Boruto anime, the game could also add minor players from the original Naruto, along with it’s sequel series Naruto Shippuden. Chojuro, Anko and Kurotsuchi were left out for some reason, along with other minor characters from the series.
If the new game can learn anything from the previous games, it’s to avoid adding too many versions of Naruto and Sasuke in the game. While these two learn a ton of different techniques, there is no reason why they couldn’t have been equipable moves. The new game should learn from this and have unlockable moves that can be given to various characters, or something similar.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker doesn’t have a release date yet, but will be coming to PS4, PC and Xbox One. In the meantime, newer Naruto fans can wait this fall for the Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy.