Finally Ninja Storm Connections Trademark Registered: Recently, a trademark listing for a new Naruto video game surfaced online, raising hopes that the long-awaited sequel is on the way. Bandai Namco has trademarked “Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections,” a moniker previously used for CyberConnect2’s Naruto video game franchise.
Gematsu discovered that the listing had been submitted in Europe, but there was little information available about the company. Since the release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2016, with a Switch port following in 2020, the Ultimate Ninja Storm series has been dormant.
Since then, CyberConnect2 has released a number of games, including the Ultimate Ninja Storm trilogy, which consolidated the original games into a single package, a Demon Slayer game, and an updated version of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle for current platforms, among other titles.
The Naruto series, which includes manga and anime, has been rather quiet in recent years. Multiplayer spinoff Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker starring Naruto’s son was released in 2018 to mixed reviews, and in 2019, the mobile game Boruto: Borutical Generations was released.
The most memorable debut of Naruto in recent memory wasn’t even in a separate game; instead, Naruto and company made their way into the Fortnite metaverse. In case you didn’t know, the Ultimate Ninja Storm games followed Naruto Uzumaki’s journey from social pariah and playground swing fanatic to the respected village leader.
Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 improved upon its predecessors’ arena-based fighting game gameplay, had a larger cast of characters with their own distinct special attacks, and included some amazing cinematic scenes within its main campaign.
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According to Heidi Kemps’ Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Review for GameSpot, “everything, from the visual touches to the character interactions in and out of battle to the voiceovers, is meant to make Naruto fans happy—though the fact that there’s a fun little fighting game underneath certainly helps.”
In the words of one reviewer, “Any fan of Naruto, even the casual ones who don’t wear ninja headbands when shopping for groceries, would do well to give this a look.”