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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
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(ナルト- 疾風伝ナルティメットストーム 4, Naruto Shippūden: Narutimetto Sutōmu 4)
Video game info
Playable on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Series Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
Previous Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Release Date
Japanese February 4, 2016
English February 9, 2016
Debut
Jutsu
Tools

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the sixth and final instalment of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco-Bandai games for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. It was released in February on the 4th in Japan, 5th in Europe and the 9th in North America. An enhanced edition called "Road to Boruto" was released in February 3, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. A Nintendo Switch port was released on April 24, 2020.

Gameplay

Returning to this game from previous instalments is the "Wall Running" feature where two shinobi are able to fight while climbing the walls of the selected stage. Unlike previous instalments however, where if one player ran up the wall the other player was forced to fight on the wall as well, in this game it is implied that if one character runs up the wall the other character can still fight on the ground.

A new feature was introduced in the game called "Leader Swap", where you can switch out the main on-point character you're fighting as to fight against your opponent with your support characters, which can be cancelled into and out of a large majority of various actions. To add balance, the character switched in will share the same life bar as the main character, as well as still maintaining an Awakening state. As a result of the new feature, support only characters from previous entries in the series have been omitted, albeit Leader Swaps can easily disengage attacks landed on the user which can invalidate offence further if used correctly (essentially allowing skilled users to maintain both offence and defence simultaneously). A new version of Naruto and Sasuke will share a unique Combination Awakening when played together.

The option to select one of the three fighting types from Storm Revolution (Ultimate, Awakening, and Drive) is removed. Just like its other predecessors, the player can use all three types at once during a single and/or team battle.[1] Before starting a battle, you are able to choose between multiple jutsus and Ultimate Jutsus to use in battle, a feature that has been in previous entries of the Ultimate Ninja series, but now makes its return.

The game is more realistic than its predecessors where an outfit can be damaged if it is hit and even worn off. Jutsu will have long-term effects on the outfits. For example, if a fireball hits the character, it will remain ignited for a while, but water can reverse that effect. Stage destruction will take place as well in boss battles and free battle, and there will be more details showing particles as they get worn off from an attack.[2]

Other mechanics changed involve:

  • The ability to cancel into ninja tool throws off of close-range attacks or mid-range attacks no longer being possible, effectively further nerfing projectile-moveset-based characters.
  • The Body Replacement metre once more recharges slightly faster than in Generations, 3 and Revolution, which when combined with Leader Swap effectively allows players to conserve the metre across team members with ease.
  • The air chakra dash has been severely nerfed in travel speed and startup, making it a mere shell of how it used to work.

Playable Characters

  • Sai (Fast Writing Mode)
    • Casual Outfit
    • Allied Shinobi Forces
    • Boruto Era (Costume) - (Next Generations Update Pack)

  • Shino Aburame
    • Part I (Beetle Mode)
    • Part II (Beetle Mode)
    • Allied Shinobi Forces (Beetle Mode)
    • Boruto Era (Costume) - (Next Generations Update Pack)

  • Rock Lee
    • Part I (Eight Gates Mode)
    • Part II (Eight Gates Mode)
    • Allied Shinobi Forces (Eight Gates Mode)
    • Boruto Era (Costume) - (Next Generations Update Pack)

  • Neji Hyūga
    • Part I (Byakugan Mode)
    • Part II (Byakugan Mode)
    • Allied Shinobi Forces (Byakugan Mode)

  • Kakashi Hatake
    • Young Kakashi (White Light Blade Mode)
    • Part I (Sharingan Mode)
      • Anbu (Costume)
      • School (Costume)
    • Part II (Mangekyō Sharingan)
    • Allied Shinobi Forces (Mangekyō Sharingan)
    • Double Sharingan (Complete Body — Susanoo)
      • Sixth Hokage (Costume) (Complete Body - Susanoo) - (Pre-Order Edition Exclusive/Road to Boruto)

  • Jiraiya (Sage Mode)
    • Sannin Era (Costume)
    • Parts I-II

  • Rasa (Kazekage Mode)
    • Alive (Costume)
    • Reanimation

  • (Tsuchikage Mode)
    • Alive/Flak Jacket (Costume)
    • Reanimation

  • Yagura (Isobu)
    • Alive
    • Reanimation
    • White Robe (Costume)

  • Han (Kokuō)
    • Alive
    • Reanimation
    • White Robe (Costume)

  • (Chōmei)
    • Alive
    • Reanimation
    • White Robe (Costume)

  • Madara Uchiha
    • Alive (Costume)
    • Reanimation (Rinnegan Mode)
    • Reanimation Resolved (Complete Body — Susanoo)
      • Black Robe (Costume)
    • Six Paths (Rinne Sharingan and Limbo: Border Jail)

  • Itachi Uchiha (Complete Body — Susanoo)
    • Anbu
    • Akatsuki Cloak
      • Akatsuki Cloak (with Hat)
    • Reanimation

  • Sarada Uchiha (Sharingan Mode) - (Pre-Order Exclusive/Road to Boruto)
    • Casual Outfit - (Pre-Order/Road to Boruto)
    • Chūnin Exam - (Road to Boruto)

Boss Battles

This is the list of the boss battles featured in this game:

Combination Ultimate Jutsu

All Combination Ultimate Jutsu techniques featured in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution return in Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 along with some New Combination Ultimate Jutsu. This is the list of select teams of characters that have new Combination Ultimate Jutsu when paired with each other:

Playable Stages

Story Mode-Only Stages

  • Academy (Story Secret Action flashback)

Adventure Mode-Only Stages

  • Akatsuki Hideout
  • Forest of Quiet Movement (Day)
  • Inn Town
  • Konohagakure
    • Part I
    • Ruined Land
  • Konohagakure Forest
  • Samurai Bridge (Under)
  • Sunagakure Gate
  • The Wasteland at Dawn

Downloadable Content

Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has announced three DLC packs - and an exclusive Combination Ultimate Jutsu for those who buy the Season Pass or buy all three packs - including:

Pre-Order Exclusive DLC ("The Last" & "Boruto: Naruto the Movie" Packs)

  • 4 Playable Characters
    • Naruto Uzumaki (The Last) (Early Unlock)
    • Sasuke Uchiha (The Last) (Early Unlock)
    • Boruto Uzumaki ("Boruto: Naruto the Movie")
    • Sarada Uchiha ("Boruto: Naruto the Movie")
  • 3 Costumes
    • Sakura Haruno (The Last) (Early Unlock)
    • Hinata Hyūga (The Last) (Early Unlock)
    • Kakashi Hatake (Sixth Hokage Costume/The Last)
  • 2 New Combination Ultimate Jutsu

Naruto Storm 4 DLC Pack 1: Shikamaru's Tale Extra Scenario Pack

  • Release Date:
    • 3/08/16 (Season Pass)
    • 3/15/16 (Street Date)
  • 1 New 3 Hours Scenario, "The Fresh Green of the Hidden Leaf"
  • 1 New Costume, "Hokage Naruto"
  • 4 New Combination Ultimate Jutsu
  • 1 New Ninja Treasure Set with items that can be exchanged in-game for costumes, etc.
  • 10 New Ninja Info Cards to represent players online
  • 10 New Matching Voices
  • 10 Costumes From Previous Storm Games
    • Suit (Naruto, Sasuke, Sai, Shikamaru, Gaara, Minato)
    • Summer Clothes (Sakura, Ino, Hinata, Tenten)

Naruto Storm 4 DLC Pack 2: Gaara's Tale Extra Scenario Pack

  • Release Date:
    • 4/05/16 (Season Pass)
    • 4/12/16 (Street Date)
  • 1 New 3 Hours Scenario, "Bonds of the Sandy Sea"
  • 1 New Costume, "Wandering Shinobi Sasuke"
  • 3 New Combination Ultimate Jutsu
  • 1 New Ninja Treasure Set with items that can be exchanged in-game for costumes, etc.
  • 10 New Ninja Info Cards to represent players online
  • 10 New Matching Voices
  • 10 Costumes From Previous Storm Games
    • Jinchūriki Suits (Naruto, Gaara, B, Yugito, Yagura, Rōshi, Han, Utakata, Fū)
    • Road to Ninja (Kushina) (Flak Jacket)

Naruto Storm 4 DLC Pack 3: Playable Characters

  • Release Date:
    • 5/03/16 (Season Pass)
    • 5/10/16 (Street Date)
  • 4 New Playable Characters
    • Sakon and Ukon
    • Tayuya
    • Kidōmaru
    • Jirōbō
  • 3 New Combination Ultimate Jutsu
  • 1 New Ninja Treasure Set with items that can be exchanged in-game for costumes, etc.
  • 10 New Ninja Info Cards to represent players online
  • 10 New Matching Voices
  • 10 Costumes From Previous Storm Games
    • Five Kage Summit (Mifune)
    • Hidden Mist Costume (Zabuza)
    • Initial Akatsuki Uniform (Konan, Nagato, Yahiko/Pain)
    • Swimsuit (Sakura, Ino, Hinata, Temari, Tsunade)

Exclusive Combination Ultimate Jutsu (Season Pass/All 3 DLC Packs Bonus)

Region-Specific DLC

  • Latin America: "Poncho Costume" - Naruto (Sage Mode) and Sasuke (Taka)
  • China: "Chinese Temple Costume" - Naruto (Tailed Beast Mode)

Road To Boruto

Road To Boruto cover.

  • Release Date:
    • 2/2/17 (Japan)
    • 2/3/17 (North America)

Road to Boruto will have a new adventure mode scenario with Boruto as the controllable character along with a Sasuke Uchiha vs Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki boss battle, and several new characters including Mitsuki, and new versions of Boruto, Naruto, Sarada, and Sasuke. Road to Boruto will also allow players to use the Pre-Order Exclusive versions of Boruto and Sarada, Mecha-Naruto from the previous game, and give new playable costumes, such as Kakashi's Pre-Order Exclusive Hokage Outfit, all Region-Specific DLC, and a brand new costume for Sasuke's Part 1 Blue Outfit where he wears his arm sleeves and shuriken holster. Similar to Storm 3's Full Burst, it will exist as a standalone version with the full game and a separate DLC.

Next Generations Update Pack

  • Release Date:
    • 4/23/2020
  • 2 New Playable Characters
  • 11 New Boruto Era Costumes
    • Shikamaru Nara
    • Chōji Akimichi
    • Ino Yamanaka
    • Sai
    • Hinata Hyūga
    • Shino Aburame
    • Kiba Inuzuka
    • Rock Lee
    • Tenten
    • Kankurō
    • Temari

Trivia

  • The opening theme for this game is titled as "Spiral" performed by KANA-BOON.
    • A new opening is added in the Road to Boruto expansion/DLC. Interestingly, this new opening lacks the original opening theme completely.
  • As the manga/anime storyline has ended, this was the last main Ultimate Ninja Storm series game.
  • After the fight against Kaguya, Yagura and Mū were excluded for unknown reasons when the Kage summoned Team 7, the tailed beasts and Madara Uchiha from Kaguya's dimension.
  • During the final Naruto Vs. Sasuke fight, the scene where Naruto is in the water is a reference to the opening Diver.
  • After the fight in Valley of the End, Naruto and Sasuke's arms were censored to avoid gore.
  • During the cutscene where Madara had his right arm severed by the Tailed Beasts' Tailed Beast Full Charge, Madara replaces his right arm with the white Zetsu right arm. However, in this game, he still has his original right arm left intact.
  • During the cutscene when Madara explained the defeat of the Kage, they were not present after the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
  • During the cutscene when Minato had his arms severed by Obito and then Madara, he still retained his arms in the game.
  • A unique feature discovered within the competitive scene that débuted in this game known as "Right Stick Moves" (R-Moves for short) allows the user to time the movement of their right thumbstick correctly (frame-perfect even) upon tagging in one of their supports to be able to momentarily control both characters at once before the on-point perspective shifts to the latest tagged-in character. While it was often debated to be a bug, the feature itself was never touched throughout the game's patch history, which often sparked the argument that it was an intentional feature.

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