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Analysis of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm for Nintendo Switch

Analysis of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy for Nintendo Switch, a compilation with the first three games of the series that adapt to the hybrid console of Nintendo like a charm. Playing them in portable mode is wonderful, although they lack technical improvements and new features … although if you did not play them in their day, it’s a good opportunity.

Analysis of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm for Nintendo Switch

Analysis of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm for Nintendo Switch

Along with Dragon Ball, Naruto is undoubtedly one of the series of animation that has most commercial tour in the world of video games, with its best games always linked to a studio: CyberConnect 2. Thus, after the more than meritorious series Ultimate Ninja of PS2, Naruto rose of level with its debut in PS3, under a new series baptized Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm. With it, the barrier that separates the anime from the game was further diluted, marking a before and after in licensed games.

The series, which was born as exclusive to PS3, jumped to Xbox 360 and PC from the second installment, and concluded in 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One with Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. So, to make it possible to enjoy the whole saga in the same console, Bandai Namco remastered the first three games in 2017, in the Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy collection, which is the basis of this port for Nintendo Switch.

As a whole, all three games allow you to relive most of Naruto’s story, specifically since he’s an apprentice ninja teenager until the 4th Great Ninja War. Each one, of course, has its own peculiarities and ideas … in which we are not going to delve too much since they are well-known games that have been on the market for a long time.

The basic pillars that share the three games are, to a certain extent, the successes of the first delivery. On the one hand, each game has its own story mode, in which we explore 3D environments (such as the Village of the Leaf), full of missions that recreate the key moments of the anime with new situations more “frugal” and, to a certain extent point, filling.

There are shops, objects that we can use in combat, unlockable, collectables … In addition, the main missions are re-playable, to improve our result. In almost all these missions, and in many optional ones, the combats are the axis of the action.

Like the rest of the game, the combats are also 3D and with some movement (within a limited environment) and offer a fairly simple control: a physical attack button, another to throw shurikens or throwing weapons, another jump, one more to activate the chakras and two additional to ask for help from our teammates, without forgetting the defense, which also helps us to “teleport”.

The key here is that the action is interspersed with impressive animations to give life to the unique skills of each fighter, achieving a gimmicky combat, full of close-ups and impressive shots, with a visual finish that little or nothing have to envy the seen in the animation series.

Yes, the control has always been called simple and shallow, something that is true to a certain extent, but at the same time has allowed any fan of the series can dive into the games and enjoy them from the first minute. And, no less true, with each new release have been incorporating new features and variations in the mechanics (the system is much more balanced in the third installment, as we told you in the analysis Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3).

The three games also have a “free combat” mode, which allows us to fight against a friend, or against the CPU, with the characters that we have unlocked in the story mode. Plantel that has also been growing gradually with each delivery until reaching 80 of the Ultimate Ninja Storm 3.

With the game modes something similar happens: both the second and third games have online mode, and exclusive mechanics of each (for example, in the third SUNS we can choose between two routes to face a situation, with different results and scenes in each case, among other novelties).

The first online fights that we have been able to dispute have not been as satisfactory as we would have liked. Finding a game, despite taking a sale for a day, has not been too difficult … although in full combat, we have suffered delays in communications and micro-cuts. We will continue testing in the coming days to expand or qualify this aspect, but right now, it does not work as well as it should, at least with the opponents that we have crossed.

Regardless of this aspect, the amount of content and hours of play offered by Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy is simply overwhelming and, if you have not played before, are without a doubt the best games with orange ninja license. Too little that you like the series, you will enjoy them. And if you’ve played them before, now you can do it anywhere, which is an additional charm.

It is only missing that I had included the fourth installment, as well as Generations or Storm Revolution, to close a fantastic compilation, besides having been able to enjoy the saga delivered on Nintendo Switch … maybe for a Trilogy 2? Who knows?

From the technical point of view, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy has shadows and lights. If already the port to PS4 and Xbox One of the trilogy was not spectacular (they increased the resolution to 1080p, and little more), in Switch those defects are maintained. It still does not run at 60 fps, and it’s something that would have put him to death.

To this we must add that in Switch, in portable mode, the game looks somewhat less defined and abuses more of the effect “filter Sara Montiel”, as if the camera had a kind of mesh that makes some elements more blurred, such as backgrounds when they are somewhat distant. It does not always happen, nor in all the games alike, but for example it is especially evident in the first game.

There are also punctual punctures that, again, do not happen very often, nor in all the games alike … but they are slightly shading the final result. But, in any case it is nothing serious or especially annoying: only that it could have been polished a bit more this version.

Luckily, if they have kept the other virtues, such as the ability to play with Japanese or English dubbing (with subtitles in Spanish) or the improvement in loading times before the matches, which are significantly shorter than in the original version of PS3.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy has come to the eShop in two different ways:  with the three games together and separately. In the first case, the package costs 49.99 euros (and occupies 17 GB on the SD card or the memory of the console), while separately, each title costs 19.99 euros and occupy between 5.7 and 7, 2 GB

Japan has been the only territory that will have a physical edition, since in Europe and the USA. it will only come out in digital format. A questionable decision, especially among fans of the physical format, as is my case.

Despite all the negative, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy is a title recommended for those who either did not play the saga in their day or, on the contrary, dreamed of a version that could be enjoyed anywhere. As a re-master, it is far from perfect and there is no great effort to optimize the game for Nintendo Switch, but it still retains the spectacularity for which the SUNS series is recognized.

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