- Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections emphasizes the future of the Boruto series, but the game still lacks sufficient representation of the IP.
- Boruto has always relied on Naruto’s legacy, with secondary appearances in various games, but the series has shown potential to stand on its own.
- A dedicated game centered around Boruto could push the franchise into its next generation and establish him as a true successor, with an updated roster and potential for a standalone story.
Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections, the latest entry in CyberConnect2’s arena fighter franchise has put the status of the Boruto series as a whole into perspective. The sequel to Naruto focusing on the titular protagonist’s son, Boruto is still on hiatus leading up to its Two Blue Vortex timeskip arc after both achieving financial success and being controversial among some fans throughout its run. While Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections may be bringing the most Boruto content to a game yet, one core aspect of the title still shows the IP’s lack of representation.
The Ultimate Ninja Storm games are a continuation of the Ultimate Ninja series that started all the way during the PlayStation 2 era, and it’s undeniable that Naruto has made a nearly countless number of video game appearances over the years. The latest entry is set to act as a celebration of the series’ history that faithfully updates content from the previous Storm games, but the Naruto x Boruto title obviously implies an emphasis on the future as well. Storm Connections’ original characters are poised to be at the center of the game’s non-canon narrative involving Boruto, but he could support his own story without his father if given the chance.
Boruto’s History of Relying on Naruto
The concept of Boruto has always been to pass on the legacy to a new generation, but several original characters have still remained important fixtures for a while. The latest battles of Naruto and Sasuke are still prominent deep into the sequel series, and this extends outside the main anime and manga. Titles like Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and even Storm Connections have all continued the trend of essentially including Boruto as secondary to its predecessor.
New forms for Naruto and Sasuke may predictably be what many Storm fans are anticipating, but the hype for characters like Jigen and Kawaki also shows the support Boruto has from its fans. Both its anime and manga have actually performed well on a consistent basis as Boruto has slowly built a new world around the impact of the Otsutsuki Clan, so maybe it could be time for the series to stop leaning into the past.
A Dedicated Game Could Help Boruto Step Out of His Father’s Shadow
Several games have been released over the past few years with a focus on bridging the gap between Naruto and Boruto, but the original has been over for years now. Storm Connections’ original content is sure to bring some exciting new concepts to the table, but Boruto’s actual story has the potential to truly push the entire franchise into its next generation if it gets a chance to take center stage. As Naruto’s main cast role has become increasingly minimized throughout his struggles against the otherworldly foes that his son must face with the power of Karma, a video game release with Boruto at the helm could finally cement his place as a true successor.
Confirmed to feature an updated roster of Boruto characters on top of the massive selection the Storm series has become known for, Storm Connections is positioned at an interesting time relative to the upcoming release of Two Blue Vortex later this month. The new, older design of Sarada that has been revealed seems to indicate that the manga will finally catch up to the time period seen at the very beginning, a tragic face-off in Konoha featuring a much more mature Boruto and Kawaki. Whether it includes even more updates from time skip or not, the strength of Boruto’s presence in Storm Connections alone shows he’s more than capable of leading a title of his own.
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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