RASENGAN! CHIDORI! The hallmark jutsu clash in the Naruto series in any and every fight between rivals Naruto and Sasuke. The one fans have enjoyed countless times around the world in the anime, in the manga, and in developer CyberConnect2’s first 3D Naruto outing, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm.
Since then in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, however, jutsu clashes have been taken out. Why? At the 2012 New York Comic Con, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama confirmed they were taken out in order to make online a bit more smoother. But, and that’s a big but, Matsuyama-san continues on to say CyberConnect2 will think about adding it back in for Naruto Storm 3 if we the fans want it back in.
Do you, the fans, want jutsu clashes in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3?
First for those that missed out on Storm 1 – jutsu clashes are button sequences that activate when two characters jutsus meet. To put more precisely, if Naruto launches Rasengan and Sasuke launches Chidori and the two attacks meet at the same time, then players must mash the Circle button (PS3) as fast as they can. The one who can hit it more times in a shorter time span wins, inflicting damage on the opponent. In the video below you can see jutsu clashes between Naruto and Sasuke, Kiba and Sasuke, as well as Kakashi and Guy.
Saiyan Island agrees with Matsuyama-san, jutsu clashes most definitely slow down the game. It’s very possible there could be some online intricacies in the back end infrastructure that may cause lag, but the more obvious viewpoint is that it would briefly stop the free battle. As you note in the video above, time is ticking.
At the same time, we at Saiyan Island find it quite enjoyable. Although it stops battle, it’s a change in the gameplay, adding a bit of extra depth. It’s also very satisfying to successfully pull off a jutsu clash, at least if you are the winner.
As you can see, we’re torn. We know some people love jutsu clashes and others hate it. Our recommendation would be to make it OPTIONAL so everybody is happy. In other words, when a player goes to play Naruto Storm 3 online, they should be given the choice to turn jutsu clashes on or off. Similar to the way voice chat can be turned on or off. That way everybody wins!
Now, we wouldn’t keep jutsu clash the exact same as Storm 1 because there are turbo controllers out there that will give some players an unfair advantage. What we do recommend is randomizing the buttons that need to be mashed, similar to Storm 1’s ultimate jutsus. Sometimes Triangle has to be pressed, sometimes Square, etc. It’s never the same so both players have equal opportunity to win a clash. Below is an example of the random button sequences.
So with all that said, again, do you want jutsu clashes in Naruto Storm 3? Let CyberConnect2 know at http://www.cc2.co.jp/narutimate_enq/intl.html. You can submit a link to this article if you totally agree with us or type in and send in your variation of jutsu clashes!