CyberConnect2 Looks Back at the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Series

October 23, 2003 was the start of something new. A project by publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment and developer CyberConnect2 to originally bring the franchise based on an orange-clad knucklehead ninja to Sony PlayStation video game consoles. The line-up of games which includes the thunderous STORM, the ULTIMATE NINJA series! Dressed as Sai is a man named Furutani from Bandai Namco Entertainment and he is joined by Director at CyberConnect 2 Hiroshi Matsuyama (dressed as Sage Naruto for part of the video), Storm 1/2/3 producer Yusuke Sasaki (in the Akatsuki robe), Storm 4/Road to Boruto producer Miho Nakagawa (dressed as Boruto), Ultimate Ninja Heroes Project Leader Takayuki Isobe, Ultimate Ninja Project Leader Yohei Ishibashi, and STORM Project Leader Yuki Nishikawa. Take a look at their insights on the birth of the Ultimate Ninja series. From the very first Ultimate Ninja game to the most recent releases of Road to Boruto and Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy!

  • Basil Hawkins (The Mage)

    Booooo..

  • Leo LeiGto

    lol what are we booing at? Ill join just let me know.

  • Basil Hawkins (The Mage)

    Cyber connect lol

  • Navok76

    Naruto storm 1 made me sick..

  • Leo LeiGto

    Haha. im sad they keep recycling things >_> i wish they would release some improvements and not DLC since their games are basically just dlc lol.

  • Leo LeiGto

    it was not that bad for the time. . They should implement a gekitou ninja taisen mode though… 4 player ffa. would be legit.

  • SuperUltramagnus

    Bring the Naruto series to the Switch already!

  • Hopefully this means they have plan to do on the PS4:
    – Naruto: Narutimate Hero
    – Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2
    – Naruto: Narutimate Hero 3
    – Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Accel
    – Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Accel 2
    If we do, I’d be okay with just Japanese voices, 1080p, 60 fps, and trophies.

  • Monkey D. Dragon

    i wish they make broken bond style

  • Yomi

    I wonder if they’ll make any more after Storm.
    I hope not, all that’s left is Boruto lol; and I don’t watch Boruto.

  • I dont think anyone here bothers to see things from my point of view, but hey thats how SI community goes right, so screw it, my final stand on this: XV2 DLC is just millking cash grabs at this point, its been out for a long time and some of yall be drinking that milk blindly, if xv2 can release six dlc packs at will why the hell cant fighterz do what it wants

  • GadgetBuster

    Storm 1 had jutsu clashes, wall fighting, and a knock back attack. On that note my favorite mechanics from the storm games are the instant awakening, leader switch, counter system, and the mechanic were you hold the attack button and crash into your opponent then press L1 to call from your support character to launch your opponent into the air, and R1 to call another support character to strike your opponent from the air and send your opponent back to the ground.

  • Enturax/Turbotrup

    The only thing that makes me feel sicker than people who *hit on good games without even trying to give an explanation, are Super fans.

  • Enturax/Turbotrup

    It asn’t bad AT ALL, it had the speed, smoothness in animation and mechanics the rest of the games lacked.

  • Navok76

    the only good thing about this game is fighting mechanics, other than that is trash.

  • Leo LeiGto

    It was a decent new way of playing naruto. It gave us the eye candy we wanted ( sort of) Accell had a lot better ultimates until the more recent games. But still. 4 player ninja fighting is what should have been done. The constant server lags when playing online… good memories too bad they started DLC whoring.

  • Asuma (Scouter)

    it’s not terrible. it starts slow but lately it hit its stride with the ROOT revenge and New Seven Swordsmen of the Bloody Mist arc.

  • Yomi

    Well if they can be defeated by Academy students, they don’t live up to the name.

  • randy191993

    I liked the series… i also liked the Ultimate Ninja series… i’d actually like a sequel to that one. Yeah i know we had those on the PSP, but even that ended before the battle with Pain.

  • dbz

    storm 3 > storm 4

  • BatmanDaGAWD

    OH F*CK YA! I LITERALLY JUST PLUGGED UP THE OL’ PS2 YESTERDAY AND PLAYED 2-4 AND THOUGHT THEY SHOULD REMASTER THIS! I played them throughout my entire childhood (I was a naruto fan since i was 3) and over UN 3 and 4 I’ve spent no joke over 2,000 hours playing those games.

  • Vallen

    I want an HD Collection of Ultimate Ninja 1-5 from the PS2 days

  • Goku Black

    ( O`⌓´O)ރ Someone get this man afucking gold medal!

  • lolcatz6657

    Yes please. I loved the look of the UJ’s back then.

  • Navok76

    UN5 is enough for me

  • Enturax/Turbotrup

    I don’t see how linear worlds with slow af characters is better than an open one with freedom of movement. Anyway, it’s a fighting game, so its core is fighting, which it did well, as you said yourself.

  • Asuma (Scouter)

    Boruto, Sarada, and Iwabe were the only students involved in the direct combat and honestly their skill levels are par with the naruto era chunnin exams, using Wind, Lightning, and Earth jutsu respectively. The Academy standards are a lot higher now, you basically have to be able to pass phase one and two of the original chunnin exams to graduate to Genin

  • MoatsG

    If they do this, they better have English voices.

  • Yomi

    If I accept that, I’ll have to accept that Boruto Sarada and whoever Iwabe is, can take down Zabuza, Kisame, Suigetsu etc. etc. I mean are they S-class ninja? or are the new Swordsmen just that weak?

    So either the new swordsmen are Genin-Chunin level; or Boruto and Pals became S-class gods; but I’m assuming they were defeated. They probably weren’t. Either option is disappointing.

  • Navok76

    I know, but side missions and open world give this game a replay value, not to mention that this game doesn’t have online mode

  • Navok76

    did they remove survival mode from S3?

  • Anthony_weaver86

    Dang DC cannot get a break, JL was a good movie yet they are losing money due to it. Sigh nm I will still root for them until than I cannot wait for Black Panther

  • Odds are to cut down on costs, they’ll just do Japanese voices.

  • sasukerk

    With Online mode PLZ !!

  • you’vebeentrolled

    I respect the company. They still respected the original ultimate series and expressed their thoughts of the wide changes in gaming. This is the best way to advertise changes in gaming. TAKE NOTES EA!

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    Yeah. You know what sucks? DC is bringing out ONE movie a year while Marvel brings out 3-4 movies smfh.
    I love both but the DCEU has a lot of better fighting scenes than Marvel

  • Lukecetion

    The current generation of the Seven Swordmen are kids, or rather young adults themselves. They aren’t seasoned war veterans like Zabuza and Kisame, nor experienced as Suigetsu. Kisame also started out weak, got stronger with age. Same thing goes for everyone.

  • Anthony_weaver86

    Marvel builds up their movies and character’s, DC struggled to make a team movie due to BVS, and as for their fight scenes I have to rank marvel 10 and DC 8.5. But JL had a 10 in

  • Ahtma

    All of these games already have a full dub voice track. There’d be no reason why they wouldn’t already include it.

  • Navok76

    Me after watching the latest DBS episode
    .bzfd.it/2i6muSX

  • Rik Clarke

    Being kinda harsh on it, considering it was the first storm game.

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    Hell naw! The fights in Man of Steel alone stomp on every Marvel fight there was. Period.

  • Ahtma

    Incorrect. They weren’t superpowered romps as much as other films tend to be but the fights in Dr. Strange were phenomenal.

  • dbz

    since when could you unlock the sharingan with positive feeling things are different now back then you could only unlock the sharingan though hate

  • Anthony_weaver86

    I do love MOS and it’s fight scene reminded me of DBZ, but Marvel fight scene has way more choreography and details in their battle. Specially Captian America

  • Anthony Mendez

    I always thought i was the only one who thought that. I freakin loved that game. Best NARUTO game hands down

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    2 in 2019? I searched the internet and it only has Aquaman for 2019

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    Well of course, it was his first fight to the death but still, the overall feeling of Zod vs Superman gives me goosebumps just thinking of it. You’re right with the last point. No one stood a chance but then Superman comes and stomps him, ehh

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    See, there’s only one DC movie for 2018 🙁

  • Seph Lock

    They could go the Xenoverse route- it looks like the next game is already headed in that direction.

  • Mugetsu a’k’a SS4 Gohan

    Next Year???

  • Andriziih

    The new generation of the seven swordman actually aren’t the seven swordman. They just stole the swords

  • Asuma (Scouter)

    The new seven aren’t worthy of the swords except the one who was chosen properly and maybe Raiga’s daughter. Kisames relative was no slouch but def not worthy. Chunnin-spec. Jonnin tops.