Last week it was revealed that Bandai Namco are working on two new Naruto projects. The first, a new brawler – Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, said to use a new style of graphics engine. The second, (and more important to Switch owners and newcomers), was the announcement of Naruto Shippuden Legacy, a remaster of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm, Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst and Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto.
While this compilation would be amazing for the Switch (we think all amazing anime games belong on a Switch cart!), it does create one main issue – file size. Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto would exceed the Switch’s regular cart file size (36GB), on its own! Which begs the question: How would Nintendo/Bandai Namco go about publishing the Naruto Shippuden Legacy for Switch?
Nintendo/Bandai Namco would have two options:
1. Nintendo release the first extended storage cart for Naruto Shippuden Legacy (pushing 60GB). All SNES, N64, DS and 3DS games, have all had higher capacity versions released for specific games. However, would a 60GB+ Switch cartridge be viable for Nintendo/Bandai Namco, with current production costs vs Naruto sales? (with Nintendo being blind to Naruto sales figures since 2013).
2. Bandi Namco simply release Naruto Shippuden Legacy with just the first 3 Ninja Storm games. Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto, would then be released separately (as the game is still pretty recent, especially with the addition of Road to Boruto DLC).
Our money would be on the second method but with no official word of either game hitting the Nintendo Switch, our fingers remain firmly crossed. We hope Bandai Namco and Nintendo really take to these ports, as anime games to the high calibre of the Ninja Storm series, just beg to not only be ported to a latest Nintendo console, but to be honoured as a cartridge release (something every retro gamer would appreciate).
Would you like to see Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm games, released for the Nintendo Switch? Hit the comments and let us know!