Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, known in Japan as Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Storm 4 is a fighting game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in February 2016. It is the seventh and final installment of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series inspired by Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto. It is the sequel of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Similar to Storm 3, the game uses regular fighting systems; however, players can switch among a team of three fighters who can assist each other.
The game was developed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One over a two-year period. CyberConnect2 took advantage of the hardware’s potential to incorporate more fighting mechanics and add new fighters. The game received generally-positive reviews, according to Metacritic; its narrative and graphics were praised, but critics were also divided about the length of the story and the depth of the controls. A Nintendo Switch port of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto was released in April 2020. Including Road to Boruto, the game had sold 5.8 million by March 2020.
The narrative follows the young ninjas Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha as they participate in a world war between shinobi – the Fourth Shinobi World War – against the terrorist organization Akatsuki and unite to defeat it. The expansion version is entitled Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto; this version, under development, was compiled with three other series titles as Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy and released on in August 2017. It adds new characters from the 2015 film, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and adult versions of the younger fighters.
Ultimate Ninja Storm 4’s gameplay is similar to that of previous games in the series, in which players battle each other in 3D arenas. A major change to the feature is the ability to have one character on the wall and the other on the field; the second player was originally also moved to the wall to keep the battle flowing and the system in check. The game has the largest number of fighters in series history. Its roster includes 106 fighters from the Naruto universe, including characters from the films The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) and Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015).