Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections acts as a celebration of both Naruto’s 20th anniversary and of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series as a whole, packaging together some of the biggest and best battles across the four mainline games and adding some new content alongside it.
Beyond the special new story mode that stars Boruto, the biggest and most exciting bits of new content for fans to get their hands on are the 10 new playable characters. From new forms for Boruto, Naruto, and Sasuke to brand-new characters like Kawaki and Delta, there are a lot of new techniques and fighters to come to grips with. Even better, all 10 of the characters picked here are great choices that make an already stacked roster even better.
As great as the new characters all are, though, there are a few that stand tall among the rest as the most exciting additions.
My ranking for each character is based on a number of factors, including their relevance to Naruto and Boruto as a series, their unique gameplay mechanics, and their overall playability. Oh, and a healthy bias for Naruto himself, of couse.
Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections’ New Heavyweight Bruiser
Kicking things off on our list is Boro, the first of several new Kara ninjas who have been added to the game. Boro is arguably the underdog of the group who doesn’t get quite as much time to shine in the anime and manga as the rest, but that doesn’t stop him from shining here.
What sets Boro apart from the other characters is his heaviness. This dude is a total tank and it shows in all of his attacks. That does give him a slight disadvantage when it comes to keeping pace with everyone else on the roster, but he makes up for it by packing a heck of a punch.
Wielding His Glowing Boxes Of Doom
Right from the moment that Connections was first announced, Jigen seemed like a total no-brainer to include in the game. After all, he did take part in one of the best battles in the whole series.
Jigen takes the energy he had with him in his fight against Naruto and Sasuke and runs with it for his moveset here. Everything you’d expect him to use is present here, like his massive glowing boxes and razor-sharp projectiles. He might not be the most surprising character on the roster, but he’s certainly one of the most faithful.
The Most Interesting Otsutsuki Yet
Indra was one of the first characters revealed to be coming to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections, and what a way to start things off. Naruto fans have been wanting to play as Hagoromo Otsutsuki’s firstborn son ever since Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, and they’ve finally got their chance to wield his ultimate power.
Indra doesn’t disappoint when it comes to moves, either, as he’s packed with powerful special Jutsu and combo attacks that really show off how powerful he is. As great as the Susanoo is, his best move by far is his Lightning Ball, which can hit enemies before they even have a chance to react.
Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections’ Most Potentially Overpowered Character
Out of all of the members of Kara, Delta is easily one of the most popular with fans, owing to her epic battle against Naruto in the anime and manga. Fans will be happy to know that she’s just as sassy and powerful as she was there.
Delta is a strong speedy character as it is, but what really makes her so interesting is the unique Jutsu that she obtains in her Awakening Mode. If the player manages to hit their opponent with the self-destruct attack, it’ll instantly end the match in her favour. Ultimate Ninja Storm doesn’t have many moves like this, making Delta an instant stand-out.
Basically A Dragon Ball Character
Ashura and Indra are both excellent additions to the Ultimate Ninja Storm roster, but Ashura manages to be the more exciting out of the two because of his awesome Jutsu attacks and a superior Awakening Mode transformation.
Not only does he get to wield the power of wind and create massive hurricane blasts to attack his enemies, but he also has a Rasengan-esque projectile that looks very similar to a Kamehameha from Dragon Ball Z. Ask any anime fan – that’s an instant point in Ashura’s favour.
Now we just need Naruto to get his Goku costume back…
5 Boruto Uzumaki (Karma)
And The Award For Coolest Awakening Mode Goes To…
The first updated character form on our list goes to Boruto’s new Karma mode, which gives him a bunch of great new moves that make this one of the most interesting versions of Boruto in Storm yet. Take his Lightning Style: Thunderclap Arrow Justu, for instance, which is easily one of the best projectile attacks in the whole game.
The only thing that holds Boruto’s new form back is that the most interesting aspects of this form are really only available when you’re in Awakening Mode. His new Jutsu and combos are still awesome, though, so he’s a great pick whether you get to see his Karma form or not.
4 Koji Kashin
Jiraiya Has Finally Been Done Justice
Koji Kashin has been a fan-favourite Boruto character ever since he was introduced to the series, something that’s only going to increase now that it’s been revealed that he plays an important role in the story after its timeskip.
That’s just part of the reason that Koji makes it so far up this list – he’s also an awesome character to play. Koji has a lot of base-level similarities to Jiraiya, but he’s basically better in every single way, with faster movement, better combos, and more interesting Jutsu. He’s the version of Jiraiya we’ve all been asking for since his rather underwhelming moveset first debuted in Storm.
3 Naruto Uzumaki (Baryon Mode)
Naruto’s Most Powerful Form Lives Up To The Hype
Without a doubt, the character that everyone wanted to see added to Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections the most was Naruto’s new Baryon Mode form. This is canonically Naruto’s strongest ability to date, which made it an obvious choice to add to the latest game.
Thankfully, Baryon Mode manages to live up to the hype, as it’s easily one of Naruto’s best forms in Connections. He’s fast-paced, has some awesome Rasengan attacks, and has some of the best-looking combos in the game. There’s simply nothing that matches up to a punch from Baryon Mode Naruto.
The only thing stopping Baryon Mode from being further up the list is that its most exciting features can only be used in Awakening Mode, which means you might not get to use it much if you’re pretty good at Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. Still, it’s a small price to pay for such an awesome form.
2 Sasuke Uchiha (Supporting Kage)
Sasuke’s Most Interesting Iteration Yet
When Sasuke’s new form was announced for Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections, it didn’t seem all that exciting and looked similar to how adult Sasuke played in Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. That couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as the Supporting Kage version of Sasuke has a powerful trick up his sleeve that makes him one of the most interesting fighters in the game.
That trick is his Heavenly Hand Power Jutsu, which causes him to instantly swap positions with his opponent. It doesn’t deal any damage, but it’s an incredibly unique move that can disorient enemies and mess up their projectile game. It’s going to be very interesting to watch the community figure out how to best use this move, as it seems like something that could put Supporting Kage Sasuke at the top of the tier list.
Everything You Want In A New Fighter
Without a doubt, Kawaki is the most exciting new fighter who has been added to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. From a story point of view, he’s one of the most important characters in Naruto right now, and is someone who makes perfect sense to be added to the game, even if he doesn’t show up in the Special Story Mode.
Just being such a key player in Naruto history isn’t what makes Kawaki so great, though. His moveset is really what sets him apart here, as his unique Karma Absorption Jutsu not only deals a ton of damage at close range, but also negates projectiles if timed right. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also got one of the most powerful Awakenings in the game. Kawaki simply does everything right, making him the best new addition to the roster.
If you’d like to check out what I thought about the rest of Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections outside of its roster, you can check out my review here.
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