The Switch version of CyberConnect2’s Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto is now up for pre-load in both North America and Japan at the very least. In Japan, the game will actually only take up 12GB of storage, while in the west it will be 13.1GB (likely due to the addition of the English dub). So it seems like the 40GB report was a mistake on Bandai Namco’s part somehow.
As a perk for pre-ordering the game, you gain the ability to obtain early the 11 new costumes announced for the game, as well as unlocking early 22 playable characters (don’t know who though), and early unlocks for Momoshiki and Kinshiki Otsutsuki who are also playable. As implied, these are 100% obtainable in the game without pre-ordering, but it’s just a perk for doing so! 🙂
The game will launch first in Japan on April 23rd, 2020, while the west will get the game on the following day on April 24th, 2020. The game will get a retail release in Japan (as the trilogy did), but there’s still no word on if the west will as well. Finally, the game in the US will cost $49.99, while in Canada it’s $64.99, compared to the trilogy costing $39.99 and $49.99 respectively. The extra cost, plus the 12/13.1GB size might imply an intention of a 16GB cart physical version in the west (though Bandai Namco does this most often in EU, leaving NA with a digital version).
Are you looking forward to the game? Did you buy any of the prior trilogy on Switch? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂