The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy Will Run at 540p in Handheld Mode on Switch

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The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy is an entertaining affair that’s launching on the Nintendo Switch in Japan on 26th April.

Originally released on PlayStation 3 (and partly on Xbox 360), the trilogy was remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC last year, but those looking forward to picking it up on Switch may have to temper their expectations if they plan on playing in handheld mode: it’s set to only run at 540p.

According to the Japanese website set up for the release of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy on Switch, all three titles will run at 1600×900 when docked and 960×540 when undocked, with cutscenes always playing out at 1280×720. Now, resolution isn’t everything, but for Switch gamers who prefer to use the device as a handheld, that’s pretty disappointing. Especially when all three games ran at 1280×720 on the PlayStation 3.

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No doubt the move has been made to ensure that all three games stick to their 30 FPS target, but at 540p, image quality on the Switch’s built-in 720p screen is bound to be lacking. There’s perhaps a chance that the trilogy could be patched after launch to increase the resolution in handheld mode, but we wouldn’t bank on it.

Switch gamers looking forward to the release of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy then are probably best off playing the games in docked mode, though if they’ve got a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One they’re probably better off just playing it on that instead. Unless, of course, they’re happy to play in sub-HD resolution while on the move. It’s better than not being able to play it on the move at all, we suppose.