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Fortnite Makes Everyone Who Ever Giggled About Naruto Being Photoshopped With a Gun Feel Validated

"I'm fully loaded! Believe it!" Says Naruto Uzumaki
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Everything I know about Fortnite I learned against my will. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I just mean that my Fortnite knowledge comes from the Internet and from my friend’s nephew who plays all the time.

However.

do know quite a bit about Naruto.

Naruto, which is one of the BIG 3 of anime (or maybe it’s not anymore, I dunno, the top three picks change every other day), is a shonen manga/anime series I was heavily into in the early 2000s, then again in the 2010s, and while I’m not watching Boruto (the new series about Naruto’s son) I’m pretty sure I’ll end up back on my Naruto shit at some point in the 2020s.

Now, since I don’t follow Fortnite beyond “my friend’s nephew sure does like to dance a lot” and “I guess Street Fighter is in it now,” the announcement about Naruto skins being available in didn’t mean much to me.

That is, until, I looked at Twitter.

Is this what happens in Fortnite?!

So Naruto has a gun now

Every now and then, someone will wonder what would happen if (insert character) just… got a gun. Especially in shonen anime, which thrives on spending multiple episodes on intense, heart-pounding battles that maybe could’ve been settled in a couple of seconds if the protagonist (Naruto, in this case) turned his Rasengan into a RasenGUN.

Anyone who has ever created, or laughed at, a meme about Naruto carrying a gun is currently living their best life. No longer do people have to rely solely on Grand Theft Auto mods to arm Team 7 with heavy artillery.

Now? There’s Fortnite, which can also be used to express what side you’re on in the “is Sakura useless” debate.

Choose your side wisely, my friends.

Related: Fortnite Skins List – All Characters & Outfits! on Pro Game Guides

Sasuke, proud dancer of the Uchiha Clan

You might be wondering where Sasuke is in this whole “I can arm anime ninjas with guns” festival that Twitter’s having. Well, when you’re someone as dark and moody as Sasuke Uchiha, especially since this is Naruto Shippuden Sasuke Uchiha (aka: Revenge Quest 2.0 Sasuke), there’s only one fate that awaits you.

It didn’t take long for Sasuke to start trending yesterday, but instead of it being over something that happened in Boruto or because someone shared that “Kishimoto drew Naruto and Sasuke wearing each other’s dog tags” image again, it was because of this:

And this:

Honestly, he’s never looked happier if you ask me.

Maybe he didn’t leave the village to seek power so he could kill his own brother.

Maybe he left to start his TikTok channel.

Okay, what’s actually in the Fortnite x Naruto Shippuden collaboration, though?

All jokes aside, this collaboration is a pretty big deal, as Naruto is the first anime to be a part of Fortnite. This is surprising to me, not because of the anime they picked to be the first, but because anime is just now becoming part of this game series that seems to be known for being over the top and a touch bit absurd. I mean sure, having skins for Thanos so you can make him dance is absurd, but there is so much potential with anime that I’m surprised this is the first time it’s happened.

Where’s Vegeta?

Where’s Bakugo?

Hell, where’s the entire essence of Jojo?

Naruto will, potentially, be what opens the door to future anime collaborations, so let’s break down what comes with this release.

Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi are all available in their Naruto Shippuden looks. Both Naruto and Sakura have second skins for their Boruto looks (aka: their adult versions) and Kakashi has a skin for his Anbu days and will also be an NPC who can give you quests. Sasuke has no variant looks at the moment.

According to PC Gamer, the following is a list of cosmetic offerings:

  • Kurama Glider
  • Summoning Jutsu Emote
  • Ramen Break Emote
  • Shinobi Teamwork Loading Screen
  • Pizza Eating Jutsu Loading Screen
  • Pakkun Back Bling: Kakashi’s smallest ninken.
  • Demon Wind Shuriken Back Bling: A shuriken with fearsome curved blades.
  • Hidden Leaf Cloak Back Bling: A warm cloak fit for going on missions.
  • Scroll Back Bling: Contains Techniques
  • Black Ops Sword Pickaxe: A sword used by the black ops.
  • Kunai Pickaxe (with Black variant Style): A sharp weapon favored by the shinobi.
  • Snake Sword: Sasuke’s beloved sword.
  • Hidan’s Scythe: The scythe of choice for curse rituals.

Along with these additions comes the hub in Creative Mode being made to look like Konoha, the village that all of these characters are from. The paper bomb kunai has also been added as a weapon that can be used in matches.

Are you excited about Fortnite x Naruto Shippuden or are you like me and just watching the clips floating around online?

(Image: Epic Games)

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Briana Lawrence
Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)