This morning, Nintendo hosted a pre-E3 live conference showcasing their newest Super Smash Bros. content. The most exciting part of this announcement was the confirmation that Ryu and the Street Fighter Suzaku Castle stage are coming to Super Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS.
Ryu and Suzaku Castle come together as a package, costing $5.99 if purchased for WiiU or 3DS individually and costing $6.99 if purchased for both together.
Ryu is poised to be one of the most dynamic characters the Super Smash Bros. universe has ever seen. The character is modeled after Ryu’s Street Fighter 2 form.
While Super Smash Bros. combat typically focuses on 2 buttons, in order to mimic the style of the 6 button street fighter combat system, Nintendo has decided to include more varied moves for Ryu.
His low attacks have light, medium, and heavy versions depending on whether you tap the button or press and hold the button. Varying whether you tap the button or hold it is the key to accessing all of Ryu’s best moves, including a few familiar street-fighter moves.
Among the moves that players can perform as Ryu are, Collarbone Breaker, Joudan Sokutogeri from Street Fighter 3, which is a side smash attack, Hurricane Kick, and of course, the famous Hadouken and Shoryuken.
Catering to Street Fighter fans, Nintendo has also decided to include the original street fighter button combinations as a way for players to activate their favorite classic moves.
In other words, the Hadouken can be performed with the press of a button, as can the Shoryuken, however if players take the time to perform the button combinations from the original games, it will super-charge the attacks.
This is similar to how in Super Smash Bros. games, smash attacks are able to be activated with the c-stick, but a more powerful version of the smash could be activated by pressing the a button along with the correct joystick direction with the right timing.
In unprecedented Super Smash Bros. history, Nintendo has also decided to give Ryu two different Final Smash attacks.
To top it all off, Nintendo will be including in-game unlockable Ryu and Ken trophies releasing with the rest of the content as well as a Ryu amiibo, the release date of which is to be determined.
All of this content releases today, June 14, at 8:00AM PT. Nintendo warns that there may be extra traffic on the servers today. This is understandable. But be patient, and you will have your awaited content soon enough.
What do you think about Ryu coming to Super Smash Bros.? Excited about all the new possibilities? Annoyed that he already seems OP? Let us know how you feel in the comments.