If there was any doubt in your mind that Super Smash Bros did not have anything for traditional fighting game fans, then you finally will be wrong to think so now. The new downloadable content for Super Smash Bros on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U gives fighting fans a reason to finally pick up Nintendo’s crossover. Ryu is the newest playable fighter who can be downloaded on both platforms off the Nintendo eShop, along with a full rendition of his stage from the original Street Fighter 2. Those who played a lot of Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo will be extra happy with the attention to detail and nods to the iconic fight game of the arcade scene.
Unlike the rest of the DLC characters released to date, Ryu is the first truly new character to be available as extra downloadable content. When you buy Ryu for 3DS and/or Wii U, you also gain access to his stage from Street Fighter 2 as part of a bundle that also unlocks a few extra Street Fighter 2 themed trophies and musical tracks. The stage is called Suzaku Castle and is a 1-for-1 recreation of his stage from the original Street Fighter 2 on SNES, right down to the breakable signs in the background.
When starting up a match on Suzaku Castle, I could alternate the music themes that play in the background. The stage music can cycle through a remixed version of Ryu’s stage theme, Ken’s stage theme from the original game and 16-bit versions of both tracks for those who want to hear something more authentic.
As a fighter among the rest of the Smash Bros characters, Ryu is the most dynamic and technical fighter to date. You have the ability to execute the directional inputs with the standard attack button in order to do Ryu’s classic moves like the Hadoken and Shoryuken. These moves can also be done with the special attack button much like any other fighter in the game, but doing it the Street Fighter way gives you a small boost in damage output.
Ryu’s standard attacks are both damaging and cause a lot of knockback, which is ideal for 1-vs-1 battles. Controlling Ryu on the stage feels a slight bit floaty, but not in the sense where he can be knocked away easily like Kirby or Jigglypuff. If you’ve ever played a match of Street Fighter 2 on the SNES then you’ll notice the similarities in how Ryu moves around and controls when fighting in Super Smash Bros. I felt the jump arc and frames of animation had been ripped straight out of Street Fighter 2, which is exactly how playing with Ryu should feel to everyone.
Once again much like any of the other downloadable fighters for Smash Bros, there are no custom moves or extra goodies when purchasing Ryu. And much like before, I felt this was a missed opportunity to allow players to feel they are getting the most out of the DLC they purchase for the game. Not having the customizable move sets completely takes away a lot of the incentive to use Ryu in game modes like Smash Run or Custom Battles. Hopefully in the future Nintendo can release an update that will add custom moves to Ryu and the rest of the downloadable fighters.
My time spent playing with Ryu in Super Smash Bros was surprisingly enjoyable. There were moments I found myself going online and playing For Glory matches with him more often than I did with the other downloadable fighters. The Suzaku Castle stage bundled with Ryu is a welcomed addition to the game and a fun stage to play on with your friends. Even if you aren’t familiar with Street Fighter 2, you will definitely want to download Ryu and have him as part of your Super Smash Bros roster.
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