Diddy Kong stuns EVO after getting Cloud to over 600% in Smash Ultimate - Dexerto

Diddy Kong stuns EVO after getting Cloud to over 600% in Smash Ultimate

Published: 25/Jan/2020 1:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Diddy Kong main “Rikuya” pulled off one of the most incredible plays in Smash Ultimate history during a streamed match at EVO Japan 2020 against Cloud player “Takoman.”

With Takoman up one game in the best-of-three series, Rikuya unleashed an infinite combo with Diddy Kong’s banana, which lasted over a minute and racking up over 500% damage in the process.

As Cloud landed on the right platform in Pokemon Stadium 2, the Diddy main tossed his banana peel projectile at his opponent, causing him to trip. Then, with perfect execution, he proceeded to leap into the air, grab the projectile again, and continuously repeat the process.

“Is he running out the clock?!” the commentators wondered as Takoman hit 200% damage. “Can I get a judge?”

After twenty seconds of being unable to do anything, the casters observed that Takoman had put his controller down, seemingly admitting defeat.

“Yo, he let go of the controller, dude! He’s done,” they laughed. “Don’t let go of the controller, that’s when you’ve made the mistake.”

As the play continued and Cloud Strife hit 450%, the casters began wondering if there were any rules on allowing the infinite to continue. “I think you need to stop after 300%,” one pondered.

“He’s going to 999.99!” they cried, unable to believe what they were witnessing. “Just do it. You’re here a EVO Japan. This is your time to shine.”

Luckily for Takoman, Rikuya decided to show some mercy after getting Cloud to over 600% damage, but ended up taking the stock in style. After running off the side of the stage, the Diddy Kong main charged his Up B and slammed into his opponent, sealing the end of the stock with an explosion.

“Don’t drop your controller,” they still urged. “It’s not over yet!”

That turned out to be solid advice. In the very next game, Takoman got the better of Rikuya to win the set 2-1. Still, it was a breathtaking play by the Diddy main – even more impressive, considering it happened on stream during one of the biggest fighting game events of the year.

Happily, the two players managed to laughed about it afterward, indicating there was no bad blood between the competitors.

EVO Japan runs from Jan 24 – 26. For more on the event, games, schedule and streams, be sure to visit our EVO hub to stay up to date on all the action.


Ninja Gaiden director weighs in on Ryu Hayabusa as Smash Ultimate DLC fighter

Published: 24/Jan/2021 21:02

by Michael Gwilliam


Ryu Hayabusa has been rumored as a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter for some time and now, the director of Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 has weighed in on if he thinks the ninja has a place in the game.

Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden is an extremely popular series, first appearing on the NES way back in 1988, spawning a trilogy of side-scrolling action games.

In 2004, the series was revived on the Xbox with Tomonobu Itagaki serving as the reboot’s producer and director. His role would be the same with 2008’s Ninja Gaiden 2 while also acting as Executive Producer for the Nintendo DS title Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword.

Although Itagaki left the company and didn’t help with the development of Ninja Gaiden 3, it’s clear he still has a soft spot in his heart for the ninja he helped reboot on modern consoles.

Tyu Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden
Ryu Hayabusa has been a frequent name in Smash DLC discussion.

Speaking with Dexerto, Itagaki gave two thumbs up on if he wanted to see Hayabusa battle it out in Nintendo’s flagship fighter.

When asked if he believes Ryu could ever have a shot at making his way to Smash Ultimate, the director said the Ninja Gaiden star would be a good fit.

“Super Smash Bros is a very popular game,” the 53-year-old remarked. “I think it’s a stage big enough for Ryu Hayabusa to play an active role.”

Ryu in Dead or Alive 6
Ryu is a playable fighter in the Dead or Alive series.

Of course, it’s incredibly rare for any developer to be opposed to seeing one of their projects make its way to Smash in some capacity, but it’s good to see that Itagaki believes Hayabusa has a shot.

Rumors about Ryu’s inclusion in Smash first began back in 2019 when YouTuber ‘IAmShifty’ uploaded a video claiming that sources informed him Ryu Hayabusa would be the next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter.

While the information seemed to be wrong and Terry Bogard came next, his sources still insisted Ryu would be coming at some point.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Could Ryu Hayabusa be among the final 3 fighters?

Furthermore, prominent leaker Vergeben has claimed that Nintendo had discussions with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash. Vergeben has an incredibly good track record with his leaks, so it further suggests that Hayabusa is on the radar.

There are still three DLC slots remaining in Fighters Pass Volume 2. Could Ryu Hayabusa end up as one of the challenger packs? We’ll just have to wait and find out.