Is Ninja Gaiden's Ryu coming to Smash Ultimate? Everything we know - Dexerto

Is Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu coming to Smash Ultimate? Everything we know

Published: 9/Sep/2020 17:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa has been a possible candidate for Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC for some time and with five slots remaining in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s getting likelier than he will be included.

Normally for a character to be added to Smash, the franchise the character is from needs some sort of history with Nintendo. Ninja Gaiden has just that, with the original trilogy of games released back on the NES.


While we are quite far removed from the golden era of Nintendo back in the 80s, that hasn’t stopped the likes of Ice Climbers, ROB and Duck Hunt from being immortalized as fighters. Clearly having NES representation is enough to scratch the surface and Ninja Gaiden has that and then some.

More recently, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy has been leaked for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The since-deleted listing stated that Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge would release in March 2021. Having more Ninja Gaiden games on Switch definitely helps Ryu’s case, but that’s not all.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy logo
Koei Tecmo
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy was leaked for PS4 and Switch.

Ryu has been “leaked” before

Back in August of 2019, YouTuber ‘IAmShifty’ uploaded a video where he claimed that sources informed him Ryu Hayabusa would be the next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter.

While he was wrong and since then Terry Bogard, Byleth and Min Min have released instead, IAmShifty does have a good track record and has previously revealed that Isabelle, Incineroar and Ken would be coming to the game.

According to IAmShifty, his sources weren’t aware of Terry Bogard, but multiple people had still insisted that Ryu would be coming at some point. While there’s no telling who exactly the YouTuber’s sources are, the fact that at least two of them had claimed Ryu would be coming is quite interesting. Perhaps a sign that Nintendo was working on Ryu for a while now?


Nintendo isn’t done with 2020

Games journalist Irman Khan, who had inside knowledge of Nintendo approaching Disney to use Kingdom Hearts’ Sora in Smash, has claimed that Nintendo has some additional things to announce this year.

“As a heads up, this is probably the last big thing coming from Nintendo this year,” he said, referencing the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity reveal. “There’s still announcements in the form of smaller things and maybe another game or two, but they have likely shown their entire 2020 hand at this point. Make peace with that.”

The “smaller things” in question could very well be Smash DLC. Even leaker Tiffany Treadmore claimed on September 8 that Smash Ultimate would be getting a reveal “soon.”


Ninja Gaiden lines up with M-Theory

As Dexerto has previously reported, there is a very plausible theory amongst Smash fans that Nintendo purposefully removes logos for M-rated games during presentations so they don’t have to display the E-M ESRB compilation rating.

This theory implies this is the reason why the Fallout Vault Boy Mii costume was changed to “Smash Ultimate X Vault Boy” in North America while the rest of the world saw “Smash Ultimate X Fallout.”


Because Ninja Gaiden has M-rated titles, if Ryu was in fact in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it would make sense for Nintendo to remove all the game titles in the DLC screen for the sake of consistency.

With Tokyo Game Show fast approaching, it will be interesting to see if we get more news on September 26 during Koei Tecmo’s conference or if their TBA second half will be limited to Hyrule Warriors. We’ll have to wait and see.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

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The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

mkleo tweet
Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

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Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

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Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.