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 formula predicts likelihood of most-requested DLC fighters

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:17

by Michael Gwilliam


With only four spots remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2, there’s no shortage of potential candidates. However, some characters may have a better chance of being possible additions than others, according to a math formula.

YouTube channel ‘Backseat’ came up with a formula to see whether or not certain characters have a good chance at making the cut.

By looking at the current roster and extracting certain elements – like whether a character originated in the East or West, their era, genre and more – they were able to create a chart that can be applied to potential fighters.

It should be noted that this only works when assuming the next roster picks continue the trends Nintendo has already established.

Smash Ultimate DLC criteria
There’s a lot of data that goes into determining “Smash Math.”

The twenty-five characters in question that Backseat went over were determined by a poll by Source Gaming, which featured literally thousands of candidates.

Going over some big names on the list, one very popular character is Team Fortress 2’s Heavy, which topped several other polls. However, he fails several categories that Backseat believes are imperative to have a good chance at being future DLC.

Meanwhile, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, who has been rumored for a long time, is “math certified” to join the roster thanks to his origin and era.

Another popular candidate, Waluigi, received a “caution,” not completely ruling the Mario character out. The main issue with him, according to Backseat, is the era he comes from.

Perhaps the biggest Western character, Halo’s Master Chief, was the least mathematically likely out of the top ten characters in the poll due to his origin, genre and era.

Devil May Cry’s Dante and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, two Japanese candidates, were both given a caution due to their era of origin.

Master Chief behind bars
Master Chief may not be finishing the fight.

Moving onto the third most-requested in the form of Doomguy, he too was ruled out due to his origin and genre.

Luckily, for supporters of Super Mario RPG’s Geno, Backseat found him to be math certified as well, which should really get the puppet’s fanboys very excited.

Finally, Crash Bandicoot was given a caution only because of the sizable amounts of Western fighters already in the game. Though, with the character rumored to join the cast in 2021, it’s still possible that we end up seeing him in the future.

Geno certified for Smash Ultimate
Geno meets the criteria to be in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Of course, just because the video ruled out claimed some characters have a better chance than others, doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing they’ll be in Smash.

It will be interesting to see how many of the predictions end up coming true as more fighters are released.