[Update] Roy And Ryu For Super Smash Bros. Out Today
Update: Following reports yesterday, Nintendo confirmed that Roy and Ryu aren't just coming to the fight. They're here.
The pair join Lucas today as additions to the roster. Roy and Lucas are $3.99 each on Wii U or 3DS. For $4.99 a character becomes unlocked for both versions.
Ryu is a bit more expensive, as he's bundled with Suzaku Castle stage from Street Fighter II. He's $5.99 per platform or $6.99 for both.
There is also a bundle that includes all three characters, a number of Mii Fighter costumes, and the Kirby Dreamland stage for $21.96 per platform or $29.16 for both. The Miiverse stage, also releasing today, is free.
While Roy functions like a standard Super Smash Bros. Character, Ryu is designed to resemble his Street Fighter playstyle. You can choose to enter moves as you would any other character, or use command inputs for hadoken, hurricane kick, and shoryuken. Doing so increases the power of the moves.
Ryu also has two final smashes, mimicking his Street Fighter IV moveset. He can also perform a focus move to stun his opponent and dash-cancel out of the animation.
The latest Super Smash Bros. patch has already released in Japan, and fans have dug into the game's code to discover Fire Emblem's Roy And Street Fighter's Ryu will soon be added to the game.
You can see the two in action in the pair of videos below (while they're still online – Nintendo will likely pull them down soon). The videos showcase what is likely the short animations that appear when you complete the game as the characters in question.
Roy appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube, but Ryu, nor any other Street Fighter character, has ever appeared in a Smash Bros. game. These characters were likely meant to be revealed tomorrow during Smash Bros. creator and director Masahiro Sakurai's planned video presentation.
Another Smash Bros. DLC character, Lucas from Earthbound/Mother 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, will be available starting tomorrow.
People love making fake Smash Bros. videos (like this impressive Rayman fake), but this is different. If a fan made these, then they went through the trouble of creating Roy and Ryu character models and animating them, which would be an absurd amount of effort. Assuming these are real, I always preferred Roy over Marth in Melee and Ryu is an incredible surprise – though I prefer my fighting game guest charcters to be from non-fighting games if we're getting picky. Maybe Street Fighter and fighting game fans will finally consider Smash Bros. a real fighting game with his inclusion.