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Looking for a Challenge – Roy and Ryu Officially Join the Super Smash Bros. Roster


He’s down right fierce

Though I’m sure you’ve all heard the news that everyone’s boy Roy, along with newcomer Ryu, were set to join in the cross franchise chaos of Super Smash Bros., said news has now been unequivocally 100% most certainly confirmed. Without a doubt…it’s happening…I think you get the picture.

In their special Smash Bros. only E3 press video, Nintendo showcased just how these fighters will dispense their own unique brands of justice against those who are unfortunate enough to cross them. Harkening back to his former move set, Roy will bring some explosive swordsmanship into the fray, bearing similarities to his fellow Fire Emblem representatives. That being said, Roy has apparently spent his days in exile training, bringing with him an increase in power that is sizeable enough for Nintendo to mention…so I’d keep an eye out in battle.  It was also specifically stated that Roy’s sword carries more power towards the base of the blade, so you’ll need to get up close and personal to really deal out the pain. Final Smash wise, Roy brings out a Critical Hit that can strike all who deign to wander too close…so don’t wander too close.

Now, perhaps the most interesting and unique entry into the franchise comes with the introduction of Street Fighter’s poster boy Ryu. Based heavily on his Street fighter II incarnation, Ryu retains numerous signature attacks and focuses just as much on combos as he ever has. The interesting part however is that, in addition to the standard Smash Bros controls, players can actually input the original commands from the Street Fighter franchise. Not without bonus, these old school commands grant a nifty boost in power for each move, so it might be worth dusting of those recesses of your brain and recalling your favourite combos…or just spam the new simplified Hadouken command. Continuing his trend as…well, a trendsetter, Ryu also makes his mark as the first character possessive of two Final Smash moves. Based on distance from unfortunate enemy, said Smash will take the form of either the Shinku Hadouken or the Shin Shoryuken.

On the Mii side of Smash, Nintendo also announced a few new costumes you may purchase to kit out your warriors. Drawn from some less-than-expected series, Mii fighters may now cosplay as:

Mii Gunner
  • Megaman.EXE (Megaman Battle Network)
  • Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  • Inkling Boy/Inkling Girl (Splatoon)
Mii Swordfighter
  • ZERO (Megaman X)
Mii Brawler
  • Jacky (Virtua Fighter)
  • Akira (Virtua Fighter)
  • Heihachi (Tekken)

Amiibos also got a nice little mention, as they so often do, with news regarding the next wave of the ever hard to find figures comprised of R.O.B., Duck Hunt Dog, Mr. Game & Watch and Falco Lombardi himself (because all Star Fox characters have awesome surnames that I refuse to let go unmentioned). Of the bunch, Mr. Game & Watch stands out ass he comes with multiple poses that can be swapped out at whim upon the base plate. It’s a pretty nifty feature, although one can’t help but wonder if we’ll see future Amiibos bearing the same feature. Unlikely that such a possibility would effect those already released, but you never know, especially given how much revenue Nintendo makes from these things. Quite a fiscally substantial possibility indeed.

So there you have it, some new content to keep all the Smash Bros and Sis out there happy for a while longer. Oh, before I forget, this stuff is totally out already. Yep, you can go ahead and just download it right now from Nintendo. Also Lucas is out too…I PK Forgot about him.


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