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This article is about the fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. For one of Luigi's precision weapons in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, see here.
Super Smash Bros. Character
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (DLC)
Special Moves
Standard:  Hadoken
Side:  Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Up:  Shoryuken
Down:  Focus Attack
Final Smash:  Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken
Battle Entrance
Ryu walks onto the stage.

“You must defeat my Shoryuken to stand a chance.”
Ryu, "Here Comes a New Challenger! RYU" trailer

Ryu is one of the central characters of Capcom's Street Fighter series, appearing in every game in the series since the first. He is a practitioner of a unique martial art known as Ansatsuken. He appears as a downloadable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, making him the first downloadable character to be either a newcomer or a third party character. Players who purchase him off the Nintendo eShop also get his Street Fighter II stage, Suzaku Castle. Ryu is voiced by his voice actors for all versions of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V: Kyle Hebert in English, and Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese.

Similar to Mario and like in the Street Fighter series, Ryu is an "all-around" character. However, this is only in terms of basic attributes; unlike Mario and unlike in his home series, Ryu is designed to be a very difficult but rewarding character who relies on combos and dexterity, to highlight the differences between Super Smash Bros. and traditional fighting games. All of Ryu's attacks also originate from the Street Fighter series. Like in the original Street Fighter, the power of Ryu's attacks is dependent on how long the player holds down the attack buttons. His neutral special is the Hadoken, his side special is the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, his up special is the Shoryuken, and his down special is Focus Attack. By inputting the original Street Fighter button inputs for his special moves, they are stronger when executed. Ryu also has two Final Smash attacks, the only character in the series so far with this distinction. If used normally, the Final Smash is a Shinku Hadoken, which sends a larger Hadouken across the screen that can pull in fighters; if used next to an opponent, the Final Smash is a Shin Shoryuken, which is a more powerful Shoryuken.

A number of Ryu's aesthetics also reference his series of origin. All of Ryu's attacks, when landed, play the corresponding sounds from Street Fighter II. Hitting him while shielding also plays a unique sound, and perfect shielding plays the "parry" sound from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Finally, all of Ryu's alternate costumes are those from his appearance in Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Ryu RyuDLCTrophy3DS.png RyuTrophyWiiU.png Arcade Street Fighter (1987) Ryu visits from the Street Fighter series! Ryu's fighting style is based on karate, but he's mixed in some other martial arts to make his own unique style. In Smash, he will perform either weak or strong attacks depending on if you press or hold down the buttons. His special attacks also have three power levels! Ryu makes his Super Smash Bros. debut! His fighting style is based on a form of karate, but he's mixed in some other martial arts to make his own unique style. Here his attacks can be weak or strong depending on whether you press or hold the buttons. Each of his specials have 3 levels of power using the same method.
Ryu (Alt.) RyuAltTrophy3DS.png RyuAltTrophyWiiU.png Arcade Street Fighter (1987) Ryu's Focus Attack move lets him withstand a blow and then counterattack. The longer you hold it, the longer your enemies will be stunned if you hit them. If it hits a standing enemy, the enemy will become defenseless. When that happens, cancel your Focus Attack and unleash a sick combo! Ryu's down special, Focus Attack, allows him to withstand a single attack and then unleash a counter. The longer you hold the button, the longer a standing enemy will be stunned if you hit them. An enemy in the air will fall slowly, defenceless. When that happens, cancel the Focus Attack and go for the knock-out!
Shin Shoryuken/Shinku Hadoken N/A ShinShoryukenShinkuHadokenTrophyWiiU.png Use this attack when Ryu is far away from an enemy to unleash a Shinku Hadoken that penetrates through the stage. But if you use it when Ryu is close to an enemy, he’ll unleash a Shin Shoryuken uppercut attack. When it hits, Ryu will follow up with his other fist and launch the opponent up, up, and away! Ryu's Final Smash takes on two different forms depending on how close Ryu is to the enemy. If he's farther away, he'll use Shinku Hadoken, a move that pulls in any enemies nearby. If closer, he'll instead use Shin Shoryuken. He'll hit the enemy once with a powerful uppercut, then follow it up with the other fist to finish the job!

Blue indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

The following dialogue applies also to Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta ; all DLC characters like Ryu.

  • Pit: Who is THAT?
  • Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
  • Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
  • Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!


  • Ryu is one of the most famous characters in the fighting game genre, hailing from the iconic Street Fighter series. As a wandering warrior who trains rigorously in order to become a true martial artist, he travels the globe to test his skills and mettle against the best fighters in the world.


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リュウ
His Japanese name during his lifetime. In the very first Street Fighter game his Japanese name was .
Russian Рю
The Chinese equivalent for the term "ryū"; both "ryū" and "lóng", used as common nouns, mean "dragon" in their respective languages.


  • Ryu's newcomer artwork is one of five to not feature Mario, the others being Little Mac, Palutena, Shulk, and Bayonetta.
  • While Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U is Ryu's first and only crossover appearance alongside any Mario characters apart from Bowser (as cameos in the film Wreck-It Ralph), he has appeared alongside other characters with playable, assist or boss roles in the Super Smash Bros. series (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and his variants, Pac-Man, Lucina, Chrom, Metal Face) in a number of other crossovers, such as the Marvel vs. Capcom and Project X Zone series.

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