Nintendo confirms Ryu and Roy for Smash 4
Yesterday, we reported that videos showing Ryu from Street Fighter and Roy from Fire Emblem appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U—dubbed Smash 4 by fans—had hit the Internet. According to a new Nintendo Direct released earlier today, both characters have been officially confirmed, as well as costumes, stages, and trophies.
Oh, and much of it is available right now for purchase.
By far the biggest announcement was the inclusion of Ryu. Unlike other Super Smash Bros. characters, Ryu will have a set of skills closer to what’s found in Street Fighter. Smash Bros. is a two-button fighting game compounded by an in-depth physics system to give attack variety. Traditional fighting games lack the same physics, but have six buttons and allow for a wider range of moves. Ryu, in this case, will be able to use moves that require quarter-circles and semicircles. That means to pull off more powerful versions of the same move, players must move the thumb pad from six o’clock to three o’clock counterclockwise.
Allowing this exclusive input could really throw off the balance found in Smash 4, but considering that the team at Nintendo has been frequent with balance patches and updates, hopefully things will continue to stay competitive.
There’s also some Amiibo news. Nintendo plans on releasing a slew of new figures this September, and a Falco Amiibo later.
There are also a few stages making a return from previous Super Smash Bros. games, including Dreamland, a legal and competitive stage found in the original Super Smash Bros. and Melee, as well as some other classic stages. Pricing has yet to be announced for some stages, but the Miiverse stage from the 3DS version of the game will be making its Wii U debut for free.
Other features in the works include a tournament mode and uploading straight to YouTube. You can find the full Nintendo Direct below.