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The star of the series that spawned the fighting game genre, Ryu of Street Fighter fame joins the battle! Ryu is one of the most nuanced and technical characters in the game, owing to his unique move inputs. Ryu's fighting style in this game is made to emulate the gameplay of Street Fighter, giving Ryu access to additional moves and the ability to alter the properties of his specials. Even without delving into his deeper mechanics, Ryu's strong normals are solid enough for any novice to pick up, ranging from excellent combo attacks to powerful KO moves. He also has a range of interesting special moves, such as a solid projectile, a strong uppercut finisher and the unique Focus Attack. The biggest hurdle to overcome when using Ryu is the technical barrier, as the mechanics exclusive to Ryu make him a difficult character to both learn and master. In terms of actual weaknesses, Ryu's recovery is also rigid, albeit having a long distance is executed properly. Ryu is not a character you can learn overnight, but it is very rewarding to master this advanced fighter.

Basic attributes[edit]

Ryu is on the heavier side of human characters, weighing more than Shulk but less than Link. His dash speed is pretty moderate, tied with Mario. His air speed is above average, while his fall speed is a bit on the fast side.

Special commands[edit]

Ryu has two variations for every grounded normal attack, depending on whether the button is lightly tapped or held. Tapped attacks are usually weaker than held attacks. Ryu can also execute his special moves using both the standard Smash method or the traditional stick movement of the Street Fighter games. Using the advanced command input for specials makes them stronger or gives them more distance, as well as letting Ryu use his specials using the normal attack button to better string moves together. The specific commands for each special is given below, with the controls assuming the player is facing right.


Moveset Analysis[edit]

Standard Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) 2 button(+2 button2 button2 button) Fighter Combo Ryu does two straight punches followed by an uppercut. When held, he will perform a single roundhouse kick aimed upward.
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button)
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+2 button Collarbone Breaker Ryu kicks forward. When held, he will do a two-hit punch downward that does high shield damage.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left control or Right control)+A button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Up lstick+A button Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Close Standing Jab Ryu performs a weak elbow strike. When held, he will execute an uppercut.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Crouching Short Ryu performs a quick kick low to the ground. When held, he will do a slower kick with more range.
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Jumping Forward Ryu does a flying kick while charging forward.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging Ryu climbs up and performs a sweep kick.
A button while hanging A button while hanging A button while hanging

Smash Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button+2 button Joudan Sokutogeri Ryu steps forward and does a powerful kick.
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left control or Right control)+A button Smash (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button Crouching Fierce Ryu performs a strong uppercut.
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up control+A button Smash Up cpad+A button
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button Crouching Roundhouse Ryu does a sweep kick.
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down control+A button Smash Down cpad+A button

Air Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png 2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Jumping Jab Ryu performs a weak punch downward.
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Jumping Roundhouse Ryu kicks forward.
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Senpukyaku Ryu performs a roundhouse kick behind him.
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Jumping Strong Ryu does a weak uppercut.
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Jumping Fierce Ryu punches down with great force. It is a meteor smash if the attack connects during the early part of the animation.
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png

Throws

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Judo Knee Ryu knees the grabbed opponent.
A button after grab A button after grab A button after grab
Right lstick after grab Right nunchuk after grab Right dpad after grab Seoi Nage Ryu does a judo throw to fling the grabbed opponent forward.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Tomoe Nage Ryu does a judo throw to fling the grabbed opponent backward.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab Upward Kick Ryu kicks the grabbed opponent upward.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab Rib Chop Ryu knocks the grabbed opponent onto the ground and punches them.
Down lstick after grab Down control after grab Down cpad after grab

Special Attacks[edit]

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
B button B button 1 button Hadouken Ryu launches a ball of energy forward, with the speed of the projectile based on the duration of the button held. Inputting the move using Arcade-Stick-Qcf.png increases the strength of the Hadouken. Executing it with Arcade-Stick-Hcf.png turns it into the Shakunetsu Hadouken, a flaming ball of energy that does increased damage and multiple hits. Only one Hadouken can be present at any given time for each Ryu player.
B button B button B button
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(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Tatsumaki Senpukyaku Ryu does a spinning kick that moves him forward. Hold down the button to increase its distance and strength. Input it using Arcade-Stick-Qcb.png for even more power and travel distance.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Unavailable
Unavailable
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Shoryuken Ryu performs a jumping uppercut, entering a helpless state after using it. If held, the move will gain more power and height. Use the Arcade-Stick-Dp.png command to make it stronger while giving Ryu invicibility during the attack.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
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Unavailable
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Focus Attack Ryu charges up and unleashes a powerful punch. This attack comes in three levels depending on how long it's charged: level one simply knocks opponent away, level two deals a ton of stun while level three causes stun and ignores shields. While charging, Ryu can absorb exactly one attack, but another hit will interrupt the move. An advanced tactic with this move is the Focus Attack Dash Cancel (FADC), which can be used while charging or after the move connects. By double tapping either direction during these situations, Ryu will cancel out of the Focus Attack animation and step in the chosen direction, even while midair.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
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Taunts

Control Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Up dpad 1 button Up dpad+A button Ryu tightens his headband and yells "Come on!"
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button Ryu points forward and says "Talk is cheap".
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button Ryu strikes a fighting stance and grunts.
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Shinku Hadouken / Shin Shoryuken[edit]

Ryu is the only character to have two final smashes in the game. When there are no enemies in close proximity, Ryu will use the Shinku Hadouken, a powerful projectile that can tear through multiple enemies. However, it is weaker compared to other projectile Final Smashes like the Mario Finale or Zero Laser. Instead, you should try to land the Final Smash up close, upon which the attack becomes the Shin Shoryuken, an immensely strong super combo that launches foes skyward. It is one of the stronger Final Smashes in the game, capable of KOing at around 20%.