Street Fighter Week | Street Fighter Has a Ryu Problem

Street Fighter Week continues! Ryu might be the most popular character in the franchise, but he’s routinely outclassed as a competitor by similar characters. Is that a problem?


Street Fighter‘s largely-generic karate guy is the most popular and iconic character in the genre. People love his standard-issue toolset and his competitive spirit. However, for being the poster boy for the entire genre, Ryu hasn’t really been a threat in the competitive scene since Super Turbo. Ever since Akuma entered the lore, Capcom has been put in a weird predicament that I don’t think they’ll ever fully solve.

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First 90 Minutes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Everyone is here. Including me! Join me for my first time playing the retail version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! I unlock King K. Rool, Marth, and Ryu, before playing a few matches against my brother Randy!



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The End of My Amiibo Hype Train?

Amiibo CollectionOver year has passed and way too much money has left my wallet for Amiibo figures. Though they don’t spend much time being scanned into my Wii U, they make for amazing collectibles on my gaming desk. Looking at my desk, I feel like I got every character I’d want – and a handful I probably didn’t need.

With Nintendo not slowing down on their Amiibo releases, what more could they have in store? I kind have at least one of everyone I want. In some cases, more than one of each character I want. Is this the year where my Amiibo spending finally goes down?

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Street Fighter V Final Beta Vega Matches and Impressions

Vega may appear like the same claw-wielding combatant of old, but he’s seen some major changes going into Street Fighter V. For one, he’s no longer a charge character, as all of his moves can be done with quarter circle and uppercut motions. Two, he’s now a stance character, as his moves change depending on whether he’s wearing the claw or not.

Both changes go a long way towards making the Spanish ninja a much more viable and fun character. By having access to his special moves at all times, he’s able to act on the fly. With the stance change ability, he can switch between being fighting at a distance or fighting in close. Top it off with an awesome V-Trigger and Vega is going to catch a lot of people by surprise.


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Street Fighter V Final Beta Ryu Matches and Impressions

Capcom’s iconic wandering warrior returns with a few new tricks up his sleeve. Appearing under-powered and limited offensively by the end of Street Fighter IV, Capcom has given him a few more tools to succeed. His normal moves link together better for more combo possibilities. His parry V-Skill is fun to use and a great tool for countering your opponent’s predictable offense. Also, his V-Trigger that allows him to charge up his super-fast fireballs can make him an offensive threat from almost any range.

Ryu may not be the main character for you, but he’s still the best character to start with. Use him to get an overall feel for the game before moving onto someone else. Or, at least at this juncture, Ryu still has enough juice in his tank if you want to take him all the way.


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Street Fighter V Beta Necalli Impressions

Necalli’s barbaric fighting is unlike anything Street Fighter has ever seen before. Raw and animalistic, he scratches, stomps and throws opponents by their faces in ways that can’t be ignored. Just off of sheer looks alone, I think he’s the coolest character to watch in action so far. But behind the aggression, can Necalli brute force his way through his more refined competition?

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Jett Plays Street Fighter V Beta Part 4: Ryu

One last video from the first round of the beta. I go all-in with my Ryu, which was certainly better than it was on day one.


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Street Fighter V Beta Impressions Part 3: Ryu

Ryu is widely recognized as not only the face of Street Fighter, but as the face for the entire genre of fighting games. However, he serves a much greater purpose as the standard character within the Street Fighter games he appears in. At his best, he has all of the tools a newcomer would need to get an overall feel for the game before moving onto different characters. That said, if you choose to stick with the iconic martial artist, you should be able to hold your own against anyone else in the cast. Does he continue to fill that role in Street Fighter V?

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