Ryu Hayabusa hasn’t been a character on our screens since Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, which came out on the Wii U in 2012. But like many popular characters, the protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden reboot trilogy has been the subject of many request for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Director of the Ninja Gaiden reboot, Ninja Gaiden II and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword, Tomonobu Itagaki recently spoke with Dexerto about the series. When asked if he believed Ryu could ever come to the fighter game, he gave the idea “two thumbs up” and further commenting:
“Super Smash Bros. is a very popular game. I think it’s a stage big enough for Ryu Hayabusa to play an active role.”
It is worth noting that despite his previous work with Tecmo, developers of the Ninja Gaiden series, Itagaki left in 2008 to begin his own team Valhalla Game Studios, so this was neither official confirmation nor an indication of future plans.
Ninja Gaiden started it’s life out on the NES console back in 1988, spawning a series of side-scrolling action games. Itagaki worked on the 2004 reboot of the series, further working on the sequel and DS spin-off Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword.
You can grab the original Ninja Gaiden via the Nintendo E-Shop for Switch here.