We haven't seen Ryu Hayabusa on a Nintendo console for nearly nine years now. Though Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge made its way to Wii U back in 2012, rumours had previously surfaced about a reboot trilogy compilation on Switch. Like many popular characters, Ninja Gaiden's protagonist Ryu Hayabusa has been often requested for Smash, and reboot director Tomonobu Itagaki has weighed in.
Having worked on the aforementioned 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 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he gave the idea "two thumbs up".
Commenting further on this, he replied:
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's worth noting that Tomonobu Itagaki left Tecmo in 2008 to form his own team, Valhalla Game Studios, who you may recall released Devil's Third on Wii U. As such, Itagaki would not be able to confirm if any plans are in place to add Ryu, though we know he is currently looking to start a new project.
Would you like to see Ryu join Smash Bros? Would he make a likely candidate? Let us know in the comments.