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Visual history of Ryu in Street Fighter, Vs. and other Capcom fighting games

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • December 22, 2013 at 6:39 p.m. PST
Ryu is a guy who's changed a lot over the years, since his debut in 1987. He's appeared in a countless number of games, and has had several visual overhauls, depending on the period and game engine he showed up in.

We wanted to document his visual history in Capcom fighting games, titles that were generally played in and around the competitive scene, but instead of just using the official artwork that Capcom has released, we went with his vs. screen and character selection portraits from the various franchises.

This collage is loosely sorted by date and franchise. So sit back and enjoy this visual trip down memory lane.


Click image to launch visual history

Comments

ChipsLight said on December 22, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

His Capcom vs SNK 2 artwork will always be his best artwork in my opinion.

#1
learis1 said on December 22, 2013 at 6:52 p.m.

Ryu just can't decide what color hair dye to stick with.

#2
General_Awesomo said on December 22, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

You're thinking of Vega. ^_^

#3
salindy13 said on December 22, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.

Street Fighter 3: Third Strike appearance was in my opinion, the best look for Ryu.

#4
Darc_Requiem said on December 22, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.

@1

I agree wholeheartedly

#5
General_Awesomo said on December 22, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

At least he ditched those red slippers from SFI.

#6
UncleBibby said on December 22, 2013 at 7 p.m.

I actually like his Tatsunoko Vs Capcom art the best. I used to have that game on my Wii but that was before i was any good at fighting games, so, i don't think it's because of nostalgia... I just think it looks the best... Look at his eyelashes!!!

#7
Mac_Gargan said on December 22, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.


Agree that Tat art is the best rep shown.

I like how his eyebrows slowly became little demon arms.

#8
Wa1rior said on December 22, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

CvS2 and Sf4 are my favorite

#9
Existent said on December 22, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

He hasn't changed a lot, or at all aside from the headband and SF1 hair. The only differences he's had were minor cosmetic ones from different artists.

#10
Mr2Good said on December 22, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

I always thought MvC2 Ryu looked liked a teenager.lol

#11
lowti3rgod said on December 22, 2013 at 7:16 p.m.

Doesn't get any better than the SF3 versions of ryu

Please check out the channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/sparrow25

#12
Turbojacke said on December 22, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

they forgot street fighter revival for the gameboy advance, wich has very nice portraits of the whole cast. heres a link to ryu only in hd: http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg...
and here all of the fighters in a lower res: http://www.fightersgeneration.com/gam...

#13
Akua said on December 22, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

I'm think my favorite versions of all the street fighter art is SF3 and SF4.

#14
BlackOnyxThunder said on December 22, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.

Ryu has always been "badass" wish I had hair like him though... at least I got those brows... lol

#15
yes4me said on December 22, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.

TvC and SF4 were the best icon.

#16
PrinceBlast said on December 22, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.

gem fighter verison my favorite

#17
Kenshiro said on December 22, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

Alpha One

#18
Getdownbrown83 said on December 22, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

SF3 and CV2 hands down ikeno and nishinura

#19
MKKhanzo said on December 22, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

This and his New Generation and 2I look was amazing. Older Ryu ftw.

#20
sfkm2 said on December 22, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.

Forgot about CFE Ryu.

#21
Sage_Liebert said on December 22, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.

I've always liked the Capcom vs SNK in-game sprites better than the beloved 3rd strikes sprites. but, why were the cvs2 sprites pixelated and blurred?

#22
manoelmfs1 said on December 22, 2013 at 9:06 p.m.

nice, but you miss SNK vs Capcom!!

#23
Jhop779 said on December 22, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.

ex and snk 2 are the kewlest looking artwork not just for ryu but all the fighters in those games

#24
HyperCombinationFinish said on December 22, 2013 at 9:36 p.m.

I've always been a fan of the Alpha art.

#25
Link24 said on December 22, 2013 at 9:53 p.m.

Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter ryu looks kinda evil...

#26
TheTHCGamer said on December 22, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.

Yup grown man Ryu.

#27
Sage_Liebert said on December 22, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.

Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition Ryu looks like Ben Affleck

#28
Jason said on December 22, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

Why would you put the SF4 version at the bottom instead of listing them in chronological order?

#29
Lockm said on December 22, 2013 at 10:38 p.m.

It's cool to see each artists interpretation of Ryu during all these years but you are inconsistent in posting images. Sometimes they are Pixel art, sometimes illustrations, sometimes ingame.Just use Ingame images for the best representation of the character because every artists has their own style when drawing it. The ingame model are more accurate in representing how the character has changed(not much)

#30
Razberryclownsac said on December 22, 2013 at 11:07 p.m.

I like his 3S sprite the best, with Gem Fighter close at second.

#31
ShinAkiraDesu said on December 22, 2013 at 11:11 p.m.

CVS2 ryu looked awesome

#32
JusticeBFBHCBHS said on December 22, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.

The visual history won't show for me after clicking the image in the application or my phones web browser...

#33
Kijui said on December 22, 2013 at 11:34 p.m.

GRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! RYUUUUUU!

Why can't they do it with Dan

#34
JIHADJOE said on December 23, 2013 at 12:43 a.m.

I can't believe how UGLY he is in HDR. That game and its art, and its animation is gutter trash.

#35
dizzysamurai said on December 23, 2013 at 1:38 a.m.

Alpha 3 has always been my fav

#36
Moonfish said on December 23, 2013 at 1:58 a.m.

Changed a lot?
He always looks the same, except for the Alpha series.
His artwork and sprites changed a bit. But he's still boring and bland as ever.

#37
solzan2000 said on December 23, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.

My fav Ryus are SF2 CE, Alpha 3 and SF3 2nd Impact.

#38
Snickeor said on December 23, 2013 at 3:16 a.m.

His feet grow in size every game. Show me full body pictures instead of mugshots!

#39
llSilkCutll said on December 23, 2013 at 3:25 a.m.

The greatest character in FG history!

#40
likewoah said on December 23, 2013 at 3:46 a.m.

But we're talking about Ryu, not Terry Bogard.

#41
WBK_ZER0 said on December 23, 2013 at 5:39 a.m.

technically he kinda is give or take a young adult at that point. but hey i could be wrong lol

#42
WBK_ZER0 said on December 23, 2013 at 5:50 a.m.

young ryu was the best ryu (SFA1-3 and MvC1 & 2)

#43
Aquaman said on December 23, 2013 at 6:58 a.m.

Because thats an SNK artist. Well now currently a Capcom artist.

#44
rocorolly said on December 23, 2013 at 8:10 a.m.

Yeah I'd have to go with SF3-3 Ryu as the best rep as well. He just looks like a good balance of the proper design elements for Ryu's character.

#45
Bighayride said on December 23, 2013 at 8:19 a.m.

Ryu on them PEDs

#46
rocorolly said on December 23, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Kinu Nishimura was always a Capcom artist, and now is a freelancer. She has never work for/under SNK throughout her entire professional career as an illustrator.

She is godly though.

#47
Orichalkos said on December 23, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.

Title said from Street fighter and other Capcom games. SNK vs Capcom was made by SNK thus isn't on here (plus everyone seems to want to forget that game existed for some odd reason)

#48
StrangeLove said on December 23, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

CVS2 and the original SF3 had the best Ryu artwork.

#49
NaokiVII said on December 23, 2013 at 11:23 a.m.

Maybe I'm looking to much into it but anybody but me ever think that Ryu with his red hair was a clue to Gouki really being his father? I know a lot of people hated the Alpha Generations movie although I personally enjoyed it.

#50
ScarletTerror said on December 23, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.

Maybe.... But SF1 was out way before Super Turbo was ever realized.

#51
ScarletTerror said on December 23, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

But now we have SF4's Evil Ryu....

#52
Karinist said on December 23, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.

At least Adon retained his red hair.

#53
Ryan_Krown said on December 23, 2013 at 11:43 p.m.

CVS2 and SF3 Ryu are the best design wise. Both look like stoic and intimidating bada**es. Shinkiro's artwork takes the cake though.

#54
DarthEnderX said on December 24, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.

I also think the TvC look is the best of the ones they show here.

Though my absolute favorite is Bengus' character art for Alpha 3:

http://images.onesite.com/capcom-unit...

#55
13th_Warrior said on December 24, 2013 at 4 p.m.

they all look great but SF4 is the ONE

#56


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