'If a player uses Ryu to his full potential, he's the best character in the game' - Tokido talks SF5 as a game, battling against Infiltration and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • July 14, 2016 at 5:32 a.m. PDT

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.

DreamHack Summer 2016 took place recently, and your very own Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor was on the scene.

Now, what kind of EventHubs writer would I be if I didn't take the opportunity to grab as many interviews as I possibly can? Next in line, we have Tokido, who in this interview talks about how his fighting game experience helps him in Street Fighter 5, his multiple grand finals against RZR|Infiltration, his hopes for EVO and much more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.
MajinTenshinhan: You're a very experienced fighting game player, having placed at the very top in more games than most players. As such a fighting game expert, what do you think about Street Fighter 5?

Tokido: Street Fighter 5 is a game that lets me make use of all of my experience I've gathered throughout my fighting game history.

But it's not just good for old men like me, it also lets young players show the fruits of their effort, so as a game I think that Street Fighter 5 is really a game for everyone, because of how easy it is to get into.
Hit the jump to check out the full interview.
MajinTenshinhan: So far, you've fought RZR|Infiltration in four different Grand Finals at major events, and you finally defeat him at CEO 2016. How did you practice to overcome Infiltration's Nash?

Tokido: I asked a lot of different Nash players for help, and got got good practice against them. In particular, Yukadon, VX and Bonchan gave me a lot of great advice.

MajinTenshinhan: You have a reputation for always picking really good characters in fighting games. Does Street Fighter 5's Ryu fit in with that reputation? Basically, how good do you think Ryu is in SF5?

Tokido: I think that Ryu is a very good character. His potential is very high, and I think if a player is able to use him to his full potential he'll exceed Chun-Li and be the strongest character in the whole game.

MajinTenshinhan: Are you planning on playing any other fighting games besides Street Fighter 5 in the future?

Tokido: If I stumble upon any good titles, I'll want to compete in them for sure.

MajinTenshinhan: Are you confident going into EVO this year?

Tokido: I am confident, but I have a lot of strong players around my area of the brackets. I'll work hard to reach top 8 as my first goal.

MajinTenshinhan: Are there any characters you're hoping to see added to Street Fighter 5 in the future?

Tokido: Akuma.
Huge thanks to Tokido for participating in this interview with us, and we wish him the best of luck in the rest of this year's Capcom Cup.

Banner image courtesy of Stephanie Lindgren.

Continue below for the Japanese version. 下に日本語版があるので、ご覧ください。

魔人T: ときどさんは格闘ゲームについてかなりの凄い経験者で、たくさんの格闘ゲームにいい結果をだしました。 格闘ゲームのエキスパートとしてスト5についてどう思いますか?

ときど: スト5は今まで僕がプレイしてきたゲームの経験が生かせるゲームです。

魔人T: 今まで大きい大会のグランドファイナルが4回もときどさん対インフィルトレーションさんになりました。 このさっきのCEOでようやくときどさんが勝ち抜きました。 インフィルのナッシュを倒すためにどの練習をしましたか?

ときど: いろいろなナッシュ使いの人にお願いして、対戦をしてもらいました。

魔人T: ときどさんは「いつも強いキャラクターを選ぶ」という評判がありますね。 ストリートファイター5のリュウもその評判に合っていますか? つまり、ときどさんはスト5のリュウがどれほど強いだと思いますか?

ときど: リュウはとても強いキャラクターだと思います。彼のポテンシャルはとても高く、そのすべてを引き出すことができればチュンリーを超える最強のキャラクターとなりえるでしょう。

魔人T: 今後スト5以外の格闘ゲームを真剣にやりたいと思っていますか?

ときど: 良いタイトルにめぐり合えれば、挑戦したいとおもいます。

魔人T: 今年のEVOに向かって自信ありますか?

ときど: 自信はありますが、自分のプールの周りにはとても強い選手がいます。まずはトップ8を目標に頑張ります

魔人T: 将来スト5の追加コンテンツとして出て欲しいキャラクターはありますか?

ときど: 豪鬼

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