Ryu is looking pretty spry for turning 54 years old; let's take a look back at the icon's visual history to celebrate his birthday

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 21, 2018 at 6:17 p.m. PDT

Street Fighter's official timeline is a bit of a mess — which may also be a bit of an understatement — though according to Capcom the fighting game titles appear to be set in the 80s and 90s, so we'll just need to ignore all of the futuristic technology in Street Fighter 4 and 5.

Today is July 21st which means that it's also Ryu's birthday, and he is officially listed as being born in 1964 making him a quite surprising 54 years old this time around. To celebrate, let's take a look at the world warrior's visual history from the original Street Fighter all the way to Marvel vs. Capcom: Inifnite — though he also has a new gig currently going as a Power Ranger.

Ryu first appeared in the original Street Fighter in 1987 — sporting red shoes which never really made a comeback — alongside the likes of other Street Fighter icons Ken and Sagat.

The student of Gouken and rival to many fighters has been playable in almost more games than we can count, so we have compiled a brief visual history taking a look at how Ryu's portrait design has evolved through Capcom's fighting games including crossovers like Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter x Tekken.

Our image below features 27 of Ryu's appearances across every Street Fighter title, sequel, versus fighting game and more. We get a better chance to look at how his design has changed over three decades and made his way from two-dimensions to three.

Street Fighter 4 happened to celebrate its 10th birthday earlier this week as well, and Sagat also turned 63 years old at the start of this month. You can take a look at Ryu's 31-year history below.

Ryu's visual history image #1
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Image Sources: Hat - Polylerus
Cake - Eyehook

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