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Ninja Gaiden director seemingly hints at Ryu Hayabusa's future appearance in a game soon which possibly could be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. PST • Comments: 30

We've been hearing rumors about Koei Tecmo's Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden possibly joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate since the middle of the first Fighters Pass. Though this character holds a special place in many gamers' hearts, it can still be debated whether or not Hayabusa is "iconic" enough for Smash. Still, Hayabusa would clearly be a unique addition since there are currently only two other ninja type characters — Sheik and Greninja — in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 83-fighter roster.

In a recent interview with TheGamer, Ninja Gaiden director Fumihiko Yasuda had some interesting things to say regarding the possibility of Ryu Hayabusa making a presence soon in a game. Though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wasn't specifically brought up in the interview, Yasuda's emphasis of Ryu Hayabusa's importance to Team Ninja was certainly interesting.

"Can we expect to see Ryu Hayabusa in a new game anytime soon, Ninja Gaiden or otherwise?" asked TheGamer.

"Yeah, so that character is the most important character from all of our franchises," responded Yasuda. "So, considering he's so important, I would definitely like to have him make an appearance again in a game coming soon, and I would like to announce details about that in the future, as soon as possible."

When pressed about the possibility of a Ninja Gaiden sequel, Yasuda expectedly noted that there was "nothing to announce or note specifically [at] this time." Once again, he hinted that there could be some exciting news to look forward to in the near future.

"So, considering he's so important, I would definitely like to have him make an appearance again in a game coming soon, and I would like to announce details about that in the future, as soon as possible." - Fumihiko Yasuda

There are a few possibilities of what Yasuda could be hinting at here. Notably, Koei Tecmo filed a trademark for Ninja Gaiden back in December 2020. However, Yasuda also recently stated that Team Ninja is currently not working on Ninja Gaiden or Nioh projects, according to GameSpot.

A remastered Ninja Gaiden collection has been rumored for some time now. An enhanced port of previous titles in the Ninja Gaiden series wouldn't necessarily require Team Ninja to develop. Instead, another branch within Koei Tecmo could tackle this.

Of course, this doesn't necessarily exclude Ryu Hayabusa getting into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of Challenger Pack 9. As of right now, Koei Tecmo doesn't have any representation in the roster, though they currently do in the form of Spirits.

Considering that Hayabusa has been rumored for so long, it's entirely possible that the "leaks" surrounding this character are fake. However, it is worth noting that discussions to get Minecraft's Steve into Super Smash Bros. may have begun five years ago according to a former employee at Mojang Studios.

New Smash characters have a tendency to be released within a certain timespan of Smash Ultimate amiibo. Perhaps Byleth, Banjo-Kazooie and Terry Bogard's amiibo release on March 26 could be an indicator of when we could see one of the remaining three challengers for Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Perhaps this is what Yasuda is referring to.

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