First peek at Ryu in Tekken x Street Fighter

Ryu is weird because he's simultaneously Street Fighter's most generic and most recognizable character. Asian guy in a Gi with a normal haircut and a headband doesn't scream ORIGINAL. Fortunately, Capcom's cartoony art style has always managed to keep him looking interesting; SFIV gave him huge feet/hands and some other stylistic touches that made him look pretty neat. Unfortunately when he gets run through Tekken's Gener-o-matic style machine, you end up with this:

Above: Why doesn't Ryu just order a sleeveless gi?

Not to hate on Tekken, but their characters have always skewed towards a far more realistic visual style than SF's, which has always made them look a little dry. Seeing Ryu wearing Paul's gi and looking like an angry commuter isn't that exciting. It does look like they let him hang on to his sasquatch-esque eyebrows though:

Above: SF4 Ryu is not pleased with Tekken Ryu

In fact, this style reminds me of another Street Fighter crossover you may have forgotten, Street Fighter x Playstation Home:

Above: "Hello Ken. Hello Chun-Li. Please enjoy looking at my new figurines. On this table. In my home."

Notice the vacant eyes and bolt upright pose. Of course this is a very early prototype and far from final, so expect some more flourishes in the future. Tekken lead developer Harada stressed that this render is in its infancy and fans shouldn't bombard his Twitter account with complaints just yet. Bland Ryu model aside, the fighting fans in the office are still excited for Tekken x SF; we're very eager to see how SF's cast will be managed in a 3-D fighting game while still maintaining the characters' play style. 

Above: "Ugh I just cleaned the windshield too."

Even more interesting is the game's inclusion of what appears to be Evil Ryu in the background, a character who hasn't been involved in a Street Fighter game since Capcom vs. SNK 2. While it's uncertain if he'll be playable, it seems like he'd be a perfect match for Jin or Kazuya's Devil side. Of course if you're interested in seeing what other characters we think would make good matchups, check out this article right here.

Aug 19, 2010




  • Auron000 - June 27, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    Did anyone else notice that the pic with Ryu, Chun-Li and Ken is not Tekken x Street Fighter, but Playstation Home Avatars dressed as them? As far as who has the "superior" art style? That's all in the eye of the beholder.
  • Ash9102 - September 12, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    I love that ryu looks more realistic. Much more cooler than the cartoon look. Much much more. I'd be looking forward to how SF would perform against Tekken. tekken have way more better combo's than SF. Mostly SF just focuses on their supers or ultras.
  • ninjastrike34 - September 8, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    I started with tekken when i as a kid, and i loved it. But then when I saw sf i fell in love with it. I like sf's cartoon style because I think it lets the characters do moe over the top moves.
  • ranzatsu - August 21, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Er...he does look..normal. But in a good way. Hey, aren't you pleased he looks more HUMAN? And besides, cartoony games are there for visual appreciation. I personally play Tekken more than SF because the graphics look so realistic. It makes you feel like you, a human being, can take off your head and make it explode.
  • neon6 - August 20, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    The one thing this games doesn't need is another shoto clone.
  • TitanofRock21 - August 20, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    Aside from his horrendous spelling errors and slaughter of the English language. I am inclined to agree with Bhup666. I was a dedicated SF fan from the very beginning and I was stoked when SFIV came out.......until I actually played it. I was mortified by the cell shaded 2-D incorporation because every single SF has always been 2-D (which was great during the 8-bit and other early models of the game) but I was really looking forward to a completely 3-D SF. Also since I didn't own an HD T.V. at the time and I could not see or make out any of the symbols for the moves and the whole fiasco was a bloody mess. ( and not in a good way). Others I have talked with had the same conclusions despite all the hype about it. I have also played Tekken from the very first one and on and concluded that the realistic visual style, the more realistic ( somewhat) fighting mechanics, and the overall feel and strategy involved in Tekken is far superior. Plus you have to kneel and bow in awe at the awesome hair styles.....specifically Hwoarang.( not sure on the spelling.) any way Tekken Rules and SF is better off remembered fondly in our memories.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - August 20, 2010 12:27 p.m.

    I seem to be in the minority here but I am looking forward to Tekken X Street Fighter much more than Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • Bhup666 - August 20, 2010 10 a.m.

    Is the writer of this article drunk og just a total idiot?? The whole point is that Tekken has superior visaul style than StreetFighter!! I just love the realistic visuals of Tekken and despise the cartoonish over-the-top ugle style of SF. That the main reason I don't evn play SF. I just hate looking at that game, I can't spend hundreds of hours with a game or character-style I don't like looking at. Who would want ugle cartoonish style of SF over realistic esthetic style of Tekken?? Strretfighter is am ugly and easy game. The characters in SF have like 20 moves while characters in Tekken have 150 moves!! Tekken is a far more advanced game for smarter people with better minds and reflexes!!
  • quincytheodore - August 20, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    So can he still do fireball? Isn't it pointless if Tekken cast can side-step it?... And you link the Twitter account on purpose, didn't you? ^^
  • shyfonzie - August 20, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Oh no! A sparrow flew into the concept art! They should get one of those falcon silhouettes.
  • xDxP - August 20, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    Some characters in tekken have projectiles, could work.
  • GayforGilbert - August 20, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    He looks fine, to me.
  • Valntyne - August 20, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    Oh! i thought THIS was the Street x Tekken...i was getting worried for a sec. Meh, never been that much of a tekken fan so, yeah. I guess the Tekken boys will like the realistic feel since all Tekken's have strived for "real" looking characters.
  • n00b - August 19, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    i dono know if anyone here remembers rival schools, but that was a capcom 3D fighting game. not just sharp polygon 3d but like virtua fighter. that game worked out pretty good. so im not too concerned
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - August 19, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    @ EliaKimTheGigas Yeah it definitely seems that way, especially since the fireball/projectile question remains in the Tekken version.Either way I'm interested to see how they handle it.
  • CoolBowling - August 19, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Speaking of Capcom vs SNK 2, that really needs to be release on xbox live.
  • EliaKimTheGigas - August 19, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    I don't have a problem with Tekken but I have a strong feeling that despite Namco's best effort, Street x Tekken will be the superior game. I think fans will be more receptive of the loose and less realistic approach for Street Fighter and the Tekken cast will translate better to that Capcomverse better than Capcom will translate to the Tekkenverse.
  • Kouin - August 19, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    I see a bit of Feng Wei in Ryu's face in this early render.
  • near01 - August 19, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    I just started to feel nervous. D:

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