Playing six degrees to Ryu just got a bit easier, as he and other Street Fighter characters have shoryukened their way to Smash Bros-like fighting game Brawlhalla as playable characters/skins as of today. They include Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, who cost 300 coins of in-game currency each.
Ubisoft has seemingly gone all-out to include these beloved classic characters into Brawlhalla, in addition to a new mode and a new stage for every fighter to battle it out in. Labeled as an Epic Crossover in place of Petra, Wu Shang, and Val, there are voice lines, two new weapon skins, unique lock-in animations, and dedicated roster spots. Brawlhalla has an all-new 1v1 mode, called Street Brawl, in the style of the Street Fighter series. Instead of knocking your opponent out, you’ll be reducing their health bar until one person is standing.
All of the action can take place in an old-school Street Fighter 2 themed Suzaku Castle stage, which can be used competitively online or for fun offline. While you fight, you can use the Satsui No Hado emote to show your dominance against your foes. They even have a knockout KO effect that Street Fighter fans would have engrained in their minds forever. If you are bummed that Zangief didn’t make the cut, he, alongside other Street Fighter characters, is available as an avatar for your online presence.
Long-time players of the popular fighting game franchise should be happy to know that Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma have the fan-favorite moves that they’re known for. Ryu can perform a Hadoken, Chun-Li pummels her foes with her spinning kick, and Akuma has his Tatsumaki Senpukyaku.
Brawlhalla was released back in 2017 and has been a success as a free-to-play alternative to the Super Smash Bros. series. The hook that this game has is that it’s incredibly simple to figure out, and you can switch between two weapons in one match, It’s available on every modern platform under the sun, including mobile, and it’s been pushing out some stellar content. Characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Po from Kung Fu Panda, WWE’s The Rock and John Cena, Hellboy, and Adventure Time‘s Finn have all joined the fray in this strange mixture of pop culture icons and original characters. Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma are the first fighting game characters to get into the mix. Perhaps more will be on the way.
This isn’t the first time Ryu and Chun-Li have crossed over into another universe. Earlier this year, they stepped foot into the whacky world of Fortnite with multiple outfits and themed items for players to decorate themselves with. It even included an arcade of Street Fighter 2 as a backpack option. They also made their way into the fighting game Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid with costumes inspired by the ranger forms that the franchise is known for. Oh, and we can’t forget about Ryu’s entrance into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, which almost feels like a one-to-one replication of his moveset. We wonder where Ryu and Chun-Li will end up next as Capcom tries to keep up their legendary pop culture status.