Ridley is confirmed for Super Smash Bros, but he will not be a playable character. Instead Ridley will appear as a boss character in the Metroid inspired level Pyrosphere.
Ridley is a giant space dragon, a high ranking space pirate, and the arch enemy of Samus from the Metroid series. No matter how many times Samus has defeated Ridley, he always ends up coming back, whether he heals himself or modifies himself mechanically.
You can watch Ridley’s reveal from today’s Nintendo Direct, which has been dedicated to Super Smash Bros coming out for Wii U.
Ridley is a boss that will terrorize players in Pyrosphere. If you deal enough damage to the winged beast, he will join your side and bring the pain to your opponents. He has a character icon, a final smash, and if he knocks an opponent out of the arena his face will appear as a tally at the end of the round.
Ridley is in the new Super Smash Bros, but not in the form some fans were hoping for. Samus’ nemesis will not be playable, even though he was one of the most requested characters to appear in the roster.
Whether he’s too big, or maybe director Masahiro Sakurai just felt that it isn’t his time, Ridley is just a boss in Smash 4.
The Internet has been hoping to finally play as the space dragon, but now they have to wait and see if he’ll be playable in the next one. They have responded to the news that Ridley is not a playable character in the new Super Smash Bros.
"So in conclusion, I think it's total BS that Ridley isn't playable in Smash Bros."
"…are you done?"
*electric chair whirs to life*
— Yo La Waingro (@alex_navarro) October 23, 2014
I just realized that there's a fairly sizable Smash fan community out there that's dismayed/shocked/enraged Ridley isn't playable.
— Justin Graham (@Hailinel) October 24, 2014
Ridley get's shat on for being too big to be in smash but Drake gets close and whispers "You're perfect no matter what size you are…"
— Hawaiian Bread (@SkeletonDeity) October 24, 2014
So, Ridley has a fighter icon, model, moveset, AI, "Final Smash," and a semi-playable status. He was oh so close…
— Mason #BLM (@HeroOfTime125) October 23, 2014
Sakurai: What did you think of Smash Direct?
"Can you make Ridley a playable character??"
Sakurai: [screams internally]
— SlippyGoGoMan (@SupaGoGoMan) October 23, 2014
NoE's PR: "Fans have been clamouring for Ridley to appear in a Super Smash Bros. game for a while and now they’re getting their wish"
— Alola Form Bidoof (@Electivirus) October 24, 2014
so nintendo announced that ridley wouldnt be playable in smash, a football player named ridley got hurt, and riddley scott has a new movie.
— 1877kars4kids (@Devon1257Q) October 24, 2014
http://t.co/0yTP5OtIwY Okay, even though he's not playable, this is pretty fucking awesome. Teaming up with Ridley to smash apart othe…
— 1337 gaymur anonimus (@lowbobgaming) October 24, 2014
But the Ridley hype train never dies. He's so close to being a player character. DLC or the next Smash will be his time!
— DarkFalcon (@DarkFalcon7) October 24, 2014
Ridley being playable in Super Smash Bros has been crossed out, seeing that he’ll just be a boss character. Here’s hoping the Metroid bad guy will end up in the next Smash game.
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