Ryu, the face of the Street Fighter series, was certainly a surprising - but welcome - addition to Smash 4. Being the first 3rd party DLC character, he also gave Capcom a 2nd rep; something that had yet to be done for any 3rd party company at that point.
Ryu's playstyle was also quite unique, with the introduction of an LMH (light, medium and heavy) system in the vein of Street Fighter; this was utilized not only in his grounded attacks but his specials as well. On top of this, he had access to the original inputs for his special moves, which would provide stronger versions if you were able to execute them.
With Smash Switch on the horizon, one has to wonder if Ryu will Shoryuken his way into the series yet again. Feel free to discuss anything pertaining to the character in this thread.