After over a decade of fan requests, Ridley is finally making his Smash Bros. debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch. Game director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the longtime Metroid villain as a playable fighter during today’s E3 2018 Nintendo Direct.
Ridley is a large and frightening fighter. He uses his big, purple fists to smash other combatants — as one would expect from a Smash Bros. game — but he can also sweep his tale for powerful attacks. But no space dragon is complete without the ability to breathe fire, and Ridley is no exception. For his Final Smash, Ridley pins an enemy against Samus’ ship and blasts them with energy for high percent damage.
For those unfamiliar with Ridley, he’s been the nemesis of bounty hunter and fellow Smash character Samus Aran for decades now. His first appearance was in Metroid for the Nintendo Entertainment System all the way back in 1986 — 1987 in the States. Since then, players have fought him as Samus in Metroid Prime, Super Metroid, and even the ones we don’t like to talk about like Metroid: Other M.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch.
Update: Ridley is also getting his own amiibo! Nintendo revealed the character’s amiibo — alongside a new Inkling amiibo and confirmation of a Daisy amiibo — on the Nintendo Treehouse Live stream after today’s Nintendo Direct.