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Who Would Win Wednesdays: Ryu Hayabusa vs. Yoshimitsu

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Round two

Welcome dear Push Square readers to another 'Who Would Win Wednesdays' – a weekly feature where we pit two PlayStation personalities against each other for your amusement. We'll give you a brief introduction to each combatant's abilities and character, and then leave you to decide on a winner in our poll. Last week's contest saw Batman beatdown Old Snake with a majority of the votes, but who will emerge from this next duel? Our fighters' fates are in your hands.

Ryu Hayabusa

This almost super-human ninja may have taken a few knocks in his most recent release, but Ryu Hayabusa is still a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Wielding the legendary Dragon Sword, the combatant has felled countless enemies, from demons to werewolves, and even dragons themselves. However, he's not just a fan of razor-sharp blades, as he also has a penchant for tonfas, claws, war hammers, flails, staves, shurikens, bows, and scythes, among other instruments of death. Of course, he wouldn't be a ninja without showing off some powerful ninpo techniques and high-level ninjutsu martial arts, which he loves utilising against buxom young women, as demonstrated in the Dead or Alive series. Overall, Hayabusa is a fighter who combines brutal strength, blistering agility, and countless weapons, which makes him a potent all-rounder.


Despite having more redesigns than a Kevin McCloud construction project, Yoshimitsu remains one of Tekken's most iconic fighters, and has been a staple of the franchise since its inception back on the PSone. Although much of this swordsman's background is still very much shrouded in mystery, we know for certain that his ability in combat isn't to be taken lightly. Sure, he may not make much use of his blade outside of the SoulCalibur series, but this often hilarious combatant has a ridiculous amount of weird and wonderful tricks up his sleeve. For starters, he loves spinning around at breakneck speeds, preferably slapping opponents in the face as he revolves. He also likes to teleport behind his adversaries, causing confusion as he pops up and starts using his sword as a pogo stick.

Who has the most skill with a blade? Would Ryu be bewildered by the mysterious Yoshimitsu, or would the Tekken veteran be chopped into bloody chunks? Vote for your winner in our poll, and tell us how you think the battle would unfold in the comments section below.

Who do you think would win this Wednesday? (37 votes)

Ryu Hayabusa




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User Comments (12)



get2sammyb said:

C'mon y'all - it's got to be Yoshimitsu! Dude may get a bit dizzy from time-to-time, but he'd still beat down any opponent with his unorthodox style.



Dazza said:

I'm going to go with Ryu Hayabusa, he's skilled at despatching even the most fiendish of demonic foes. No doubt Yoshimitsu would be a formidable opponent with his sword pogo technique, but some well timed ninpo from Ryu would stop him in his tracks. Then he would follow up with a devastating attack with the mighty Dragon Sword.




KAPADO said:

Ryu is faster and he can also disappear.
So Yoshimitu 's advantage is out the window.
What I hate about this series is that people are picking their favorite character instead of the logical winner.
So far I went up against my beloved snake and now Yoshi .
Because the truth will set me free.



InsertNameHere said:

Ryu is too orthodox, which makes him predictable. You never know what Yoshimitsu is going to do next, so you need to stay on your toes or else you'll end up in the afterlife.



Bliquid said:

Although i'd rather pick Yoshi because i think that Ryu is kinda lame as a charachter, i'm pretty sure Hayabusa would kick Tekken's icon in the teeth, or whatever he may have as a mouth when they meet.
He's faster, stronger, has plenty of ranged weapons as well as ninpos.
Didn't play NG 3 but i assume he also has a demon somewhere in his body.
Yoshimitsu? He was made of wood, at time of Soul Calibur.



Jairo_MC said:

It's gotta be Ryu. Guy is a freaking ninja with soooo many weapons and skills that he would beat Yoshimitsu.



iSillyBoiJudas said:

I don't know much about either of them but from playing Soul Calibur I can say Yoshimitsu is a formidable foe to go up against



ThreadShadow said:

Ryu is too skilled and too powerful. He's defeated things much more powerful then Yoshimitsu, and Yoshimitsu fits perfectly into the strange pantheon of creatures Ryu has defeated. Ryu also managed to win his own arcade game, and I tell you, that thing is tough, cheap, broken, and ill programmed.



Tasuki said:

Going to go with Yoshi on this one. I like Ryu but I have only played the NES Ninja Gaidens so I have to go with that Ryu. Still this is another close one for me but I think Yoshi has the upper edge on this one.

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