At the beginning of the week, we asked the Shoryuken.com community on Twitter to tell us about their rivals — the friends (and friendly rivals) who got better, and forced you to get better in turn. Who’s the Ken to your Ryu? Here’s what you said:
Naturally, there were a few lone wolves out there. Anyone looking for a friend?
Nobody unfortunately 🙁 RT @shoryukendotcom: Tell us about your rival. Who’s the Ken to your Ryu? Who makes you better at fighting games?
— ☁ Cold Emperor☁ (@DopeItsSolo) September 23, 2013
@shoryukendotcom If I have any friends who play fighting games or friends for that matter then I would tell you. Otherwise, I have no rival.
— SkullDude (@SkullDude_) September 23, 2013
There were also a few people who didn’t quite understand the question (or are deep into Sonic and F-Zero fandoms):
@shoryukendotcom shadow the hedgehog
— jack (@sommepo) September 23, 2013
@shoryukendotcom captain falcon
— Frank The West (@thezombiekitty) September 23, 2013
Ben Redfield, if you’re getting bodied consistently, you don’t get to be the Ryu in this analogy. Maybe you’re their Sean?
@shoryukendotcom I recently joined the Yorkshire Fighting Games Club, and they body me consistently. They’re all the Ken to my Ryu.
— Ben Redfield (@Jam_Kuradoberi) September 23, 2013
And Nick Rowe found that his greatest rival was his own barrel of olive oil.
@shoryukendotcom As Hakan, staying oiled is my rival. =P
— Nick Rowe (@SPD4649) September 23, 2013
Ryan Flores and his buddy Colin specialize in Balrog/Dudley matches; shouldn’t you be playing Fight Night?
@shoryukendotcom My friend Colin and I constantly go back and fourth in Street Fighter… best match my Dudley vs his Balrog… epicness
— Ryan Flores (@Ryan_Flores88) September 23, 2013
And we got a few other rival shoutouts as well:
— The PantyChrist (@ThePantyChrist) September 23, 2013
— adrian mastel (@adrian_aka_prez) September 23, 2013
— Raiden (@GetHypeBLEMVC) September 23, 2013
— kiddo (@bikedo_) September 23, 2013
@shoryukendotcom My eternal rival is known only as Ethan! We have a sworn rivalry in Tekken! My Bob vs. His Yoshimitu.
— Jakob Woody (@Dooms_Eye) September 23, 2013
— Classic Cris Dorner (@ClassicCrisT) September 23, 2013
So: Who’s your rival? Tell us in the comments!