Ryu has been one of the most iconic character in video game industry. He is one of the favorites in Street Fighter series and has appeared in every Street Fighter game released since 1987. I am a big fan of video games(not addicted), and have always loved playing Street Fighter. Recently in a Video Gaming conventions, there have been promotional trailers of possible future releases of Marvel vs Capcom 3, and Street Fighter X Tekken, and Ryu of course would be part of these new games as well.
I drew this last night with a whole bunch of markers including highlighters, and I believe Ryu deserves a solid place in the podium together with the all-time video game icons such as Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, Link etc. =)