Team Ninja’s horrifyingly hard brawler was among the first times we learned just how crucial – and satisfying – a defensive dodge could be in a game that seems like it’s all about offence. In a game of insanely tough tests, Smaugan stands out as the one that teaches that lesson above all. You might think a mystical Flame Dragon would be an easy target, but this battle’s set across tiny platforms that the boss rarely comes near. It’s a huge reflex test, asking you to avoid plumes
of flame, snapping jaws and searing winds, scoring what few hits you can. Once Smaugan goes down, you’ll be breathing as hard as Ryu.