Super Smash Bros. Ultimate officially released on Friday, December 7, and fans have been anxiously testing out new characters as they try to find who is the best in the game.
Nintendo don’t release official statistics for each character, but do reveal certain character abilities that can affect the way they fight, such as who is the fastest or which character is the heaviest.
With that in mind, the users at the /r/SmashBros subreddit have joined together to vote on which characters are the best, and have come up with their first unofficial tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The tier list is based off votes from members of the subreddit, with over 14,000 users having their say on who they think is the best character in the game.
Split into different levels, subreddit users believe that Pikachu is the only character worthy of the top tier – although the user who created the list admits that Pikachu didn’t reach the quota of votes set out beforehand to be top tier, just that it was so far ahead of the rest of the high tier that it made sense to place it there.
At the other end, Bowser Jr. was far and away the least popular character, with the majority of Reddit users determining that it was the least powerful character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list as voted by /r/SmashBros
“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.
Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.
Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.
According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”
The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.
“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.
Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”
Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.
Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.