Super Smash Bros. pits all of our favorite Nintendo characters against each other in an all-out brawl. As one of the most popular fighting game franchises of all-time, it’s a series that most gamers will play at least once in their life.
Anyone who puts even a little bit of time into a Smash game begins to ponder the question: who is the best character of them all? We’ve compiled the list for you right here.
The Best Super Smash Bros. Character In Each Game
Super Smash Bros. (1999)
There isn’t much to choose from when it comes to the original Super Smash Bros., boasting a cast of only 12 characters from the staple Nintendo franchises.
Without question, the best character in this game is Pikachu, who has amazing throws, a good projectile, great moves and by far the best recovery in the game.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the crown jewel of the GameCube era for Nintendo, and one of the most beloved multiplayer games ever made. It introduced North American audiences to Fire Emblem characters for the first time, and pushed the series in a new direction.
In Melee, the best character is widely considered to be Fox. His lightning fast moveset, strong KO power and good recovery make him devastating in the right hands.
It’s worth noting that casual players might not see the most in Fox; he’s quite difficult to use and competitive, tournament-level players have to practice a lot to make the most of him. Still, when Fox is pushed to his limit, there is no one better.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
The anticipation for Super Smash Bros. Brawl cannot be understated; the long-awaited sequel to Melee introduced online play, a new story mode called Subspace Emissary, and the announcement of Sonic as a playable character caused the internet to crash with excitement.
The strongest character in Brawl is absolutely Meta Knight. With multiple jumps, fast and powerful moves and specials, as well as multiple great recovery tools, Meta Knight has everything you need to dominate the competition. Plus, unlike Fox in Melee, Meta Knight is much easier to use.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (2014)
Smash 4 (the shorthand for the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game) provided fans with loads of content, as well as the first time Super Smash Bros. could be played on a portable system. Both the Wii U and 3DS versions had wildly different stages and game content, making both must-haves for Smash enthusiasts. The introduction of downloadable contents and patches throughout the game’s life was always a series first.
The best character in Smash 4 was the product of DLC, with Bayonetta being considered the strongest character in the cast. Good movement, amazing combos, a good recovery and the ability to turn matches around in an instant with Witch Time made Bayonetta a nightmare to play against.
Additionally, Cloud was viewed as the best character by far in 2v2 matches, with his long-ranged hitboxes and strong finishing moves being perfect for that game mode.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
“Everyone is here!” was the big selling point of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with every character who has ever been in Smash being included, as well as many new additions. To be the best character in this game is truly to be the best of them all.
The greatest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Steve from Minecraft. While being difficult to pick up at first, his ability to craft strong weapons and build obstacles creates a world where he can hit hard while being difficult to hit himself. The ability to build platforms in a platform fighting game turns out to be a strong advantage; who would’ve thought?
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