UPDATED: Super Smash Bros.: Ranking the Newcomers (So Far)

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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UPDATE: A new fighter has joined the ranks, so it’s time to update my list. I understand that the roster was leaked earlier in the week, but out of respect for Nintendo and Sakurai I’m only adding newcomers that get officially announced. Please understand.


Who’s excited for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS? I certainly am. I’m salivating at the idea of getting my dirty mitts on the latest Nintendo brawler. And like most fans of the series, the one thing I look forward to the most is finding out who the newbies—the ones willing to get seven shades knocked out of them—are.

So far, 12 13 newcomers have been announced. I’m including one character who appeared in Brawl simply because they’ve been completely revised, which practically makes them worthy of newcomer status. With these 12 new challengers, I thought it was high time that someone rank them in order of expectation, interest, and any other words that mean ‘LET ME PLAY WITH THEM NOW!’

Super Smash Bros.

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This will be an ongoing list that could change with the reveal of any future newcomers. For now, I present to you The Probably Not Official or Definitive Ranking of All the Smash Bros. Newcomers…So Far.

DISCLAIMER: I am ranking these from whom I’m least interested in to most interested in. Please expect the occasional moan and groan. Thanks.

13) Mii Fighter

Mii Fighter | Super Smash Bros.

Three? Or one? Three? Or one? Which is it?

Is the Mii Fighter counted as one character or three? I’m not too sure, so let me know your thoughts in the comments. Either way, their inclusion hasn’t really excited me. Whilst the idea of them is quite fun, the novelty has already worn off. I’d probably only play with them once or twice, and I can’t see them being popular with veteran Smash players.

12) Charizard

Charizard | Super Smash Bros.

Oh. You’re back. I’m so happy. *end sarcasm*

Okay. I’m fully aware Charizard was part of the playable team in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I consider him to be a newcomer based on three very good and legit reasons. Firstly, Charizard is no longer tied to the Pokémon Trainer. Secondly, the fire Pokémon has a new(ish) revised move set. Lastly, it got its own snazzy CGI trailer, along with another Pokémon. Pretty strong evidence of newcomer status, wouldn’t you say? All that being said, I don’t like Pokémon and couldn’t care less about playing as one. Next!

11) Greninja

Greninja | Super Smash Bros.


Speaking of not caring about Pokémon links nicely into who is at tenth place. Greninja is the newest Pokémon to join the Super Smash Bros. series, and again, I’m filled with an overwhelming feeling of ‘meh’. It could be because I’ve never even heard of a Greninja. Having said that, it does look like it plays better than Charizard, and I love the fact that its tongue also acts as its scarf. Classy stuff.

Next, a famous yellow character who is most definitely not a Pokémon →

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  • MusubiKazesaru

    Greninja is too low and Wii Fit Trainer is far too high

  • Josh S.

    I agree entirely. Wii Fit Trainer’s novelty has worn off for me, personally. Looks fun, but not amazing. Greninja should def be higher. Then again, this is his opinion, so all is fair.

  • fasdfasddsafasd

    I couldn’t care less about Greninja or Villager, kinda thought Palutena was the least interesting character in Uprising, don’t consider Charizard a newcomer (just very revamped), and wish Lucina was just a Marth skin (and that Marth wasn’t slowed down so drastically!), but other than that, happy with every newcomer, especially Robin.

  • Some Guy

    Unless you’re going to include every character that got split off from an old multi-character and fleshed out solo like Zero Suit Samus or Shiek, then classifying Charizard as a newcomer doesn’t fit. Your third point doesn’t even merit newcomer status given how other veterans got the same treatment, like Captain Falcon did just this week. It’s also not a point in the new category that a move set got changed up considering plenty of vets have had overhauls as well. Basically your 3 points don’t hold up at all past wanting to really point out a dislike of Pokemon.

    I also find your reasoning for disliking Pac-Man is nothing more than focusing on what he could have been, rather than what he is. Not a fair reason to really dislike something and comes across as a bit petty or lazy.

    Outside of that the list if pretty decent and I can see my own falling in line a bit. Everyone will have differing ideas in the end though. Personally I’m looking forward to Villager and Robin most of all in this group.

  • Vinicius

    The only charachters I’m not interested are Charizard and Lucina, they both are in last place, everyone else looks cool.

  • Rodan Hibiki

    You try too hard to be funny.

    • YouMEANIE!

      That was mean.

  • dubaloseven

    Most Surprising =/= Best

    I went to Smash-fest at Best Buy and found WFT to have an awkward moveset compared to the rest of the cast. Meanwhile Villager and Greninja were ridiculously fun. Pac-Man should be the lowest on this list as well, as his moveset looked downright terrible, and really doesn’t have any business being in the game (Snake didn’t either).

    • Justin Graham

      Considering that Namco is helping Nintendo develop the game, I’d say that they’re entitled to a character slot.

    • dubaloseven

      and as a big fan of Namco, I’d disagree

  • Pac Mans too low.

    How DARE you put Pac Man so low?

  • multibottler0cket

    I’m most excited for Lucina, Robin, and Megaman.

  • Soul Caliber and Tekken aren’t even prominent on Nintendo systems, so inclusions from those franchises would seem a little awkward to today’s Nintendo fans.

  • Rick Xeros

    Wow, You kind of lost me when you said you couldn’t care less about pokemon, I mean that’s your opinion and you’re welcome to it. But I found that very unprofessional, so I couldn’t care enough to finish this article, peace.

  • FireFox01

    How come a Pokémon hater got to post on articles about Nintendo?

    Also it’s clear as day, he hasn’t play Kid Icarus Uprising, and Fire Emblem Awakening, so he’s ditching those characters.

    Extrememly blank, no objective points, no talk about movesets, play style, just “what i like and don’t like”, lame article.

  • madmofo145

    Late to the party but I must say I really just can’t agree with these rankings. I don’t care about Greninja as a character in the least, but would rank him pretty high simply due to the fact that he looks fun to play with, which would seem to be a pretty important part of a ranking system. While I undestand this is all opinion, having some justification to the opinion beyond “I don’t like Pokemon” would make it a bit more interesting, and would still allow for argument like “I believe Palutena was a poor choice as Kid Icarus as a series hasn’t established itself as deserving multiple Roster entries”, not that I would necessarily agree with the sentiment.

  • disqus_pMLNZ2p5XY

    Wow this list is awful. So many awesome newcomers were revealed and Wii
    Fit Trainer, the worst newcomer gets the number two spot. Also why the
    fuck did a JRPG site allow the douche who doesn’t like Pokemon to write a
    top ten? Thats like letting someone who hates Game of Thrones make
    lists on a “fantasy tv series” site. This moron makes this site even
    less credible than it was before. I’ll stick to other sites for my news
    from now on.

    • ZigTheHunter

      That’s a bit harsh, I haven’t seen many other articles on this site that hurts its credibility, mind sharing some?

  • origonalname112

    I though the jokes were funny…

  • Nelson Quintanilla

    I want Reyn Time “Man, what a bunch of jokers”