At first glance, Pichu does not look like a super strong Super Smash Bros. character. The diminutive Pokémon is cute as a button, of course, but its weaknesses have meant that it has always been overshadowed by its castmates in Super Smash Bros. Melee . But all changed with the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate .
Several competitors said to Kotaku that Pichu is much better in the Smash with one in particular, believing that the Pokémon is the best character in the game at the time. Much of this has to do with Pichu's improved ability to damage and eliminate opponents, and his small body that allows him to weave around attacks and find openings that larger characters would not be able to exploit.
The story of Pichu in Super Smash Bros. the series was short and irrelevant before Ultimate arrived on Switch last month. In its only previous appearance, Super Smash Bros. Melee the electric mouse is something of a joke character. It has self-destructive attacks and a slight frame, which both contribute to the ease with which it can be killed. According to the most recent list of level Melee Pichu is the third worst character in the game, and the direct fights remember that almost all members of the cast are favorites in the game apart from Bowser and Kirby, the only characters considered worst of Pichu.
This does not mean that Melee players Melee do not use Pichu, but many do it only as a way to hinder themselves when they do not believe them "I will lose otherwise." The most prolific Pichu user in the day # 39; today, veteran Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, has even managed to win games in major tournaments like The Big House, DreamHack and Smash & # 39; n Splash using the little Pokémon.Whether these short flashes of brilliance, Pichu is simply bad when it comes to high-level competition, and even players like Mew2King choose to attack with stronger fighters when things get serious.
When it was announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate included all the characters of the past episodes of the franchise, for Pichu there was relatively little excitement compared to the more popular fighters like Fox and Marth.But soon it became apparent that the baby Pokémon would deserve to the attention. The community began to take note of the improvements of Pichu before Ultimate also arrived thanks to various pre-release events, and the first level lists took note of the potential of the character in the competitive game . These opinions were supported after the launch when James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson and Landon "Captain L" Trybuch began to win major tournaments.
Eric "ESAM" Lew, who usually plays Pikachu, believes that Pichu is much improved in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate . "[Pichu’s] speed and aggressive play are among the best in the game," he explained to Kotaku . "Pichu has better combos, more damage, much better improvements, better killing potential, basically everything has improved from Melee ."
"Personally I think Pichu is the best character in the game," he said Trybuch, who won with the character of The Pinnacle last December. "A strong pressure forces the opponent to play the Pichu game in most matchups, and in other matchups, roll cancel grab can really help Pichu get in. And when Pichu is in, he hits really hard. combos are enough to put you at your fingertips for its killing settings, its weight seems like a huge disadvantage, but it actually helps it to escape a lot of reliable configurations on other characters. Smash games, and Pichu brings this to the extreme. "
Where Pichu had once been thought of as a weak version of Pikachu, their skills are now comparable. A ranking of recent characters that combines the opinions of a number of noteworthy players places Pichu near the top of the cast, right next to Pikachu. Trybuch, who played Pikachu in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii U is firmly in Team Pichu now having strong configurations of off-stage killings and tactics that rival his form evolved. He also noted that "being low-profile and low-profile hitbox" has always been his favorite part of playing Pikachu, and Pichu has it in his hand.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate The grass champion Jestise "MVD" Negron notes that the "incredible options" of Pichu have done a lot to consolidate their opinion on the character.
"[Pichu] can quickly attack damage to the opponent and has so many killing options that you can almost forget to get hurt," said Negron Kotaku . "Pichu can definitely get stronger, and we've already seen big hits through players like VoiD I do not think Pichu will leave anytime soon."
Competitive combat players can rarely predict how strong a character will be on previous appearances. The reduced profitability of Sakura in Street Fighter V for example, is far from its game potential in Capcom Vs. SNK 2 . But even so, the sudden status of Pichu as a Super Smash Bros. the star is surprising due to how badly he suffered in Super Smash Bros. Melee . This joking character has come out of the depths of darkness to compete with the best Ultimate has to offer and it's great to see new fighters on the battlefield, at least for the time being.
Ian Walker loves fighting games and writes on them. You can find it on Twitter at @iantothemax .