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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters Used The MOST and the LEAST In August 2019!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - You can bet it'll be this way until Banjo comes out.

The fact is that I didn't do as well as I thought I'd do in the Nintendo-sponsored, Battlefy-hosted Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open August 2019. Sure, I barely got into the top 10% of people who actually played in my region (see the comments section of that article for my journey), but that's still far from the Top 32 required to get into the Bracket Round. My bracket picture in that article was thus considered FAKE NEWS because it included a picture of Ludwig in the Bracket Round, but I wasn't in it and neither was any other Ludwig player.

It was an intense experience all around, and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with tournament-stakes for four hours straight (controversially extended to five at the end of the fourth hour) is far more grueling than playing Splatoon 2 Splatfest Turf Wars for the same amount of time. 

In the end, the four North American players that will be flown to Japan for the Nintendo Live tournament are Epic Gabriel (Region 6, Florida, R.O.B.), Wrath (Region 6, Georgia, Sonic), YoseFu (Region 5, ??? somewhere near Mississippi, Simon Belmont), and Heeew (Region 3, ??? somewhere near Texas, Richter Belmont).

To make this article more interesting for you, the reader, I've went to the stats sections for all of the eight regions, aggregated all of the data, and determined who the most-used characters are. This is based on 6,743 North American players who played at least one match (out of 12,322 who registered), and a total of 89,136 games played (multiply that by 2 to know the total number of characters used) in the Ladder Round. Here are the results, which you can use for yourself to prioritise which match-ups you should learn:

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate most common characters used online August 2019


Or, to just put the whole thing in text, this is a most-used to least-used list by name, games played, and percent of total games played:

  1. Joker    12128    6.80%
     
  2. Hero    7502    4.21%
     
  3. Link    6930    3.89%
     
  4. Bowser    6382    3.58%
     
  5. Ganondorf    6188    3.47%
     
  6. Ness    5513    3.09%
     
  7. Inkling    4597    2.58%
     
  8. Cloud    4463    2.50%
     
  9. Yoshi    4279    2.40%
     
  10. Pokémon Trainer    4269    2.39%
     
  11. Mario    4047    2.27%
     
  12. King K. Rool    4008    2.25%
     
  13. Little Mac    4006    2.25%
     
  14. Donkey Kong    3990    2.24%
     
  15. Samus    3609    2.02%
     
  16. Kirby    3331    1.87%
     
  17. Lucina    3312    1.86%
     
  18. Lucas    3281    1.84%
     
  19. Captain Falcon    3191    1.79%
     
  20. Zelda    3152    1.77%
     
  21. Young Link    3104    1.74%
     
  22. Piranha Plant    3080    1.73%
     
  23. Wolf    3050    1.71%
     
  24. King Dedede    2962    1.66%
     
  25. Palutena    2639    1.48%
     
  26. Pikachu    2623    1.47%
     
  27. R.O.B.    2582    1.45%
     
  28. Ridley    2534    1.42%
     
  29. Ike    2531    1.42%
     
  30. Snake    2508    1.41%
     
  31. Sonic    2209    1.24%
     
  32. Luigi    2207    1.24%
     
  33. Roy    2197    1.23%
     
  34. Toon Link    1923    1.08%
     
  35. Mega Man    1787    1.00%
     
  36. Chrom    1741    0.98%
     
  37. Greninja    1730    0.97%
     
  38. Mr. Game & Watch    1697    0.95%
     
  39. Jigglypuff    1644    0.92%
     
  40. Falco    1593    0.89%
     
  41. Bayonetta    1571    0.88%
     
  42. Dark Pit    1469    0.82%
     
  43. Incineroar    1417    0.79%
     
  44. Dark Samus    1403    0.79%
     
  45. Zero Suit Samus    1402    0.79%
     
  46. Isabelle    1390    0.78%
     
  47. Fox    1386    0.78%
     
  48. Marth    1236    0.69%
     
  49. Corrin    1226    0.69%
     
  50. Mewtwo    1202    0.67%
     
  51. Wii Fit Trainer    1176    0.66%
     
  52. PAC-MAN    1136    0.64%
     
  53. Shulk    1115    0.63%
     
  54. Bowser Jr.    1094    0.61%
     
  55. Peach    1042    0.58%
     
  56. Richter    1009    0.57%
     
  57. Ken    980    0.55%
     
  58. Mii Swordfighter    941    0.53%
     
  59. Pichu    930    0.52%
     
  60. Robin    907    0.51%
     
  61. Villager    881    0.49%
     
  62. Dr. Mario    766    0.43%
     
  63. Simon    744    0.42%
     
  64. Lucario    724    0.41%
     
  65. Mii Brawler    681    0.38%
     
  66. Mii Gunner    634    0.36%
     
  67. Daisy    599    0.34%
     
  68. Meta Knight    584    0.33%
     
  69. Diddy Kong    576    0.32%
     
  70. Pit    560    0.31%
     
  71. Duck Hunt    556    0.31%
     
  72. Wario    544    0.31%
     
  73. Rosalina & Luma    505    0.28%
     
  74. Sheik    460    0.26%
     
  75. Ice Climbers    348    0.20%
     
  76. Ryu    288    0.16%
     
  77. Olimar    271    0.15%

Joker was played in more games than the bottom 19 put together. Captain Olimar was the only character on the cast to not see any usage in a region (Olimar was used 0 times used in Region 3, out of 20,014 games). The biggest difference between a character and their Echo Fighter in usage is Samus vs. Dark Samus (3609 games vs. 1403 games). Curiously, Dark Pit was used far more often than Pit (1469 games vs. 560 games). There doesn't appear to be a consistency with people's edginess.

The border between above-average usage and below-average usage is between Snake and Sonic. With 77 characters, there should be an average of 1.3% usage per character.

In every region, Joker was the most-used character. Pichu apparently collapsed after his big nerf in Version 3.1.0. He was a lot more common before.

Region 1 (think Washington state and western Canada) had the highest participation rate (61.82% between registrants and players, 15.03 games per person) of any region. Region 5 (the South in-between Georgia and Texas) had the lowest participation rate (41.57% between registrants and players, 12.81 games per person). You needed a minimum of 16 games in order to possibly qualify for the Bracket Round, since you needed to play 8 sets and each set requires 2 to 3 games. I wonder if it's a regional laziness thing.

In the actual Bracket Round, the most commonly-used characters were R.O.B., Yoshi, Ness, Duck Hunt, Sonic, Pokémon Trainer, Snake, Palutena, PAC-MAN, and Richter. That happens to be heavily influenced by the people who got the furthest in bracket, but the point is that none of those names are Joker, Hero, or Link. (Or Bowser or Ganondorf.)

You should expect a lot of low-to-mid-level players to want to do their best to imitate MkLeo and his Joker, and are just picking the shiniest new DLC character. That's why I said these statistics should hold until Banjo releases, and they're likely a good estimate of the characters you'll find playing random online matches. Train yourself in the match-ups against the most-used characters.

At least there's a very large percentage of the player base that HAS bought DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is actively using it. That's more than I can say for myself. Hm, that sale on the Fighters Pass is still going on...


Ludwig avoided bashing people for their popular character picks because Lord Bowser was the fourth most-used character, and Bowser was Ludwig's most-used character in the tournament. Unfortunately, some of the other Bowser players like to always Down-B when they're in the air above the opponent. Please don't do that if you're trying to win. You can see the spreadsheet of data in Google Sheets here.


Banjo has released, just in time for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open September 2019!

2 comments :

  1. Glad Pokémon Trainer stayed in the top ten even after the nerf unlike Pichu.

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    1. I wonder how much casuals even want to use Ivysaur. Maybe they're just in it for Charizard.

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