Battles, Isabelle Battles, Link Battles

Isabelle vs Link



Suggested by Sonic Link was chosen by the Master Sword to be the protector of Hyrule. I don’t think I need to tell you the implications of this. It means that he is the most worthy person on the planet and he was already a sharp fighter before that. Isabelle won’t be able to stop Link and the hero has enough weapons/items at his disposal to defeat her without causing any harm. That’s just how good he is. Link wins.

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Battles, Link Battles, Simon Battles

Simon vs Link



Suggested by Sonic Simon is a pretty powerful hunter. He had to be in order to vanquish an opponent as powerful as Dracula. Still, he isn’t quite ready to handle the Hero of Time. Link’s swordsmanship is way better than Simon’s and the green garbed hero also has many other weapons at his disposal. Simon would have absolutely no way to escape the onslaught of attacks and so I’m afraid he is doomed here. He just can’t stand up to Link in any area. Link wins.

Battles, Josh Calloway Battles, Link Battles

Josh Calloway vs Link




Suggested by Destroyer Josh Calloway is the main character from the Eve of Extinction game that came out for PS2 a while back. The game never really hit it big despite being an amazing title. The main character wields a sword as well as many other weapons. His energy attacks should not be underestimated, however that won’t be enough to beat Link. The fact of the matter is Link has more experience and better weapons at his disposal. His sheer strength has been shown to be absolutely staggering. Josh is completely out of his league. Link wins.

Battles, Inkling Battles, Link Battles

Link vs Inkling



Suggested by Sonic Inkling is a pretty tough character, but she isn’t quite ready to take on someone like Link. Link has a lot of experience under his belt and has mastered many different items. His skills are impressive and he can fight even without weapons. This battle just has a gap in talent that is too wide to overcome. Inkling isn’t ready to fight such an opponent yet, but if she keeps training then maybe that can change. Link wins.

Battles, Link Battles, Wario Battles

Link vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic Wario is a pretty persistent guy, but his actual abilities aren’t quite a match for the Hero of Time’s. Link is the better fighter through and through. He’ll approach the match with a good amount of tactics and physical ability to get him through. Even when Wario transforms into his near invulnerable state it won’t be a match for Link’s Fierce Deity mode. Wario is basically outmatched in all areas. Link wins.

Battles, Daisy Battles, Link Battles

Daisy vs Link



Suggested by Sonic It’s time for Daisy to step in! She’s always been one of the most underratted Mario characters so to see her in Super Smash is pretty intense. Still, I’m not sure if she can hope to stop Link here. Link has his Master Sword on hand and a bunch of other weapons including his Light Arrows. Daisy isn’t fast enough to dodge his hits and she also won’t be able to endure them. Link is simply on a different level with his pure technique and Daisy will have to wait for another match to try and get a win. Link wins.

Battles, Link Battles, Ness Battles

Ness vs Link




Suggested by Destroyer Ness is a pretty talented kid. He has mastered the various pk powers at his disposal and can turn any object into a weapon. That being said, he will still have a tough time getting past Link’s formidable arsenal of weapons and battle experience. It’ll definitely give Link the edge in this fight and his Skyward Slice is something Ness will definitely want to dodge. Link wins.

Battles, Bomberman Battles, Link Battles

Bomberman vs Link



Suggested by Sonic Bomberman is a pretty agile fighter who is good at dodging explosions while prepping his own. That being said, I don’t think he is quite ready for an opponent like Link. Link has a large arsenal of weapons at his disposal. While the hero of time’s bombs may not be as good as the iconic bomber, his Light Arrows will still do the trick. Bomberman isn’t fast enough to stop Link from using such powerful weapons. Link wins.

Battles, Link Battles, Pac Man Battles

Link vs Pac Man



Suggested by Sonic Pac Man is a video game icon who is well known and loved by fans all around the globe. He has a lot of fruits at his disposal, but none that would be able to get past Link’s shield. Link has a lot of endurance and raw power behind his sword swings so once he gets close to Pac Man then the match will be over. Nothing can block or survive the Master Sword! Link wins.

Editorial

5 Reasons why I won’t main a low tier in Super Smash for Switch.

I take no credit for the images used in this article. Credit goes to their respective creators


So the next Smash Bros game is coming out soon and you’re wondering who to main. I don’t blame you, this is the kind of decision that is super important and will come back to bite you if you aren’t careful.I’m going to impart some wisdom to you here on not only why I won’t main a low tier, but why you shouldn’t either. I mained Fox in the first 3 iterations of Smash Bros and upgraded to Bayonetta for Sm4sh. For Sm5sh I fully expect to be maining a top tier fighter as well. You need to choose quickly because otherwise you will become stuck. For example, if you approach most players who main a low tier they will deny it. You can yell it as loudly as the character in the picture above but they can no longer recognize that their character is low tier. You simply lose sight of the character’s faults and that’s why you need to make the right choice the first time around.

1. You have to develop your own Metagame.

When you pick a top tier like Diddy Kong or Bayonetta you’re in for a fun time since you can just toss out the same old combos that you see the top players pulling off. For Bayonetta just keep using her witch twists until it gets the KO. It’s an extremely safe attack so don’t worry about getting punished for it. See, the thing with low tiers is that everybody is always eager for someone else to main them, but nobody wants to do it personally. That’s because you are the guinea pig here. They want you to learn the combos so they can just steal it along with the character once you prove that they can be viable. Of course, that’s hardly a guarantee in the first place. Odds are that you’ll be doomed. Worst case you think you are picking a great character as seen in the picture above, but then the reality is a little different.

2. You can’t have any Johns

If you lose to someone when you’re playing one of the best characters then you can easily make an excuse like you didn’t sleep well or something and people might believe it. After all, how else could you lose to a low tier? However, if you lose to someone while playing a bottom 5 character then you only have yourself to blame for picking the character. At least that’s going to be the counter argument and it will be a very tough one to get around. How do you debunk such a statement? It gets tricky and this actually leads into my 3rd reason.

3. You always have to settle for 2nd best

Whether you are second in your pool, in the tourney, or in your half of the pool, there will always be a ceiling that you can’t shatter. After all, when was the last time someone saw Buff The Puff win a big tourney or Melee Kirby doing anything? You’ll ultimately never get to see most of the prize money for the Smash tournaments and that will turn the game into a very expensive hobby. If you can’t make money off of it then why continue to spend money to enter the tournament? It just doesn’t make any sense. Character loyalty will only hold you back in bracket. Better to be just another Bayo than to be known as the Zelda guy who is always stuck at pools. If you don’t know any better you’d think you were out of the range of another character’s attack like in this picture, but hitboxes can be very deceiving.

4. You won’t get Top Player privilege.

Prepare to be treated like everyone else. Overslept through a pool and want the TOs to give you mercy? Not unless you’re a top player and last I checked, to be a top player you can’t use a low tier. It’s a tough predicament, but one that you will ultimately have to live with. A loop hole that you could use for any of the reasons on the list is to pick a top tier and just call him/her a low tier. Some top players have attempted this and while most will smirk you can probably trick a few into thinking this. Top character privelege is a thing as well. Top tier characters have a lot of cheesy gimmicks and techniques to break their fall so the player can afford to get outplayed the entire set and still win anyway. If you main a low tier then there is nobody to save you from the fall.

5. The more you play, the worse your results get

This may sound contradictory but it’s true. Low tiers thrive on match up inexperience and gimmicks. Most of them are really one trick ponies. At first they will terrify the opponent but then they realize that their attacks actually aren’t so dangerous. Zelda has her down throw to up air, but that’s it. Ganondorf has his powerful attacks, but will get combo’d to death way before that. Buff the Puff dies against anyone with range, etc. Once your opponents figure out what you are doing then it is over. Unfortunately for you, they will inevitably figure it out since this will become obvious the more you play them. You want to play a character who is really OP so even once they know what you are doing it won’t matter.

I say all of this to help you enjoy the game more. You may think that as long as you enjoy a character that you will be fine, but this isn’t usually the case. After all, if you are still losing a lot then that will take away the joy. You can play a boring character all day meanwhile but if it delivers the wins then you won’t mind so much. Of course it will be tough to tell who the top tiers for Smash 5 are right away (Assuming it’s not a port although I have my doubts) but just listen to the general consensus and stick with it for a while. Listen to the Twitch chat or the Reddit professionals and just copy their ideas. It will help you win a lot of tournaments before everyone has picked up the pieces. This was a relatively short editorial, but one that I felt was necessary to release before the game came out. Pick a main wisely as you won’t be able to switch right away without the world taking notice.