Super Smash Bros. 4’s amiibo game had an interesting dynamic. It was dominated primarily by heavyweight fighters, namely Bowser and Ganondorf; Charizard, despite fitting the description, fell just a bit short of its top-tiered rivals. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Flame Pokémon has been reunited with Squirtle and Ivysaur, its comrades from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Do they help Charizard reach its full potential, or do they hold it back from greatness?
Mario was one of the most flexible characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. He could be trained “legitimately” and yield acceptable results, but he could also be trained poorly on purpose to corrupt his opponents’ AI into making poor decisions. In other words, Mario was the key to dismantling amiibo AI, and this unique trait served him well in tournament play. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this quirk has been corrected, and Mario must now contend on his own merit alone.
By all accounts, Bowser was one of the strongest contenders in the Super Smash Bros. 4 amiibo metagame. With more tournament wins under his belt than any other character, Bowser was a metagame-defining force, and his reign of terror continues in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Bowser is no longer one of the best amiibo in the game — he is the best amiibo in the game, and serves as a great point of entry for new trainers.
Inkling was the first newcomer announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and appeared in its initial reveal trailer. Hailing from the popular Splatoon series, Inkling (alongside Incineroar) is one of the most recent characters in Ultimate. In competitive play, Inkling is considered a high-tier fighter; unfortunately, the amiibo metagame tells a different story. Inkling is fairly difficult to raise, and at the time of writing, has had below-average results and representation.
Given that Pichu is Pikachu’s baby form, it would be safe to assume that Pichu is the weaker Pokémon. Despite being the lightest character in the game (not to mention that using its attack deals recoil damage), Pichu is actually just about on par with its evolved form. Many characters’ amiibo are viable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Pichu’s is no exception.