In Smash 4, Lucas was considered inferior to Ness; his kit simply was not as well-suited to competitive amiibo matches. In Ultimate, the tables have turned: not only is Lucas stronger than Ness, he’s also one of the strongest characters in the entire game thanks to the introduction of off-stage play.
In Super Smash Bros. 4, Ness’ amiibo was a metagame-defining threat. His claim to fame was his powerful back throw, a kill option so strong that trainers were forced to work around it. Lo and behold, the Improved escapability bonus soon became standard, essentially invalidating the character’s go-to finisher. By the end of Smash 4′s amiibo metagame, other fighters had proven themselves more viable; the rise of these stronger contenders eventually dethroned Ness from top-tier status. But now, the game has changed, and these changes haven’t been kind to Ness. In the previous title, his training regimen was fairly simple; in Smash Ultimate, it is a bit more complicated, as the updated AI and revised air dodge mechanics are hindrances to Ness’ viability. Regardless, he retains several of his key strengths, many of which have had their power, speed, and range increased.
Ness is a small-town kid and the main protagonist of the beloved game Earthbound. His ordinary looks hide his psychic PSI powers. Ness was living a normal life in the suburbs of Onett until a meteor crashed into a nearby mountain and sent him on a wild adventure. Believing in the ultimate powers of wisdom, courage, and friendship, Ness proves that some heroes come in small packages.
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