In Super Smash Bros. 4, Kirby’s amiibo was rather average. Although Kirby possessed a powerful moveset with high utility, he was held back by short range and several AI flaws. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, amiibo AI was completely revamped. Fortunately for Kirby, this AI update corrected the flaws he suffered from in the previous title. He still isn’t perfect, but he’s been given a fresh coat of paint that makes him well worth training.
The transition from Super Smash Bros. 4 to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate changed a lot. Several top-tier characters in the previous title were nerfed, and as a result their tier placement in Ultimate is lower. Mii Gunner, however, is exactly the opposite: in Smash 4, she was below-average at best and low-tier at worst; in Ultimate, she is considered one of (if not the) best characters in the game and has taken the championship titles of many tournaments.
Young Link returns to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after being absent for over fifteen years! He may be the weakest The Legend of Zelda protagonist in Ultimate due to a particularly troubling AI flaw, but Young Link still has much unseen potential and can even take on top-tier characters.
“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” -Casey Stengel, 3-time champion baseball manager
In one-on-one combat, you can develop a good idea of the metagame. After all, in one-on-one it’s easy to analyze the data on which attacks are best, what match-ups are difficult for specific Amiibos, and which training techniques can be best used to condition an Amiibo’s AI to act a certain way. These data points lead to an understanding of the metagame and lead us to create things like tier lists.
In doubles, you can almost throw the entire concept of tier lists out the window. This is because once you have two Amiibos to a side, you can make up for one Amiibo’s shortcomings with another Amiibo’s strengths. But that in turn introduces new quirks into the AI as you now have Amiibos trying to process the data of two enemies and one friendly.
But this complication and lack of definition is exactly what makes the world of Amiibo Doubles combat so intriguing. You’re not trying to create a warrior but a team. This allows for pairs of Amiibos who you would never consider strong contenders in single combat to form powerful teams. So, if this new concept intrigues you, step on in and let’s discuss how you can get your team ready for Doubles Combat!
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.