Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Does Not Have Too Many ‘Anime Sword Users’

Now that Sora’s arrival has sealed the deal on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster for good, I can lastly say what I’ve been holding again for years: the sport doesn’t have too many “anime sword users.” It’s essentially the most screeched grievance concerning the recreation, and it drives me up a wall. While I get the place it comes from, it’s additionally utterly overblown and inaccurate. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be involved with such a factor – selection is the spice of life, and nobody needs an overabundance of the identical character kind. But it isn’t practically as a lot of a problem as sword-haters would have you ever consider, and I’m right here to show it in each scientific and absurd approach conceivable.   

First, let’s break down the time period “anime sword user.” What does that really imply? The label “anime” doesn’t make sense as not one of the characters in Smash come from an precise anime. They’re all unique online game characters. There isn’t any anime available. 

You could now be saying, “You’re arguing semantics. They look like anime characters.” I assume? I imply, for those who’re saying they appear to be Japanese cartoons, then information flash: practically your entire roster falls into that distinction. In reality, the one non-Japanese fighters are Banjo Kazooie, Minecraft Steve, and – to get tremendous duper technical – the tie-wearing Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and King Ok. Rool (as a result of Rare, a British studio, conceived these guys regardless of Nintendo proudly owning the characters). 

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Don’t thoughts me; I’m simply poking enjoyable at this objectively foolish a part of the grievance. I do know the “anime sword user” time period arose from the perceived abundance of Fire Emblem characters, fighters who finest match the prototypical “anime look” (no matter that’s). What individuals actually appear to imply is that there are too many Fire Emblem representatives in Smash, although even that criticism barely holds water. Has anybody counted the roster? There are eight Fire Emblem fighters in a recreation of 80+ characters. Really take that in. Out of 82 characters (89 with Echoes, however we’ll persist with the official quantity), solely eight hail from Fire Emblem. Barely 10 % of the roster is an excessive amount of? 

Ultimate’s roster has 11 characters from the Mario sequence. Twelve while you embody Donkey Kong (which he completely counts, however I’m being ultra-specific for the sake of argument). That’s roughly 14 % of the roster, nonetheless little or no within the grand scheme, however why does nobody flip their lids about this? Not solely that, however individuals have been screaming at Sakurai so as to add Waluigi! Hey, I’m certainly one of them – I’ve wished that purple goof within the recreation for years. But I additionally don’t complain about any sequence having too many representatives. I scent some bias towards Fire Emblem. 

Would it’s acceptable if Luke Skywalker, an American-made swordsman, joined the roster? That’s a rhetorical query, as I do know the primary drawback lies within the swords themselves. But for individuals who simply hate anybody who makes use of such a weapon it doesn’t matter what they appear to be or the place they arrive from, let’s break down what number of pure sword wielders the sport actually has.

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Out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 82-character roster, solely 22 use a sword as their main weapon. Here they’re under:

  • Byleth
  • Chrom
  • Cloud
  • Corrin
  • Dark Pit
  • Hero
  • Ike
  • Link
  • Lucina
  • Marth
  • Meta Knight
  • Mii Swordfighter
  • Pit
  • Pyra/Mythra
  • Robin
  • Roy
  • Sephiroth
  • Shulk
  • Sora
  • Steve
  • Toon Link
  • Young Link

These fighters account for simply shy of 27 % of the full roster, or a little bit over 1/4. That would possibly sound substantial, but it surely additionally means 60 characters don’t use swords as their most important weapons. Sixty characters! Most preventing video games are fortunate to have 30 or 40 characters complete. “Too much” would counsel that no less than half the roster swings a sword. They don’t! To additional drive this level residence, and since nothing says “I’m right” higher than a visible assist, I painstakingly created this useful and thrilling pie chart for reference: 

super smash bros. ultimate pie chart

As you may see, the visible illustration of non-sword customers resembles Pac-Man. You know who additionally does not use a sword? Pac-Man. Coincidence? I believe not. What does it imply? Something.

Looking at it like this, you’ll see that there’s an amazing variety of fighters that wouldn’t fall into the detested sword class. Thus, in actuality, there are a plethora of options for individuals who despise sword customers with the burning ardour of a thousand Hotheads. So why are we nonetheless on about “too many sword users”? 

There are additionally a number of caveats to think about that additional reinforce my argument: 

  • Sora’s keyblade isn’t a sword. It’s an enormous ol’ key. Sure, he swings it like a sword, however nobody would name me a swordsman if I swung a brush round. Sometimes it turns into one thing extra blade-like, but it surely gained’t in Smash (probably because of the lack of Disney involvement). 
  • Pit/Dark Pit are primarily the identical character, so you can argue they rely as one sword consumer. They additionally wield twin swords that play extra like twin daggers than something. Not your grandmother’s sword consumer in any respect. 
  • The Link trio performs largely the identical with some slight variations, so you can additionally argue they’re simply variations of a single sword consumer.
  • Steve barely cracks this checklist as his sword is unquestionably not the star of his moveset. He may simply be lower. 
  • No one cares about Mii Swordfighter. Period. 

Look, I’m not saying it’s a must to like Sephiroth, Lucina, or Shulk. I, too, get bored with Ike batting me round like his private shuttlecock. I’m simply saying that now Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is successfully completed, it’s time to retire the lame, worn-out “why can’t I hold all of these anime sword users???” grievance with it. Just say you do not like them. The numbers don’t lie. Ornery followers, however? Maybe just a bit bit.

*Final notes to squash some potential rebuttals: 

  • Ganandorf wasn’t included as a result of he throws palms as usually as he whips out his broadsword. 
  • That’s a knife that Joker makes use of.
  • You’re severely going to attempt to lump in Kirby? Really? 


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