Eric Justice is another EKU student that loves delving into the world of Super Smash Bros. and has done so as far back as the original game on the Nintendo 64. In that game and it’s sequel Super Smash Bros. Melee, Justice played as Captain Falcon, the main character from Nintendo’s F-Zero racing series.
“I think he was such an iconic part of Smash with his trademark FALCON PAWWNCH,” said Justice.
Justice continued playing who he liked, but after losing his first tournament, he learned of the concept of tiers.
“…after getting rolled at the first tournament I ever attended I quickly found out that competitively, some characters are just better than others.”
For Brawl, the top tiered character was Meta Knight from the Kirby series. Some would argue that Meta Knight was a broken character (unfairly overpowered) and should’ve been banned in tournaments, though this was balanced out in Smash for Wii U and 3DS.
Justice decided to go back to using Captain Falcon and Marth from the Fire Emblem series, but with the inclusion of DLC characters, Justice immediately jumped at two in particular: Mewtwo from the Pokemon series, and Cloud from Final Fantasy VII.
“Even though he was subsequently buffed, I found Mewtwo to be a very fun character to play with from the start. For me his strategy was a mix of mind games, and speed, keeping your opponent on their toes never knowing if they would get hit by a rogue shadow ball, or tossed off the stage with his kill throws,” said Justice.
“I would place Cloud comfortably on top as the best swordsman in Smash. I downloaded him day 1 and have been playing as him ever since. Cloud is definitely a mixed bag. He rewards a skilled hand, but suffers just as bad as Little Mac if you let him get tossed around.”