How strong will Min Min be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? A look back at previous DLC challengers could offer an answer

Joker is the big outlier right now but is it possible for Min Min to even topple him?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 29, 2020 at 4:17 p.m. PDT | Comments: 6

Min Min is scheduled to be released as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 later today. While Masahiro Sakurai's breakdown of Min Min provided us a detailed look at what the ARMS rep can do, we won't truly know what her overall role in the meta will be until we try her for ourselves.

Still, we can take a closer look at the tier placings of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's other DLC characters to get an idea on the trends of Smash Ultimate DLC. Most of the characters release post-patch have been very middle of the road in the meta.

When Piranha Plant was first released, it was generally looked at as a low tier. The character was mostly held back by the recovery frames that comes about when landing with aerials.

Over a period of time, it was determined that the Piranha Plant's neutral special — the Ptooie — was being overlooked. As it is now referred to as being one of the best specials in the game, Piranha Plant is now typically seen as a mid tier, albeit at the lower end of the mid tier category.

Fire Emblem's Byleth and Dragon Quest's Hero appear to have similarly ended up being on the bottom part of mid tier.

Although Byleth is quite slow in terms of their approach and attacks, it is undeniable that they have excellent reach. As Masahiro Sakurai put it, Byleth is something of a "Distance Demon" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As for Hero, he's actually capable of benefiting from some rather ridiculous interactions, but this tends to be balanced out by the "luck factor." Hero is ultimately held back by his inability to consistently achieve high rolls from critical strikes and the Command Selection down special.

Banjo-Kazooie and Terry Bogard are also somewhere in the middle of the tier list, but tend to be regarded as being better than the Piranha Plant, Hero, and Byleth.

Out of all these characters, it seems that Joker is the strongest. In fact, it can be argued that Joker is the best character in the game. At the very least, Joker is probably within the top five.

Despite this, only T1|MkLeo has been able to see success with the character at super majors. This seems to suggest that the character is at least difficult to master as only the best player in the world has been able to do it so far.

This is quite different from Smash 4's DLC where Cloud and especially Bayonetta were unanimously considered to be the best in the game. When these two were released, the game's meta was forever changed.

So what could this mean for Min Min? Although the developers appear to being doing unique things for character playstyles, they seem to be playing it relatively safe in regards to DLC character power levels.

Still, Min Min has such a radically different design from the rest of the roster that there might be some unforeseen imbalances with her moveset. As Min Min is armed (literally) with long-ranged attacks that can't be whiff punished, fast up close kick attacks, smash aerials, the ability to move and jump while attacking, and a grounded reflector, the potential for Min Min to be even stronger than Joker is certainly present.

Time will ultimately tell us how strong Min Min is, but if we purely go off of the trends of DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then we should expect her to be another mid tier fighter.

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