Pretty much everyone who’s played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online has cursed that King K. Rool player or Ganondorf main, but the numbers show that Nintendo’s fighting game is actually pretty well balanced in its current state.
Smash director Masahiro Sakurai recently published an article in Japanese gaming mag Famitsu detailing some of Ultimate‘s statistics when it comes to win-loss percentage, and the game’s massive roster is surprisingly balanced considering how many characters the game boasts.
The most impressive and easily digestible stat presented in the article states that no character in a one-on-one fight has a lower win percentage than 40 percent or higher win percentage than 60 percent. When it comes to how characters fare in higher-ranked online matches, the lowest win percentage for a character is 43.7 percent, while the highest is 56.8 percent. King K. Rool specifically has a win rate of 51.9 percent overall, with a VIP win rate of just 48.9 percent.
As far as which characters are the most popular, that honor goes to Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud, with Ganondorf proving the most popular among higher-ranked players. Despite that, Ganondorf’s win percentage is only 47.9 percent, showing that players don’t pick him just because he’s OP.
One of the weirder stats, however, is the win percentage differences between Peach and her echo fighter, Daisy. Considering that both characters are identical in terms of gameplay, Peach’s 54.4 percent win rate to Daisy’s 50.9 percent seems like an odd discrepancy, but it does show that both characters win slightly more than they lose.
It seems like this data was compiled and analyzed prior to the game’s latest patch, which adjusted over two-thirds of the game’s roster while adding a new fighter, Piranha Plant, to the mix. It would be interesting to see if that patch has any noticeable effect on character pick- and win-rates, but considering how tight-lipped Nintendo usually is with numbers like this, asking for an update might be wishful thinking.