Thanks to everyone who voted in the latest Mega Smash Poll! The poll has officially been closed, and the full data is available here. When using the data, please link back to this page so people may download their own copy of the data. Feel free to use the data for whatever project you want! We’ll be using the data for a couple of Source Gaming articles. Today, I thought it would be interesting to talk about character dislike and likes in depth.
The poll was designed to be flexible with the amount of information it collects. Before the poll ended, I discussed some things we could learn about the Smash community. It seems that the majority of active participants are 15-20 year old males. Looking at data on Source Gaming’s YouTube channel and Google Analytics, this is further confirmed.
Quick warning: This data was collected before the 1.1.6 patch.
One of the questions I asked was if a character was liked or disliked. This was left ambiguous on purpose. I was hoping to capture the “strong” reactions towards the characters; both positive and negative. For characters that haven’t received a lot or likes nor dislikes, than we can assume they are the middle of the road characters, and are characters that people don’t have strong feelings one way or the other. Providing an answer for like/ dislike wasn’t a requirement, and more people skipped the dislike question.
Another question was to self-identify how “hardcore” each respondent was. 1 was “For Glory” style players [Competitive] while 10 was “For Fun” style players [Less Competitive]. The average was 3.37, with the mode (the most amount of responses) being 1.
I wanted to see if there was a relationship between how competitive a player was, and their character preference. In order to do this, I first looked at what characters were “liked”. Here are the “heat map” results. Please note, the more “red” the less liked the character is. Blue is more beloved.
I also prepared a histogram of the data.
It’s clear that DLC characters have a bias associated with them that is shared by most players. In general, non-competitive players seemed to have higher percents of “likes”, but this might be attributed to the lack of responses from non-competitive players. Captain Falcon, Marth, Ike and Mario seem to all do well with all types of players too.
Then, I decided to analyze what characters were “disliked”. Again blue is good, red is bad.
Unsurprisingly, Rosalina and Luma, Palutena, Dark Pit and Bayonetta elicited strong negative responses from players. I was a little surprised with Olimar and Pikmin, as I didn’t remember him not doing poorly on the previous Mega Smash Poll.
Here’s a histogram of this data.
Anyway, after finding the percentages of likes and dislikes I looked to find the approval rating per character, and per hardcore ranking. Talking the likes and minusing the dislikes, we are left with the following data. Characters with negative numbers were more “dislike” than “like”:
…and here’s an interactive chart of approval.
Most characters seem rank better with non-competitive players. Some characters have extreme reactions, for example: MegaMan, Duck Hunt, Greninja, Charizard, Ike, Donkey Kong, Mr. Game and Watch, Luigi and Mario.
Characters that did better with people who ranked themselves in the middle of competitive and noncompetitive are: Ganondorf, Link, Toon Link, Pit, King Dedede, Jigglypuff, Captain Falcon, Shulk. Mewtwo and Cloud.
There’s only one character that seems to do better with the more “competitive” crowd, and that’s Marth. He’s one of the few non-DLC characters that’s in the blue with the most competitive people.
How’s the DLC?
77.2% were “surprised” with the DLC.
86.7% of the respondents were not disappointed with Smash DLC.
48.1% of respondents bought Mii Costumes.
88.1% of respondents bought stages.
93.7% of respondents bought characters.
90.% of respondents liked characters the most, 7.3% stages, and 1.7% Mii Costumes.
Most people thought the price of DLC was reasonable.
A lot of the written responses for, “what kind of content would you have preferred” was about the lack of Nintendo characters, or wanting cut veterans like Wolf and the Ice Climbers back. Some people also wanted skins (non-Mii Fighters) as DLC, and a hazard toggle switch. Most people were surprised by the amount of newcomers in DLC, and having a 3rd party focus. Cloud was the most surprising.
I decided to look at the DLC approval rating in particular. Bayonetta was clearly the most controversial character as she was too deemed to be overpowered by a majority of the people, and for winning the Smash Ballot. Corrin, another controversial choice has also ranked lower– this is a bit odd as more people were likely to say that they were displeased with Roy. I guess in the end, Roy is our boy! Their ranking in the “what character are you most displeased with?” might be due to the fact that some people feel that Fire Emblem was overrepresented in DLC, or preferred a different veteran over Roy.
Mewtwo was the 2nd more “pleasing” DLC, but he is ranked slightly more favorably among the fanbase. Cloud was the most “pleasing” and is generally ranked second. This is probably due to the fact that Cloud wasn’t leaked, and was seen as a welcomed surprise by many.
Bayonetta’s ranking prompted me to see if the perception that a character a overpowered/ weak had any influence on the approval rating.
Here’s the top 5 characters that need nerfs, and their approval ratings:
Here’s the top 5 characters that need buffs:
There definitely seems to be some influence over how strong a character is perceived and their approval rating. In general, competitive players tend to have less positive views of characters than their non-competitive counterparts. The range for characters that need nerfs is MUCH higher than the range for characters that need buffs.
Next, I looked at what characters had the greatest change from their highest approval rating, to their lowest (The “Controversial” rating). These are Rosalina and Luma, Bayonetta, Megaman, Duck Hunt and Palutena.
Here’s the 5 least “controversial” for comparison. These are Corrin, Roy, Lucas, Shulk and Ness:.
Here’s the characters ranked by average approval rating:
Mewtwo, Cloud, Captain Falcon, Mario and Marth are the top five while Bayonetta, Rosalina and Luma, Olimar and Pikmin, Dark Pit, Mii Swordsman take the bottom 5 spots.
..That’s all for today. This data took a long time to prepare, but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this article. The file can be viewed here.
If you would like to view/ download the original responses, check out the files.
Let us know what kind of things you would like us to look into on Twitter or in the comments below!
Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)