Shulk's poster, which lacks Link and has Pit for no reason. Guess which one was in his trailer and which one wasn't?

bias (/ˈbaɪəs/) n: inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection (as in the representation of various series in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS). This is seen getting more heavy every entry, even every trailer.


Kid Icarus Bias Edit


The source of all the Bias.

The series "Kid Icarus" has been in three Super Smash Bros games. After Pit's playable appearance in Brawl, a new game for his series, "Kid Icarus: Uprising", was released. Due to this, it would be inevitable that the series would gain a fair amount of new content and representation in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. However, many people have disputed over the fact that the series has gained far too much content and "bias" representation. The most common reason for this, many people argue, is because of the fact that Kid Icarus: Uprising and Smash Bros. were made by the same creator: Masahiro Sakurai.

Common points of criticism of this type include:

  • Pit being in the game's announcement trailer with the rest of the Original 8 apart from Yoshi, essentially "replacing" the famous dinosaur.
  • Lady Palutena being announced at E3 2014 along with the more "significant" Pac-Man and Mii Fighters, and sharing the latter's gimmick of 12 Custom Moves unlocked from the start. (Ironically, Palutena seems to be the most popular out of those three characters with the fanbase.)
  • Adding to Palutena, people have seriously started complaining that she made it in... even though she was both the most predicted newcomer on the board (beating out Chrom) and the most popular (barely edging out Ridley)
  • The disproportionate amount of Kid Icarus items and Smash Run enemies.
  • Palutena's Guidance conversations. Though they serve to replace codecs and were commonly predicted and asked for from Day 1, people still complain that the Kid Icarus characters get these. Yes, really.
  • Yoshi haha

On the other hand, there are many fans and reviewers who back up the amount of Kid Icarus representation. While many of these people are Kid Icarus fans themselves, a few people argue that while the series may have tons of representation in this installment, it may be the last representation it gets in the series, as the series is unlikely to get another sequel. Which angers some of the fans even more because Sakurai said that series with no future are rarely prioritized for newcomers.

All in all, the game "Super Smash Bros." has one main point, which is to represent Nintendo's biggest and most famous stars. And while both sides of this argument have shown their own facts and opinions, nothing has been said or done by Sakurai to resolve this predicament, apart from his insistence that Dark Pit is merely a "free dessert" and hasn't taken the place of Ridley/K.Rool/insert wanted newcomer here.

For unknown reasons, he cut Magnus as an ist trophy in Ultimate, making a handful of people to speculate that he would be DLC.

Fire Emblem Bias Edit

I agree there are a lot of Fire Emblem characters.

—Masahiro Sakurai [1]

In addition, Sakurai has a deep bias in the favor of Fire Emblem. Despite Fire Emblem being one of Nintendo's biggest franchises in Japan, it is niche in the west, which has led some to scream "BIAS!" at the confirmation of two new Fire Emblem characters for not being Krystal or Dixie Kong. It is truly right to say that Sakurai needs to get the boot for including a Marth clone but not many other fan favourites. It is a commonly known fact that even one character for Fire Emblem is too much (at least according to special individuals like DerekMorganFBI), and Smash Bros. has six.

The t̶h̶r̶e̶e̶ (now four) most controversial Fire Emblem characters are Corrin, Lucina, Roy, and Byleth - a DLC character, a clone, a DLC clone, and a payed DLC character. Liking any of these three characters and not insisting that they should be replaced with King K. Rool or Wolf and/or that they're evidence that Sakurai hates his fans and only cares about fulfilling his waifu fetish has become a felony on SmashFAQs - except that the silent majority doesn't mind them at all, even on SmashFAQs (as polls indicate).

It turns out that even Sakurai initially didn't want Corrin in the game because of what he said on the top of the page but the team manipulated him into adding the character.

Chrom will be playable in smash ultimate which doesn't help at all.

Fire Emblem is the first series to have a spirit board event. BIASED

Byleth, another fire emblem character will be added more proof of this bias not to mention Sakurai RIPPED PEOPLE OFF!

Possible Mega Man Bias Edit

Because Beat isn't Mega Man using something to lift him up from below, people have screamed bias because it behaves entirely different to Rush. Also he made Mega Mans Up Air way too powerful since it has a ton of push force so biaaaaaaas!

Totally Real Mega Man Bias Edit

Mega Man got the most Mii costumes as DLC. Bias!!!!111

Proto Man and B added to the final smash of Mega Man in ultimate. Bias!!!!

Mega Man got a lot of remixes in Ultimate!!! BASED

But actually that Dark Man remix is fire and we're the robots and the wood man one is nice >:]

Pokémon BiasEdit

In an example of bias that people actually appreciate, the Pokémon content in SSB4 is much more in-depth and faithful to the games (especially X/Y) than in previous installments. Previous Smash installments only paid lip service to the games and seemed to pay more attention to the anime, which resulted in the series' use of Pokémon Speak and numerous anime-based trophies in Melee (and was also a source of much pleasure for ashnime hater Svedeesh Cheff). It's not out of the question to say that Sakurai actually bothered to pick up, play and enjoy Pokémon X and Y this time around.

In fact, Greninja's moveset was based on concept sketches and largely designed by Sakurai himself together with Game Freak during the very development of X/Y rather than being inspired by the anime. Despite this, Greninja's voice acting, shared with Ash's Froakie, may suggest otherwise (even though some people like its voice); this, along with the anime (including Ash himself) being mentioned in several trophy descriptions, can cause a knee-jerk reaction with some fans that "LEL THEY'RE STILL FOLLOWING THE STUPID KIDDY ASHNIME SAKURAI SHOULD JUST PLAY THEGAMES FOR ONCE". Even though, you know, everything outside of the voices and trophy descriptions suggests that he has (or at least tried to make it game-accurate)? Wait for the storm that'll inevitably occur when Ash or Team Rocket is announced as a newcomer for SSB5.

On the negative side of things, there is also a major bias for Generation 1, while almost all of the other generations are completely neglected. In Brawl, 5/6 playable characters were from Generation 1. In Smash 4, 4/6 playable characters are from Gen 1. The Gen 1 bias is so bad that instead of adding a character from a new generation not represented (namely 2, 3 and 5), even with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the horizon, Sakurai decided to keep Jigglypuff (the Pokémon fanbase's least favorite Gen I rep) and Charizard (the Smash fanbase's least favorite Gen I rep) while leaving the other generations poorly represented. Yet everyone has been clamoring for Mewtwo to return, most likely because since he's a unique character from the holiest and most sacred Smash game of all time and a genwunner favorite, he must be pure gold! But we also love Mewtwo because it is the only legendary pokemon that could work (all of the legendaries float or are stupid and fat, and no one wants Heatran.)

In Smash Ultimate the only reason why Incineroar was chosen was because Sakurai wanted to design a wrestler character F*** you Sakurai you f***** idiot Decidueye is better and more popular . F*** YOU!!!

Punch-out Bias Edit

The Japanese people are complaining that a western-loved character got in their smash... Well, they don't seem to remember that they got Marth + Roy in Melee (both of whom came from Japanese exclusive games) and Lucas (from a Japan only game again) in Brawl, and we people who AREN'T Japanese actually want people like Lip and Captain Rainbow... AKA Characters from Japanese only games, and even then Punch-Out was released in Japan also so why are they complaining that Little Mac got in? Because Waaaaaa, Samurai Biaaaaaas.

Legend of Zelda Anti-Bias Edit

For every bias, there is an anti bias... As in the opposite of bias which is poor treatment of a series. Even though the word "bias" means both in support of something and against something. But don't tell that to the board. In this game, he has treated the LoZ series poorly (besides all those items) by giving no changes to Link which means he'll still be, he separated Zelda and Sheik to create the illusion of more characters and still hasn't cut Sheik for Impa, Toon Link is unchanged, and is still Falcondorf.

When the final game was released, Link and Sheik appeared to be buffed and was finally given a custom sword move, so make of that what you will.

He also hasn't added Tetra, which is very bad

Kirby BiasEdit

Ironically, Kirby didn't receive a bias until Brawl. Though there were plans for King Dedede in both 64 and Melee, Sakurai didn't add him in Brawl for fear of overrepresenting his own series. Come Brawl, he added both King Dedede and Meta Knight , which was a good thing, but once the hype wore off people realized that Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede were the only characters who actually did anything in Subspace Emissary. No, seriously. Meta Knight recovered the Halberd, while Kirby was everywhere and revived others (he was the only non-Dedede party member to be revived when Tabuu trophyfied everyone), and King Dedede was the protagonist of the story. Yes, really. Plus Meta Knight was OP, which was clearly bias and not just poor balancing or anything.

But now that Kid Icarus has been receiving all of the bias, Kirby is being shafted once more - we've gotten pretty much no new Kirby content minus Nightmare, a song, and an enemy or two in Smash Run. That's about it. Kirby is officially back on the antibias list.

And now people are stating that there's a different Kirby bias - that aside from Kirby's new Final Smash and a few music tracks, Sakurai seems to be completely disregarding the Kirby games not made by him. They reference how every Kirby stage in the series has been based on his games, as well as the enemies in Smash Run, among other things. This was ignited by the Great Cave Offensive being a stage despite being from an old game (Super Star) instead of something from a newer game (such as Return to Dream Land, Epic Yarn, or M Attack). Well, actually, it seems that Sakurai did make plans for an Epic Yarn stage, but thanks to Yoshi's Woolly World, it got converted into Great Cave Offensive, so that's something, I guess? On the other hand, the Game Boy stage that looked like it had the potential to be pretty unique ended up just being another Kirby stage (and one based on a Sakurai-developed game, too), which could potentially be an even worse example since it replaced a Super Mario Land stage.

With Smash Ultimate, Kirby bias seems to be back, as the new Story Mode begins with the entire roster being murdered by the new villain and Kirby is the only survivor who must save everyone else. In an interview he tried to justify it but it falls flat on it's face because while Kirby might be able to survive Galeem's attack he is far from the only character the could survive it (ex. Mewtwo can teleport) and keep in mind he created Kirby in the first place so really Sakurai's excuse is quite bad. HOWEVER Mario is always the first character to be unlocked in the world of light mode so make something of that if you will. Bandanna Waddle Dee is also still not playable and is in fact a spirit which is for characters that have NO CHANCE of being playable heavily implying Sakurai hates the character and that he did that just to spite fans of the character.

Anti-Bias in GeneralEdit

And now, in addition to Zelda, people have started arguing about other anti-bias (especially with Metroid and Donkey Kong in comparison to Kid Icarus and Fire Emblem those this has become less of an issue with the inclusion of Ridley, Dark Samus and King K. Rool in Ultimate though it is still at least a bit of a problem even to this very day). Basically, the argument amounts to this:


At least it's keeping everything. Mother, Star Fox, and Ice Climbers are going down in reps. And F-Zero's treated horribly, and other games, such as Golden Sun, Advance Wars, and Custom Robo aren't even getting anything past an Assist Trophy.

But those are nowhere near as big as DK.

They go on further, but due to the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement, that's pretty much all we'll have here.

There is also an anti-bias for gen 3 of Pokémon, not putting in fan favorites like Sceptile or Blaziken.

Its even worse for several 3rd parties in Ultimate, Sonic doesn't get anything big and new other than adding in Knuckles as a Assist for no reasons what so ever, Koei Tecmo only represented with as a Assist which means that Sakurai hates the Warriors series and he also forgot to put in Ryu Hayabusa into smash ultimate, Ubisoft and Wayforward being only represented as Spirits, and even Shovel Knight and Bomberman appearing as assists instead of fighters.

Xenoblade BiasEdit

Due to Shulk being an extremely popular choice, only a small group of people complains of Xenoblade bias, and the majority of the group is silent. Furthermore, the word 'bias' has yet to actually be used, most likely because of the connotations it carries. 

However, there are people who think that it's ridiculous that Shulk, a character that appeared in one game that at the time wasn't even a series yet (the closest was Roy, who hadn't even appeared in one game yet, but he was at the very least part of an established series) even though Xenoblade Chronicles X was almost certainly in development at the time, got in over other characters from established series, such as Saki from Sin and Punishment, Isaac of Golden Sun, any Advance Wars or Rhythm Heaven character (although seeing as a Rhythm Heaven character was seemingly planned, this one is no longer applicable), etc.

Since Shulk is so popular, however, he has a rabid legion of defenders, discouraging anyone from complaining about Shulk. While we're not going to comment on whether these gripes are legitimate, complain about Shulk at your own risk.

The other Xenoblade bias is Metal Face. Only the popular franchises, Metroid and Megaman got stage bosses, and then Sakurai had bias for this niche series and gave it a stage boss. What is even worse, is Metal Face has 49 voice sayings!!! That is way more lines than Ridley or Yellow Devil, even though the Yellow Devil doesn't really talk in his game.

Another example is his whole cast has their own trophy box. Bias.

Mario BiasEdit

Yes, this is really a thing.

Despite Mario being Nintendo's biggest franchise (and Mario's being one of if not the most recognizable fictional characters ever), some people are complaining that Mario has too many reps at 7 (for the record, it had 2 in 64, 5 in Melee, and 4 in Brawl; for comparison, in Brawl, Zelda had 5, and Pokemon almost had 7 or 8 before ultimately ending up with 6).

Despite that, there aren't really any complaints about the amount of other Mario content, except for the fact that Mario Series X didn't get much, while Mario Series Y did. A common complaint is that the Mario reps seem to be meant to represent the "mainstream" Mario games (especially the highly controversial New Super Mario Bros. series) more than anything else, while popular characters from the spinoffs (such as Waluigi, Cackletta, Fawful, Antasma, Geno and Rawk Hawk) get shafted; in fact, despite the apparent Mario bias, not a single Mario spinoff character has been playable in Smash to date. However, it must be noted that Geno actually was considered, and he did get a Mii costume, so this is slightly better. Of course, Geno likely would've been a controversial rep on his own had he made it in.

Also, some people try to inflate these claims by saying that Mario has up to 11 characters (including Yoshi, Wario, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong). Despite Yoshi being the only one who's even debatably a Mario character and Smash's considering Yoshi to rep his own series.

Also, every player's default online profile icon in the 3DS version is Mario's CSS portrait (he's also everywhere in the Options menu, but that was already the case since Brawl). Nope, not the SSB logo or something "blank", just a specific character who happens to be Nintendo's mascot. Make of that what you will.

Also also, the selection of Mario stages in the 3DS version has come under fire, mostly because it seems more like advertising for the latest handheld Mario titles than a celebration of Mario's history on handhelds, with two stages coming from games that weren't particularly liked (New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star), leading to a grand total of three stages based on generic early Mario sidescroller levels (four if the Paper Mario stage is counted). However, as mentioned in the Kirby section, a Mario Land stage was planned, only for the Game Boy stage to replace it.

Also also also, Mario character amiibos are infamously the most common and widely distributed amiibos in any store; even Peach is much easier to find than characters that are more popular and sell better than her such as Link, Samus and Kirby. Not only that, but Nintendo announced a separate Super Mario line of amiibo, which consists entirely of characters that are already common in the Smash line (except for Toad) with more boring sculpts and poses, and quite a few people believe that Nintendo attempting to push the Super Mario line is one reason why Smash Wave 4 pre-orders are being delayed for so long. Mario also gets a Gold Amiibo, and a Silver amiibo. You know who else gets 4 amiibos of themselves? Me neither. Well, nowadays, there are a lot of Yoshi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, and Zelda amiibo, so this is slightly better.

Also also also also, notice how Sakurai didn't put Wario in Melee because he apparently deserved better than being a Mario clone, but was perfectly fine with the idea of Falcondorf... hmm... Well, actually, it turns out that that's a common misconception and that while Wario was cut (as well as briefly considered for clone status), Sakurai never actually said that he deserved better and cut him to avoid Mario overrepresentation.

Daisy also got in as an echo fighter for Peach, over representing Mario cannot be more true.

Wario Land Anti-BiasEdit

With Wario's one attack from Wario Land being turned into a generic punch (as well as his losing an alt. from one of the Wario Land games), people have started complaining of Wario Land anti-bias - there is pretty much 0 Wario Land representation. Wario as a whole supposedly mostly represents the WarioWare series (although he's come under criticism in recent years for not even doing that well), he has a few attacks representing Wario World, and his final smash also represents WarioWare, but Land itself, which includes the first 10 years of his existence, has officially lost any and all reference. This was only magnified by Game & Wario, a WarioWare spinoff, getting a stage on the Wii U version, while at this point we're not sure if Sakurai even knows what Wario Land is. However, in Ulimate Wario's dash attack appears to be his shoulder bash from the Wario Land series so hooray?

Japan BiasEdit

Sakurai must dislike David Wise because he's a talented caucasian composer, that's why he picked the laziest choices and 5 versions of jungle hijinx. Yah I said it. Sakurai racist confirmed.


Eventually, people realized that western-developed games (i.e. both Donkey Kong Country series, Metroid Prime trilogy) get almost no content while Sakurai still adds characters like Marth, Roy, and Lucas. And Shulk wasn't yet in America when the roster was decided, too.

In Metroid's case, notice how the amount of SSB4 content based on Other M (a reviled Japanese-developed entry) completely dwarfs the amount of Brawl content based on the Metroid Prime trilogy (highly acclaimed American-developed entries). This includes the designs of regular Samus and Zero Suit Samus, which were only based on Zero Mission (again Japan-developed) in Brawl but are based on Other M in SSB4. Fortunately, they didn't go much further than some aspects of the visual designs themselves, which many argue still look rather cool (both Samuses are still tall, Zero Suit Samus has her old hairstyle and new bracelets, her Other M high heels are now weaponized, and she's still voiced by Alesia Glidewell instead of Jessica Martin whining about THE BABY in her taunts and victory quotes).

Even Kid Icarus isn't above this. While it may have more focus in SSB4, one game (in a series with three games) is completely absent in both versions, to the point of not even being namedropped - Of Myths and Monsters, a Game Boy game that wasn't released in Japan (for some reason despite the fact it was developed in JAPAN for crying out loud) until the 3DS Virtual Console.

This however appears to be changing with the inclusion of Dark Samus, Ridley and King K. Rool (Who were all highly requested characters by the way) in Ultimate though only time will tell. Banjo & Kazooie made it in now but that likely only because of their strong history with Nintendo.

Newcomer BiasEdit

Who the hell really wanted K.Rool and Wolf? Those two are some of the lamest choices for this game.

—penamaster [2]

The board in general has a bias for newcomers.

That is to say, any character at all (except for Dark Pit, Bayonetta and Corrin) will go from being reviled pre-reveal to being widely accepted and praised. Rosalina's a ridiculous choice? Hey, she got in, what a spectacular pick! Robin should never get in over Chrom? Haha, Chrom's a joke, I can't believe anyone ever even considered the main character over an avatar. And so on.

The trend was fully broken following the reveal of Corrin during Smash 4's Final Presentation. The reaction to the addition of yet another Fire Emblem newcomer (following Robin, Lucina, and the return of Roy) as one of the final additions to Smash 4's roster (who was also the only non-third party newcomer and made Fire Emblem the only series to receive multiple DLC characters) garnered a largely negative reception. To this day, Corrin remains one of (if not one of the three most) hated additions to the Smash series.

Though it looked like the trend would start anew in Smash Ultimate (with even the much-hated Daisy managing to avoid raising the ire of the fandom, likely due to the blow of her arrival being softened by the confirmation of Ridley), things took a turn for the worst following the reveal of Isabelle, who was given a rather lukewarm reception after the fandom convinced themselves that certain community favorites would be announced during September's Nintendo Direct. An even worse example happened during November's Smash Direct, when Incineroar was announced as the final newcomer for Smash Ultimate's base roster, which in turn disconfirmed the widely accepted Grinch Leak and validated the universally-despised Box Theory.


A(n outdated) chart detailing series representation. Despite its age, it's generally accurate.

Battlefield Bias Edit

Not only did Battlefield replace FINAL DESTINATION, but also, every stage now has a "Battlefield" option, further proving that Battlefield Bias exists. Sakurai has made no comment toward Battlefield Bias but he is surely completely aware of its existence. While most of the Smash fanbase seems to, for some reason, be okay with the Battlefield Bias, I am NOT okay with it and you should feel bad if you are.

Star Fox Brawl Bias Edit

Star Fox had WAY too many representatives in Brawl. It had THREE, and Star Fox is dead. Sakurai was obviously being bias for Star Fox at the time. In fact, Krystal was being considered too, so Star Fox almost had FOUR characters. Four characters for a series that is basically dead.

American fans' Ridley bias Edit

American fans were so angry at Sakurai for not making Ridley playable in Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS and Wii U that he had no choice but to make him playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This will likely be the same thing that happens to Waluigi.

American fans will be happy right now, but it isn't only for American. The Japanese have a small Ridley fanbase, but they are happy with what the got in Smash. 3DS and Wii U. European fans are mostly unhappy with this choice, but are warming up to Ridley in Smash.

Almost only Americans wanted Ridley in, and they almost attacked Sakurai on social media for not making this big dragon to be in. It is just sad that he only got in, because of fan demand in one region and was scared for the Ridley fans that wanted him playable to attack him on social media.

Sakurai tries his best to make Smash Bros. and we are just treating the developers as if they are, they work hard for us. And to attack him on social media for one character not being playable, but a stage hazard, We should shame ourselves.

Castlevania Bias Edit

Castlevania got two newcomers (granted, one of them is a clone) and an item in its debut. Also, 34 Castlevania songs are in Ultimate. Never mind the fact that Street Fighter has 36 songs now. This is obviously a display of bias!!!1!1 (Though Sakurai did mention the series's music is unfortunately popular with the music staff in the direct which heavily implies there is a bias)

GameFAQs Smash Wiki's Isaac Bias Edit

This very Wiki is guilty of bias towards Golden Sun's Isaac. While characters like Corrin, Daisy, and Isabelle can have 100% negative pages, any attempts to make even a negative section on Isaac's page gets reverted or sugarcoated relentlessly. Outside of Isaac's own hugbox of an article, a noteworthy example is on The Earthquake Nintendo Direct Delay page, where it's considered by some users to be acceptable to say that Isabelle's reveal was a disappointment, but it's not okay to point out that most of the "disappointed" users were, in fact, Isaac and Skull Kid fans. A compromise was proposed to remove both the negative Isaac section and the "Isabelle's reveal was a let-down" comments, but was rejected in favor of Isaac continuing to receive special treatment from members of the site. Basically, the site's satirical as long as it's against acceptable targets and not forum darlings.

Persona bias Edit

Sakurai being the bias bastard he is was pretty much the only reason why we even got Joker because let's be fair people Joker was never a hugely requested character not to the mention the bias for series really shows in things such as having THREE victory themes instead of just one as well as Jokers victory pose taking priory over the other characters in a team match if he is the lead character, there are many more examples of his bias for the series but you get the basic idea.

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