Caution - High Voltage - Pichu for Smash Switch

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Pichu was one of 14 newcomers added for Super Smash Bros. Melee, and being the pre-evolved form of my main Pikachu, he was something of a secondary main for me.

He was one of several cut from Brawl, and data mining revealed that he was the only veteran not considered for the game, when you consider Toon Link a natural evolution of Young Link. There were many that were glad to be rid of him, given his status as the lowest-ranked on the SSBM tier list and his perception as a "joke" character given that he damaged himself when using electric attacks.

But Pichu had a dedicated fanbase, being one of the cutest Pokemon out there, and have hoped for his return to Smash for a long time. With the Switch out, is this finally the time for Pichu to return to Smash?
 

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Sure, I'd love to see Pichu come back in the next installment!
 

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Pichu's self-harming made him a uniquely tactical fighter who couldn't just spam lightning like Pikachu. Sure, this made him bad but it also made him the most different in play style of all the clone characters. He does not deserve the hate he gets.

Pichu needs work if he's to return but he has potential and I would LOVE to see it utilised.
 

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I am 100% fully behind Pichu coming back, :pichumelee: is my second-most played Melee character and for one reason or another I could never get myself to enjoy playing as Pikachu as much as I did Pichu, he's legitimately the closest thing I have to a secondary in any of the Smash games.
 
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I would LOVE that! But unfortunately, even if Smash for Switch does feature new characters, there are probably a bunch of potential characters that would be prioritized over him.

But still, he was my main in Melee, so nothing would make me happier than to see a (probably) buffed version of him come back.
 

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I would LOVE that! But unfortunately, even if Smash for Switch does feature new characters, there are probably a bunch of potential characters that would be prioritized over him.

But still, he was my main in Melee, so nothing would make me happier than to see a (probably) buffed version of him come back.
Indeed. There is very little hope for Pichu as he's nolonger relevant and he's one of the most disliked clones around. I do not expect a return for him but would love it if he did beat the odds. Of those cut between Melee and Brawl, he and Mewtwo were the only ones I cared about.

Still, I am very precious of certain elements of the character. If he is buffed to have more range or damage than Pikachu, I will be very upset. His skill is in speed and manipulation so multi-hits and easy little combos would make much more sense for him.
 
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I say, if a character debuts in one Smash, he's part of the Smash family for life. In my earlier days of playing Melee I did play the mouse Pokèmon quite a bit.
 

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In my headcanons when Pichu was in Smash he was good friends with Yoshi, since the latter has been known to be good with babies (if you know what I mean).
 

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I would say we wouldn't get 3 Pokémon but we got 4 fire emblem In smash 4 so anything is possible
Brawl added 4 Pokemon tho remember? - :squirtle::ivysaur::charizard::lucario:
And FE only got 4 via lucky circumstances that took little effort :4lucina: and DLC :4feroy::4corrinf:.

What's my point you ask? IDK, I guess to say the same thing. Anything is possible.* (But not quite anything obviously.)
 

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I would love Pichu if his electric moves were overpowered in exchange for hurting himself. Just by polarizing some of his kit Pichu's detriments could transform into a gimmick or feature worthy of being advertised. Pichu has so much potential in regards to being a high risk/high reward fighter but in the end people just think of him as a joke because of how terrible he is in Melee. Also, tail spikes are always welcomed.
 
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I'd like to be added to the support list, please! I didn't know that there was still a Pichu support thread around here to begin with. Also, I'm sure everyone's aware that Pichu was added to SSF2?

I would love Pichu if his electric moves were overpowered in exchange for hurting himself. Just by polarizing some of his kit Pichu's detriments could transform into a gimmick or feature worthy of being advertised. Pichu has so much potential in regards to being a high risk/high reward fighter but in the end people just think of him as a joke because of how terrible he is in Melee. Also, tail spikes are always welcomed.
Well, it looks like Pichu's going to be more of a high risk=big reward character that he never was in Melee!
 

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If Pichu were to return, here's an idea to improve the self-damaging mechanic he has: with each use of his electrical attacks, he takes less recoil damage and the moves increase in strength, and it keeps going with each use until he no longer damages himself. This could give Pichu players this sort of feeling that he's learning from experience how to control his energies and develop skill. I'm probably just missing the point of Pichu as a character with this, but I thought this idea could be worth a shot to share.
 
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Here's an idea:

Since Pichu's whole deal is about being harmed by static, what if he didn't take damage from his aerial electric attacks right away? What if he instead built up charges that hurt him upon landing? You know, when he's "grounded". What if that burst didn't just hurt him? What if it instead hit everyone within a Pichu-wide blast radius around him for the same damage he took?

Would that make him more usable without cutting his unique gimmick?
 

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I would have loved an event in SSBM where you play as Yoshi and teamed up with Pichu (because we all know how good Yoshi is with babies)
 

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OK, Pichu is one of two characters that has not received a Final Smash yet. Of course Young Link would probably get Triforce Slash at this point in time.

What can Pichu get as a Final Smash that can be distinct from Pikachu?

I had an idea. Something called "Cute Charm". Pichu turns the cuteness up to 11, dealing damage to all opponents in range and making them dizzy.
 

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OK, Pichu is one of two characters that has not received a Final Smash yet. Of course Young Link would probably get Triforce Slash at this point in time.

What can Pichu get as a Final Smash that can be distinct from Pikachu?

I had an idea. Something called "Cute Charm". Pichu turns the cuteness up to 11, dealing damage to all opponents in range and making them dizzy.
Ukulele Pichu from Ranger 3! It suits perfectly and was also the biggest role Pichu ever had in the Pokemon video game series. But I dunno if it should be more like DK's Final Smash or like the Peach one since both make sense.
 

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OK, Pichu is one of two characters that has not received a Final Smash yet. Of course Young Link would probably get Triforce Slash at this point in time.

What can Pichu get as a Final Smash that can be distinct from Pikachu?

I had an idea. Something called "Cute Charm". Pichu turns the cuteness up to 11, dealing damage to all opponents in range and making them dizzy.
Why wouldn't he get Fierce Deity Link?
 
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