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Official MBR 2010 NTSC Tier List


Smash Lord
Dec 21, 2005
Kourou, French Guiana
A few months ago, a new tier list was released for the NTSC version of Melee. However, this tier list was created a bit hastily, and a significant part -not to say the majority- of the Back Room Members did not agree with it. Therefore, a new project was launched in order to create a new tier list which could be officially endorsed by the MBR.

Reminder : What a Tier List is

This new tier list was created according to this definition :
A tier list is a list of characters ranked best to worst in their likelihood to perform well in a tournament setting in the near future based on recent, relevant tournament results. We then separate characters at statistically significant gaps to be grouped with their relative equals, and those groupings are called "tiers". A tier list is, in essence, a "prediction" list as to how any given character will fare in a competitive setting. We naturally assume top level of play.

The Method

Before the actual creation of this list, most of the debates regarding the various matchups had already happened, thanks to the making of the previous list a few monthes ago as well as the arguments following its release and questioning its validity. For this reason, we decided to use a very simple method already used for the current PAL tier list :

  1. Every Back Room member was invited to cast his or her vote, in the form of a character ranking from the best to the worse.
    Note : Since we found understandable that some people are not knowledgeable in low tier matchups, we allowed the voters not to give a full list if they prefered doing so. Separating the characters into tiers wasn't necessary either.
  2. We gathered all the votes to create an average ranking.
  3. We set the tier separations according to the gaps between characters' average rankings, with some ajustments, for instance to avoid having too many tiers when it was possible.

The Voters

Because the Melee Back Room has a significant amount of tournament organizers or players who are not experienced with Melee's NTSC version, we decided not to make the vote mandatory. In the end, 39 members cast their votes, 33 of those votes being complete lists. Here is a list of the voters :

  • Aldwyn
  • Alex Strife
  • Amsah
  • ArcNatural
  • Armada
  • Axe
  • D’oH
  • Dr Peepee
  • Druggedfox
  • forward
  • g-regulate
  • Hax
  • HugS
  • hungrybox
  • HyugaRicdeau
  • Ignatius
  • Kage
  • KevinM
  • Luma
  • Marc
  • Mew2King
  • Mike G
  • N64
  • Omnigamer
  • Pink Reaper
  • Remen
  • Skler
  • SleepyK
  • SwiftBass
  • Taj
  • Tero
  • The Cape
  • Umbreon
  • unknown522
  • Utto
  • VaNz
  • Wobbles
  • Zhu
  • ZoSo

The List

S: Fox, Falco, Jigglypuff, Sheik
A: Marth, Peach, Captain Falcon
B: Ice Climbers
C: Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Samus
D: Pikachu, Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong
E: Link, Young Link
F: Zelda, Roy, Mewtwo, Yoshi, Mr. Game & Watch
G: Ness, Bowser, Kirby, Pichu

Table representation

Pichu and Kirby are tied for last place, but since Kirby got an higher standard deviation, we decided to rank him above Pichu.

Graphical representation (click for a bigger image)

Additional details

You can find additional details here : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10722276/Smash/Publications/NTSC_tier_list_details_all_files.zip

You can find :
  • Individual votes
  • Lists by region
  • Lists by main character
  • Various statistics

These are available in .pdf, .xls (Microsoft Office), .numbers (iWork) and .ods (Open Office). However, I advise you to use the .pdf file, or the .numbers one : the original file was made using iWork and the conversion to .xls and .ods files removes most practical features.


I'd like to thank all the Melee Back Room members who took part in this project, especially Marc, who kept pushing us during the making of this tier list, and Tero, who laid the fundations for this project and made his best to encourage the matchup debates.

The Good Doctor

Smash Champion
Oct 7, 2007
The two big differences I see from the last list is Doctor Mario and YLink's placements are a lot higher.
That's all I really see, but I like how (S) and (G) are ordered.

I still think Kaostar has brainwashed everyone about Mewtwo, I feel he deserves a lower spot.


Smash Journeyman
Jun 5, 2009
I'm glad Kirby went up one stage, he doesn't deserve to be dead last. I'm actually quite amazed how far Marth dropped. I thought he would be 3. Oh well then.

The Star King

Smash Hero
Nov 6, 2007
The only reason Mario lacks representation is because Doc is a very similar, but better alternative. I think that if Doc didn't exist, Mario would have better results than Luigi.

Lol @ Roy being above Mewtwo. Other than that, I like this list.

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Smash Journeyman
Nov 9, 2005
Decent list. Roy above M2 is very odd, and Doc is absolutely not better than Ganondorf and most probably worse than Samus, and I think GaW deserves a slightly higher spot. I'm willing to move Roy beneath M2, GaW and Yoshi, in fact, but other than that, things seem good.

Edit: DK seems to be a tier too high? Shouldn't he top the E tier instead of being bottom D?


Smash Champion
Jan 18, 2009
Montreal, Quebec
I was going to complain about Pika jumping up so fast, but then I read the "Reminder".

Thanks for the explanations this time, I hope they'll stave of a lot of potential arguments.


Smash Journeyman
Aug 4, 2009
Love how Falco is above Jiggs and Sheik is in top tier. So glad Peach is above Falcon as well.


Smash Master
Dec 13, 2005
Thought Falco would be a lot closer to usurping Fox's spot at #1, but I guess Fox still has better matchups overall. Great list, good work guys.

EDIT: Forgot to mention surprised Marth dropped that low, maybe 5th spot was fine but thought he would maintain top tier.

Doc King

Smash Lord
Aug 16, 2010
You usually don't see much Ganon's or Samus's in tourney play. Neither Doc but the ppl who play Doc do really well like Shroomed, OTG, Waffles, etc. Also Ganon is really easy to edge guard and Samus moves are somewhat slow and she doesn't combo as well.


Smash Lord
May 31, 2010
Vancouver, BC
You usually don't see much Ganon's or Samus's in tourney play. Neither Doc but the ppl who play Doc do really well like Shroomed, OTG, Waffles, etc. Also Ganon is really easy to edge guard and Samus moves are somewhat slow and she doesn't combo as well.
You really are ********.

ROM3 Bracket:

Ganons that I know about: RockCrock, 13th place, Kage, 17th place.

Samuses that I know about: HugS, 9th place, Darrell, 17th place, HugQ, 33rd place.

Docs that I know about: HomeMadeWaffles, 17th place.

DGDTJ Bracket:

Ganons: Mr Ganondorf, 25th place.

Samuses: HugS, 9th place, Darrell, 25th place, Violence, 33rd place.

Docs: Shroomed, 13th place, HomeMadeWaffles, 17th place.

Apex, PoE3, etc.

Docs don't outplace both Samuses and Ganons, nor do they place in top 10 consistently.

If you're just going to state two big statements about Samus and Ganon(btw, Samus's moves are pretty fast) and use that to justify why they're worse than Doc, then you really are just making yourself look stupid.

Personally, I don't agree that Ganon and Samus should be below Doc, but I can respect the fact that the BRoomers put actual thought into the decision, unlike you.
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