Pushing Pichu’s Upper Limits

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Alright so I just made an account for Smashboards to ask this question: how good can Pichu get in a limited timespan? I was introduced to Smash when Brawl came out, so I’ve never played with him. I know he’s a joke character, which is perfect because I LOVE never taking things seriously. So, my main question for this thread is the following: is it possible for me to beat my friends (who are average casuals) with Pichu if they use actually good characters without becoming a hardcore competitive? Unfortunately I don’t have the time to play Smash all day everyday but I still want to be able to hold my own against the average player. With Pichu of course. Can this be done?
 

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We don't know how good or bad Pichu will be competitively this time around, and it doesn't really matter whether or not a character was great or terrible in a previous game, everything can change, so it's impossible to answer just how good he'll be this game, we don't know. Although, yes, you can definitely do that, if everyone's casual you shouldn't have much of a problem regardless of Pichu's viability (or any other character's), it'd definitely be possible (and while it wouldn't be easy, it should still be possible even if you all start becoming competitive players, I main arguably the worst character in Smash 4 and I still go to tournaments, it's not that unusual) , you can main Pichu and still win, there's no need to worry about it.
 
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Personally I think they're going to make pichu good.
His f-tilt can trip or stun, but that's all we know that can be good, for now.
I think it'll be fast and have effects on its attacks to compensate for damaging itself.
And it's cute :)
 
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They really nerfed the self damage thing.
In the trailer pichu did I think it was a thunder jolt and it only did 0.1% to itself
Where did you see a thunder jolt? I wanna see.
All I saw was forward tilt which had like 0.7%, I think, and thunder, which was over 2%.
 
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Ya but in a game like smash some are just flat out better than Zelda
If you look at the changes they made, it's clear they know more what makes characters good. They buffed significantly zelda, ike, and other characters and theyre amazing now. I think they'll do good with all that.
 
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I was talking to a friend about this the other night and we're hoping they double down on the idea that Pichu's electric attacks are stronger than Pikachu to reflect how poor he is at conserving his powers. We also want his Side B to occasionally misfire like Luigi's, resulting in a violent explosion sending him forward.
 
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I was talking to a friend about this the other night and we're hoping they double down on the idea that Pichu's electric attacks are stronger than Pikachu to reflect how poor he is at conserving his powers. We also want his Side B to occasionally misfire like Luigi's, resulting in a violent explosion sending him forward.
Nerf Pichu's down throw please
 
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Let's not neglect that Pichu phased through a Charizard fsmash in that clip with Agility, crossed half of Final Destination with only a single use of it and slid very far angling it into the ground.

Self-damage on it will probably discourage abuse, but having what is basically a 64 Quick Attack, making recovery and escaping disadvantage almost free?

Oh, and Skull Bash bounces backwards on hit to make it less punishable.
 
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