A fan study analyzing over 1000 social media posts gives us an idea of which characters Japanese gamers want as downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The study, from Source Gaming’s PushDustIn, assigned point values to each mention of a character whenever a fan stated their hopes of said character joining the Smash Bros. roster. “If a user felt that a character was a “shoo-in” then I awarded more points,” says PushDustIn. “On the reverse, if a character was seen as ‘less-likely’ then they got less ‘points.'”

He continues:

“The reason I did this is because this method is highly ineffective for actually counting how much a character is requested.This is because with this method, I’m bound to pick up on the loudest fanbases. The loudest fanbase is not necessarily the biggest.
Instead of acting like I can actually measure the biggest fanbase, I decided to fully embrace measuring the loud fanbases.” — PushDustIn

The resulting list has King K. Rool in the lead with over 7% of the total points. Immediately following him are some veteran fighters, Wolf and Roy (the analyzed posts included many from before the Roy/Ryu DLC announcement), with Snake and Ice Climbers close behind at the 6 and 8 spots, respectively. Japan also has a lot of love for the Kirby series, with both Waddle Dee (#4) and Magolor (#7) placing high on the list. Rounding out the top ten are Inklings (#5), Geno (#9), and Banjo and Kazooie (#10). Some Western favorites like Isaac (#18), Bayonetta (#19), and Ridley (#21) fell further down the list than you’d expect them to place in a poll of Western fans, while others like Shovel Knight and Shantae found a complete lack of support.

You can read the full study (including a longer list that reaches all the way to 50) here, and check the gallery below for a graphic representing the distribution of points among only the top 19 contenders.

Is there anything interesting you gather from the list? Do you agree with the characters that appear at the top, or do you think there are better options? Do you, much like myself, find it laughable that anyone takes Shovel Knight and Shantae seriously as Smash hopefuls (sorrynotsorry)? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Source Gaming

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Alex Zangari
Hi, I'm Alex. I'm a lifelong Nintendo fan and PC gamer. A few of my all-time favourite video games include The Legend of Zeldas: Twilight Princess and Majora's Mask, Mass Effect 2, Rayman 2, and most importantly, Xenoblade. If I ever catch you making a "really feeling it" joke in our comments, you can bet your ass I'll hide it, you casual scum. Feel free to send me a private message if you have something you'd like to discuss... or if you just want to say hi!

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