Like most fighting games, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" can inspire a competitive boost even for the most casual video game players.
The Super Smash Bros. franchise. has a long and celebrated history of grassroots tournaments and esports events dedicated to finding the best players in the world, and games evolve constantly as players develop new strategies and techniques.
Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios was named the best general player over the four years of life of Panda Global's "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U", a leading organization within the Smash esports community. After a break in competition for most of 2018, ZeRo has worked hard to regain his mantle in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," helping other players along the way with video guides and first impressions of the game.
Earlier this week, ZeRo released its first list of levels for the game, ranking all 74 characters from the best to the worst.
"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" still only takes a few weeks for the overall ranks to change over time, but ZeRo has separated the characters into four primary levels; Top-level characters are considered the best; High-level characters are strong with some flaws; intermediate characters are solid, but may not have strong tools, and low-level characters struggle to stay competitive.
It is important to note that just because a character is high level, they do not always win; combinations of specific characters will influence the players' strategy and the way their moves interact. A better player using a low or intermediate level character will be able to outperform a weaker player by using a "better" character if he or she becomes sharp and makes the best use of their abilities.
However, understanding why top-notch characters are considered the best is one of the most important steps in building a solid strategy and learning how to win. If you're curious to know where the rest of the characters are in the level list, be sure to watch the full ZeRo video and hear the explanations for yourself.
Here are the top 11 characters from "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," according to the world number one on Smash, ZeRo.