For the longest time, many have rated Ness as better than Lucas in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tier list. With top representatives like FOW, the best back throw in the game and great combos off of grab, many considered the original psychic child to be the better Earthbound character.
However, with the steady decline of Ness mains and the growing number of Lucas mains, opinion is starting to shift in Lucas’ favor. In his latest character analysis video, TSM|ZeRo seems to agree with this, stating that Lucas has better recovery options compared to Ness, a better grab game due to his footstool combos off of down throw and a better neutral game, thanks to his zair and PK Fire.
ZeRo also feels that Lucas has more potential to grow as a fighter–thanks to his amazing grab game–while Ness’ simplicity will ultimately limit his further development as a viable character