A year has passed since the country’s last rankings came out and it’s fair to say the ranks have shuffled about a bit. With more Japanese players traveling overseas, character specialists further innovating with their mains and the overall standard of Japanese play going up, this year’s ranking has changed significantly.
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This new king is now KEN, with his Sonic racking up wins at tournaments like SGC, Umebura 22 and Umebura S.A.T, while turning up as the highest placing Japanese player at events like Tokaigi 2017 and Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier. He takes the crown off of fellow Sonic player 2GG|komorikiri, who has dropped down to second place.
Other players who have seen a rise up the leaderboards are Bayonetta main ikep, the Lucario wonder Tsu and Falcon main Pichi, while member of the Duck Hunt triumvirate You3 has leapt up a whopping 23 places on this ranking. The only brand new entry on this ranking is Kirihara, who got upgraded from hidden boss status, to eighth on this year’s ranking.
Just looking at the regional breakdown, Japan’s two main warring states are Kansai and Kanto who have a bitter rivalry that extends way past Smash. Kanto is currently up in the ranking, with 10 players as opposed to Kansai’s eight, so expect fierce clashes at future tournaments, both home and away. You can check out the entire top 200 player breakdown over on the official SSB4 Player Rankings site.