Fans of Smash Bros have been complaining about one thing more than anything else when Melee was released. It was an issue about clones “duplicate characters". Like Dr. Mario to Mario, Pichu to Pikachu, Roy to Marth, Ganon to Captain Falcon. . etc.
One of the Clone pairs that returned are Star Fox and Falco. Except in this game Nintendo completely changed Falco's moves. Falco can now throw his Down-B reflector. Nintendo stated that Falco's attacks are more air oriented when Fox's attacks are more ground oriented. It is the players preference as an aerial fighter or a ground combatant.
Fox also features a faster laser while Falco's is slower and stuns. Both Fox and Falco feature the Landmaster Tank as the Final Smash. Fox's Landmaster Tank is stronger on the ground while Falco's Tank can fly very high to take the opponents sky high to their deaths.
Another character from the Star Fox series that makes a first appearance is Star Wolf. He is the final unlocked character in Smash Bros and has a very well rounded move set. He also features the Landmaster Tank. His Landmaster Tank Final Smash a cross between Fox's and Falco's Landmaster Tanks.
All Playable Star Fox characters retain the same cocky personalities as seen in there taunts. Fox was rated the best character overall in Melee but he was watered down in Brawl to even out the playing fields. Star Wolf could possibly be top of the rated characters. He was a highly anticipated character from Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Adventures games and fans hoped he would make an appearance in Brawl. So the only thing “clone like" about Fox, Falco, and Star Wolf is the same Final Smash. Nintendo managed to remove the problem which is clones successfully in the Smash Bros sequel.
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