Bryan Dawson (Prima Games): At first glance, many Smash players wrote off Pikachu because it's small and doesn't have many traditional attacks, so it obviously couldn't be good. Of course, they were all wrong... at least when it came to the original Smash Bros. 64. Pikachu went from being the number one character in the original Smash to a more grounded mid-tier character in Melee, and then got a slight bump in Brawl. There have been some changes in the upcoming Smash Bros. title, but overall Pikachu looks to be on par with where it was during the Brawl era. Let's take a look at its evolution throughout the series.