The art of competition and growth.
SSBM: Captain Falcon, because he has the moves.I picked him up after playing Marth for many years because he is so fast and can obliterate enemies even far offstage, just such a fun character. I however think the only thing that separates him from the other characters i play as a "main" is that with him i have a slight edge in technical consistency and some more character specific experience because of the absolute amount of time i spent playing him. It does not take me long to get other non-weird* characters close to CF''s level but that last bit takes forever. Melee is simply too damn hard.*Not ICs, Yoshi, Peach, etc.
Melee: I main Ganondorf because when I started playing Melee competitively I had a strong passion for The Legend of Zelda, and I wanted to play my favorite character, Link. After switching between Link and Young Link for several months, I soon was told that Link and Young Link are relatively bad characters, and that I should choose a better one as my first main. I still wanted to play a Zelda character, but the only Zelda characters above Link were Ganondorf and Sheik. Believe it or not, I actually didn't want to main Sheik because, at that time, I felt like she would be too easy, or she just felt weird to me. Instead, I decided to invest more time into Ganondorf, since I had experimented with him a little bit beforehand. There were no Link mains in NC that could help me out, but there was a Ganon main in NC that could give me advice. I got into contact with him, and the rest is history. I've had a few character dilemmas involving who I should main, but I've invested so much time and effort into Ganon that it is unmatched to any other character, so I'm going to be sticking to him as my main. Project M: Link. Simply because he feels much like his Melee counterpart except hes' a lot faster and better in PM, so it was plain and easy for me to main him in this game, even though I don't invest any time into PM, he just felt like a nice character to play. Been maining Ganon since July of last year, and Link in PM as of a few weeks ago.
SSBM: FoxI started by playing a really crappy sheik, and when my roommate said I could probably play a better fox, I picked him up. It was a good switch, his movement is amazing and it has drastically improved my playing. It also helped me improve my techskill by a significant amount. Essentially, I was able to learn more about playing the game by switching mains.
Melee: MarthI found out about the competitive community in the 05-06 timeframe. The first competitive match I saw was between Ken and Azen, Marth dittos, and the way they moved was so fast and so fluid that I found it beautiful and wanted to be able to control a character like that myself. It's a testament to the game and the community that has developed around it that when I watch those old videos now they don't seem as impressive.
I picked samus formally because of her wavedash length. Now I learned she is so much more. Everything about her....her defence options....her spacing....her tricks.....her combos......Its like dating a girl for her body, but then you realize how wonderful she is on the inside
I play Diddy in Project M for the nostalgia. I always was player 2 when I played Donkey Kong Country with my brother.
touhou hisoutensoku: i've tried alot of characters, but the one that caught me was onozuka komachi, first because shes redhead and uses a scythe as her weapon, and after that, i liked her normals and skills
When I sarted playing smash, I was into pokemon and played as Pika. Then Link, Kirby,and Roy. Then I got Metroid Prime and got super into that series. After playing all the games, I came back to smash and realized that Samus was always there but I never cared. I started playing as her exclusively about the same time I got competitive, so I started learning all of the tech, stages, MUs, etc. through her eyes. I found out that I was pretty good, so I kept going on with her. In the past year or so, I started trying other characters to get more knowledgable, but I still primarily play her.
Melee: Captain FalconI picked up Falcon after months of soul-searching for a main. It happened gradually, almost naturally. I just liked how he played. That's it. Looking back, I realize I liked him for the wrong reasons (I was an extremely aggressive player, if that says anything), but I would never undo my decision. I may have picked up a character that hid the flaws of my willy-nilly approach game before I started facing tougher opponents, but he was by far the character I was most comfortable playing. So, instead of switching mains, I adapted and adjusted my decision-making. I was stubborn, so this took me about a solid year.I've become a much more well-rounded player thanks to Falcon. I can be silly, shredding the stage without a care for the world, but with Falcon's combo weight and wretched recovery, I won't win against an evenly-matched player unless I work for it. My character's flaws keep me in check and always let me know if I really wanted to win.Falcon's the shiz.
I play MetaKnight in P:M because the florida brawl scene banned him in brawl and I don't want my entire 6 months of character experience and hitbox knowledge to go to waste. He also really suites my playstyle.
I main Puff in Melee because I have the most fun with her. And hey, turns out she's pretty good.
Melee: PK ThunderI main PK Thunder in Melee because I am a tier whore and PK Thunder is by far the best character. Wow did I just comment as Anonymous? lol
In Melee, I main Ice Climbers.My first look into the competitive melee scene was when I saw a video of you (Wobbles) vs. Mango in the grand finals of kings of cali 2. I had played melee as a kid and had played most of the cast but not the ice climbers. But after watching you play, getting to the grand finals of Evo and Kings of Cali 2 I was inspired to main ICs. In my opinion, they are melee's most unique character and a whole lot of fun.
In Melee I play Marth, just because he's my favorite of the good characters. I think I originally picked Roy, because the FE characters in Melee were mysterious and new. Eventually I realized that he's just a bad version of Marth. Either way, I would have picked one of the top few characters. I'm not talented enough to really innovate, there's no need to go with a bad character and just lose more. I do the same in other fighters; look at the stand out characters, pick the one I think is the coolest. Actually I try to get a different flavor of playstyle each time I pickup a new game, but I lean a little bit more toward fast paced/pressure oriented characters. I'm always kinda jealous of how fun Fox/Falcon are, even though they get punished badly.
alot of people these days know me as this staunch Luigi fanboy, cos i main him in every game where it's possible. but that actually only started with SSB64, and it was because of Luigi Shoryuken. my friends and i didn't really play SSB64 competitively at all, except for having discovered Z-Canceling. so our DI was awful, and we approached recklessly and there weren't alot of combos. so hitting that Up+B as a punish or out of Drill was super satisfying.and so when Melee came out, i pretty much just unlocked Luigi, checked to see that Shoryuken still existed, and that was my main. and when i got obsessed with Wavedashing and learned about Jab-Cancels and weak-hit Nair setups and Platform Canceled Nairs, there were so many more ways to score that Up+B Ping. so it stuck. and then it was just a thing in every game; i'll always play Luigi if i can.
I main luigi cause he feels like untapped potential. He's fastest wavedash in the game allows for unique maneuverability on the ground. A lot of the times, he just get's what feels like auto combos on people that struggle to DI his attack properly. His Nair is one of the best combo breakers and sets up perfectly for his own combos. Not to mention there's always the jank of his misfire. My number 1 reason I play Luigi is because he poops on IC's so I can make Admiral cry all day
I used to co-main peach/fox for the longest of time. Practicing alone, they're two characters it's very possible to get good as. My tech skill became godlike over time but it detracted from the most important aspects of getting good in general (eg: playing the opponent instead of looking for practiced situations). I've decided to main sheik since there seems to be a right and wrong flow charty answer for every situation I encounter. And she's not very technically demanding.
Pretty simple. I started maining ICs because all my friends combo'd better and were able to read me much easier than I could read them. The only way I knew how to combat this was punishing with grabs because they couldn't go anywhere when I grabbed them, and ICs had the best grab punishes. Plus I really liked the desync stuff.
I main ICs because they are adorable and its fun to tech chase with them.
I actually recently wrote a blog post about choosing a main, particularly in Project M. It sorta chronicles the steps I took to find my main. I had tried to forcefully choose a main several times, but it turned out I had to let the process happen. I ended up with Meta Knight because I fell in love with all his tricks and techniques and his playstyle felt right to me. Here is the post I wrote about it, hopefully it will help some people: http://9bitmedia.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/picking-a-main-in-pm/
In Melee: SamusI main samus because she is my favorite character in the nintendo universe... but for some weird reason everytime I play a new smash game, the first character I pick is Link which is my second favorite character in the nintendo universe, and I know that when I'll play ssb4 I'll play with link the first match and then use samus like I always do =)
MarioAlways was a Mario fan. In Melee, ever since I saw the How to Play Video and that ending Forward-air Edgeguard by Mario vs Bowser, I was enticed by the entire move, the Sound of Bowsers Up-b clash with Mario's "yah!" and the smack-sound. So from that Moment I just played Mario and now still do, competitively, after seeing Eggz, Green Mario and DJ Nintendo back in the day as Inspiration that Mario can be good.Now my Goal is to bring myself and Mario to the next level.