Isabelle is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series Isabelle amiibo was released on July 26, 2019 as part of Wave 14. The Animal Crossing series Isabelle amiibo can also be used as Figure Players.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Despite being rather similar, Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter of Villager; instead, she possesses her own unique strengths that help set her apart from her fellow Animal Crossing representative. Isabelle boasts above-average mobility and high recovery potential, while her standing normals pack solid power and utility. Her up tilt allows her to juggle opponents more easily, and her down tilt serves as a situational kill move. Isabelle can also use Fishing Rod, a long-ranged pseudo-grab that can pull enemies in and toss them out. She also has access to Lloid Trap, a stage hazard that can discourage certain ledge options and rack up damage or even KO at high percentages.
Unfortunately, Isabelle struggles with several disadvantages. Outside of her forward and back aerials, Isabelle’s moveset lacks range; as a result, she is outranged by characters like Link and Lucina and thus has poor matchups against them. She also suffers from one of the worst sets of smash attacks in the game: forward smash, while powerful, is extraordinarily slow and short-ranged, while up smash only covers a small distance in front of her. Furthermore, Fishing Rod can sometimes serve as a detriment; if Isabelle misses the attack, she is left horribly vulnerable to opponents. Her up special, Balloon Trip, grants solid distance but is susceptible to being gimped.
Overall, Isabelle has accrued poor tournament results and representation. Though she was fairly popular in the early metagame, she has fallen off significantly and now receives little to no representation. As a result, Villager is considered the stronger Animal Crossing representative and receives more attention than Isabelle.
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