Nintendo France has decided to ban any official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament either Hero or all future fighters coming via DLC. The hero is a character who has created discussions within the community since his arrival, mainly due to his abilities that many claims based too much on chance.
In other words, Nintendo has decided not only to dampen the discussion but also to try to rationalize Smash’s competitive scene. This move passes through the ban from the selection pool of DLC fighters dedicated to Dragon Quest and all the heroes that will come through future expansions.
These restrictions will apply, for example, to the new edition of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Team Cup, which will take place between 2019 and 2020 in view of the April final next year.
Therefore, the competitors of the European Team Cup will not be able to select Hero during the next season, therefore. ” The playable characters during the championship are the 74 basic characters and three of the DLC characters: Plan Piranha, Joker, and Banjo-Kazooie “, reads the official tournament rules, as reported by the player Pulsar NoFall on Twitter, who also has stated that thus the competitive scene of the title could benefit them.
Although this ban has not yet become a globally recognized ban, such a restrictive decision in European tournaments could have important repercussions on the use of the character throughout the world.
The problem, therefore, is more fragmented than resolved: will the ban be recognized in every part of the globe? Will all future DLCs no longer count for the competitive? Will the goal be attested in a stagnant and not very lively custom? In the absence of novelty and despite the wide selection of heroes, in the end, we will always find ourselves using the same heroes.
We’ll see, the situation promises to evolve further.
Banning their own character is indeed quite controversial, but they probably thought that Hero wasn't suited for competitive play. I'm not picking a side here but please try to understand their decision. It's at least a good step towards making smash even more competitive.
— Pulsar | NoFall (@NoFallSSB) September 23, 2019