Revised tierlist v.2:
Top: Bill Rizer
Mid: Megaman, Samus
Samus is a bit better than I thought she was originally. Ball mode really helps dodge obstacles. Her basic form kinda sucks on offense but on Fire Flower mode she is in her Justin Bailey outfit and her shot is AWESOME. She rips through Bowser even easier than Bill Rizer.
Megaman owns on the lower levels but once you get higher, dodging obstacles is a big problem. Bullet Bill and the firebars in Bowser’s castle are REALLY bad for Mega. The main problem is the every other character can duck standing (Link is small enough already), but Megaman has to slide in order to lower his profile, which is not good in certain situations.
Megaman and Samus are really quite similar in how they play in this game, except Samus has a much easier time dodging while standing or jumping thanks to ball mode. In basic form, Megaman is much better, but in Fire Flower mode Samus is much better than Megaman. The only thing he has on her is that his shots go through walls.
Link is a bit worse than I thought he was. His offense is terrible. Mushroom-mode does nothing but ensure he survives a hit. His best power-up is the sword shot…big whoop, it still sucks compared to Bill, Mega, or Samus’s shot. His jump kinda sucks too. The ONLY advantage he has over everyone else is his small size so that he walk under some obstacles. Sometimes his size is disadvantageous. His boomerang is gimmicky and not that useful.
Simon is REALLY bad. Even in Fire Flower mode his Flame Whip takes TWO hits to kill a goomba. He can’t even bust blocks with his head in Fire Flower mode. He has to rely on his Axes to break blocks above him. SO BAD.