Huge update to SSB4 today, with three new characters and three new stages. First thing I noted is how crazy buffed Roy is compared to Melee, and also how different he feels. He really isn't a carbon copy of Marth anymore... I'm impressed, the game designers really did their homework. Of course he's still somewhat similar, but whether you want to call the process he went through Luigifying or Ganonifying, he's different enough to not be obsoleted by Marth and/or Lucina from the get-go. Hell, I went for the All-Star no-heal challenge on Normal difficulty with him, and nailed it on the first try. He just might be my permanent secondary at this point. What is it with me and dudes with swords anyway?
Lucas is... well, Lucas. Nothing special really stood out to me compared to Brawl, but then again I never used the Mother duo much, if at all. Ryu is one of those characters that has a special gimmick, though I guess I should technically say he's the only character in the entire game who doesn't, since Smash is hardly a normal fighting game. I'm referring to the fact that his special move inputs from Street Fighter are implemented here, and if you do them correctly you get more powerful versions of your moves / get invincibility during Shoryuken. Likewise, you also get more powerful attacks by holding the button a bit instead of just tapping it. A great playstyle if you're familiar with conventional fighters, but if you're not... eh, you're probably not going to use Ryu much. Guess which category I belong to? Yeah, I don't do fighters, and Smash's appeal for me is the fact that it's so much more straightforward and accessible than anything else.
As for the new stages, there's one free one and two paid ones. The free stage is Miiverse, which is functionally identical to Battlefield, except you get actual Miiverse messages cheering on the characters that are currently fighting. Miiverse sucks, and I already have Battlefield anyway, so I'm going to tell you right now, if it was paid DLC I would've passed up on it. I guess Nintendo also figured that one out, and made it free. Suzaku Castle is another fairly standard stage without much of a special gimmick, so if you really, REALLY hate stuff like Gamer or Port Town then you'll enjoy this. Then there's Dream Land which returns from the original game, and, well, it's totally unchanged, with Whispy Woods blowing on you every now and then. Speaking of the original's stages, I should also note that Peach's Castle and Hyrule Castle will also make a return at a later date.