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I think this page should be merged with Olimar. While Alph is indeed a separate character from Olimar in the Olimar series, he is treated as an alternate "costume" here; despite the separate announcer calls and even separate mesh, Alph shares the moveset, and the game's records classify Alph as the same as Olimar; getting KOs with Alph equates to getting KOs with Olimar. The reason Koopalings, another model swap with separate announcer names, is that they're separate characters in the Mario series. I highly doubt that the Koopalings will get their own articles in other wiki series' articles due to similar logical reasons, not because we should follow exactly what every other wiki does. If Alph makes additional appearances as a separate entity, like a Smash Bros. anime where he plays a major role and sticks his Beam Sword to where the sun don't shine on Wario, then we can make this article. But, removing assumptions, this should be merged with Olimar. Any other thoughts? Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 17:21, 3 January 2015 (EST)

The MarioWiki is, I believe, the only wiki to actually create individual articles for SSB elements besides the actual SSB Wiki, so we can't exactly compare ourselves to anyone else. In any case, Alph may share the same moves (Dark Pit, Roy, and others have some sort of relevance here, I think) and stats, but he's still rather individual, since he does have his own announced name when he's fighting with his unique mesh. I'd vote for keeping the article. Hello, I'm Time Turner.
Dark Pit and Roy share similar animations and even hitbox properties, but some, if not all their attacks have different properties, especially how and what damage is done. Roy hits harder at the base of the sword, Roy is harder to KO and falls faster than Marth, and Dark Pit has Electroshock, which the trajectory is different (Pit's sends people up, Dark Pit is diagonal, more horizontal). Alph has wholly no gameplay differences. Not to mention, Roy and Dark Pit have their own set of trophies, whereas Alph has only one trophy which does acknowledge that Olimar has a playable alt, but it doesn't necessarily mean he should be treated as an individual character. He does have different announcer calls and a different crowd cheer, but Smash 4 is the first game where we even had full separate characters and drastically different meshes as alts (Daisy Peach has slightly different gloves, but it's still considered a recolor and not actually Daisy anyway). Appropriate announcer calls and crowd cheers would make sense for these drastic model swaps, but in the end, the game treats Olimar and Alph, and Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings as one entity due to these reasons:
  1. The records keep track of Olimar rather than Olimar AND Alph. One KO for Alph is a KO for Olimar.
  2. Completing Single Player mode as Alph gives you an Olimar trophy.
  3. Completing a challenge with Alph, but it requires Olimar is counted.
  4. Olimar gets his own set of trophies: Regular, Final Smash (in Wii U), and an alt. Alph is an independent trophy you find via normal means, via RNG.
By keeping the Alph article, I think we may mislead our readers in that Alph is a clone rather than an alternate costume. Characters like Dark Pit and Lucina are right at the boundary of extremely similar, but separate clonedom, and Alph is sadly not within this boundary. Finally, whatever the Alph article may offer is already covered by Olimar, making it redundant at best anyway. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 18:04, 3 January 2015 (EST)

Merge Alph with Captain Olimar[edit]

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do not merge 7-11
This article should not be a standalone article as discussed above. Time Turner hasn't responded at all after my last comment, so I decided on my smelly bacteria-ridden guts that it's a sign to start proposing.

It can be argued that Alph gets his own announcer calls and name change, but that's really the extent of the pro-split side. While that may give Alph an identity, Alph is still treated as a mere extension of Olimar, sharing his records, trophies, and other data with him. He's treated as an alternate costume, a very convincing one who has his own set of recolors, but an alt in the end. Think of him as an official Brawl mod rather than his own character. You know, Project M in SmashWiki doesn't separate their Mario and Dr. Mario counterparts even though Dr. Mario throws pills instead of fireballs, which is still more of a difference between Alph and Olimar (since Dr. Mario can't set off blast boxes as easily). We're not SmashWiki, but consider the logic between this and there.

It can also be argued that Alph is a separate character. The problem with this argument, however, is we're treating Alph beyond the scope of what this wiki can cover. We should view Alph from the eyes of MarioWiki covering some Smash Bros. information, not from the eyes of NintendoWiki, Pikipedia, or SmashWiki (in SmashWiki's case, SmashWiki is obliged to cover background information for every playable character).

Clones are not a good counter argument. Not only do clones have their own slots, they have a different playstyle than the original, have their own records, and have their own trophy set. Alph, other than that alt trophy, has none of the above.

Finally, by giving Alph his own article, we may be misleading our readers (especially those not well-versed in Super Smash Bros. or reading) into thinking Alph is indeed one more character in the Smash 4 roster. No, as of this writing, we have 49 different movesets, equating to 49 characters, not 57 characters. If not, the links to Alph alongside with Olimar are redundant at best and accomplishes inadequately for Alph to have his own page.

The article does no harm, but it's a useless, redundant article, and that's why it needs to be merged.

Update: Baby Luigi has made a great point in demonstrating why Alph should be merged. We don't create articles for She-Slime or Metal Slime even though they are distinct Dragon Quest enemies, despite being recolors. She-Slime and Metal Slime also have their own names (and their own announcer calls if the game had an announcer). But, like Alph, they're counted as the original character in the records.

Proposer: Bazooka Mario (talk)
Deadline: June 24, 2015, 23:59 GMT

Merge[edit]

  1. Bazooka Mario (talk) See comments above as well if you need to, as well as viewing a bit of the opposing side.
  2. Glowsquid (talk) - Alph isn't a separate thing in gameplay term, merely a costume with a different name. Also see my comment below.
  3. Pyro Guy (talk) The article is practically a stub anyway. Per all.
  4. Baby Luigi (talk) Per all
  5. Andymii (talk) Per Baby Luigi in the comments.
  6. SeanWheeler (talk) I feel like we're competing with our NIWA friend Smash Wiki.
  7. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (talk) Per Baby Luigi

Keep split[edit]

  1. Walkazo (talk) - I don't see the harm in having a little page for the character. It states clearly in the article that he's a mere alt costume, the slash in the nav template also indicates that he's not a separate fighter from Olimar, and the game articles only list him in Olimar's entry in the roster (as his "alternate character"), so it hardly seems misleading to the readers, just thorough. If Assist Trophies get pages, why not alt fighters? As long as we're only covering his role in SSB, it's not coverage creep, since SSB is given full coverage here.
  2. PowerKamek (talk) Per Walkazo
  3. LudwigVon (talk) Per Walkazo.
  4. Lumastar (talk) Per Walkazo. Also, this is currently the only case like this aside from the Koopalings, so it's not like we have anything prior to go off of and follow.
  5. SuperYoshiBros (talk) Per Walkazo.
  6. Toadbrigade5 (talk) Per all.
  7. Boo4761 (talk) Per Walky. And this is like saying the Koopalings should be in the Bowser Jr. page.
  8. Marshal Dan Troop (talk) Per Walkazo. I feel that the game acknowledges them as separate characters by announcing them with their respective names.
  9. Binarystep (talk) Per all.
  10. Tails777 (talk) Per Walkazo
  11. Kart Player 2011 (talk) Per Walkazo

Comments[edit]

@Walkazo I don't see the harm in a redirect other than searching, but a redirect conveys to the reader immediately that he is an alt. As I stated, the character data, trophy sets, and unlocking methods don't show Alph as a separate entity, so there is still little reason to keep this as separate. In the navigational templates and in the relevant game articles, it's better if Alph is shown in plain text. This article offers little information that isn't already covered in Captain Olimar, so that's why I went with a merge. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 19:54, 10 June 2015 (EDT)

@Walkazo: I could easily argue that She-Slime or Metal Slime could get its own article, alongside adding it on the nav template considering that it's also a distinct, separate entity in Dragon Quest games and also is named differently in Mario Sports Mix; this isn't causing much harm either. But let's put things into perspective. We don't cover the Pikmin series, therefore, let's assume that Alph's Smash Bros. appearance is his only appearance in any game (and it's really his only appearance in Mario-related media). In this game, he shares many elements as Olimar, including records and trophies. He's practically the same character as Olimar, barring the announcer voice and stuff, in which my former examples also have. I personally think this article's existence is redundant, considering that we can easily state that Alph is an alternate costume for Olimar in Olimar's article. If Alph does get to appear in Mario-related media, cameo/easter egg or what not, as his own distinct entity, I'd disagree with merging it. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 19:59, 10 June 2015 (EDT)

Crossovers like SSB and Mario Sports Mix get full coverage, so actually, yeah, those things probably should get full articles. The ides is that users who want to read about the crossovers should be able to do that without leaving the wiki. Say I want to know who Alph is, do I want to get redirected to Olimar? No, I just wanna read about Alph, and this page has all the basics I would expect - where he's from and who he is, his role in SSB, a couple pics, and external links for further reading: boom, satisfaction. - Walkazo 20:10, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
Just so the info's out there, we did merge those radio conversation characters from Smashs (Krystal, Panther, Otacon, etc.) to one page a while ago. That might be relevant to this discussion. Hello, I'm Time Turner.
You're assuming that if we redirect the page to Olimar, we throw all information about Alph out the window and just say he's an alt when that's not the intended goal of this proposal. All info about Alph can easily be incorporated into Olimar's article (Alph, the protagonist of Pikmin 3, is an alternate costume for Olimar...see this is not difficult at all). And honestly, if people want to read more about the crossover series, there's a reason we add a NIWA template at the very bottom of every page, or hyperlink them to other wikis for more in-depth info on them. Giving them separate articles is a bit of a coverage creep, considering that these characters only appear as alternate costumes in the Mario series and therefore should be treated as such, in the context of the Marioverse, even with the background information the character has. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 20:18, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
Walkazo, your arguments are reminding me of how we merged all those Scarescraper ghosts. Within our own Mario series, palette swaps/alts, despite having their own names, still get merged into their parent articles. Perhaps those got merged for navigational ease, but they were merged mostly because they're, in the end, just recolors. Having a different model is the same has having different textures in that sense, so what makes Alph so special? And yes, Time Turner brought up an interesting point: full coverage doesn't necessarily mean creating articles better served as redirects to parent articles and covering information from there. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 20:32, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
You'll notice that I didn't vote on either Scarescraper proposal, nor on the radio conversation one, because I didn't agree with those merges either, but didn't feel I had a strong enough reason to oppose (and frankly, couldn't be arsed to debate about it either way). But Alph isn't a recolourd ghost or a talking head, he's a playable character, and I think we should have a page for him. - Walkazo 21:03, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
But the Slimes are playable characters too..., if that's the talking head you're referring to? He's technically a playable character, but ultimately an elaborate alternate costume for a playable character. I don't see how having the distinction of being playable makes it different; an alternate costume is an alternate costume. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 21:11, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
Nah, the radio folks are the talking heads. And I already said I think the alt Slimes should get pages too. Well, to me, he's ultimately a playable character, and only technically an alt costume, and so I think he should still get an article based on the first part. - Walkazo 21:48, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
It all boils down to interpretation and personal preference, I guess. XD Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 22:00, 10 June 2015 (EDT)
Yep. - Walkazo 22:04, 10 June 2015 (EDT)

@Lumastar: Well akshually, though not in Smash Bros, there's a similar case: the Slime in Mario Sports Mix gets different names (which correspond to different type of slimes in Dragon Quest-ie: different characters) for each of its colors. --Glowsquid (talk) 22:55, 10 June 2015 (EDT)

@PyroGuy: How long or short or much of a stub an article is should not be a case point in merging it or deleting. I am arguing that this article is redundant. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 18:56, 11 June 2015 (EDT)

@Boo4761 "And this is like saying the Koopalings should be in the Bowser Jr. page." No it's not. I'm pretty sure the difference is different between night and day so you can figure out yourself why your argument doesn't work at all. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 12:10, 13 June 2015 (EDT)

@Boo4761: I've said that "The reason Koopalings, another model swap with separate announcer names, [have separate articles] is that they're separate characters in the Mario series." If anyone pers you specifically on your comment, I'm going to call bullshit here. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 12:42, 13 June 2015 (EDT)

Well, the argument would work if this wasn't a Mario Wiki. Hello, I'm Time Turner.
This reminds me of the Doki Doki Panic character proposal... Wouldn't similar logic apply? LinkTheLefty (talk) 13:31, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
No, Doki Doki Panic doesn't get full coverage, only partial coverage, so only a game page is made for it, and not character pages (or any other types of YK:DDP-only subject pages). SSB, on the other hand, gets full coverage, hence its non-Mario subjects do get pages. - Walkazo 13:36, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
My argument is that Alph in question just an alternate costume though. And also, perhaps in a different subject, didn't we merge King Bulbo and Lord Bullbin earlier? Oh, we also mean that crossovers get full coverage too, but arguing that stuff like Alph, She-Slime, and Metal Slime need pages simply because they're part of a crossover just borders on coverage creep, if not passes it. @TimeTurner: Within MarioWiki, though, the argument is, frankly, fetid dingo kidneys. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 13:57, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
Honestly, I would prefer that we lessen our Smash Bros coverage. Just to not compete with Smash Wiki? I'd be fine with covering all the playable characters and all the Mario content in Smash. So I agree with the merge. SeanWheeler (talk) 20:33, 22 June 2015 (EDT)
Smash Bros. gets full coverage in this wiki, though. It's been settled a while ago that coverage on a lot of aspects in Smash Bros. will be there. That being said, I'm concerned about general coverage creep in this wiki, and I don't think this the results of this proposal will alleviate them at all. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 20:51, 22 June 2015 (EDT)
@SeanWheeler: You're going to be facing an uphill battle; time, time, time, time, and time again, the general consensus has been "the more, the merrier", especially recently. @Mario: Fetid... what? Regardless, could you specify where else you're concerned about coverage creep? Hello, I'm Time Turner.
Also, the wiki's founder/owner himself has made it clear in the past he wants us to keep full SSB coverage. - Walkazo 22:25, 22 June 2015 (EDT)
Oh well, if you want to compete with Smash Wiki, go ahead. SeanWheeler (talk) 23:54, 22 June 2015 (EDT)
We're not competing for lord's sake. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 03:38, 23 June 2015 (EDT)
It sure looks like you are, with all the Smash content. SeanWheeler (talk) 11:35, 23 June 2015 (EDT)
Is the National Museum of Natural History in DC competing with the one in Chicago or NYC? Hello, I'm Time Turner.
"The more the merrier" (a.k.a. "the more the merrier shit") has also been used scathingly to address coverage of useless articles. I'm not viewing this issue as a form of "Smash Bros. gets full coverage", I'm viewing it as a form of "this article is a glorified alternate costume". If someone brings up about "Smash Bros. and crossovers get full coverage" again in defense of this article, I will load my rocket-propelled grenade. My concern about coverage creep, anyhow, were recent proposals on splitting Koopa Troopas based on color (and even they have more differences between each other than Alph has with Olimar) and a user objecting to "the more the merrier" sentiment. We have scrubbed useless articles before. Sun, door, pasta, plumber, and poop were all harmless articles, but they were all deleted because they are pointless generic objects. I'm sure the logic applies to Alph, who, although isn't a generic object like the aforementioned articles, is just as useful/significant as them. We have a strict streak of merging recolors (Scarescraper ghosts and Pink Donkey Kong Jr. and opposing the split of Koopa Troopa shell colors); Walkazo may object to the deletion of the poop article and merging of Pink Donkey Kong Jr. and may have abstained from voting to merge the Scarescraper ghosts and may have said "different-colored Slimes should get articles", but she hasn't convinced me (and I haven't convinced her either obviously). Finally, the opposition operates on a false premise that we're removing information from articles and creating navigation headaches when it's more of a merge and a redirect, and then we're explaining about Alph and She-Slime and Metal Slime from there. They're viewing Alph from a Pikmin standpoint when it comes to distinct characters, I'm afraid, but Alph is ultimately a recolor from a Smash and Mario standpoint.
tl;dr: full coverage is good, but this is the point where we're stretching it. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 17:03, 23 June 2015 (EDT)
P.S. SeanWheeler, as much as I appreciate support, your argument is ridiculous. We're not competing with Smash Wiki. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 17:04, 23 June 2015 (EDT)

Our standards are shifting to less comprehensive Smash Bros. coverage[edit]

IMO this should get remerged to Olimar, unless he becomes an official Echo Fighter or something. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 19:59, 26 October 2018 (EDT)

I'd rather err on the side of caution and wait until Ultimate comes out. With the plethora of Echo Fighters, I don't think it's unreasonable for him to reappear as one. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 20:28, 26 October 2018 (EDT)
Well, so Ultimate is out, he's not an Echo, and Smash Bros. coverage isn't getting any broader. I think it's time to merge. Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 00:23, April 12, 2019 (EDT)
I'd think so. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:42, June 13, 2019 (EDT)
There is no need to cover what is, in any Mario-related capacity, a costume. Same with the different Dragon Quest heroes. Doomhiker (talk)Topmini.png 19:51, June 13, 2019 (EDT)
I agree, though I suppose this would have to be reproposed? LinkTheLefty (talk) 19:55, June 13, 2019 (EDT)
...Yeah, probably. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:57, June 13, 2019 (EDT)

Our standards are shifting to less comprehensive Smash Bros. coverage 2[edit]

I guess this needs reproposed now that ultimate is out [-]€40 vv@(talk · edits)Hyperluigi.gif 17:20, June 27, 2020 (EDT)

Merge Alph with Captain Olimar Take 2: Electric Boogaloo[edit]

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merge 5-0
The Smash Bros. proposals continue, it's been over a year since re-merging Alph was last brought up so I figure I'd take matters into my own hands and start the proposal. The previous proposal failed due to our extensive Smash Bros. coverage at the time, but now that we've heavily cut back on it, having an entire page dedicated to a character who is nothing more than Olimar's model swap feels unnecessary at this point.

Proposer: Waluigi Time (talk)
Deadline: September 2, 2020, 23:59 GMT

Support[edit]

  1. Waluigi Time (talk) Per me.
  2. DarkNight (talk) His only apprearance in Mario-related media is Smash. Per Proposal.
  3. Alex95 (talk) - Per proposal.
  4. TheFlameChomp (talk) Given our more limited Smash Bros. coverage now, I think it would make more sense to have this merged with Olimar, since he is simply a model swap of him.
  5. Benjaminkirsc (talk) Per the actual user who created it (Waluigi Time). Alph is only a copy of Oilmar. It would be pretty nice if we say good bye to the article and redirect it to a spot in the page. That's makes even more sense than an own article. Who agrees with me? (Also see my comment)

Oppose[edit]

Comments[edit]

I'm not sure yet, as Alph I think would still fall under the characters coverage. But let's assume it fails hypothetically: Would that mean the other Heroes get a page? They have been named during Sakurai's showcase. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 18:15, August 19, 2020 (EDT)

Eh, I'd argue the playable character coverage should only apply to the base fighters and not the alts like Alph or the other Heroes. I wouldn't support making articles for the other Heroes anyway regardless of how this proposal goes, it seems to me that would be taking a step backwards with our current Smash coverage. I would also argue something like an Assist Trophy character has more unique information for an article than someone like Alph, but we keep those merged in most cases. Either way this would set a precedent for any other non-Mario "fighters" like this, both now or in potential future DLC/games. --MK8DX Waluigi Icon.png Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 18:25, August 19, 2020 (EDT)
I agree with Alex. I think it would fall under characters still even if we merge it. Benjaminkirsc (talk) 12:34, August 23, 2020 (EDT)