1:02 Kind of hard to hit Mario or Squirtle from that far.
Also, remember squirtle is a fast, small, slippery pokemon. Ike shouldn't be getting too many hits in that match (although if one hit lands...)
Last thing, you can release it as they hit you, since the invisibility frames will protect Ike, and this would probably make timing easier.
If Ike's throws gave more damage that would make him a lot more fun to use.
His throws are okay for combos, but I never said change the knockback. Just give more damage. 6% is barely anything, if they were 8% or 9% that would be awesome.