Just because it is Nintendo does not mean it will make it on smash
It has to be a Nintendo Mascot or at least a specific Nintendo game mascot for a Nintendo character to get into smash
Looking at all of the Pokemon, I don't see them adding anymore, but is this about right?:
1. Lucario - Replaced Mewtwo - The most likely to be replaced. This slot is held for a significant movie Pokemon
2. Pokemon Trainer - 2nd most likely to be replaced / altered. For the 151 fags.
3. Jigglypuff - Veteran Smash Pokemon. Was significant back in the day. 3rd most likely.
4. Pikachu - The face of Pokemon. If replaced, would cause mass hysteria.
Although Jiggly won't be taken out, I think it and Lucario should be replaced with up to date Pokemon.
And I like Lucario.
J's logic for taking out Jigglypuff is "I dun liek it, take it out", which is pretty bad reasoning.
....I think you get the point. As bad as the argument I made a while ago may be, it has a basis, however unlikely. Until you can come up with a defense for all these Pokemon (and many, many more), then your argument is invalid.
Sandslash? Don't get ahead of yourself. Sandslash is at least on the same level as Sableye.
Actually, Neosquid, notice, I gave my reasoning. It is an old Pokemon that isn't significant to the Pokemon community anymore. But it is to Smash, which is why I said it would stay.
Assassins > Ninjas? Lies and deceit. You bring shame t' ya misspelled namesake, Assasin.
Lucario won't get replaced, most likely no one will. You heard Sakurai, he wants the roster as it is for the most part. What few character he adds won't be replacing anyone I don't think.