I'd rather have Ninten get his revenge by replacing both. Jk I voted Ness since seniority and all. --- Pauline, Palutena, Medusa, Cptn. Syrup, Mike Jones, Andy, Lip, Eirika, Bayonetta, Mr. Peepers, Micaiah, Birdo, Anna, Lyn, & Shantae for SSB4!
Sakurai originally planned to cut Ness in Melee and replace him with Lucas, so Lucas is safer.
The situation is different now. Ness, as well as the first two games, are looked on with a huge amount of nostalgia in Japan and all of the series' current merchandise is centered around those first two games (because Japanese gamers see the Mother series as more of a nostalgic thing, and Mother 3 isn't revered like it is among the English-speaking hardcore audience). If one Mother character were cut, it would absolutely be Lucas. --- I am sure people have many nice memories of yelling at their controllers.~Keiji Inafune