Sorry, man. But Ness has always been a really bad character the entire series. His tourney results just aren't that good :/
Which sucks, since Earthbound is absolutely amazing<3
But just why does he have to steal Paula's moves? ;_;
R.O.B. on the other hand, has much better tourney results, which therefore shows that he's more capable in a competitive atmosphere. On every Brawl tier list, R.O.B's always beaten Ness.
Which shouldn't matter, since you should play as the characters you like and want to play as. Even though Ike pretty much blows, I do all I can to make the best of him
Sorry if I sounded like one.
Yeah, there are worse things than not making an appearance. But I already lost 3 of my favorite characters in the transition from Melee to Brawl, and as you know disk swapping at parties is never fun. Which I totally do so we can play as Pichu
EDIT: Before anyone asks, YES I do try playing competitively with friends, so YES I do follow the competitive communities for certain series. Mainly Pokemon and Smash, though. I've been looked at funny many times, because I enjoy playing games in a different style that many are used to.