I don’t think The Smiler is anywhere near as universally loved as Nemesis; as much as the ride has a large number of fans, not too many seem to rate the ride quite as highly as Nemesis, and there are an equal number of people who absolutely despise it. Wicker Man, while perhaps more universally liked than Smiler, doesn’t really have many people who absolutely love it (I’m one of the few who does). Most seem to like it, but not excessively so. While I wouldn’t say I’ve heard anyone say that they absolutely despise Wicker Man, there are a notable number who aren’t that enamoured with it. Rightly or wrongly, I think Alton’s coaster selection would be viewed with considerably less interest, especially among enthusiasts abroad, if it didn’t have Nemesis within it. I don’t think any of the other coasters at Alton have anywhere near the same level of popularity among enthusiasts worldwide. Heck, I don’t think any of the other coasters within the entire UK have anywhere near the same level of popularity among enthusiasts worldwide. To put things into some perspective; Captain Coaster’s ranking of the highest rated coasters by members of that site puts Nemesis at #47 in the world. The next Alton Towers coaster to make it in is Galactica, all the way down at #170: https://captaincoaster.com/en/ranki...s[manufacturer]=&filters[openingDate]=&page=1 The only other UK coaster to even make it into the top 100 is Icon, just squeezing in at #92. With that in mind, I think it’s fair to say that Nemesis is the UK’s most popular coaster among enthusiasts by a significant margin, and Alton Towers’ most popular coaster among enthusiasts by an even more significant margin. If anyone’s interested, CC’s ranking of Alton Towers’ coasters is as follows: Nemesis (#1 in the UK, #47 in the world, average rating of 94.9%) Galactica (#4 in the UK, #170 in the world, average rating of 83.9%) The Smiler (#5 in the UK, #171 in the world, average rating of 83.9%) Oblivion (#8 in the UK, #208 in the world, average rating of 80.9%) Wicker Man (#11 in the UK, #253 in the world, average rating of 76.4%) Rita (#13 in the UK, #300 in the world, average rating of 70.9%) Thirteen (#14 in the UK, #311 in the world, average rating of 69.8%) Spinball Whizzer (#21 in the UK, #471 in the world, average rating of 57.4%) Runaway Mine Train (#43 in the UK, #695 in the world, average rating of 38.7%) Octonauts isn’t ranked due to it being listed as a kiddie coaster. So with this in mind, Nemesis outweighs any other coaster at Towers in terms of average rating by a whole 11%. For clarity, 20% = 1 star under this system, so a 100% score is an average rating of 5 stars.