Every Character That Will Appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Listed

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest upcoming game for Nintendo Switch owners. Nintendo devoted almost the entirety of its E3 2018 press conference to the fighting crossover and the game’s big reveal. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will include every playable Smash character who's ever been in the series. Ultimate is aiming to live up to its name by trying to be the definitive Smash Bros. experience and almost function as a museum for the franchise.

There will be new content and characters added to the game but there not too many we're warned, given how much will be there at launch. Instead, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is all bringing the extensive past of the series to the present and charging players a subscription fee to play online with the Switch.

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So, we’ve decided to count down every character that will be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (all 60+ of them), detailing their first game appearance, their first appearance in the Smash Bros. series and a little bit of their history. Each character is ordered with their official number and designation from Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. which denotes when and/or how they joined the franchise.

Here is Every Character That Will Appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate...


First Ever Appearance: Donkey Kong (1981)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Mario is Nintendo number one mascot so naturally he’s officially listed as the first character to ever join Smash. It would easy for Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai and crew to phone it in with Mario. However, the Italian plumber is one of the most well rounded and agile fighters in the Smash series. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will tweak Mario slightly giving him Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey and a quicker Final Smash.

Donkey Kong

First Ever Appearance: Donkey Kong (1981)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Donkey Kong hasn’t always been at the top of Nintendo’s radar. However, he is officially the second fighter to join Smash Bros. This is probably because Donkey Kong made his debut alongside Mario in his self-titled arcade game. For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Donkey hasn’t been changed too much, except for his Final Smash. It’s now just a flurry of punches with, sadly, no bongos in sight.


First Ever Appearance: Legend of Zelda (1986)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

It’s through the first shadowy look at Link in the reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that fans got a hint that the game would be an all-new experience, not just a port of the Wii U. This is because Nintendo is still riding the wave of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by giving Link his Champion’s Tunic as his default look. For traditional fans, Link’s green duds are still in the game, but the Breath of the Wild look is front and center. Breath of the Wild also informs Link's Final Smash where the hero uses a bow not the Master Sword and his finishing move.


First Ever Appearance: Metroid (1986)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Nintendo’s first heroine is finally starting to make a comeback. A Nintendo 3DS game was recently released that was a remake of Metroid 2. Metroid Prime 4 is coming to the Nintendo Switch and Samus is one of the premiere character of  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ultimate is making very few noticeable changes to Samus, even her Final Smash is largely the same, but it’s hard to improve on bounty hunter perfection.


First Ever Appearance: Super Mario World (1990)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

The perpetually put-upon dinosaur of the Mushroom Kingdom, Yoshi, is of course back for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As he has from the series' very beginning, Yoshi is ready to make Mario pay for all those times he dropped at the bottom of a bottomless pit in Super Mario World. Besides giving Yoshi a new coat of paint and making him more expressive than ever before, not much has changed about the dino’s fighting style for Ultimate. Although Yoshi’s Final Smash has yet to be revealed.


First Ever Appearance: Kirby’s Dream Land (1992)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

If Super Smash Bros. was made by anyone but Masahiro Sakurai, Kirby probably won’t have as big a place in the roster as he does. However, Sakurai created Kirbywhich means Nintendo’s pink blob has been integral to the series. Ultimate isn’t revamping Kirby much. However, with more fighters than ever before there will be more variety to Kirby than ever before. Kirby’s signature ability to swallow and copy every enemy just became much more expansive given Ultimate’s huge roster.


First Ever Appearance: Star Fox (1993)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Fox McCloud has fallen from a grace a bit in Nintendo’s franchise machine. Fox hasn’t gotten much in the way of console game releases and his last, Star Fox Zero, was a huge disappointment. However, Fox has always been a staple of the Super Smash Bros. series and is especially popular in competitive play. As such Ultimate isn’t breaking the wheel for Fox but they are doing away with his former and incredibly long Final Smash, replacing it with a quick fly-by in his famous Arwing ship.


First Ever Appearance:  Pokémon Red/Blue (1996)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Much like the character itself, Pikachu in Smash has always been a little divisive. This is down to Pikachu’s move where he summons thunder from the sky being one of the most irritating (easy to perform) moves in the game. In Ultimate, the thunder move isn’t going away but an effort has been made to make Pikachu even faster than before. In addition, for the first time ever, a female Pikachu will be added (as alll female Pikachus have a heart shaped tail). Pikachu Libre from Pokken Tournament is even an alternate costume.


First Ever Appearance: Mario Bros. (1983)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Mario’s little (taller) brother has been with Super Smash Bros. since the start but, naturally, Luigi began the series in Mario’s shadow. Luigi was one of the four unlockable characters in the first Super Smash Bros. but his moves were almost identical to Mario’s own. However, just like his appearances in the Mario series, Luigi has slowly given his own moves and personality that separate himself from his brother. In Ultimate Luigi plays and is animated in a much goofier fashion than Mario.


First Ever Appearance: Earthbound (1994)

First Smash Appearance: Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Ness is proof that Super Smash Bros. started as Japan only game. For many people Ness is only known for his appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as few Western gamers are aware (or have played) his original game, SNES RPG Earthbound. Despite his obscure nature, Ness has been with Smash since the start, even though he’s only used by the most serious of players. Ultimate is doing little to revamp Ness. He’ll be same pudgy magic kid he’s always been in the series.

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