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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
大乱闘 スマッシュ ブラザーズ SPECIAL Dairantō Smash Brothers Special
North American boxart of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
System Nintendo Switch
Genre Fighting
Rating E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Publisher Nintendo
Developer Bandai Namco

Sora Ltd.

Release dates
International December 7, 2018
Other boxart

Digital box of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Japanese: 大乱闘 スマッシュ ブラザーズ SPECIAL Great Fray Smash Brothers Special) is the sixth and newest installment in the Super Smash Bros. series that released worldwide on December 7th 2018. The game features the return of all 65 playable fighters from previous games with the tagline "Everyone is here!" as well as 11 newcomers for a total of 76 fighters at launch. Additionally, an extra 7 fighters have been released as downloadable content with 5 as the Fighter Pass vol.1, with 5 already released and 1 unknown, which makes the total 82. Additionally more DLC fighters beyond the Fighter Pass vol.1 are currently in development, starting with the Fighter Pass vol.2, which confirmed to have 6 downloadable characters.

Playable characters

The starting roster consists of the original 8 starter fighters from the original Super Smash Bros. game and the rest needs to be unlocked, as a result this time italics denotes the starter fighters. Bold still denotes EarthBound series fighters, and "ε" denotes a new class known as Echo Fighters or by fans as clones. Below is a list of all fighters listed by number:


Number Fighter
1 Mario
2 Donkey Kong
3 Link
4 Samus
5 Yoshi
6 Kirby
7 Fox
8 Pikachu
9 Luigi
10 Ness
11 Captain Falcon
12 Jigglypuff
13 Peach
14 Bowser
15 Ice Climbers
16 Shiek
17 Zelda
18 Dr. Mario
19 Pichu
20 Falco
21 Marth
21ε Lucina
22 Young Link
23 Ganondorf
24 Mewtwo
25 Roy
26 Mr. Game & Watch
27 Meta Knight
28 Pit
28ε Dark Pit
29 Zero Suit Samus
30 Wario
31 Snake
32 Ike
33/34/35 Pokemon Trainer (Controlling Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard)
36 Diddy Kong
37 Lucas
38 Sonic
39 King Dedede
40 Olimar (with Alph as a model swap)
41 Lucario
42 R.O.B.
43 Toon Link
44 Wolf
45 Villager
46 Mega Man
47 Wii Fit Trainer
48 Rosalina & Luma
49 Little Mac
50 Greninja
51 Mii Brawler
52 Mii Swordfighter
53 Mii Gunner
54 Palutena
55 Pac-Man
56 Robin
57 Shulk
58 Browser Jr. (With Koopalings as alternate colors)
59 Duck Hunt
60 Ryu
61 Cloud
62 Corrin
63 Bayonetta


Number Fighter
Dark Samus
13ε Daisy
25ε Chrom
60ε Ken
64 Inkling
65 Ridley
66 Simon
66ε Richter
67 King K. Rool
68 Isabelle
69 Incineroar

Downloadable fighters

Number Fighter
70 Piranha Plant
71 Joker
72 Hero (from Dragon Quest)
73 Banjo & Kazooie
74 Terry
75 Byleth
76 Min Min
77 Steve
78 Sephiroth
79/80 Pyra/Mythra
81 Kazuya
82 Sora


Unlike other games, all 103 stages are available from the start. The majority of stages are from past Smash Bros. games with a few new stages as well. An additional 11 stages are being added as DLC with bringing the total to 114, more stages than there have ever been in past games.

New stages

From Super Smash Bros.

From Super Smash Bros. Melee

From Super Smash Bros. Brawl

From Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

From the 3DS version

From the Wii U version

EarthBound representation


Artwork of Ness
Artwork of Lucas

Ness and Lucas are both playable once again, and are both unlockable.

Both characters received a buff in their mobility both in the air and on the ground, and the return of directional air dodges significantly benefit both of their recoveries. All of their PSI moves also emit their respective PK graphics when used, and both characters summon some party members when using PK Starstorm: Ness summons Paula and Poo, while Lucas summons Kumatora and Boney.

Ness's moveset has received a minor overhaul. He emits more PSI in some of his moves, most notably his neutral aerial; this allows him to have slightly more range. Ness also received a new up air, where he swipes his finger above him while emitting PSI. This change reduces the range of his up air, but increases combo potential and damage. Ness's yo-yo attacks have also reverted to their pre-Smash 4 incarnations, with the added bonus that they can now hang below the ledge, making it easier for Ness to edgeguard opponents.

All of his specials have also received some overhauls. PK Fire has less landing lag and is now harder for opponents to escape. PK Thunder has more knockback at the head, while PK Thunder 2 has a longer travel distance. PK Flash no longer causes Ness to go into free-fall and is significantly weaker. Most notably, PSI Magnet now deals minor damage when active, allowing Ness to use it in combos. Additionally, his specials now emit graphics similar to how they looked in EarthBound, such as PK Flash displaying bright circles when used.

Lucas's moveset received fewer changes then Ness and is overall the same as his previous incarnation. His most notable change is a buffed PK Freeze, which no longer puts Lucas into free-fall and knocks opponents away diagonally, making it harder for him to recover. Another notable change is the nerf to his down throw, which has lost most of his combos and KO setups. Similar to Ness, his specials emit graphics similar to their respective graphics in Mother 3.


All stages from past titles return in Ultimate: Onett and Fourside return from Melee, New Pork City returns from Brawl, and Magicant returns from Smash 3DS. All of them, most notably Magicant and Fourside, have received overhauls in graphics, as well as additional details.


Both Mr. Saturn and the Franklin Badge return in Ultimate, acting similarly to their previous appearances.

The Ramblin' Evil Mushroom makes its debut in Ultimate. When used, it produces spores that can hit opponents. Any opponents caught in the blast will have a tiny mushroom grow on their head and have their controls reversed.

Assist Trophy

Both Jeff and Starman return with updated designs. They are mostly unchanged from their previous incarnations.


Spirits replace trophies from previous games, and have a similar function to Stickers in Brawl. A list of EarthBound spirits can be found here.


Both Ness and Lucas' respective amiibo's from the previous game are compatible in Ultimate.


Ultimate received universally strong positive acclaim. Many critics consider it to be the best installment in the series, praising it's large amount of content and large amounts of returning Smash Bros. elements while the online mode was widely criticized. It sold over 5 million copies during the first 3 days of release and has sold 12.08 million units as of December 31st, 2018, marking it as the fastest selling Nintendo game in history. It has sold 13.81 million units as of March 31st, 2019[1], making it the best selling fighting game in history, beating Brawl which sold 13.30 million units.


  • Ultimate is the first Super Smash Bros. game to:
    • Not cut any veterans since Melee
    • Not introduce a new EarthBound stage since the original (if Super Smash Bros For 3DS/Wii U are considered the same game)
    • Have both EarthBound series characters with the same availability, with Ness and Lucas both unlockable.
    • Have Ness receive no new voice clips.
  • This is the second Smash Bros. game to feature Ness on the boxart, the other being Melee.
  • The original Mother is now referred by it's localized name, EarthBound Beginnings. The reason is because Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U was released before the game was officially localized.

External links


Super Smash Bros.
OnettFoursideNew Pork CityMagicant
Mr. SaturnFranklin BadgeRamblin' Evil Mushroom
Assist Trophies