Super Smash Bros. (series)
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The Super Smash Bros. series is a crossover series of multiplayer games in which many well-known Nintendo characters are pitted against each other to fight, with each character using their unique abilities in battle. The games are among Nintendo's best selling games, not only for being one of Nintendo's few fighting games, but also for being a mass crossover of many Nintendo franchises; they are also known to attract both casual and competitive players, with game modes and official Nintendo events accommodating different types of play. While the Western title for the series is a play on the title of Super Mario Bros., Super Smash Bros. is a standalone crossover franchise and is not explicitly part of the Mario franchise.
Along with Mario, many different characters from different franchises appear as fighters throughout the series. These include Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise, Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise, Kirby from the Kirby franchise, Ness from the EarthBound series, and many more. Besides the diverse lineup of fighters, Super Smash Bros. has numerous non-playable references to Nintendo history, such as the roster of stages in the series, themed around locations from past Nintendo games. In addition to the Nintendo-related content, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and subsequent installments introduce a number of third-party guest fighters. While these guest fighters include mascot characters that have appeared in prior crossovers with the Mario franchise, such as Sonic and Pac-Man, they also include characters from more "realistic" and adult-oriented franchises, such as Solid Snake from the Metal Gear franchise and Bayonetta from her self-titled series. With its large, diverse roster of characters that range from the familiar to the obscure, the Super Smash Bros. series serves as a gateway to Nintendo's vast library of franchises, with the games often boosting the popularity and public image of lesser-known series such as Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Fire Emblem.
Super Smash Bros. has become one of the quickest-selling and most popular series in Nintendo's history, and Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best-selling Nintendo GameCube game. Masahiro Sakurai has directed all games in the series, the latest being Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Super Smash Bros. games are popular in eSports, with tournaments being held featuring professional players.
List of games
|Cover, original release, and system||Synopsis|
|Super Smash Bros.|
January 21, 1999
|Super Smash Bros. is the first installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, introduced in 1999 for the Nintendo 64. The game features eight characters from the start, with four unlockable characters, all of them created by Nintendo or one of its second-party developers.
Up to four people can play in multiplayer (Versus) mode, with the specific rules of each match being predetermined by the players. There are two different types that can be chosen: Time, where the person with the most KOs at the end of the set time wins; and stock, where each person has a set amount of lives, and when they are gone, the player is eliminated.
This game's one-player mode included one adventure mode that always followed the same series of opponents although the player could change the difficulty. Other single player modes exist such as Training and several mini-games, including "Break the Targets" and "Board the Platforms". All of these were included in the sequel, with the exception of "Board the Platforms".
There are nine playable stages in Versus mode, eight based on each of the starting characters (such as Princess Peach's Castle for Mario, Zebes for Samus, and Sector Z for Fox) and the unlockable Mushroom Kingdom, based around motifs from the original Super Mario Bros. (from which the English-language name of the Super Smash Bros. series comes), even containing original sprites and the original version of the Overworld theme from that game.
|Super Smash Bros. Melee|
November 21, 2001
|Super Smash Bros. Melee is the second installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. It had a larger budget and development team than Super Smash Bros. did and was released to much greater praise and acclaim among critics and consumers. Since its release, Super Smash Bros. Melee has sold more than 7 million copies and was the best-selling game on the GameCube. Super Smash Bros. Melee features 26 characters, of which 15 are available initially, more than doubling the number of characters in its predecessor. There are also 29 stages.
It introduced two new single-player modes alongside the Classic mode: Adventure mode, and All-Star mode. Adventure mode has platforming segments similar to the original's "Race to the Finish" mini-game, and All-Star is a fight against every playable character in the game, allows the player only one life in which damage is accumulated over each battle and a limited number of heal items in between battles.
There are also significantly more multiplayer modes and a tournament mode allowing for 64 different competitors whom can all be controlled by a human player, although only up to four players can participate at the same time. Additionally, the game features alternative battle modes, called "Special Melee", which involve some sort of alteration to the battle (e.g. all characters are giant by default, the speed is faster than normal, etc.), along with alternative ways to judge a victory, such as through collecting coins throughout the match.
In place of Super Smash Bros.'s character profiles, Super Smash Bros. Melee introduced trophies (called "figures" in the Japanese version). The 293 trophies include three different profiles for each playable character, one unlocked in each single-player mode. In addition, unlike its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee contains profiles for many Nintendo characters who are either non-playable or do not appear in the game, as well as Nintendo items, stages, enemies, and elements.
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
January 31, 2008
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, released in 2008 for the Wii. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is also the first game in the franchise to support online play, via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and offers the ability for players to construct their own original stages. The game features a total of 39 playable characters and 41 stages.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl also features compatibility with four kinds of controllers (the Wii Remote on its side, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination, the Classic Controller, and the Nintendo GameCube controller), while its predecessors only used the one controller designed for that system. The player also has the ability to change the configuration of controls and the controller type.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl features a new Adventure Mode titled "The Subspace Emissary". This mode features unique character storylines along with numerous side scrolling levels and multiple bosses to fight, as well as CG cut scenes explaining the storyline. The Subspace Emissary features a new group of antagonists called the Subspace Army, who are led by the Ancient Minister. Some of these enemy characters appeared in previous Nintendo games, such as Petey Piranha from the Mario series and a squadron of R.O.B.s based on classic Nintendo hardware. The Subspace Emissary also boasts a number of original enemies, such as the Roader; a robotic unicycle, the Bytan; a one-eyed ball-like creature which can replicate itself if left alone, and the Primid; enemies that come in many variations. Though primarily a single-player mode, The Subspace Emissary allows for cooperative multiplayer. There are five difficulty levels for each stage, and there is a method of increasing characters' powers during the game. This is done by placing collected stickers onto the bottom of a character's trophy between stages to improve various aspects of a fighter.
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U|
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September 13, 2014
November 21, 2014
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are the fourth and fifth games in the Super Smash Bros. series (however, they are both commonly thought of as the joint fourth installment). At E3 2011, it was confirmed that new Super Smash Bros. titles were in development for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with both versions being cross-compatible with each other in some way. The games were shown for the first time at E3 2013.
The 3DS version features cel-shaded 3D graphics and stages based on games for handheld consoles, while the Wii U version features HD graphics and stages based on games from home consoles. Like prior games in the series, this game introduces new characters, including Mega Man and Pac-Man, who are new third-party characters. The character lineup is the same across both versions, and characters can now be customized with a range of equipment and custom special moves. The 3DS version includes an exclusive mode called Smash Run, while the Wii U version includes a mode called Smash Tour, along with an altered stage builder and the Special Orders mode.
The games also introduce downloadable content (DLC) to the series, which was made available after release. Included among the DLC are the seven additional playable characters Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta, as well as additional stages and costumes for Mii Fighters.
The 3DS version was released first on September 13, 2014 in Japan, and on October 3rd, 2014 in the rest of the world. The Wii U version was released on November 21, 2014 in North America, November 28, 2014 in Europe, November 29, 2014 in Australia, and December 6th, 2014 in Japan.
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
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December 7, 2018
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the sixth game in the series (fifth if Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are counted collectively), released on December 7, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. It features every playable character from the past installments.
During the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct, Inkling from the Splatoon series, Princess Daisy from the Mario franchise, and Ridley from the Metroid franchise were confirmed as new playable characters. In the August 2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont (both from the Castlevania series), Chrom (from the Fire Emblem franchise), Dark Samus (from the Metroid franchise), and King K. Rool (from the Donkey Kong series) were also confirmed to be playable. Within the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series was additionally confirmed as a new playable fighter. In the November 2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, Ken Masters (from the Street Fighter series), Incineroar (from the Pokémon franchise), and Piranha Plant (from the Mario series) were announced as playable, with Piranha Plant being DLC. It was also confirmed at this point that an additional five fighters and stages, as well as some music, were to be released as DLC via five Challenger Packs in a "Fighters Pass". At The Game Awards 2018, Joker, the protagonist of Persona 5, was announced as the first of the fighters included in the Fighters Pass. In the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, the Heroes of multiple Dragon Quest games, as well as Banjo & Kazooie from the Banjo-Kazooie series, were confirmed as the second and third Fighters Pass fighters respectively. The September 2019 Nintendo Direct, in addition to revealing that further DLC fighters are to be released separate from the Fighters Pass, confirmed Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series as the fourth Fighters Pass fighter. In a video that was aired during January 2020, Byleth, the main protagonist of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, was confirmed as the fighter of Challenger Pack 5; an additional six challenger packs in a separate Fighters Pass were also clarified to be the previously confirmed additional DLC. In the March 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini, a character from ARMS was confirmed to be Challenger Pack 6's fighter, although the character's identity was not shown until June of that year, when the fighter was revealed to be Min Min. In a video that aired during October 2020, Steve from Minecraft was confirmed as Challenger Pack 7's fighter. During The Game Awards 2020, Sephiroth, the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, was confirmed as the fighter included in Challenger Pack 8. In the February 2021 Nintendo Direct, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were confirmed as Challenger Pack 9's fighter. The E3 2021 Nintendo Direct confirmed Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken series as the fighter of Challenger Pack 10. In a video that aired during October 2021, Sora, the protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series, was announced as the game's final DLC fighter.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces Spirits mode, with collectible spirits able to augment fighters' abilities. They replace the collectible trophies of past installments. They visually appear and function very similarly to stickers from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There is also a new Adventure Mode, titled World of Light, which sees Galeem turning many characters (except for the playable fighters, who were instead imprisoned, except for Kirby who survived) into spirits.
The series has a completely different gameplay compared to fighting games such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Instead of making an opponent lose all of their HP, players have to knock opponents off a stage. When a character gets attacked, their damage meter (represented by percentage) increases by up to 999%, and the higher the percentage is, the easier it is to knock an opponent off the stage.
After being knocked off, a player can use jumping moves to try to return to the stage.
The Super Smash Bros. series has simple controls. Basic attacks are done through the A button, and special attacks are done through the B button, with the move used being determined by the Control Stick. Players can also shield with the trigger buttons and grab opponents with anther trigger button or by shielding and pressing an attack button. Starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the buttons can be remapped.
Major series represented in Super Smash Bros.
|A fairly big name from Nintendo, a stage debuting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is based on it called Smashville. Regarding playable fighters, it is represented by Villager since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Isabelle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem used to represent this series is the icon used to represent furniture in the player's pockets.
|ARMS is a fighting game released for Nintendo Switch in 2017. Regarding fighters, it is represented by the DLC fighter Min Min in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|A somewhat minor first-party series by Nintendo. It was represented by the Balloon Fighter trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (also, in this game, the music for Balloon Trip could be played on the Summit stage). It is represented by a stage entitled Balloon Fight in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is two balloons, similar to those used by the playable character of Balloon Fight.
|Banjo-Kazooie is a series of games by Rare Ltd.; a company that used to be a second-party developer for Nintendo, but was sold to Microsoft in 2002. The titular characters of the series, Banjo & Kazooie, appear as a playable fighter through DLC in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, making them the first characters owned by a console competitor to Nintendo to be playable in the Super Smash Bros. series.
The emblem representing this series is a Jiggy, a type of collectible item in the Banjo-Kazooie series]].
|Regarding playable characters, the Bayonetta series is represented by the titular character, who made her Super Smash Bros. debut in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a playable character available through DLC. The Bayonetta series is the second M-rated series to be represented in the Super Smash Bros. series.|
|Castlevania is a series of games by Konami. In the Super Smash Bros. series, it is represented by the playable characters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, making it and Street Fighter the first third-party series represented in the Super Smash Bros. series to have multiple playable characters.
The emblem representing this series is a representation of Dracula's Castle.
|Playable characters from the Donkey Kong series include Donkey Kong since Super Smash Bros., Diddy Kong since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and King K. Rool in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is an uppercase "D" and an uppercase "K" (for Donkey Kong), as seen on DK Barrels.
|Dragon Quest is a series of RPGs by Square Enix. It is represented by a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC in the form of the Heroes from multiple Dragon Quest games, occupying a single slot and available through alternate costumes.|
|The Duck Hunt series is represented by Duck Hunt - a dog and a duck comprising a single character - as playable fighters since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The emblem representing this series is a duck from Duck Hunt.
|A small but very successful series from Nintendo (also developed by Ape Inc., HAL Laboratory, and Brownie Brown). The playable fighters who represent the EarthBound series are Ness (since Super Smash Bros.) and Lucas (since Super Smash Bros. Brawl). Lucas was originally intended to replace Ness in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but because of Mother 3's cancellation at the time, Ness was put in instead. Other EarthBound series characters also appear as items.|
|Although there are no playable characters in this series, the emblem is used for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Hanenbow stage.|
|A series of fighting games by SNK, Fatal Fury is represented by Terry Bogard as a playable DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|A massively successful role-playing game series by Square Enix. The series has something of a history with Nintendo's own franchises (the Mario franchise in particular). Cloud Strife appears as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with his appearance as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, making him the first named Final Fantasy character to appear in a Nintendo crossover. Chocobo headgear is also available for the Mii Fighters in the aforementioned games, also as DLC. Sephiroth also appears as the fighter for Challenger Pack 8 in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is two uppercase "F"s in the font used in Final Fantasy game titles.
Find Mii / StreetPass Quest
|A series consisting of two games in StreetPass Mii Plaza (which is featured with the Nintendo 3DS and its variations), this is represented by a stage, named Find Mii, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is the crown worn by the captive Mii in the aforementioned games.
|Fire Emblem is a second-party series, developed by Intelligent Systems. Regarding playable characters, Marth and Roy have been playable in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee (although the latter is absent in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), Ike has been playable since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lucina and Robin have been playable since the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Corrin has been playable since their DLC appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Chrom and Byleth are introduced as playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with the latter as DLC.|
|A Nintendo first-party series represented by Captain Falcon. He has appeared as a playable character in all Super Smash Bros. games thus far.|
|One of the oldest gaming series, the (previously unnamed) character, Mr. Game & Watch, represents the series as a playable character since Super Smash Bros. Melee.|
|The Ice Climber "series" (technically not a series, due to the fact that there is only one Ice Climber game) is represented by Popo and Nana, otherwise known as the Ice Climbers, as playable characters starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee (although they are absent as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U).
The emblem representing this series is an eggplant, the first vegetable encountered in Ice Climber.
|The Kid Icarus series is a series consisting of only three games, one (Kid Icarus: Uprising) of which came out after Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Regarding playable characters, it is represented by Pit (since Super Smash Bros. Brawl), Palutena, and Dark Pit (both since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS).
The emblem representing this series is the Palutena Bow.
|Kingdom Hearts is an action RPG series featuring crossovers with several Disney and Final Fantasy properties. Sora, the main protagonist, is a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|The fourth-biggest series, the Kirby series is represented by Kirby (since Super Smash Bros.), Meta Knight, and King Dedede (both since Super Smash Bros. Brawl). King Dedede was intended to appear in Super Smash Bros., but was removed due to time constraints. He and Meta Knight were later set to appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but were also removed.
The emblem representing this series is a Warp Star.
|The first-billed (aside from the Super Smash Bros. franchise itself) and most heavily represented franchise in the Super Smash Bros. series. Characters from the Mario series have appeared in all released games. While the series is quite abundant in content from numerous sub-series of the Mario franchise, it has, primarily, a strong focus on the platforming Super Mario games, the kart racing Mario Kart games, and, to a lesser extent, the Luigi's Mansion games. The Mario characters playable in the Super Smash Bros. series are Mario, Luigi (both since Super Smash Bros.), Princess Peach, Bowser, Dr. Mario (starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, although Dr. Mario is not playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), Rosalina & Luma, Bowser Jr. with seven model swaps that each replace him with one of the Koopalings (since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS), Princess Daisy, and Piranha Plant (both in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latter as DLC). Although the Mario series also includes such characters as Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Wario, they are excluded from the list, due to having their own series and logos.|
|Mega Man from his series of games of the same name is a playable character in the series starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and the third third-party character of the Super Smash Bros. series (after Snake and Sonic were introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl).|
|File:MetalGear Emblem.pngFile:MGS Symbol.png||A major series, albeit third-party, and the first M-rated series to be represented in the Super Smash Bros. series. Solid Snake represents this series starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl (although he is absent in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U). Hideo Kojima, the producer of the Metal Gear series, requested Snake to be in Super Smash Bros. Melee, however production of the game was too far for his inclusion.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the series icon for the Metal Gear series is replaced by an exclamation mark. The icon change is due to Kojima's departure from Konami; the FOX Unit logo is also the former logo for Kojima Productions.
|Another of Nintendo's notable series. The Metroid games are represented by playable characters in the forms of Samus Aran (since Super Smash Bros.), Zero Suit Samus (since Super Smash Bros. Brawl; she is considered a separate character from Samus since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS), Ridley, and Dark Samus (both in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate).
The emblem representing this series is the Screw Attack.
|A franchise that began with the sandbox game of the same name, Minecraft is represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by the DLC fighter Steve, with Alex, Zombie, and Enderman available as alternate costumes.|
|Not actually a series, but a handheld gaming system, there are no playable characters representing this. However, the emblem is used for Super Smash Bros. Brawl's PictoChat stage and the PictoChat 2 stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; PictoChat being a built-in application in all Nintendo DS models.
The emblem representing this series is a representation of the Nintendo DS.
|A virtual pet simulator series, the nintendogs series was represented in Super Smash Bros. Brawl through an Assist Trophy, a trophy, and multiple stickers. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the series is represented by an Assist Trophy again (although this time, the French Bulldog is used instead of the Labrador Retriever from the previous installment), as well as a stage, entitled Living Room, in the Nintendo 3DS version. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, another Assist Trophy represents the series; this time a Toy Poodle.
The emblem representing this series is a dog paw print.
|Pac-Man, Bandai Namco's most well-known character, represents his series as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. He is the fourth third-party character to be included in the Super Smash Bros. series.
The emblem representing this series is Pac-Man's 2D appearance, as initially seen in the original Pac-Man arcade game.
|Persona, a series of RPG spin-offs from the Megami Tensei franchise, is represented by Joker (the protagonist of Persona 5) in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter. Although the Persona series is mostly represented by Persona 5 elements in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, music from Persona 4 and Persona 3, as well as Mii Fighter items based on characters from the three aforementioned Persona games, are also available as DLC.
The emblem representing this series is the logo of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts from Persona 5.
|A well-known (but not as big) series, it is represented by Olimar, and his assistants - the Pikmin - starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Olimar has alternate costumes that change him to Alph.|
|The Pilotwings series is represented by a stage, entitled Pilotwings, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Ultimate.|
|One of Nintendo's most well-known series (also owned by Game Freak and Creatures). Regarding playable fighters, the Pokémon series is represented by Pikachu, Jigglypuff (both since Super Smash Bros.), Pichu, Mewtwo (both starting with Super Smash Bros. Melee, although neither are playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pichu is not playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U), Pokémon Trainer (with Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard), Lucario (both starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, although Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and Ivysaur are not playable and Charizard is a stand-alone character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U), Greninja (starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS), and Incineroar (in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). The series also had the most unlockable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, with Pichu, Jigglypuff, and Mewtwo. In addition, various Pokémon come out of Poké Balls to assist characters. Originally, Mewtwo was going to be playable in Super Smash Bros., but was removed due to time constraints. Until Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, none of the playable characters in this series have more than five alternate colors, a trait shared with the Sonic series. Starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, every character gets seven different alternate colors, including the Pokémon.
The emblem representing this series is a Poké Ball.
|Little Mac from the Punch-Out!! series is an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.|
|A series consisting of the two only games compatible with the peripheral for the NES, R.O.B. is playable in the Super Smash Bros. series since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His inclusion was likely inspired by his earlier appearances in games such as Mario Kart DS.|
|A more recently-created series by Nintendo, Splatoon is represented by a trophy and Mii Fighter customization items in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and by Inkling as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is an Inkling Squid.
Super Smash Bros.
|A universe consisting of elements original to the Super Smash Bros. series. Representatives are usually non-playable characters, such as Master Hand and Crazy Hand, Fighting Polygons from Super Smash Bros., Wire Frames from Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the Fighting Alloy Team, Subspace Army and Tabuu from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The Mii Fighters make their debut in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as the first playable representatives of the series. Stages that represent the series are Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination.|
Sonic the Hedgehog
|Sega's most successful series, the Sonic the Hedgehog series is represented by its titular character, Sonic the Hedgehog, as a playable character since Super Smash Bros. Brawl. There was a large hoax claiming that Sonic and Miles "Tails" Prower could be unlocked as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee (ultimately, the claim was proven to be false).
The emblem representing this series is a side view of Sonic's head.
|A series created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Dylan Cuthbert. It is represented by playable characters Fox McCloud (since Super Smash Bros.), Falco Lombardi (since Super Smash Bros. Melee), and Wolf O'Donnell (starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but Wolf is not playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U).
The emblem representing this series is the logo of the Star Fox team.
|Capcom's flagship fighting game series. Ryu, the main character, has been playable in the Super Smash Bros. series since his appearance as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Ken Masters is playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The emblem representing this series is an uppercase "S" and an uppercase "F" in the font used in Street Fighter game titles.
|Tekken is a fighting series by Bandai Namco. Previously represented by a Mii Fighter costume based on Heihachi Mishima available as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kazuya Mishima is also available as a DLC fighter in the latter game.|
The Legend of Zelda
|Another one of the biggest series, represented by playable characters Link (since Super Smash Bros.), Princess Zelda/Sheik, Ganondorf, Young Link (introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee, although Sheik is a separate character from Zelda from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS onward, and Young Link is not playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U), and Toon Link (since Super Smash Bros. Brawl).
The emblem representing this series is the Triforce.
|Based off Nintendo's Tomodachi games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, this game is represented by a stage, specifically entitled Tomodachi Life, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|A minor series, also a spin-off of the Mario series. Heavily focused on the microgame-centric WarioWare series, but also features elements from the Wario Land games. This series has only its titular character, Wario, representing it since Super Smash Bros. Brawl.|
|The Wii Fit Trainer from the Wii Fit series is as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The emblem representing this series is the female Wii Fit Trainer performing the "Dancer" pose.
|One of the more recent series, it is represented by Shulk, who is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, as well as Pyra and Mythra, who are playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter.
The emblem representing this series is the Monado from Xenoblade Chronicles.
|A minor series, yet a spin-off of the Mario series which primarily takes place in his past; the Yoshi series has only one playable character. Being the only real star of the series, Yoshi has appeared as a playable character in all Super Smash Bros. games.
The emblem representing this series is a Yoshi's Egg.
Characters in the series
The series notably features playable characters from across various Nintendo and third-party franchises. Over the entire series, more than 80 characters have been playable. Each series gets its own symbol, which each of the characters from that series use. They all have their own powers and attributes, that allow players to work out strategies against opponents.
|Fighter||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Series|
|Banjo & Kazooie||(DLC)||Banjo-Kazooie series|
|Bowser Jr. and Koopalings||Mario series|
|Byleth||(DLC)||Fire Emblem series|
|Captain Falcon||F-Zero series|
|Chrom||Fire Emblem series|
|Cloud||(DLC)||Final Fantasy series|
|Corrin||(DLC)||Fire Emblem series|
|Dark Pit||Kid Icarus series|
|Dark Samus||Metroid series|
|Diddy Kong||Donkey Kong series|
|Dr. Mario||Mario series|
|Donkey Kong||Donkey Kong series|
|Duck Hunt||Duck Hunt series|
|Falco||Star Fox series|
|Fox||Star Fox series|
|Ganondorf||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Hero||(DLC)||Dragon Quest series|
|Ice Climbers||Ice Climber|
|Ike||Fire Emblem series|
|Isabelle||Animal Crossing series|
|Ken||Street Fighter series|
|King Dedede||Kirby series|
|King K. Rool||Donkey Kong series|
|Link||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Little Mac||Punch-Out!! series|
|Lucina||Fire Emblem series|
|Marth||Fire Emblem series|
|Mega Man||Mega Man series|
|Meta Knight||Kirby series|
|Mii Fighters||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Game & Watch series|
|Mythra||(DLC)||Xenoblade Chronicles series|
|Olimar and Alph||3||Pikmin series|
|Palutena||Kid Icarus series|
|Piranha Plant||(DLC)||Mario series|
|Pit||Kid Icarus series|
|Pokémon Trainer||Pokémon series|
|Pyra||(DLC)||Xenoblade Chronicles series|
|Robin||Fire Emblem series|
|Rosalina & Luma||Mario series|
|Roy||(DLC)||Fire Emblem series|
|Ryu||(DLC)||Street Fighter series|
|Sephiroth||(DLC)||Final Fantasy series|
|Sheik||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Shulk||Xenoblade Chronicles series|
|Snake||Metal Gear series|
|Sonic||Sonic the Hedgehog series|
|Sora||(DLC)||Kingdom Hearts series|
|Steve, Alex, Zombie, and Enderman||(DLC)||Minecraft series|
|Terry||(DLC)||Fatal Fury series|
|Toon Link||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Villager||Animal Crossing series|
|Wii Fit Trainer||Wii Fit series|
|Wolf||Star Fox series|
|Young Link||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Zelda||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Zero Suit Samus||Metroid series|
|Unique characters introduced||12||14||181||15 + 4 DLC = 192||11 + 13 DLC = 24|
|Total playable characters||12||26||391||49 + 7 DLC = 562||74 + 13 DLC = 871,2|
1 - Not counting Pokémon Trainer since it's not technically a Fighter
2 - Counting Mii Fighters as 1 instead of 3 variations.
3 - Olimar only, while Alph appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U onwards.
|Character name||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Series|
|Ancient Minister||4||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Crazy Hand||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Dark Emperor||5||Find Mii series|
|Dark Link||6||6||6||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Dharkon||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Duon||4||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fighting Alloy Team||4||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fighting Mii Team||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fighting Polygons||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fighting Wire Frames||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Flying Man||EarthBound/Mother series|
|Galeem||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Galleom||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Giant Donkey Kong7||Donkey Kong series|
|Giant Kirby7||Kirby series|
|Giga Bowser||8||8||8||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Ganon||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Master Core||4||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Master Hand||9||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Meta Ridley||10||11||Metroid series|
|Metal Face||10||Xenoblade Chronicles series|
|Metal Luigi7||Mario series|
|Metal Mario7||Mario series|
|Petey Piranha||Mario series|
|Rathalos||Monster Hunter series|
|Sandbag||13||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Tabuu||4||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Yellow Devil||Mega Man series|
|Item name||Super Smash Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate||Series|
|Assist Trophy||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Back Shield||Kid Icarus series|
|Banana Gun||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Banana Peel||Mario series|
|Barrel||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Beam Sword||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Beastball||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Beehive||Animal Crossing series|
|Beetle||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Black Hole||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Blast Box||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Bombchu||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Boomerang Flower||Mario series|
|Boss Galaga||Galaga series|
|Bullet Bill||Mario series|
|Bumper||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Bunny Hood||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Capsule||Super Smash Bros. series|
|CD||10||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Cloaking Device||Perfect Dark|
|Cracker Launcher||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Crate||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Cucco||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Daybreak||Kid Icarus series|
|Death's Scythe||Castlevania series|
|Deku Nut||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Drill||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Egg||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fairy Bottle||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Fake Smash Ball||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fan||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Fire Bar||Mario series|
|Fire Flower||Mario series|
|Food||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Franklin Badge||EarthBound/Mother series|
|Golden Hammer||Mario series|
|Gooey Bomb||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Green Shell||Mario series|
|Gust Bellows||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Healing Field||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Healing Sprout||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Heart Container||The Legend of Zelda series|
|Hocotate Bomb||Pikmin series|
|Home-Run Bat||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Killer Eye||Kid Icarus series|
|Killing Edge||Fire Emblem series|
|Lip's Stick||Panel De Pon|
|Master Ball||Pokémon series|
|Maxim Tomato||Kirby series|
|Metal Box||Mario series|
|Motion-Sensor Bomb||GoldenEye 007|
|Mr. Saturn||EarthBound/Mother series|
|Ore Club||Kid Icarus series|
|Party Ball||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Peanut||Donkey Kong series|
|Pitfall||Animal Crossing series|
|Poison Mushroom||Mario series|
|Poké Ball||Pokémon series|
|POW Block||Mario series|
|Rage Blaster||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Ramblin' Evil Mushroom||Earthbound/Mother series|
|Ray Gun||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Red Shell||14||15||Mario series|
|Rocket Belt||Pilotwings series|
|Rolling Crate||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Sandbag||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Screw Attack||Metroid series|
|Smart Bomb||Star Fox series|
|Smash Ball||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Smoke Ball||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Soccer Ball||Mario series|
|Spiny Shell||Mario series|
|Spring||Donkey Kong series|
|Spirit||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Staff||Kid Icarus series|
|Star Rod||Kirby series|
|Steel Diver||Steel Diver|
|Stickers||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Super Leaf||Mario series|
|Super Mushroom||Mario series|
|Super Launch Star||Mario series|
|Super Star||Mario series|
|Superspicy Curry||Kirby series|
|Team Healer||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Timer||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Treasure Chest||Mario series|
|Trophy||Super Smash Bros. series|
|Unira||Clu Clu Land|
|Warp Star||Kirby series|
|X Bomb||Kid Icarus series|
4 - Appears in spirit form only.
5 - Only found in the Nintendo 3DS version.
6 - Alternate costumes based on Dark Link are available for Link, Young Link (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only), and Toon Link.
7 - Giant and metal versions of these fighters exist alongside those of several other fighters, and are not treated as the same as these boss characters.
8 - Giga Bowser is playable as Bowser's Final Smash.
9 - Master Hand is briefly playable at the end of the World of Light.
10 - Only found in the Wii U version.
11 - Meta Ridley is playable as an alternate costume for Ridley.
12 - Ridley is a fully playable character.
13 - Appears as an item only, as Home-Run Contest is absent.
14 - Appears in the Subspace Emissary only.
15 - Appears in Smash Run only.
The logo used for Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The logo used for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
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Names in other languages
Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu
|Great Fray Smash Brothers|
Syupeo Seumaesi Beuradeosu
|Super Smash Brothers|
|Super Smash Bros. • Super Smash Bros. Melee • Super Smash Bros. Brawl • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|