Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is officially released for the Nintendo Switch three years ago today, December 7, 2018 and has drawn millions of players together since.
That release comes just days after The Game Awards 2018, where Nintendo announced that the game would receive post-launch DLC as Persona 5’s Joker, with many more coming in 2019 and beyond. And, after three years of content updates, DLC fighters, etc., Nintendo has finally completed all of the major aspects of production on Ultimate since December 1.
Now, Nintendo is celebrating one of its greatest achievements by looking back at where the franchise began — a 1999 Nintendo 64 daring release that featured a roster of just 12 characters.
The company posted many pictures taken in Ultimate, showing new arrivals for each instance of Smash released in the last 22 years, starting with 12 originals and will Ultimate’s 23 additional characters, which really fit the game’s “Everybody’s here” tagline.
Here’s a look at how many fighters have been added to each release in Super Smash Bros. series, along with when each character first appeared.
- Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64, 1999)
- 12 fighters (all newbies)
- Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu, Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness and Jigglypuff
- Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo GameCube, 2001)
- 26 fighters (14 newcomers)
- Peach, Bowser, Dr. Mario, Zelda, Sheik, Young Link, Falco, Mewtwo, Pichu, Ice Climbers, Marth and Roy
- The match between Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo Wii, 2008)
- 47 fighters (16 new if you count the Pokémon Trainer as a fighter)
- Diddy Kong, Toon Link, Zero Suit Samus, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Wolf, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario, Lucas, Ike, Pit, Wario, Olimar, ROB, Snake and Sonic
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014)
- 58 boxers (21 newcomers)
- Rosalina & Luma, Bowser Jr., Greninja, Robin, Lucina, Palutena, Dark Pit, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Shulk, Duck Hunt, Pac-Man, Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter, Mii Gunner, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta
- Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo Switch, 2018)
- 89 boxers (24 newcomers)
- Dark Samus, Daisy, Chrom, Ken, Inkling, Ridley, Simon, Richter, King K. Rool, Isabelle, Incineroar, Piranha, Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry, Byleth, Min Min, Steve, Sephiroth, Pyra / Mythra , Kazuya and Sora
The game may have ended development, but Ultimate remains the culmination of more than two decades of work by series director Masahiro Sakurai, his team and Nintendo.
Not just Ultimate Bestseller Super Smash Bros. is the all-time title, but it’s also the best-selling fighting game ever, having sold more than 25.71 million units globally. It’s also the biggest crossover in video game history, encompassing 450 different games and 2,200 characters in a variety of ways.
It’s not likely that any game will come close to having as much absolute cross-content as Super Smash Bros. any time soon, making the latest entry in the franchise not only a great game, but a set of times that showcases collaboration in the gaming industry.
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