Since the latest installment in Nintendo's crossover one-on-one battle game was released, video game fans everywhere have been glued to their Nintendo Switch trying to unlock every single character and learn every move of the ones they like so they can win battles against their friends and strangers on the Internet. The games in the SSB series always have a ton of different characters from Nintendo games and other game franchises and fans are always looking forward to hearing news about the next release in the series so they can find out whether or not their favorite new character is going to be included in the lineup.
In total, there are 63 characters in the latest installment. That's a whole bunch of characters for fans to unlock while they battle their way through SSBU's various stages. Of all these characters, 13 of them are brand new and have never been featured in a previous SSB game. For video game fans, keeping track of all these characters and knowing which ones they have the chance of unlocking or seeing in an online battle while they're playing can be pretty tough! But a serious gamer will definitely remember which of these characters are in the roster and which of them are nowhere to be seen.
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Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Toon Link is the name of the form of Link that appears in the game The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This game was released in 2003 on Nintendo's game console, the GameCube. This game has a much more cell shaded style and looks pretty different from most of the other games in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a super different game from the other games in the series because of the fact that Zelda isn't a princess in this one, she's actually a pirate. And instead of trying to save Zelda, Link sets out to save his sister.
D.Va from Overwatch
Overwatch is a multiplayer game in which players choose from one of around 30 characters, known in the game as Heroes, to play on a team against another team in order to reach objectives like securing points on a map or transporting items across the map. One of the Heroes in the game is called D.Va. According to the backstory given to D.Va in the game, her real name is Hana and she used to be a professional video game player who was among the best in the world when it comes to playing the game StarCraft II. Is D.Va available to play in SSBU?
Incineroar from Pokémon
Incineroar is a character from the Pokémon who was introduced in Generation VII of the Pokémon franchise. Incineroar is the final evolution of one of the three starter Pokémon in the Alola region, the region that a Pokémon trainer ventures around during the Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games. Incineroar is a dual-type Fire/Dark Pokémon who is pretty powerful in the Pokémon series, meaning that this Pokémon would be pretty perfect for SSBU if Nintendo decided to add it into the series. In Pokémon, it has some pretty intense scratching and fire-type moves that really take out opponents.
Peaches from Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 is a game that's set in the fictional region of Hope County, Montana. The player controls a nameless deputy whose gender and appearance can be customized as they travel around Hope County doing missions in order to help free the region from the rule of the extremist group that has taken over the area. In order to this, the player can get assistance from different characters in the game, both human and animal. One of the "fangs for hire" in the game is a mountain lion named Peaches. Is Peaches one of the characters available to play in SSBU?
Villager from Animal Crossing: New Leaf
In the Animal Crossing series, there are a lot of characters. Animal Crossing: New Leaf starts as the others do with the main character moving to a new town to start their new life in a brand new house. Once they arrive, they learn that they're actually the new mayor of the town! The player then controls the villager as they make friends with the animal villagers that live in the town, help to fill up the museum, and help improve the town. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a pretty peaceful game, but does that mean Villager can't be in SSBU?
Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates
Corrin is the default name of the playable character from Fire Emblem Fates. Even though Corrin is the default name of this character, the player can totally change that. The player can change a lot of things about Corrin including the character's name, gender, and appearance. In Fire Emblem Fates, Corrin is a member of the family that rules the Hoshido region where Fire Emblem Fates is set. Like other members of the family that rules this kingdom, Corrin has the unique ability to turn into a dragon. Is this character one of the ones that can be played in SSBU?
Ellie from The Last of us
Ellie is one of the main characters from the game The Last of Us. This game is one that is set after a zombie fungus breaks out and takes over the world. Ellie is one of two characters that the player controls throughout the course of the game and is a teenage girl who was born several years after the zombie apocalypse broke out. Prior to the events of the game, Ellie was bit by a zombie but surprisingly, did not find herself turning into one like everyone else who had been bit. Is this brave character found in SSBU?
Mewtwo from Pokémon
Mewtwo is one of the characters from the Pokémon franchise. Mewtwo was introduced in Generation I of Pokémon and is a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon. A Legendary Pokémon is one that is so rare in the Pokémon world that there are myths and legends surrounding it. Legendary Pokémon are typically the central part of the story of the Generation of Pokémon they're from and are not typically able to be caught under normal circumstances in the game. In the Pokémon franchise, Mewtwo is part of the Mew Duo and was created by science, unlike other Pokémon. Is Mewtwo available to be unlocked in SSBU?
Samus Aran from Metroid
Samus Aran made her first appearance in the very first Metroid game in 1986. Samus Aran is a pretty tough character who is a former soldier for the Galactic Federation which means she definitely knows how to take out her opponents, one of the most important parts of being a playable character in SSBU. Throughout the Metroid games, Samus Aran is shown as a bounty hunter for the Galactic Federation. In order to help her do the best job she can at this, she often wears her tools on the futuristic blue suit she wears. Is Samus Aran a character in SSBU?
Wii Fit Trainer from Wii Fit
Who could forget about the Wii Fit? Like other games that use the console's motion detection system to watch the player as they mimic the moves of the character on screen like the Just Dance series or Wii Sports games, Wii Fit has the player use the Wii Balance Board to complete different yoga, aerobics, and strength training moves as the Wii Fit Trainer does them on the screen. Even though Wii Fit definitely isn't the most action-packed games, some of the characters that are included in SSBU definitely show that not every character that joins the battle has to be super tough!
Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf
We all know that most of the characters in SSBU are pretty tough, right? The whole game is based around going on head-to-head battles up against each other and trying to be the first one to take out your opponent before you get knocked off the platform yourself. That means that many of the characters are known for being really tough in the games they come from. But there are some that aren't which is pretty surprising! Isabelle is the assistant to the mayor in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and is totally always cheerful and happy, but does that mean she can't be in SSBU?
Toon Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Throughout the series The Legend of Zelda, Link and Zelda have been seen in several different forms. They've been different ages, they've looked different, and they've just been through a lot of changes. Each game in the series is basically a different universe with only minor connections to each other, so the fact that Link and Zelda look so different throughout these different games is no surprise. Link is a staple in the SSB series and Zelda appears in a ton of them as well. There are definitely different versions of Link that appear through the SSB games, but does this form of Zelda appear in SSBU?
Pokémon Trainer from Pokémon
How cool would it be if Pokémon were real? Unfortunately for us, being a Pokémon trainer isn't really possible outside of the games. When we set down our game console, we have to go back to the real world where catching, training, and battling Pokémon is no longer a real thing. So sad! In the Pokémon series, when a Pokémon trainer enters a battle, they instruct the Pokémon in their party to do different moves in order to take out their opponent. This would be totally awesome in a game like SSBU. How many people know whether or not it's possible?
Daisy from Mario
Daisy is a character super similar to Princess Peach in that she appears in the Mario franchise and is also a princess of a fictional kingdom within the game franchise. Daisy is from fictional kingdom of Sarasaland and made her very first appearance in a Mario game when she appeared in Super Mario Land in 1989. Since then, she's been a playable character in several different Mario spin-off games. According to the description for this character on Mario Part 4, Daisy is the love interest of Luigi, just like Peach is the love interest of Mario. Is Daisy in SSBU?
Ice Climbers from Ice Climber
Ice Climber is a game from 1985 that Nintendo published on their game system, the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the SSB games, there are quite a few characters that actually act as a duo instead of a single character. The player controls them both simultaneously, so the fact that there are two different characters in this pair of Ice Climbers definitely doesn't mean it's impossible to include them in SSBU. These two characters climb through the levels in the game they're from and use the mallets they carry in their hands to battle enemies throughout the game. Do they also appear in SSBU?
Young Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released in 1998 by Nintendo and is one of the games in The Legend of Zelda series. Like other games in The Legend of Zelda, the player controls a Hylian named Link who must save the fictional kingdom of Hyrule and, in doing so, save Princess Zelda. Each game in The Legend of Zelda series features Link and Zelda at different stages of their life and with different designs. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, the two protagonists are young. Link is definitely a staple of the SSB games, so does this form of the character appear in SSBU?
Coco from Crash Bandicoot
Coco is the younger sister of Crash Bandicoot and appears multiple times throughout the Crash Bandicoot games. In some levels of the games, Coco is the character that the player can control as they run and jump through the level, trying to avoid obstacles and make it all the way to the end without getting caught or running into anything so they can stop the super mischievous villain of the series, Dr. Neo Cortex. Coco is like Crash in that she's also a bandicoot. She wears a pair of overalls, has her hair in a ponytail, and often holds her laptop.
King K. Rool from Donkey Kong
King K. Rool is the main villain in the Donkey Kong series. This big crocodile is definitely not someone that we want to mess with! Every good video game has to have a tough villain and we have to admit, King K. Rool is pretty tough. This large crocodile made his first appearance in a 1994 video game titled Donkey Kong Country which was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Wikipedia, people describe King K. Rool as being the Donkey Kong franchise's version of Mario's Bowser because he's such a long-lasting villain in the franchise. Does he appear in SSBU?
Wario from Mario
Wario is a character from the Mario franchise who was designed to be the rival of Mario, the title character from the series. Wario made his first appearance in a game when he appeared in the 1992 game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins which was released for the Game Boy. In this game, Wario was the final boss and main villain of the series who the player had to battle at the very end of the game in order to finish it. He appears in several other games, including being the main character of the Wario Land and WarioWare games.
Diddy Kong from Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong is a character from the Donkey Kong franchise. Diddy Kong first appeared in a video game when he appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country in 1994. Diddy Kong is the best friend and sidekick to the main character and title character of the Donkey Kong series. Diddy Kong has appeared in quite a few of the games in the Donkey Kong series, including games like Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest where he was the main character. Diddy Kong has also appeared in Mario franchise games like Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Power Tennis, and Mario Sports Mix.
Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening
The Fire Emblem series is one that's been going for quite a while. The first game released in the series is called Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and was released in Japan for Nintendo's Famicom console. Over a decade later, the first game in the Fire Emblem series that was released outside of Japan was released. In Japan, the game was called The Binding Blade. Internationally, the game was released in 2003 under the title Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance. Lucina is a character from Fire Emblem Awakening, a game released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012.
Pikachu from Pokémon
Pikachu is a small, yellow creature that was introduced in the Pokémon franchise in 1996 when the first Pokémon game was released. These days, Pikachu is one of the most recognizable Pokémon and is basically the mascot for the franchise. In the Pokémon franchise, players control a Pokémon trainer who explores the region that each game is set in so that they can find wild Pokémon, trade Pokémon with other Pokémon trainers, and battle up against other Pokémon, Pokémon trainers, and Pokémon Gym Leaders. Each Pokémon has its own type and therefore special moves and weaknesses. Can Pikachu be played in SSBU?
Palutena from Kid Icarus
Palutena is a character who is from the series Kid Icarus. In this series, Palutena is the Goddess of Light, opposite of Medusa who is said in this game series to be the Goddess of Darkness. In the series, Palutena is known for loving humans and wanting to use her powers to help them while Medusa dislikes them and enjoys making life more difficult for them by turning them to stone. Because of this, Palutena got angry and banished her to the underworld where Medusa started working with others living in the underworld to plot against Palutena. Is this character found in SSBU?
Team Rocket from Pokémon
Every video game needs a villain, right? Without some sort of villain, how is anyone supposed to know what their ultimate goal in the game is? In the Pokémon franchise, one of the main villains is Team Rocket. Team Rocket is a corporation that most people know for two of their agents: Jessie and James. These two are well-known for fans of the Pokémon anime or for the early games because of the fact that they're constantly trying to catch rare Pokémon so they can sell them and make a huge profit. These two are definitely up to no good!
Rosalina and Luma from Mario
Rosalina and Luma are a pair of characters who are found in the Mario franchise. Rosalina and Luma make their debut in the Mario series in Super Mario Galaxy in which we meet Rosalina for the first time! She's not a playable character in Super Mario Galaxy and lives in the Comet Observatory. In the game, she's the mother of all the Lumas in the world. Lumas are the name of the species of star in the game and Rosalina is often paired up with a Luma when fans talk about her because of the fact that they're so important to her character.
Tom Nook from Animal Crossing
Anyone who has played any games in the Animal Crossing franchise will definitely be familiar with this raccoon. Tom Nook is a character who appears in the Animal Crossing series who has a different role in each game but is never a playable character and is always one who's pretty important to the player. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Tom Nook is the owner of a store that sells furniture and is in charge of helping the player expand their home as they pay their loans off. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tom Nook still helps with home expansions and sells home exterior pieces.
Inkling from Splatoon 2
Inklings are human-like squid creatures that are the main characters in the Splatoon games. Most recently, Splatoon 2 was released for the Nintendo Switch. The game is set in a town called Inkopolis and are the characters that the player controls in the games. When a player starts up Splatoon 2, the player can choose different physical attributes of the Inkling that they play like gender, skin color, and eye color. In order to play Splatoon, characters control an Inkling and must try to cover the entire map in their color of Ink while simultaneously taking out their opponent Inkling.
Sheik from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Sheik is a character from The Legend of Zelda series, particularly in the game Ocarina of Time. This character is actually not a separate character from the two main protagonists, Link and Zelda, but is simply a character that Zelda takes on during the game in order to disguise herself so people won't be able to see her true identity. Sheik is the disguise that Zelda wears during Ocarina of Time when she's trying to be undercover and claims that she is a male and member of the Sheikah people. Sheik accompanies Link in order to help him through the game.
Gym Leader Sabrina from Pokémon
The Pokémon franchise isn't all about collecting wild Pokémon that the player finds while they're out exploring the region that the game they're playing is set in. The Pokémon trainer has to actually do something with these Pokémon after catching them, right? One thing that Pokémon trainers do in the games is battle Gym Leaders at different gyms. Each city in the Pokémon games have their own gym where the Gym Leader specializes in their own type of Pokémon. For instance, Sabrina is the Gym Leader of Saffron City and is a master of Psychic-type Pokémon. Is Sabrina one of the characters in SSBU?
Matt and Emily from Until Dawn
Matt and Emily are a couple from the super spooky survival game Until Dawn. Until Dawn is a video game that was released for the PlayStation 4 in 2015 and follows a group of friends who go to the woods to stay in a cabin together exactly one year after the sisters of one of their friends went missing in those woods. The game follows as the player makes choices and decides how to handle different situations in the game, entirely changing the way that the ending turns out. These two are two of the central characters in the game.
Mama from Cooking Mama
Cooking Mama is a game series that was released for various Nintendo platforms like the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. Cooking Mama is a life simulation-style game that features the player following instructions on the screen from Mama, the main character, in order to prepare and cook dishes that are then scored for how well they followed instructions like cutting exactly where the game says to and cooking it for exactly the right amount of time. Even though this game is a happy one and Mama definitely doesn't do any fighting, that doesn't mean she couldn't take her spatula to SSBU!
Zoey from Fortnite
Fortnite is a battle royale-style game that pits players up against each other on a map in which they all rush out to get supplies, build protection for themselves, and try to take out all the other players in order to be the last player standing in the map when time runs out. The last person left on the map that hasn't been taken out by another player is the winner! When it comes to Fortnite, there aren't technically characters but there are character skins. One of them is the Zoey skin, a skin released during Season 4 from the Sweet Tooth set.
Tara from Lost Kingdoms II
Lost Kingdoms II is a video game that was released in 2003 on Nintendo's GameCube system. Lost Kingdoms II follows a character named Tara. Tara is a member of a guild of thieves and is the main character of Lost Kingdoms II who the player controls throughout the course of the game. Tara is incredibly powerful because of the fact that she is the owner of what is called a True Runestone, a magical item that allows her to control magical cards that allow her to summon monsters that will battle for her as she explores the world around her.
Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright is the main character of the first few games in the Ace Attorney series and is a side character in the other games in the series. Phoenix Wright is a rookie attorney who the player controls in order to try to solve the court cases that come up in the game throughout the course of the story. Phoenix can sometimes be seen as a little goofy and his methods are definitely unusual since he prefers to investigate the scene and question the suspects instead of simply arguing in the favor of his client. Did Phoenix Wright argue his way into SSBU?
Mipha from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mipha is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and is one of the champions in the game that aids Link in his journey to defeat all the Divine Beasts so that he can defeat Calamity Ganon. Mipha is the princess of the Zoras and has a gift for healing which she shows throughout the game. After Link defeats Waterblight Ganon inside Divine Beast Vah Ruta, Link can use the power Mipha's Grace each time he's defeated in order to restore his health and help him keep going without losing his progress. Is she in SSBU?
Heather Mason from Silent Hill 3
In the first Silent Hill game, a man named Harry Mason found himself in the mysterious town of Silent Hill. There, he ended up having to help to take out a super spooky cult in order to save the town and the mysterious people who inhabited it. After this, he was given a baby named Heather Mason to care for, not knowing that the baby was the reincarnation of Alessa Gillespie, the girl who was meant to bring for the "god" of the cult that had taken over Silent Hill. In Silent Hill 3, Heather Mason is a 17 year old girl and the main character of the game.
K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing
K.K. Slider is a special character from the Animal Crossing series. He has appeared in multiple different Animal Crossing games and appears in different places, depending on the game. K.K. Slider is a dog that appears at special times in the games to put on performances for the villagers that live in the towns in Animal Crossing. For instance, in Animal Crossing: Wild World, K.K. Slider would play concerts in The Roost cafe on certain nights while in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he plays in Club LOL on certain nights after the player unlocks it. Is he a playable character in SSBU with Isabelle?
Bowser Jr. from Mario
As his name would suggest, Bowser Jr. is the son of the main villain in the Mario franchise, Bowser. Bowser has been the main antagonist of the Mario franchise for a long time but Bowser Jr. wasn't actually introduced into the series as a character of his own until the release of the game Super Mario Sunshine which came out in 2002. That's over 20 years since Mario appeared in the first Donkey Kong game and 19 years since the arcade game Mario Bros. was released and introduced us to Mario! Bowser Jr. is just like Bowser in that he wants to defeat Mario.
Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem Awakening is a game that was released in the incredibly large and long-running Fire Emblem series. Fire Emblem Awakening is a game that's set 2000 years after the first game in the series was set and has Chrom as one of the main characters. The player controls a customizable avatar character whose default name is Robin who wakes up one day and realizes they don't remember anything of their life in the past due to the fact that they have amnesia. Chrom takes Robin who then helps Chrom to defend his kingdom against monsters that are attacking his home.
Waluigi from Mario
Just like Wario is meant to be the arch nemesis of Mario and was introduced into the Mario franchise to cause trouble for Mario and Luigi, Waluigi is the arch nemesis of Luigi who was introduced into the series for the exact same thing. Waluigi made his debut in the Nintendo 64 game Mario Tennis which was released in 2000. In the game, he's introduced as Luigi's long-time rival and is Wario's doubles partner during two-on-two matches of tennis in the game. Waluigi has gone on to appear in several more spin-off games in the Mario series. Is he in SSBU?
King Dedede from Kirby
King Dedede is the main villain in the Kirby series. He made his debut in the game Kirby's Dream Land which was released for the Game Boy in 1992. Since making his debut in that Kirby game, King Dedede has appeared in a ton more games in the Kirby series and has even appeared in spin-off media like comics and the anime series as the villain of those as well. What good would any fun game be if there wasn't a totally awesome villain that the main character had to take out during the course of the series, right? Is King Dedede available to battle in SSBU?
Solid Snake from Metal Gear
Solid Snake is a character from the Metal Gear series. Solid Snake made his first appearance in a video game when he appeared in the game Metal Gear in 1987 which was released originally for the MSX2 system in Japan but was later released on other consoles like the NES, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita, and others. Solid snake is a super tough character in the games he appears in and is shown to be a former Green Beret whose impressive skills have gotten him recruited into the elite special forces unit FOXHOUND. Does Solid Snake appear in SSBU?
Kirby from Kirby
The first game Kirby appeared in was called Kirby's Dream Land and was released for the Game Boy in 1992. Since then, Kirby has appeared in a ton of different games throughout the series named after this character. Kirby has a round, pink body with short arms and red shoes on his equally short feet. Kirby's body is super soft which allows him to stretch, expand, or contract down as needed in order to float through the air or squeeze into tough places. Kirby's main attack against opponents involves inhaling everything around him, including the opponent, in order to gain their skills.
Bayonetta from Bayonetta
Bayonetta, whose real name is Cereza, is the main character from the series of games she appears in which are all named after her. The very first Bayonetta game was released in 2009 in Japan and 2010 in the rest of the world on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Bayonetta was born as the daughter of Lumen Sage Father Balder and Umbra Witch Rosa. The two of them getting together and having a child caused a serious rift between the groups they were from and caused her parents to be locked away and cast out of their homes. In the game, she goes back to her home to learn about her past.
Lucario from Pokémon
Lucario is a creature from the Pokémon franchise. Lucario was introduced in Generation IV of Pokémon and is a dual-type Fighting/Steel Pokémon. In the Pokémon franchise, this Pokémon is incredibly rare for a Pokémon trainer to see because of the fact that it lives so far out in the mountains, away from people. This Pokémon is a powerful one that can study and manipulate the energy of its opponents in the Pokémon series when it's in a battle with another Pokémon. SSBU has a few different Pokémon that are available to be unlocked and played. Is Lucario one of them?