Super Smash Bros. is a series of video games that take characters from a huge variety of different Nintendo games and put them all into a single game to battle it out against each other. Players choose a character and then can play against other characters or against the computer in order to try to win the match that they're in. Anyone who is familiar with these games will know that picking a character to play is pretty important. Although some people just choose their favorite Nintendo character, there are also quite a few people who take these games really seriously and choose their main based on the moves and strengths of a particular character.
Because the weight, speed, and moves in these games are totally different from character to character, many players play with and try out each character that they unlock before they finally settle on their perfect main. That's definitely the best way to get to know how each character plays and it means that many people who are into these games have some strong opinions on whether or not they like to play each character.
Pick or pass on these characters and we'll guess everyone's main!
Isabelle is a new character that was introduced into SSBU and wasn't in any of the previous SSB games. Isabelle originally came from the Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf where she acts as an assistant to the player's character. In versus matches, Isabelle is the 21st character that the player can unlock. Isabelle has some moves that are similar to Villager's like using her net and items from her pockets but has some that are really unique like using a toy hammer or a fishing rod.
Fox, also known as Fox McCloud is one of the starter characters in SSBU and is part of the "perfect attendance crew," a name given to characters that have been in every single SSB game so far without missing a single one. Fox made his video game debut in Star Fox and, as one of the starter characters in Ultimate, is available immediately without having to be unlocked. Fox has several different costumes that can be used to change the color of his clothes, accessories, or fur.
Peach is a pretty iconic and super memorable character from the various games that Nintendo has released throughout the years. Peach was originally introduced as part of the Mario universe and has been one of the playable characters in several of the SSB games over the years. Peach is unlocked 12th in versus matches and is a pretty powerful character, making her one that many players choose to main. She's a very light character that can float and has a ton of unique moves.
Cloud is an unlockable character in SSBU and is a returning character from SSB4. Cloud was originally introduced as one of the central characters in Final Fantasy and, in versus mode, is the 55th character to be unlocked. Cloud is a semi-heavyweight character and has a pretty average speed, making him a fairly popular one to play. Another thing that makes Cloud popular is the fact that his Buster Sword gives him a hugely wide range for his various different moves.
Sheik is a character that originally appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In this game, Sheik introduced herself as the last remaining Sheikah alive and helps Link through the game in order to teach him Warp Songs. It's revealed in the game that Sheik is actually not a new character but is actually a version of Princess Zelda from an alternate universe. Sheik was introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an alternate version of Zelda, but has become a new character in later installments.
Rosalina & Luma
Rosalina & Luma are an unlockable character from the SSB franchise. Rosalina & Luma first appeared as an unlockable character that the player can choose to battle as back in SSB4 and was brought back for the latest release of SSBU when it came out. When playing versus mode, the player unlocks Rosalina & Luma as the 45th character. Rosalina & Luma is a unique character because of Luma using the HP mechanic which Rosalina does not. Rosalina is controlled by the player while Luma is controlled by AI.
Inkling is the name given to the different characters that were brought to SSBU from Nintendo's Splatoon franchise, most recently Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch. Inkling unlocks fairly early on in the game and has some really unique moves, meaning that many players choose Inkling as their main. Inkling is a very fast character with high mobility who brought the really unique ink attack mechanic from Splatoon and uses it in SSBU. Inkling can spray or paint ink onto the opponent, leaving them temporarily immobile.
Anyone familiar with The Legend of Zelda will know that the characters in this game franchise come in a ton of different forms. Each game is basically set in its own universe and its own version of the timeline of the franchise. This means that there are a ton of different versions of Link and Zelda! Several different versions of Link are found in the SSB games, all of which have their own moves. Toon Link is a unique version of Link that's a light, fast character to play.
Villager is the name given to the main character from the Animal Crossing games. In the Animal Crossing games, the player controls this character as either a person living in or the mayor of the town where the game is set. Villager has appeared in two Smash Bros. games, SSB4 and SSBU, and is a character that unlocks fairly early on in the roster for a player playing in versus matches. Villager has a lot of moves that reference the games it came from like using a net on its opponent.
Bayonetta is the main character from a game series by the same name. She has been in two SSB games so far with SSB4 being the first one she was included in before being brought back for SSBU. Bayonetta unlocks toward the middle of the SSBU roster in 43rd place if the player is going through versus mode to try to unlock every character. Bayonetta is able to wall jump and wall cling and has various unique moves like a ton of different kicks.
Simon is an unlockable character in SSBU and is a newcomer to the series, having never appeared in a previous SSB game. Simon originally appeared in the Castlevania games and made his first appearance in a video game in the very first Castlevania game, released in Japan in 1986 on the Famicom and on the NES in other countries in the following years. Simon uses a whip and can throw other items in order to help him take on his opponents.
Lucina is an unlockable character in the Super Smash Bros. franchise who was originally introduced in the Fire Emblem games. Prior to being added as an unlockable character in SSBU, she appeared in one other game, SSB4. Lucina is the 23rd character in Ultimate to be unlocked when the player goes through versus mode. Lucina is an Echo Fighter of Marth, another character in Ultimate who also originated in Fire Emblem. Lucina is a fairly agile and fast character who uses a sword to her advantage.
King Dedede is a character that was introduced in the Kirby franchise and is an unlockable character in SSBU. King Dedede is a veteran character that's returned to SSBU after appearing in two previous SSB games: Brawl and SSB4. King Dedede is a heavyweight character that isn't super fast but is very powerful and has a high KO probability, something that causes many people to make the decision to main King Dedede. He unlocks 30th and can perform four midair jumps.
Ridley is a character that originally appeared in the Metroid universe of games and had never appeared in another Super Smash Bros. game prior to appearing in SSBU. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ridley was made an unlockable character and if the player is going through versus mode in order to unlock characters, Ridley unlocks fairly early as the 25th character. Ridley is a large, heavyweight character who can perform some pretty powerful attacks despite having relatively low agility as compared to other characters.
Mewtwo is one of the Legendary Pokémon from the first generation of Pokémon. This means that Mewtwo has been in Nintendo's catalog of characters for quite some time now! Mewtwo has appeared in three Smash Bros. games in total now and was one of multiple Pokémon characters to be brought back for SSBU as an unlockable character. Mewtwo is lightweight and has some pretty high stats when it comes to speed and agility and is a fairly tall character, meaning it can be an interesting one to play.
Dark Pit is an unlockable character from the Super Smash Bros. series and was originally introduced as a character in Nintendo's Kid Icarus franchise. Dark Pit made his SSB debut in the game SSB4 before returning for Ultimate when it was released. Like other characters, there are a number of different ways that Dark Pit can be unlocked and if a player chooses to play through versus mode, Dark Pit is the 54th character to be unlocked. Almost all of Dark Pit's moves are the same as Pit's.
There are some characters in the roster of the SSB games that tend to be pretty unique for different reasons. Even though most of them have really unique moves and attacks, there are some that are set apart for other reasons. Ice Climbers are a pair of characters that are controlled by the player as a single character that have been in several different SSB games and most recently returned for SSBU. They unlock fairly early and use their hammers to take out their opponents.
R.O.B., also known as Robotic Operating Buddy, made his video game debut back in the 1980s and has appeared as a cameo or playable character in a ton of different games. When R.O.B. was introduced, he was created as a peripheral that was sold as a special toy to be paired with the NES. R.O.B. has appeared in multiple SSB games with Ultimate being his latest appearance. R.O.B. is the 31st character to be unlocked and is a heavyweight character.
Little Mac is a character that originated in the Punch-Out! games and has since been added to the lineup of unlockable SSB characters. Little Mac appeared in SSB4 and was brought back from that game to be one of the characters that players can unlock in SSBU. In Ultimate, Little Mac is unlocked during versus mode as the 20th character. Little Mac has some really unique moves but the fact that it's tough for this character to recover makes him a difficult one for many players to get great at.
Shulk is the 22nd character to be unlocked in versus mode in SSBU and was a playable character in one past SSB game, SSB4. Shulk originally came from the Xenoblade universe and has a number of special moves that he can use during battles, most of which utilize the sword he is seen carrying. Shulk is also like many other characters in SSBU in that he has several costumes that can be changed that will alter his hair and outfit colors.
Wii Fit Trainer
Considering some of the really iconic and memorable characters from different Nintendo games, the inclusion of Wii Fit Trainer may seem somewhat strange to some SSB fans. Still, this character is an unlockable character that was brought back from SSB4 to SSBU and is unlocked 9th in versus mode. Wii Fit Trainer was made a lot more powerful and strong than they had been in SSB4 and has some pretty unique moves, including being able to crawl and wall jump.
Bowser Jr. is an unlockable character in the SSB franchise. He got his start in the Mario franchise and is a returning character to Ultimate after appearing in SSB4 in the past. Bowser Jr. is a heavyweight character in SSBU and is a fairly fast character. He is unlocked toward the end of the roster in versus mode and is the 61st character that a player unlocks when playing through the roster this way. Bowser Jr. is unique because of the Junior Clown Car he rides in.
Daisy is an unlockable character in Ultimate who has never had another appearance in a previous SSB game. She's the 28th character to be unlocked if a player chooses to go through versus mode. Daisy is widely recognized by many Nintendo fans because of the fact that she originated in the Mario universe. Daisy is an Echo Fighter of Peach, another character from the Mario universe, meaning that she is also a light, floaty character and has completely identical moves to Peach.
Ganondorf is one of the unlockable characters in SSBU and prior to SSBU's release, this character was playable in other the SSB games Melee, Brawl, and SSB4. Even though he's a playable character in the SSB games, Ganondorf is known among many video game fans for being a villain! He originally appeared in The Legend of Zelda universe where he's often the main villain of the game. This character is a super heavy one that unlocks 40th and is pretty powerful.
Ryu is an unlockable character that has appeared in two different SSB games. He initially appeared in SSB4 before being brought back to be a playable character in Ultimate. When playing versus matches, Ryu is the 13th character to be unlocked. Ryu is one of the heavyweight characters in Ultimate but despite being a fairly heavy character, he still has some high speed stats and is a pretty quick one. He's also really unique because of the fact that the way the player presses the buttons is what changes how his moves work.
Olimar is a character that originated in the Pikmin universe and has had appearances in three different SSB games including Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate. Olimar is the 48th character that players unlock while playing through versus mode. Although Olimar isn't the most agile character on the SSBU roster, he did receive some agility and speed boosts from the previous games, making him a faster and more agile character than players are used to him being. Each Pikimin that Olimar is seen with has a special ability.
Incineroar is a character in the SSB franchise that is an unlockable character in SSBU. Incineroar is from the Pokémon franchise and is from the seventh generation of Pokémon, meaning that he was introduced to fans of the franchise pretty recently. Incineroar has not appeared in any previous Super Smash Bros. games prior to being added as an unlockable character in SSBU. Incineroar is the 46th character to be unlocked in versus mode and is a pretty strong character which, for many people, makes up for the fact that he's fairly heavy and slow.
Yoshi is a character in SSBU and is one of the characters that has been featured as a playable character in every single game in the SSB games so far. Yoshi is one of the characters in the game that has appeared as a playable character in every single SSB game so far. Yoshi is one of the starter characters in the game, meaning that the player can choose Yoshi immediately after loading without unlocking any other characters in the roster.
Pichu is one of many characters from the Pokémon franchise that have made their way to Super Smash Bros. Pichu appeared in Melee before being added to the roster in Ultimate as the 34th character that a player unlocks as they play their way through versus mode. Pichu isn't technically an Echo Fighter but this character does have all the same moves as Pikachu. Pichu is incredibly light and is a very quick and agile character with some unique electric attacks.
Meta Knight is a character that was originally introduced in the Kiby franchise and before being added to Ultimate, had made appearances in Brawl and SSB4. Meta Knight is the 38th character to be unlocked as a player makes their way through versus mode and is pretty unique because of the fact that Meta Knight can do a total of five midair jumps. Meta Knight is a fairly lightweight, fast character and is the only small character that uses a sword.
Lucas is an unlockable character in SSBU who is a returning character from two previous games in the franchise, Brawl and SSB4. Lucas was initially introduced as a character from the EarthBound franchise and is the 36th character to be unlocked in Ultimate's versus mode. Lucas is a unique character because of the fact that one of his attacks is a tether attack, something that not every character in SSBU has. In general, Lucas is a fairly light and agile character.
Mr. Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch is an unlockable character that made his video game debut way back in the 1980s as one of Nintendo's earliest ventures into the world of modern video games. Considering Mr. Game & Watch has such a long history with Nintendo, it's no surprise that this character has been playable in Melee, Brawl, SSB4, and now again in SSBU. He is the 52nd character to be unlocked and is a lightweight with typical characteristics of other similarly-sized characters.
Wolf is a returning character from Super Smash Bros. Brawl that was made playable again in the most recent release of the SSB franchise, SSBU. Initially, Wolf was introduced as a character in the Star Fox games. Wolf is a character that unlocks fairly late in SSBU as the 51st character that a player can unlock when playing versus mode. Wolf is a character that has some unique abilities like being able to wall jump and is quite a bit faster than he was in Brawl.
Zero Suit Samus
Zero Suit Samus is one of the unlockable characters in the SSB game series and has appeared in several of the games. Even though Samus appears in the roster of SSBU, Zero Suit Samus is an entirely separate character and not simply a costume that can be put onto Samus. Zero Suit Samus is originally from the Metroid games and unlocks 19th in versus matches. Zero Suit Samus has a really unique move set with several different kicks and jumps she can perform.
Wario is a veteran of the Super Smash Bros. series, having appeared in both Brawl and SSB4 before being added to SSBU when it was released. Wario is a character that Nintendo originally introduced as part of their Mario franchise and is now a super recognizable character. Wario is the 24th character to be unlocked in versus mode and is a heavyweight character that is pretty fast and agile compared to other heavy characters. He has some really unique moves like his Wario Bike.
Duck Hunt are a pair of characters that are unlocked 56th in versus mode and were brought back to SSBU after previously appearing in SSB4. Duck Hunt was made more powerful than in SSB4 and now has some pretty unique moves that really make it an interesting one for SSBU players to use or battle against. Duck Hunt is an iconic video game character and is known for being in a retro video game by the same name from the 1980s.
Palutena is character that many fans of this battle game series were excited to see return after being one of the characters in SSB4. In SSBU's versus mode, Palutena is one of the later characters that players unlock, coming in at the 63rd spot. But anyone who is a fan of this game knows that it definitely doesn't take long to unlock all the characters. Palutena originally came from the Kid Icarus games and can use her angel wings to help her battle other characters.
After being introduced as part of the Fire Emblem series with the 2013 release of Fire Emblem Awakening, Chrom was introduced into Ultimate as his very first game in the SSB franchise. Chrom is an Echo Fighter of Roy and unlocks 59th when the player is making their way through versus mode. Chrom is a fairly fast and powerful character who wields a sword, all things that come together to make him a fairly popular character even though he's a clone of Roy.
Even though Link is one of the starter characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is one of the few characters that has appeared in each game in the SSB franchise, Young Link is a different version of Link. Young Link has only appeared in Melee prior to being added to Ultimate and is the version of Link seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. He's the 8th player to be unlocked and is a lighter and much faster version of Link.
Prior to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Corrin is a character that had only been in one other SSB game, SSB4. Corrin is a character that was originally introduced as part of the Fire Emblem universe and is the 41st character to be unlocked by a player making their way through versus mode in order to unlock the entire roster. Corrin has been a fairly popular character in both games that she's appeared in because of her speed and agility.
Originally introduced in the very first generation of the Pokémon franchise, Jigglypuff is an unlockable character in the Super Smash Bros. series and has appeared in multiple games in the franchise from the very beginning through the latest release, Ultimate. Jigglypuff is one of the few characters that has made appearances in all the SSB games. Jigglypuff is the 15th character to be unlocked and was made much more powerful in comparison to previous games with stronger and more unique attacks.
Snake is an unlockable character in SSBU after having previously appeared in only one other game in the franchise, Brawl. Originally, Snake was a character from the Metal Gear franchise and is the 39th character to be unlocked in versus mode. Snake is unique because of the fact that he's one of the characters in the game that has the ability to crawl among several other unique moves that he uses. Snake is a faster and lighter character than he had been in Brawl.
Marth is a character that was originally introduced as one of the characters in the Fire Emblem series. He has been an unlockable character in multiple games in the SSB franchise including Melee, Brawl, SSB4, and most recently, SSBU. In Ultimate, Marth unlocks fairly early as the 7th character that a player is able to unlock when playing their way through versus mode. Marth comes in right between lightweight and middleweight, is a pretty fast character, and uses a sword.
Bowser is super famous for being a video game villain. Bowser is a character from the Mario franchise and has been in a ton of games over the years since he made his debut. Some of these games include games in the SSB franchise including Melee, Brawl, SSB4, and most recently, Ultimate. He is an unlockable character and is unlocked fairly early in versus mode as the third character that a player unlocks. Bowser is a super heavy character and can be slow but is really powerful.
Zelda is a character in the Super Smash Bros. series and has been in Melee, Brawl, and SSB4 before being added to Ultimate when it was released. Zelda is a super early character that players can unlock as she unlocks as the very second unlockable character in versus mode. Zelda has been made a more powerful and much tougher character than she was in previous games, making her one that many people like to use when they're unlocking the rest of the roster.
King K. Rool
King K. Rool is an unlockable character from the Super Smash Bros. franchise and has never appeared in another SSB game prior to being added to the lineup for Ultimate. King K. Rool was originally introduced as the main antagonist in the Donkey Kong series. King K. Rool is the 16th character that a player unlocks in versus mode. This character is popular among many players because he's a heavyweight who deals out some pretty powerful attack moves to opponents.
Lucario is a character that was introduced during Generation IV of Pokémon and has appeared in three SSB games in total: Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate. He has been an unlockable character in all three of these games and, in Ultimate, is the 27th character to be unlocked. Lucario has a lot of unique moves and mechanics like using he Aura mechanic to really help him take out opponents. Lucario is a fast character that can crawl, wall climb, and wall cling.
Richter is an unlockable character in SSBU that has never appeared in a previous SSB game before being introduced into Ultimate. He is originally from the Castlevania series and is an Echo Fighter of a fellow newcomer to the SSB franchise and Castlevania character, Simon. Richter is the 35th character to be unlocked when playing through versus mode and is a fairly heavy character that makes up for his lack of mobility with ranged attacks and items that can be thrown.
Mega Man is a character that made his video game debut in the 1980s when the first Mega Man game came out on the NES. Mega Man is a returning character to SSBU after having previously appeared in SSB4 and is the 42nd character to be unlocked when a player is making their way through Ultimate's versus mode. Mega Man's move set is fairly unusual because of the fact that it relies so heavily on projectiles rather than being up close to his opponent.
Pikachu is one of the most identifiable characters from the Pokémon franchise, even for people that don't care about Pokémon or video games in general. Pikachu was introduced with the very first generation of Pokémon and is a member of SSB's "perfect attendance crew" because of the fact that he's been in every game in the franchise as a playable character. Pikachu is one of the starters instead of being an unlockable character and uses its power of electricity against its opponents.