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Super Smash Bros. (JP) is a series of crossover/fighting games published by Nintendo, with characters from various franchises that try to knock each other off the screen.

It 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 five games in the series, the latest being Super Smash Bros. (Switch)..

History

Super Smash Bros. (1999)

Main article: Super Smash Bros.
The first installment released on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. It included 12 characters from various Nintendo video games, including Mario, Pikachu, Link, Yoshi, Samus Aran, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Ness, Luigi, Captain Falcon and Jigglypuff.

Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)

The second installment, released for the Nintendo Gamecube, featured a much larger cast of characters including all of the originals, in which some were still locked others were available from the start. Some new characters were Peach, Bowser, Zelda and Ice Climbers.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

The third installment for the Wii, featured a slightly larger cast then Melee, including a lot of "character replacements" since some of the characters from Melee are gone from this one. Perhaps the most effective replacement on the Smash community was Lucario replacing Melee's Mewtwo. Some new characters were Pokémon Trainer, Lucas, Pit, Olimar, Diddy Kong and Meta Knight. The first one in the series to contain third party characters (Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake) and is the first game in the series to include the Final Smash. This game introduced a fully-fledged Story Mode.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014)

The fourth and fifth installments was released for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The two titles have the ability to trade custom fighters. The two games also share a roster but, they both otherwise have numerous different features, with the Wii U version having the most content. It was also confirmed by Nintendo that Namco Bandai developed the game to increase production. New 3rd party characters were; Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta. While Solid Snake was completely removed from the games roster.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

On March 8th 2018, at the end of their scheduled Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo confirmed that a Super Smash Bros. game was scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch later in 2018. The game was unveiled via a pre-rendered teaser trailer, which confirmed the return of series veterans Mario and Link, while also revealing that the Inkling from the Splatoon series would debut as a playable fighter in the roster. While no other fighters were confirmed during the teaser, they could be seen silhouetted in front of the fiery Smash logo. Certain characters were easily distinguishable by various features, including Samus' shoulder pads, Bowser's horns and mane, Donkey Kong's fur, Pikachu's ears, Pit's hair and wings, Yoshi's head, and Marth's stance. While Solid Snake from Metal Gear will be back from the game roster.

Characters

Playable characters

There are 67 playable characters in the series as a whole. Super Smash Bros. has 12, Melee has 26, Brawl has 39, and 3DS/Wii U has 58. Some characters are playable from the start, but some are unlockable through achievements.

Fighter Universe Super Smash Bros. Melee Brawl 3DS/Wii U Ultimate
Mario SSB3DSWU Mario stock Mario MarioSymbol Starter
Luigi SSB3DSWU Luigi stock Unlockable Starter
PeachSSB3DSWU Peach stockN/A colspan="3" |Starter Unlockable
Daisy N/A Unlockable
BowserSSB3DSWU Bowser stockN/A colspan="3" |Starter Unlockable
Dr. MarioSSB3DSWU Dr. Mario stockN/A UnlockableN/A Unlockable Unlockable
Rosalina & LumaSSB3DSWU Rosalina stockN/AUnlockable
Bowser Jr.SSB3DSWU Bowser Jr. stockN/A Unlockable (3DS) / Starter (Wii U) Unlockable
YoshiSSB3DSWU Yoshi stockYoshiYoshiSymbolStarter
WarioSSB3DSWU Wario stockWarioWareWarioSymbolN/A StarterUnlockable
Donkey Kong SSB3DSWU Donkey Kong stock Donkey Kong DKSymbol Starter
Diddy KongSSB3DSWU Diddy Kong stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
King K. Rool N/A Unlockable
Link SSB3DSWU Link stock The Legend of Zelda ZeldaSymbol Starter
ZeldaSSB3DSWU Zelda stockN/A colspan="3" |Starter Unlockable
SheikSSB3DSWU Sheik stockN/A colspan="2"|TransformationStarter Unlockable
GanondorfSSB3DSWU Ganondorf stockN/A colspan="2" |UnlockableUnlockable (3DS) / Starter (Wii U) Unlockable
Young LinkSSBM Young Link stockN/A UnlockableN/A Unlockable
Toon LinkSSB3DSWU Toon Link stockN/A UnlockableStarter Unlockable
Samus SSB3DSWU Samus stock Metroid MetroidSymbol Starter
Zero Suit Samus SSB3DSWU Zero Suit Samus stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
Ridley N/A Unlockable
Dark Samus N/A Unlockable
Kirby SSB3DSWU Kirby stock Kirby KirbySymbol Starter
Meta KnightSSB3DSWU Meta Knight stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
King DededeSSB3DSWU King Dedede stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
Fox McCloud SSB3DSWU Fox stock Star Fox StarFoxSymbol Starter
Falco Lombardi SSB3DSWU Falco stockN/A colspan="4" |Unlockable
Wolf O' DonnellSSBB Wolf O' Donnell stockN/A UnlockableN/A Unlockable
Pikachu SSB3DSWU Pikachu stock Pokémon PokemonSymbol Starter
JigglypuffSSB3DSWU Jigglypuff stockUnlockableUnlockable (3DS) / Starter (Wii U) Starter
MewtwoSSB3DSWU Mewtwo stockN/A UnlockableDownloadable Unlockable
PichuSSBM Pichu stockN/A UnlockableN/A Unlockable
Pokémon TrainerSSBB Pokémon Trainer stockN/A Starter
(Sq/Iv/Cz)
N/A Unlockable
SquirtleSSBB Squirtle stockN/A StarterN/A Unlockable
IvysaurSSBB Ivysaur stockN/A Starter Unlockable
CharizardSSB3DSWU Charizard stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
LucarioSSB3DSWU Lucario stockN/A UnlockableStarter Unlockable
GreninjaSSB3DSWU Greninja stockN/A Starter Unlockable
Captain FalconSSB3DSWU Captain Falcon stockF-ZeroFZeroSymbolUnlockableStarterUnlockableStarter Starter
Ness SSB3DSWU Ness stock EarthBound EarthboundSymbolUnlockableStarterUnlockableUnlockable (3DS) / Starter (Wii U) Starter
LucasSSB3DSWU Lucas stockN/A StarterDownloadable Unlockable
Ice ClimbersSSBM Ice Climbers stockIce ClimberIceClimbersSymbolN/A colspan="2" |StarterN/A Unlockable
Marth SSB3DSWU Marth stock Fire Emblem FireEmblemSymbolN/A colspan="2" |UnlockableStarter Unlockable
RoySSB3DSWU Roy stockN/A UnlockableDownloadable Unlockable
IkeSSB3DSWU Ike stockN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
RobinSSB3DSWU Robin (M) stockN/A Starter Unlockable
LucinaSSB3DSWU Lucina stockN/A colspan="2" |Unlockable
CorrinSSB3DSWU Corrin (M) stockN/A Downloadable Unlockable
Chrom N/A Unlockable
Mr. Game & Watch SSB3DSWU Mr. Game & Watch stock Game & Watch Game&WatchSymbol N/A Unlockable
Pit SSB3DSWU Pit stock Kid Icarus KidIcarusSymbolN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
PalutenaSSB3DSWU Palutena stockN/A Starter Unlockable
Dark PitSSB3DSWU Dark Pit stockN/A colspan="2" |Unlockable
Olimar
SSB3DSWU Olimar stock
PikminPikminSymbolN/A colspan="2" |Starter Unlockable
R.O.B. SSB3DSWU R.O.B. stock Robot ROBSymbol N/A Unlockable
VillagerSSB3DSWU Villager (M) stockAnimal CrossingAnimalCrossingSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
Wii Fit TrainerSSB3DSWU Wii Fit Trainer (F) stockWii FitWiiFitSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
Little MacSSB3DSWU Little Mac stockPunch-Out!!PunchOutSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
ShulkSSB3DSWU Shulk stockXenobladeXenobladeSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
Duck HuntSSB3DSWU Duck Hunt stockDuck HuntDuckHuntSymbolN/A colspan="2" |Unlockable
Inkling Splatoon SplatoonSymbol N/A Unlockable
Mii Brawler SSB3DSWU Mii Brawler stock Super Smash Bros. SmashBrosSymbolN/A Starter N/A
Mii SwordfighterSSB3DSWU Mii Swordfighter stockN/A Starter N/A
Mii GunnerSSB3DSWU Mii Gunner stockN/A Starter N/A
Solid Snake
SSBB Snake stock
Metal GearMetalGearSymbolN/A UnlockableN/A Unlockable
Sonic the HedgehogSSB3DSWU Sonic stockSonic the HedgehogSonicSymbolN/A UnlockableStarter Unlockable
Mega ManSSB3DSWU Mega Man stockMega ManMegaManSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
Pac-ManSSB3DSWU Pac-Man stockPac-ManPacManSymbolN/A Starter Unlockable
RyuSSB3DSWU Ryu stockStreet FighterStreetFighterSymbolN/A Downloadable Unlockable
Cloud StrifeSSB3DSWU Cloud stockFinal FantasyFinalFantasySymbolN/A Downloadable Unlockable
BayonettaSSB3DSWU Bayonetta stockBayonetta BayonettaSymbolN/A Downloadable Unlockable
Simon Belmont Castlevania CastlevaniaSymbol N/A Unlockable
Richter Belmont N/A Unlockable

Bold indicates that a character doesn't need to be unlocked through any special criteria, but isn't seen on the character select screen at the start of the game.

Non-playable characters

Competitive Community

The Super Smash Bros. series has a dedicated community known for playing an older entry over newer ones. Super Smash Bros. Melee is by far the most played game. It has also quite a large following in general, being one of the most watched streams at EVO.

Brawl was received incredibly poorly by the community, so much so, that there were a few quite a few mods that took off. Notable ones include Project M and Brawl Minus.

Reception

Super Smash Bros. has received praise for its multiplayer mode. The single-player mode was criticized for its perceived difficulty and lack of features.

Super Smash Bros. Melee received a positive reception from reviewers. IGN's Fran Mirabella III stated that it was "in an entirely different league than the N64 version"; GameSpot's Miguel Lopez praised the game for offering an advanced "classic-mode" compared to its predecessor, while detailing the Adventure Mode as "really a hit-or-miss experience."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl received a perfect score from the Japanese magazine Famitsu. Thunderbolt Games gave the game 10 out of 10, calling it "a vastly improved entry into the venerable series". IGN critic Matt Casamassina, in his February 11 Wii-k in Review podcast, noted that although Brawl is a "solid fighter," it does have "some issues that need to be acknowledged," including "long loading times" and repetition in the Subspace Emissary.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U held ratings of 85/100 and 92/100 on Metacritic and 86.10% and 92.39% on GameRankings. 

Daniel Dischoff of Game Revolution stated "It's true that Super Smash Bros. evolves every time with regard to new features, items, and characters to choose from. While your favorite character may not return or a few annoying pickups may force you to turn off items altogether, this represents the biggest leap forward Smashers have seen yet."

Super Smash Bros sold 1.4 million copies in Japan, and 2.3 million in the U.S. Melee sold over 7 million units worldwide, becoming the best-selling GameCube title. Brawl sold 1.524 million units in Japan as of March 30, 2008, and sold 1.4 million units in its first week in the United States, becoming Nintendo of America's fastest selling title. The 3DS version has sold more than 3.22 million copies worldwide as of October 2014, while the Wii U version became the fastest-selling Wii U game, with 3.39 million units worldwide in two months.

Trivia

  • Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale is a game made on the concept of this game but instead of Nintendo characters, it is replaced with with Playstation characters.
  • It was originally suggested by the series creator and director, Masahiro Sakurai, that Super Smash Bros. Brawl was supposed to be the last game he would direct.

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