Super Smash Bros. History: When Did These Fighters Make Their Smash Debut?

Which game debuted Nintendo’s finest into the fighting game genre?

The Super Smash Bros. franchise splashed onto the video game scene in 1999 with the release of Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. It was a hit with fans of Nintendo due to the roster compiling some of the most iconic characters they had grown up with, all together in one title.

The series really cemented itself with its second entry, 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube, which has since become a competitive mainstay. The title is widely regarded as the greatest by fans, but Nintendo has continued the franchise with three further entries on the modern generations of consoles.

2018’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in line, releasing on the Nintendo Switch. It featured 75 characters at launch, including every single veteran character from the franchise, and has since received eight DLC characters - a number which is still increasing!

However, while Ultimate has brought a host of classic characters together for their most epic outing yet, many characters in the franchise were slowly introduced throughout previous entries.

Which game debuted Nintendo’s finest into the fighting game genre? That is what we are here to test today, as we take a trip through the history of the Super Smash Bros. franchise to see if you can remember when these classic fighters made their playable debut.

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Hey, Darren here! I'm a Media enthusiast with a strong passion for Film and Video Games. I graduated from Plymouth University in 2019 with a degree in Digital Media Design, and now I am here writing articles.