Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Every Confirmed Character (And How They've Changed)

Zelda has a new haircut, for example.

Smash Ultimate Feature

The spectacular trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest in Nintendo's long-running series of crossover brawlers, proudly boasted that 'Everyone is here!'

It wasn't wrong: all 63 of the lads from the franchise's illustrious history have been squeezed into the fray. Yes: that includes Snake and all Smash 4's DLC bruisers. Even the pointless Pichu is back!

As if that wasn't enough, developer Masahiro Sakurai has managed to find room for two newcomers, and both are welcome additions to the melee.

Many of the returning cohort have went through some changes since we last saw them, some cosmetic, some comprehensive. Here's everything we know so far:

1. Mario

Mario SSBU

The obscure star of Mario is Missing and Hotel Mario returns as Smash Bros.' chief party planner, and this time he has Cappy in tow as part of his moveset. Alternate attire for the plumbing pugilist include his builder's outfit from Super Mario Maker and wedding finery from Mario Odyssey - but sadly not the dress.

2. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong SSBU

He's the leader of the bunch, you know him well, and he's finally back to kick some tail - in much the same way as the previous four games.

3. Link


Link is kitted out in his fetching teal Champion's Tunic from Breath of the Wild by default. But put down those pitchforks traditionalists! The more classical green Tunic of the Wild is available as an alternative costume for Hyrule's finest.

4. Samus

Samus SSBU

Bounty hunter extraordinaire Samus Aran is largely unchanged, a modern re-imagining of Metroid 2 the only source of fresh inspiration since the last Smash. She can shoot charged shots in mid-air now, though.

5. Yoshi

Yoshi SSBU

Surprisingly, we didn't see anything of Yoshi's Switch game - brilliantly titled 'Yoshi' - at E3, but the melon-munching, egg-laying dino-steed was obviously part of the Smash Bros. proceedings.

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