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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL Dai rantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Supesharu?), tentatively titled Super Smash Bros. is an upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, to be released worldwide on December 7, 2018. A surprise announcement at the end of the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct, it will be the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series. The game is scheduled to be released in 2018, a little more than four years after its predecessors, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It features the return of every character that has ever been playable in the series, including fighters cut in subsequent installments such as Pichu, Young Link, the Ice Climbers and Snake. It also features Ridley as a playable character for the first time in the series' history, following years of fan requests dating back to Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Samus and Zero Suit Samus both return as playable characters, still resembling their appearances in Metroid: Other M, albeit with modifications. Samus's Charge Shot can now be charged and cancelled in midair, while Zero Suit Samus's Final Smash, Gunship, now features Samus standing atop her ship in her Power Suit, firing the Zero Laser. Zero Suit Samus's grunts as performed by Alésia Glidewell in the previous two Smash games appear to have been removed.

The Metroid and Mother Brain Assist Trophies will return, as will the Frigate Orpheon stage from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, Dark Samus was not present during the Assist Trophy reveal, and Samus's alternate costume based on her has been removed.

A brand new metal remix of Brinstar Depths, arranged by Yasushi Asada, was one of three tracks revealed on the game's website on June 12, 2018. Whether it replaces the previous Melee version is unknown.

All amiibo released for the fighters with the previous game will be compatible with Ultimate as well. Additionally, new fighters (including Ridley) will receive amiibo, with Ridley's coming on the same day as the game's release.


Bolded characters are newcomers. The game will feature fewer newcomers than its predecessors, due to the inclusion of all 65 veteran fighters in the history of the series.

The ending of the original trailer depicted the Smash Bros. symbol formed out of fire in midair, with a number of silhouetted characters at its base. Samus's shoulders, Bowser's horns and hair and Donkey Kong's hair were clearly visible, but the other characters were less clear.