Super Smash Bros. is coming soon for 3DS and Wii U Nintendo systems, and several leaks seem to have revealed the full roster a few weeks before. There had been weekly reveals over the first half of the year that unveiled small bits, such as stages and characters, but it is with a leak and a stream on a popular site that the rest of the roster may have been filled out. Historically, this franchise has been a sales success for Nintendo as the game itself has swelled in size and breadth.
On the popular streaming site Twitch, many hidden pieces of the roster puzzle have fallen into place. A triplet of streams from Asian territories by users Yushako, Hamayama and Gema_Yue each reveal different unlockable characters that will be included – at least in the 3DS version of the game. The first two had extended screen time on the character select screen, revealing Ganondorf, Dark Pit, Dr. Mario, Ness, Falco, and Mr. Game and Watch as returning secrets and Duck Hunt Dog, from the game Duck Hunt, as a new character to the series. Gema_Yue showed a returning Wario with a screenshot from their stream as well as most of the others above.
With this revelation, most of the Super Smash Bros. roster should be out in the open as of now. There are also rumors of other combatants, specifically Kid Bowser, who was seemingly captured in a screenshot, but the number now confirmed is 48. That includes first-party mascots such as Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Yoshi, Samus, Link, Donkey Kong and Bowser as well as some variations on those characters such as Dr. Mario, Zero Suit Samus, Toon Link and Diddy Kong. Newcomers to the roster are Wii Fit Trainer, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Villager, Rosalina, Little Mac Greninja, Charizard by itself, Palutena, Robin, Lucina, Shulk and Mii Fighters. The remaining characters are Fox, Kirby, Pit, Captain Olimar, Peach, Marth, Sonic, King Dedede, Zelda, Sheik, Lucario, Captain Falcon, Ike, R.O.B., Jigglypuff and Meta Knight.
These names, mixed with the number revealed above, round the roster to nearly 50 fighters, the largest in the series so far. The original game for Nintendo 64 came out in 1999 with a 12-character roster, most of which are included in the new game. Melee, the sequel, contained 26 roster spots and Brawl boasted 39 characters. Sales have risen steadily with each entry; from the original’s sales of 5.6 million units, Melee jumped to 7.1 million and led all other titles on the Nintendo Gamecube, while Brawl topped the other two with 12.25 million units sold.
Super Smash Bros. has a full roster for the 3DS launch set, but the Wii U version’s release date has yet to be revealed. There were brief rumors stating that a Twitch stream hosted by Nintendo themselves was revealing the date this Friday, but a representative from the company quickly squashed that idea. The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is coming Oct. 3 of this year. The Twitch stream, beginning at 11 a.m. PST, will be showing eight hours worth of game play covering this and many other games, including Hryule Warriors and Bayonetta 2.
By Myles Gann