The Nintendo Switch already boasts an impressive lineup of games to choose from, but the portable console is about to level up. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches this year for the Switch, bringing the biggest cast of characters ever seen in the iconic fighting game series.

In this article, you’ll find everything we know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with popular rumors about the game’s ever-expanding roster and other leaks. We’ll also be updating this page on a regular basis on more news rolls out. So be sure to check back regularly.

When is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate release date?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7. That’s more than four years after the previous entry in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, hit stores on September 13, 2014.

Can I play a demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Ahead of the game’s official release, Nintendo is teaming up with Best Buy to offer in-store demos across the U.S. The demo schedule began in early September, starting with New York, and stretches all the way into October. Check out the full list of locations and dates here.

Nintendo’s also discussed the possibility of offering an early demo for all Nintendo Switch owners, but hasn’t made any sort of official statement. However, in an interview with IGN (via Yahoo), the company seemed to suggest it was possible:

“Very good question. Right now they’re focused very much on getting the game ready. We have a few other things to be talking about down the road between now and when it launches in December. We’ll hopefully have some news on that as we get closer to launch.”

So even if you can’t make it to a Best Buy demo, there’s still a chance you’ll be able to demo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ahead of time.

Does Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have a plot?

Not exactly. The plot of Super Smash Bros. has always really just been about taking your favorite video game characters and smashing them together. That was literally the plot of the original game, and it hasn’t changed much since.

Then again, some more recent Super Smash Bros. games have attempted to add in optional story modes. Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii featured [Subspace Emissary](https://www.inverse.com/article/47901-smash-bros-ultimate-new-mode-could-be-subspace-emissary-campaign0, a multiplayer campaign mode that made it easier to unlock the entire roster.

Rumor has it Nintendo could try something similar this time with a new “Spirits” mode, at least based on one leak. It’s unclear what this mode actually is, but one popular guess is that it has something to do with rescuing the spirits of dead heroes like Luigi, who was brutally murdered in the cutscene announcing Simon Belmont as a playable character. We kid… maybe?

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

What console do I need to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

The new game will be available exclusively as a Nintendo Switch title. Sorry, 3DS fans, but it seems pretty clear that the previous Smash game’s dual release on Wii U and 3DS was a one-time deal.

Who are the characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Here’s a full list of every character in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster:

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Zelda
  • Sheik
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Meta Knight
  • Sonic
  • Peach
  • Pikachu
  • Ice Climbers
  • Inkling (new)
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard)
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Ryu
  • Ganon
  • Ike
  • Cloud
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Diddy Kong
  • Lucario
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Mr. Game & watch
  • Greninja
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Hunt
  • R.O.B.
  • Pit
  • Dark Pit
  • Palutena
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Toon Link
  • Young Link
  • King Dedede
  • Rosalina
  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Gunner
  • Mii Swordfighter
  • Wario
  • Little Mac
  • Pac Man
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Megaman
  • Luigi
  • Yoshi
  • Daisy (new)
  • Ridley (new)
  • Simon Belmont (new)
  • Richter Belmont (new)
  • Chrom (new)
  • Dark Samus (new)
  • King K. Rool (new)
  • Isabelle (new)
super smash bros ultimate roster new characters
super smash bros ultimate roster new characters

Are there any other rumored characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

The only thing better than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news is the rumors that come with it, and this game definitely hasn’t disappointed. One leaker, who goes by the name Vergeben, has stood out as a reliable source of information, accurately predicting the inclusion of Ridley, Simon, and Isabelle.

More recently, Vergeben claimed that a handful of characters are still coming to the roster. That includes Incineroar from Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ken (or some other Street Fighter character), a new Square Enix character, and possibly even someone from (Minecraft)[https://www.inverse.com/article/48024-smash-bros-ultimate-roster-still-adding-2-new-characters].

Another popular rumor is that Medusa from the Kid Icarus series could join the fight as an echo of Palutena. This would fit into the heroes-and-villains theme Nintendo’s been promoting in its animated character announcements. It also makes sense since Smash director Masahiro Sakurai also created the most recent Kid Icarus game, so it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

super smash bros ultimate stages
So. Many. Stages.

What stages are in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Here’s a full list of all the stages announced so far:

New Stages

  • Dracula’s Castle
  • Great Plateau Tower
  • Moray Tower
  • New Donk City Hall

Old Stages

  • Dream Land
  • Final Destination
  • Hyrule Castle
  • Kongo Jungle
  • Mushroom Kingdom
  • Peach’s Castle
  • Saffron City
  • Super Happy Tree
  • Battlefield
  • Big Blue
  • Brinstar
  • Brinstar Depths
  • Corneria
  • Final Destination
  • Flat Zone
  • Fourside
  • Fountain of Dreams
  • Great Bay
  • Green Greens
  • Jungle Japes
  • Kongo Falls
  • Mushroom Kingdom II
  • Onett
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Princess Peach’s Castle
  • Rainbow Cruise
  • Temple
  • Venom
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • 75M
  • Bridge of Eldin
  • Castle Siege
  • Delfino Plaza
  • Distant Planet
  • Flat Zone 2
  • Frigate Orpheon
  • Green Hill Zone
  • Halberd
  • Hanenbow
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Figure-8 Circuit
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mushroomy Kingdom
  • New Pork City
  • Norfair
  • PictoChat
  • Pirate Ship
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • Port Town Aero Dive
  • Shadow Moses Island
  • Skyworld
  • Smashville
  • Spear Pillar
  • Summit
  • Wario Ware Inc
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • 3D Land
  • Arena Ferox
  • Balloon Fight
  • Dream Land GB
  • Find Mii
  • Gerudo Valley
  • Golden Plains
  • Living Room
  • Magicant
  • Mute City SNES
  • Paper Mario
  • PictoChat 2
  • Prism Tower
  • Reset Bomb Forest
  • Spirit Train
  • Tomodachi Life
  • Tortimer Island
  • Unova League
  • Big Battlefield
  • Boxing Ring
  • Coliseum
  • Duck Hunt
  • Flat Zone X
  • Gamer
  • Garden of Hope
  • Gaur Plain
  • Great Cave Offensive
  • Kalos League
  • Mario Circuit
  • Mario Galaxy
  • Midgar
  • Mushroom Kingdom U
  • Pac-Land
  • Paletuna’s Temple
  • Pilotwings
  • Skyloft
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Suzaku Castle
  • Town and City
  • Wily Castle
  • Wii Fit Studio
  • Windy Hill Zone
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Wuhu Island
  • Umbra Clock Tower

Rumor has it the final game will feature 108 different stages, according to an article in Japanese gaming magazine CoroCoro. So that means you can expect another five stages before SmashBros Ultimate launches later this year.