All of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's playable characters will be revealed before the game's launch

No surprise characters to unlock, it seems

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 23, 2018 at 6:12 a.m. PDT

Earlier this month Nintendo dropped another giant wave of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate information on us via their Nintendo Direct presentation. The showcase revealed Castlevania's Simon Belmont and Donkey Kong Country's King K. Rool as playable characters, as well as Richter Belmont, Fire Emblem's Chrom, and Metroid's Dark Samus as Echo Fighters.

The excitement surrounding each of these reveals was palpable, so much so that it would be easy for viewers to miss some of the other important details about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that were shared during the Direct. With it being a nearly 30-minute broadcast, there was a lot to digest.

One thing we wanted to shine a light on was the fact that each of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's playable characters will be revealed before the game officially launches on December 7th, 2018.

"This time, we plan to reveal the design of every fighter before the game launches," Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai said during the Nintendo Direct.

Not only does this mean that we'll know who to expect on the roster at launch, but it seems that Nintendo is doing things differently this time around. Traditionally, the Super Smash Bros. series give players a handful of characters to unlock that they haven't officially revealed previously.

The original Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64 started with eight characters leaving four secret characters to unlock: Luigi, Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, and Ness. Looking at the most recently released iteration in the series, Super Smash Bros. 3DS released in Japan back in September 2014 and R.O.B., Bowser Jr., Wario, Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Mr. Game and Watch, Duckhunt, Dark Pit, Falco, and Ness were all fighters that weren't previously announced as playable in the game by Nintendo and required unlocking.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will start players out with the original Smash 64 roster and require the remainder of the cast be unlocked through playing the game. However, with the "everyone is here" motif the game has and the fact that we'll know all the characters before launch, it looks as though we won't have any big character surprises to look out for this time around.

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