The New Super Smash Bros Characters Ranked
The new Super Smash Bros characters are mind-blowing, to say the least. Prior to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, third-party characters like Snake, Sonic, and Pac-Man, all made rosters, but it was far from what we’re accustomed to today.
Smash Ultimate has every gamer covered. It includes heavy fan favorites like King K. Rool from Donkey Kong and Ridley from Metroid. And the game also has deep-cuts that no one saw coming like Banjo-Kazooie and Terry from Fatal Fury.
So today, let’s rank all the new Super Smash Bros characters. In doing so, we’ll rank characters by design, how fun each is to play, and overall hype from their inclusion.
*#11 Byleth (adding another character who looks and sounds like the other 10 makes for a weak addition)
#10 Isabelle (Animal Crossing), #9 Incineroar (Pokémon), #8 Hero (Dragon Quest)
There aren’t any bad additions amongst the new Smash Bros characters (except the upcoming Arms character; who the hell greenlit that shit). That being said, somebody has to fall to bottom tier and we’re going with Isabelle, Incineroar, and Hero.
Isabelle, from the Animal Crossing series, had some serious hype backing her with an endearing announcement video. But once players got their hands on the character, and realized how gimmicky her move-set turned out to be, Isabelle immediately fell in popularity.
Conversely, Incineroar suffers from a much different problem. No one was hyped for the character as a Pokémon representative is expected. But Incineroar himself has a fun, simple move-set that gamers of all levels can appreciate. Additionally, throwing someone off the ropes and suplexing them is always fun.
And now onto the elephant in the room: Hero. Seeing Nintendo partner with Dragon Quest is exciting, but the character himself became the most controversial inclusion in Ultimate. Though we must say, it’s always fun to troll with Hero’s RNG move-set.
#7 Inkling (Splatoon), #6 Simon/Richter Belmont, #5 Ridley (Metroid)
Moving onto our mid-tier picks for favorite amongst the new Smash Bros characters. Our picks of Inkling from Splatoon, the Belmonts from Castlevania, and Ridley from Metroid prove you don’t have to be the best competitive characters to have a special place in our hearts.
Inkling is one of the best characters in the game from a competitive Smash perspective. However, the character didn’t blow any minds with hype — in fact, Inkling felt like such a mild inclusion that they feel like they’ve always been in the Smash series. The character is fun to play, however, just not one of our favorites.
Now the Belmonts on the other hand had a fantastic debut trailer. Heck, just thinking about all the Castlevania music in Smash Bros got gamers hyped. And when it comes to a truthful adaptation, the Belmonts are some of the best work the Smash Bros devs have ever done.
Closing out this mid-tier section is Ridley, who broke the internet with his announcement trailer. Nobody saw this coming: “He’s too big,” fan boards would always say. Then the madman behind the Smash Bros series, Masahiro Sakurai gave the middle finger to everyone and made it happen.
#4 Terry (Fatal Fury), #3 King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country), #2 Banjo-Kazooie
Time to talk top-tier.
Starting off with Terry, I think only 1 percent of the internet even knew who the Fatal Fury posterboy was. Personally speaking, I saw the guy in the Fatal Fury movie years ago, but had all but forgotten him. Then Smash Bros resurrected the character and made him one of the best in the game.
What makes Terry special is his learning curve. If you’re a Smash newbie you can spam his moves all day and hear him spit-off his dope catchphrases. Or, if you’re a pro you can utilize the actual inputs from Fatal Fury and go to town on your opponent.
Then we have two of the craziest inclusions in Smash history…
King K. Rool sent Donkey Kong Country fans to the morgue from all the excitement. And the best part? Sakurai knew what he was doing because he trolls fans in King K. Rool’s announcement trailer.
Masahiro Sakurai is a God.
K. Rool might be a bottom-tier, combo food, noob-type character that only assholes play, but his Smash debut is the stuff of legends.
And if that wasn’t enough… Sakurai said hold my IV because I ain’t done yet. Then he collaborated with Microsoft and brought the pipedream character that is Banjo-Kazooie.
From a hype standpoint, Banjo-Kazooie are defcon 9-type material. Moreover, they’re a fun character to play.
The Best Amongst The New Super Smash Bros Characters: Joker (Persona 5)
Persona 5’s Joker stands atop this list for many reasons, but the most important is that he foretold of great things to come in Smash Ultimate.
Even if you didn’t know who Joker was, you knew his inclusion meant great things for the DLC characters in Smash. Sakurai and team showed that they could bring anyone into Smash, even a character who’s game is locked up as a PS4 exclusive.
Once Joker made it into Smash, it solidified the game as the Marvel Universe of video gaming. Every character is welcomed, no matter where they’re coming from.
God bless Sakurai and God bless Smash.