With the recent additions of Hero and Banjo & Kazooie to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter roster — and the impending arrival of Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury and more DLC on the way — Smash Ultimate is by far the biggest crossover in gaming history.

Smash Bros. developers have made it clear in the recent Nintendo Direct and its aftermath that they want to continue to capitalize on how big of a crossover Smash Ultimate has become. The big question remains: just how many different gaming franchises will be represented in Smash once the DLC cycle ends?

As of mid-September, there are 73 franchises represented by fighters, stages, items, assist trophies and Mii costumes in Smash Ultimate. Counting both music tracks and spirits, the video game representation climbs well into the triple digits, making Smash Ultimate truly unprecedented in scope.

Think of Smash for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, which finished its content cycle just three years ago. Already since then, Splatoon, Castlevania, Persona, Dragon Quest, Banjo-Kazooie, UnderTale, ARMS, Shovel Knight, Bomberman and many more series have been added to the Smash universe.

Thirty-six different “game worlds,” as series director Masahiro Sakurai describes them, have already been put into the game in the forms of playable characters. Some franchises like Pokémon, Super Mario and Fire Emblem are heavily represented with ten, nine and seven characters apiece, but the recent trend seems to be adding a brand-new third-party series with recent character additions, especially within Smash Ultimate’s first Fighter’s Pass DLC.

We have yet to learn what the last character will be in this first phase of DLC, but if the trend is to be any indicator, the final character in this pack (to be released by February 2020) will bring with them another famous gaming franchise.

Which characters and new franchises would you like to see added in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2020 and perhaps beyond? Now that Banjo & Kazooie have finally found their old home on a Nintendo system again this month, the character I’d most like to see fight could be upgraded from Mii costume to fighter: the quirky and endearing Chibi-Robo. I’d also love to see another duo — Ratchet and Clank — come into the fold, but I also acknowledge the third-party possibilities now seem boundless!

For reference, NintyBuzz has listed the current video game series represented by Smash Ultimate (categorized first by fighter, then stage, assist trophy, item and Mii costume) in the table below.


  • Super Mario
  • Donkey Kong
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Yoshi
  • Kirby
  • Star Fox
  • Pokémon
  • EarthBound
  • F-Zero
  • Ice Climber
  • Fire Emblem
  • Game & Watch
  • Kid Icarus
  • WarioWare
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Pikmin
  • R.O.B.
  • Animal Crossing
  • Mega Man
  • Wii Fit
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Mii
  • Pac-Man
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Duck Hunt
  • Street Fighter
  • Final Fantasy
  • Bayonetta
  • Splatoon
  • Castlevania
  • Persona
  • Dragon Quest
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Fatal Fury


  • Mario Kart
  • Paper Mario
  • Electroplankton
  • Balloon Fight
  • Nintendogs
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Pilotwings
  • Wii Sports

Assist Trophy

  • Bomberman
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Golden Sun
  • Shovel Knight
  • Monster Hunter
  • Murasame Castle
  • Fatal Frame
  • Joy Mecha Fight
  • ARMS
  • Color TV-Game
  • Starfy
  • The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Sheriff
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western
  • Art Academy
  • Swap Note
  • Devil World
  • Sim City
  • Brain Age


  • Panel de Pon
  • Steel Diver
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Galaga

Mii Costume

  • Nintendo Labo
  • Chibi-Robo
  • Custom Robo
  • Sin & Punishment
  • UnderTale
  • Goemon
Eric Zavinski

I’ve been playing Nintendo games since I was 3 years old, and my earliest memory is watching my dad play Super Mario 64.
Since then, I’ve become as big of a fan as you might imagine: YouTube video projects, fan fiction, owning just about every amiibo — you name it!
I’m also a stalwart defender of underappreciated games like Skyward Sword, Other M, Super Paper Mario, Star Fox Adventures, Star Fox Zero and more. I love to see passion in a gaming product, and my desire on this site is to share a similar passion in what I write.