Super Smash Bros. Next
Developer(s) GalaxySoft Inc.

Namco Bandai

Sora Ltd.

Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo 3DS

Release Date(s)
March 1st, 2016 (United States)

March 2nd, 2016 (Europe)

May 23rd, 2016 (Japan)

Single-player, Multiplayer, Online Play
Age Rating(s)



PEGI: 12+

Genre(s) Fighting/Platform
Series Super Smash Bros.
Media Included Nintendo Wii U;

Optical disc

Digital Download

Code for Classic DLC

Nintendo 3DS;


Digital download

Super Smash Bros. Next is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, and is the third game to be developed by GalaxySoft Inc. It will be released on March 1, 2016 (US) for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS/2DS. This will be the final game in the series developed by GalaxySoft. 



There are exactly 7 newcomers to the series, including the Nooklings from Animal Crossing and Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog. Several characters have been updated to have a look based on their most recent appearances either as a palette swap or a secret skin. 

Name Description Final Smash Unlock Criteria
Tails Sonic Boom
Tails The two-tailed fox from Sonic enters the battle! He's been redesigned to look like his Sonic Boom design. Tornado Shootout

Complete the "Twin-Tailed" event/Win 10 matches as Sonic.

Nooklings (SSBN)
Nooklings Timmy and Tommy may be identical, but they have power shared evenly to fight with! For Sale Win 10 battles as the Villager
Paper Mario He's paper thin, but he can pack a punch! Watch out for his hammer, though. That'll send opponents flying! Partner-palooza Default
Balloon Fighter (SSBN)
Balloon Fighter Balloon Fighter is an obscure character, but is ready for Smash! His balloons act as an extra jump, and can be popped by attacking them. Up and Away! Complete the "8-Bit Legends" event/Win 20 matches as Mr. G&W or the Ice Climbers.
Ryu (SSBN)
Ryu Hoshi Ryu smashes in! This street fighter is fierce with his fists, similar to Little Mac. His name literally means "Star Dragon" Metsu Shoryuken Win an online match with Little Mac.
Bass Mega Man's opposite created by Dr. Wily wages a fight! Bass is a fierce warrior with little care about his opponents. Super Adapter Complete the "Rivals Meet 2" event

Waluigi's debut in Super Smash Bros. Next

Waluigi Wario's partner in grime, Waluigi is never far from his bro's side (maybe).  Pinball Complete the "Battle of Luigis?" event 


There are 34 newcomers confirmed for SSBN, and 16 of them are unlockable.


Name Description Final Smash
435px-Mario Artwork (alt) - Super Smash Bros. Wii U 3DS

Mario as he appears in this game.

Mario This red-clad hero needs no introduction. He's the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario! Mario Finale
Link Artwork 2 (Skyward Sword)
Link Link's back from his adventures in Hyrule to battle heroes. He's got a new Final Smash, too. Wolf Link
Kirby Here comes Kirby! This pink puffball is back on the attack. Chef Kirby

Pikachu's new 'anime' look for SSBN.

Pikachu Pika-pi! Pikachu, pi-pi. (I'm so excited to be in the new Smash!) Volt Tackle
Fox McCloud Tired of doing barrel rolls, Fox re-enters Smash Bros. with a new FInal Smash. Arwing Invasion
250px-DK (DKCTF)

DK is back for SSBN!

Donkey Kong The banana-loving ape is the king of the jungle and Smash! His strength may have met it's match at the hands of Little Mac and Ryu. Konga Beat
Yoshi A close friend of Mario is also a powerful fighter. Yoshi's tongue is still one of his most effective moves. Super Dragon
307px-SSB4 - Samus Artwork
Samus Aran/Zero Suit Samus The bounty hunter that started it all has arrived. She's got her powerful Zero Laser in tow as well. Zero Laser/Power Suit Samus

Princess or ninja? That's the question when playing as Zelda.

Princess Zelda/Sheik The damsel in distress is back! Zelda's alter-ego, Sheik, is still the faster of the two. Light Arrow
SSB4 Little Mac
Little Mac Get ready to get punched out! The powerhouse of a puncher has returned to Smash. Giga Mac
Wario Mario Party 8
Wario Wario is strong, albeit his moves do involve farting, and has left his motorcycle outfit back in Brawl.  Wario-Man
Ice climbers
Ice Climbers Back from their days of climbing, Popo and Nana have returned to the field of battle. You can now choose who you want to fight. Iceberg
Pokémon Trainer Icon SSB5
Pokemon Trainer (Kalos) While he/she would be a newcomer, a Pokemon Trainer appeared in Brawl. This trainer has Froakie, Braixen, and Chesnaught. Mega Evolve!
Bowser SSB4
Bowser The Koopa King has returned. Bowser's got a new skill, and he calls it "Airship Armada".  Airship Armada
Ness t
Ness The hero from EarthBound is ready to fight. However, he seems to have been weakened by something. PK Starstorm
Princess Peach Artwork - Super Mario 3D World
Princess Peach Mario's girlfriend has been freed from Bowser to fight. She dons her famous biker outfit for her Final Smash. Biker Race

Story Mode

Main article: Super Smash Bros. Next/Story Mode

The story mode for this game is called "Nexus Takeover", and is similar to the Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


There are stages returning and completely new ones included in the game. There are many more included in DLC packs. There are exactly 54 versus stages in Super Smash Bros. Next. Twenty-seven are starter stages, and the rest are unlockable. There are twelve unlockable stages that are returning, and the other thirteen are new.


Name Series Description Hazards Unlock Criteria
Battlefield V Super Smash Bros. The starting stage for any Smash battle! Only three platforms, and an easy way to practice K.Os. N/A Default
Sunshine Airport

Sunshine Airport as seen in SSBN.

Sunshine Airport Mario Kart Sunshine Airport, located on Delfino Island, offers a unique battle experience.  Karts, Aircraft, and Crates Default
Wrestling Stadium 2 Punch-Out! None Default
Rising Dragoon Street Fighter Fight atop a mountain with a calming atmosphere. Falling Rocks Unlock Ryu
Balloon Coast Balloon Fighter Enemy Balloon Fighters and Fish. Win 32 matches with the Balloon Fighter.
Excess Express Paper Mario Smorgs Win Event 26 "Mystery Train"
Station Square Sonic the Hedgehog Cars and Badniks Unlock Tails.
Trophy Stage Super Smash Bros. None Win 10 Matches on Battlefield V. 


Main article: Super Smash Bros. Next/DLC

Downloadable content is introduced to the series in this game. It features several characters and/or stages combined into packs.

Beta elements

There are many beta elements on the disc of Super Smash Bros. Next, including empty files for Shadow the Hedgehog, Pitoo, and Dry Bones as fighters. One of the more interesting ones is an unused victory animation and theme for Tails because it's very different than the one seen in-game. 


  • There are plans to release a port of this game for the Nintendo 4GDS. However, the system has not been selling very well, so it's possible that the port has been cancelled. 
  • The tentative title for this game was "Super Smash Bros: The Next Generation" or "Super Smash Bros. 5."
  • A hidden secret lies within the game's Story Mode. Can you find it in the pictures?
  • In early trailers for the game, a character whom wasn't in the final product was seen. That character was Mr. Game and Watch. 

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