When Nintendo announced that the Switch version of Smash Bros. would be called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it wasn't kidding about the title; every single character that has ever appeared in any previous Smash Bros. game is available on the Nintendo Switch incarnation. Crikey.
Along with updated moves and final smashes, Sakurai-san and his team updated the visuals for almost all the characters matching them with, more often than not, their latest game appearance. We've put them together in this gallery of hi-res artwork for everyone to sit back and enjoy.
Remember, while the numbers currently go up to 81 (or 82 if you follow Nintendo's awkward numbering), you'll find more than that in our gallery thanks to the five 'echo' fighters — denoted here with a 'ε' — that share another fighter's spot (Ryu and Ken at #60, for example, or Simon Belmont and Richter at #66).
With Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses taking up the final slot in the first batch of DLC, and Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series being the last recipient of a Smash Ultimate invitation, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster is finally complete!
Updated 5th October 2021: Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series is the final DLC Challenger to get an invite! Challenger #11 will be arriving on 18th October.
Updated 15th June 2021: Kazuya from the Tekken series is confirmed as DLC Challenger #10, "coming soon"!
Updated 8th Mar 2021: Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 join as DLC Challenger(s) #9 and occupy separate places on Nintendo's official roster!
Updated 11th Dec 2020: Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII Joins as DLC Challenger #8!
Updated 1st Oct 2020: Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman are confirmed as DLC Challenger #7!
Updated 22nd Jun 2020: Min Min is confirmed as Challenger #6!
Updated 17th Jan 2020: Fire Emblem's Byleth is confirmed as Challenger #5 and Nintendo has announced a further six places to be filled by new challengers in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 DLC. The hype continues!
Updated 5th Sep 2019: SNK's Terry Bogard has been revealed as Challenger #4, and Nintendo has revealed that even more DLC fighters are planned following the release of Challenger #5!
Updated 11th Jun 2019: During Nintendo's E3 2019 Nintendo Direct it was revealed that Hero from the Dragon Quest universe (with four variants: Eleven, Erdrick, Solo and Eight) would be next challenger. Also during the E3 Direct, it was teased and revealed that Banjo & Kazooie would be the 73rd entry. Guh-huh!
Updated 17th Apr 2019: Joker's official render was spotted in the source code on Nintendo's website.
Updated 7th Dec 2018: The game is finally here! Check out our full review to find out more.
Updated 1st Nov 2018: Today's Smash Direct has added two new characters, Ken and Incineroar. It was also announced that more characters will be added via paid DLC, with Piranha Plant being a pre-order bonus.
Updated 10th Aug 2018: During the Smash Direct it was announced that Dark Samus, Chrom, Simon, Richter and King K. Rool have all been added to the line-up!