List of minor third-party universes
Main article: List of minor universes
This is a list of third-party universes with smaller forms of representation in the Super Smash Bros. series, specifically Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most of the universes are represented in minor ways, such as with stage cameos, trophies, spirits, Mii costumes, or music.
Bandai Namco series
Babylonian Castle Saga
Babylonian Castle Saga (バビロニアン・キャッスル・サーガ, Babylonian Castle Saga) is a series of medieval maze-based action RPGs beginning with The Tower of Druaga, which spawned several sequel games and a spin-off anime series. Gil, the series' main protagonist, appears in Namco Roulette and as a downloadable costume for Mii Swordfighters. The Tower of Druaga's main theme and level complete theme appear in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 1. The main theme from The Return of Ishtar, the direct sequel to The Tower of Druaga, appears in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.
Baraduke (バラデューク, Baraduke) is a series of scrolling shooters that feature an astronaut rescuing docile aliens from hostile species. Although it was released a year earlier, the original game is noted for its similarities to Metroid; the player character, Kissy, is revealed to be a woman upon clearing the game. A friendly alien, Paccet, cameos in Namco Roulette.
Baten Kaitos (バテン・カイトス, Baten Kaitos) is a card battle RPG series for the Nintendo GameCube developed by Monolith Soft and tri-Crescendo. While the first game, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, was published by Namco, the prequel, Baten Kaitos Origins, was published by Nintendo in all regions it released in.
Sagi, the main protagonist of Origins, and Milly, a party member from Origins, appear as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Valedictory Elegy returns, now only playing on Summit, Duck Hunt, and stages from non-playable universes.
Bosconian (ボスコニアン, Bosconian) is a series of free-roaming space shooters. The player's fighter cameos in Namco Roulette.
Bravoman (ベラボーマン, Bravoman) is a comical action game that parodies typical superhero stories and cliches. In more recent years, it received both a web cartoon and a mobile game as part of ShiftyLook. The original Bravoman's title and first level music is featured as Bravoman Retro Medley.
Dragon Buster (ドラゴンバスター, Dragon Buster) is a series of medieval action RPGs with a platformer emphasis. The original game is notable for being the first game to include a double jump and a visual health meter. The protagonist, Clovis, cameos in Namco Roulette.
Dragon Spirit (ドラゴンスピリット, Dragon Spirit) is a series of dragon-based vertically scrolling shooters. The Area 1 theme from Dragon Spirit is remixed in Ultimate, and it also appears in its original form in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.
Katamari (塊魂, Clump Spirit) is a series of action-puzzle games in which the player controls the tiny Prince of All Cosmos, sent to Earth to roll up various objects into the titular sticky balls in order to recreate the stars in the sky, which were accidentally destroyed by the King of All Cosmos. A pixel version of the Prince (taken from the credits of Me and My Katamari) cameos in Namco Roulette in Ultimate. Debuting in 2004, Katamari is the newest Namco series to receive representation in Smash.
Coincidentally, Katamari Damacy Reroll, an HD remake of the original Katamari Damacy, was released on the same day as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
King & Balloon
King & Balloon (キング & バルーン, King & Balloon) is a fixed shooter game where the player must defend a king from hostile balloons, notable for being one of the earliest examples of sampled speech in video games. The King cameos in Namco Roulette in the 3DS version of SSB4 and Ultimate.
Libble Rabble (リブルラブル, Libble Rabble) is an action game involving harvesting mushrooms while avoiding enemies. The game was designed by Pac-Man creator, Tōru Iwatani. The bonus creature Topcup cameos in Namco Roulette, and the game's music is featured in Libble Rabble Retro Medley.
Mappy (マッピー, Mappy) is a series of platformer games based on a line of micromouse robots starring the titular policemouse Mappy as he retrieves stolen goods from the literal cat burglar Goro and his goons, the Mewkies. The game's trampoline serves as the basis for Pac-Jump, and the functionality of Bonus Fruit's bell. The titular Mappy cameos in Namco Roulette. Mappy's main theme and level complete theme appear in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 1, and Ultimate includes a remix of the game's music, Mappy Medley.
Metro-Cross (メトロクロス, Metro-Cross) is a running-based platformer game where the player must escape a futuristic obstacle course before it self-destructs. The game's protagonist, Runner, cameos in Namco Roulette in the Wii U version of SSB4 and Ultimate, while the game's music is featured in Metro-Cross Retro Medley.
Rally-X (ラリーX, Rally-X) is a series of driving-based maze games. Rally-X was the debut of the Special Flag, which has become a major symbol of Namco. In addition to the item, the main theme and level complete theme from New Rally-X appear in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 1. The player's car cameos in Namco Roulette.
Sky Kid (スカイキッド, Sky Kid) is a piloting-based scrolling shooter. The Red Baron player character cameos in Namco Roulette, and the game's music is featured in Sky Kid Retro Medley.
Taiko no Tatsujin
Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人, Taiko Master) is a series of drumming-based rhythm games that are particularly popular in Japan. The series' protagonist, Don-chan, cameos in Namco Roulette, and is the only Namco Roulette object not to be a sprite. Additionally, Gil's Trailer uses the Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Do-Don to Nidaime! version of Symphonic Druaga.
Notably, Taiko no Tatsujin has previously crossed over with the Mario series in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. Aside from including music from Pac-Man and other Namco series, the games have also featured songs from several franchises included in Smash, including Mario, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Splatoon, Mega Man, and Undertale.
Tales (テイルズ オブ, Tales of) is a long-running series of fantasy RPG games that are popular worldwide. The design of the main protagonist of Tales of Symphonia, Lloyd Irving, appears as a DLC costume for Mii Swordfighters.
Tekken (鉄拳, Iron Fist) is a long-running series of 3D fighting games, centered around the feud among the members of the Mishima family. The series is represented in SSB4 and Ultimate through a downloadable content costume for Mii Brawlers based on Heihachi Mishima, a recurring antagonist in the series. In Ultimate, Heihachi also cameos as a sprite in Namco Roulette, using his sprite from Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Coincidentally, costumes based on various Nintendo characters were available in the Wii U version of Tag Tournament 2 while Heihachi was a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony's equivalent to Super Smash Bros.
Thunder Ceptor (サンダーセプター, Thunder Ceptor) is a series of pseudo-3D space shooters. The name entry theme from Thunder Ceptor appears in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.
Valkyrie (ワルキューレ, Walküre) is a series of mythological action-adventure games. Valkyrie, the protagonist, cameos in Namco Roulette in the Wii U version of SSB4 and Ultimate, using her sprite from the second game in the series, The Legend of Valkyrie. The game's main theme also appears in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.
Wonder Momo (ワンダーモモ, Wonder Momo) is a beat-'em-up game that acts as a light parody of tokusatsu stage shows. In recent years, the game was revived with a webcomic, an anime, and a mobile game. The transformation theme from Wonder Momo appears in Namco Arcade '80s Retro Medley 2.
Yokai Dochuki (妖怪道中記, Yōkai Travel Journal), originally known in English as Shadow Land, is an atypical platformer game in which Tarosuke, the protagonist, travels through the afterlife towards his ultimate fate. The game's music is featured in Yokai Dochuki Retro Medley.
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Ghosts 'n Goblins (魔界村, Demon Village) is a series of run-and-gun platformer video games developed by Capcom, following the adventures of a knight named Arthur and his quest to save a princess from various monsters. It is well known for its high difficulty.
Arthur was announced as a Mii Costume alongside returning Monster Hunter costumes during Mr. Sakurai Presents "Pyra/Mythra" on March 4th, 2021. A spirit of Arthur is also available for those who have save data from Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection in the system. He will be available to purchase from the Shop at a later date.
Resident Evil (バイオハザード, Biohazard) is a series of survival horror shooters developed by Capcom. The main storyline of the series features various protagonists fighting against the Umbrella Corporation or people with connections to them, who has developed various deadly viruses creating zombies and nightmarish mutants.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, four characters from the series, Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, Albert Wesker, and Jill Valentine, all appear as spirits. They were first released on November 29th, 2019 via the Spirit Board event Oust Resident Evil!.
Getsu Fuma Den
Getsu Fuma Den (月風魔伝, The Legend of Getsu Fuma) is a side-scrolling action-adventure game released exclusively in Japan by Konami that was heavily similar to Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. The game follows Fuma, the surviving member of a trio of brothers, fighting to seek revenge on a demon that killed the rest of his family.
A music track from the game, Go! Getsu Fuma, appears on Dracula's Castle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though it is its remixed rendition from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. The original game is mentioned by name in the credits from the Sound Test.
Goemon (がんばれゴエモン, Go For It, Goemon!) is an action-adventure series made by Konami. Although Konami mostly regards the series as largely too culturally based to be released worldwide, several games have been released to the west: one for the Super NES (The Legend of the Mystical Ninja in 1991), two for the Nintendo 64 (Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon in 1997, and Goemon's Great Adventure in 1999), and two for the Game Boy (the first in 1991, as part of Konami GB Collection Vol. 3, and Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon in 1997, the former of which was released in Europe but not in America). The series is mainly action-adventure oriented, although the series has dipped its toes into other genres, such as role-playing games and puzzle games.
Daemon X Machina
Daemon X Machina (デモンエクスマキナ, Daemon X Machina) is a third-person shooter mecha video game. In the game, the player avatar pilots a mech known as an Arsenal as part of The Outers. In these mechs, the player fight against hostile AI turned haywire by energy radiating from the moon.
Four spirits of characters and their respective Arsenals were added via the Arsenals at the Ready! DAEMON X MACHINA Spirit Board event in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These include Radiant Gleam, Kloster (Grief), Bullet Walker (Brigadier General), and High Line (Guns Empress).
No More Heroes
No More Heroes (ノーモア★ヒーローズ, No More Heroes) is a series of action-adventure hack and slash games starring Travis Touchdown, who inadvertently becomes involved in the United Assassins Association and seeks to hunt down assassins of a higher rank to prevent other assassins from targeting him.
On October 3rd, 2020, it was announced that Travis Touchdown will be added to the game as a Mii Costume for the Mii Swordfighter.
Fallout is a series of role-playing games developed by Interplay Entertainment (later Bethesda Softworks). The series revolves around an alternate timeline America that has been ravaged by nuclear war and follows the story of the survivors living their lives in the apocalyptic wastelands. The series started as top-down, turn-based role-playing games with an isometric view and has evolved to feature first-person shooter elements since Fallout 3.
On June 22nd, 2020, it was announced that Vault Boy, the mascot of the series, will be added to the game as a Mii Costume for the Mii Gunner.
After Burner (アフターバーナー, After Burner) is a series of combat flight simulation games by Sega.
The series is represented in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U via a remix from the Bayonetta series titled After Burner (∞ Climax Mix), which plays on Umbra Clock Tower. It is also referenced through the name of Bayonetta's aerial side special, After Burner Kick.
After Burner (∞ Climax Mix) returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the same stage.
Alpha Mission (エー・エス・オー - アーマード・スクラム・オブジェクト, ASO: Armored Scrum Object) is a series of vertically-scrolling shoot-'em-up games created by SNK. Alpha Mission was released as an arcade game in 1985 and was later ported to the NES. A sequel, Alpha Mission II, was released in 1991 for the Neo Geo arcade and home systems. In the series, the player controls the fighter SYD against the deadly fleet of the Seven Star Alliance, attacking enemies in the air and on the ground.
A music track from the game, Theme of SYD, appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting (龍虎の拳, Fist of Dragon and Tiger) is series of 2D competitive fighting games created by SNK starting in 1992. This trilogy was the second fighting game series created by SNK after Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, and the first two games are prequels to the Fatal Fury series, being set between the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is based around the travels of its protagonist, Ryo Sakazaki, who is one of SNK's most prominent fighting game characters.
Ryo Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki, and King appear as background characters in the King of Fighters Stadium in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Ryo also appearing as a Mii Brawler costume and spirit. Geese Howard's Spirit Battle also takes partly from his appearance as a secret boss in Art of Fighting 2. There are additionally two music tracks from the series: a remix of the series' main theme, titled ART of FIGHT - Art of Fighting, and the Fatal Fury Special rendition of the same song, titled Art of Fighting Ver.230000000.0 - FATAL FURY SPECIAL.
Athena (アテナ, Athena) is a series of action games developed by SNK and loosely inspired by Greek mythology. Its first game, Athena, released as an arcade game in 1986 and was later ported to the NES. The game is notorious for its high difficulty, but it became a hit due to the main character's bikini getup, which was unique to her at the time. In the series, Princess Athena runs away from her kingdom in search for adventure. Her descendant, Athena Asamiya, stars in later games, such as Psycho Soldier. Both Princess Athena and Athena Asamiya appear in The King of Fighters.
The music track for the first level of Athena, titled Forest World - Athena, appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Ikari Warriors (怒, Fury) is a series of vertically-scrolling shooter games developed by SNK. The eponymous "Ikari Warriors", Ralf Jones and Clark Still (originally called Paul and Vince in the first game's Western release), are two mercenaries-for-hire who battle through enemies to reach the village of Ikari. The games were heavily influenced by the Rambo franchise. Both Ralf and Clark have continued to make appearances in The King of Fighters, and have appeared in Metal Slug as well since its sixth installment.
Both Ralf Jones and Clark Still appear as background characters in the King of Fighters Stadium in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as a shared spirit. The series is also represented with The King of Fighters XIV rendition of the theme "Ikari", titled IKARI - KOF XIV.
The King of Fighters
The King of Fighters (ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ, The King of Fighters) is a long-running fighting game series by SNK that combines characters from many of their different franchises, including Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Psycho Soldier, Samurai Shodown, and Ikari Warriors, as well as original characters. The series is known for its three-on-three team battles and extensive cast.
The eponymous tournament is notable for playing host to sinister forces working behind the scenes. They typically work to awaken an entity known as Orochi, an avatar of Earth who is bent on annihilating humanity for its continuous destruction of the planet. In the The King of Fighters '94 to '97, Orochi's followers attempt to awaken it to siphon its power for themselves. Following this, events from The King of Fighters '99 to 2001 feature a mysterious syndicate known as NESTS and their leader Igniz, who seeks to become the God of a new world. From The King of Fighters 2003 to The King of Fighters XIII, a group named Those from the Past and their leader Saiki attempt to resurrect Orochi in order to use him for their own objectives.
In Ultimate, The King of Fighters is treated as Terry's secondary universe; it forms the basis for his stage, King of Fighters Stadium, and five of the original characters from the series make cameos within the stage, those being Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Goro Daimon, Chang Koehan, and Choi Bounge. Kyo and Iori also appear as spirits. Iori also appears as a Mii costume for the Mii Brawler. Several characters from other SNK franchises also appear on King of Fighters Stadium, using their designs from The King of Fighters series. Eighteen music tracks from many The King of Fighters installments are also available, in addition to four renditions of music tracks from the Fatal Fury and Ikari Warriors series.
Games with elements from or in the Super Smash Bros. series
The King of Fighters '94
The King of Fighters '95
The King of Fighters '96
The King of Fighters '97
The King of Fighters '98
The King of Fighters '99
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2002
The King of Fighters XI
The King of Fighters XII
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match.
The King of Fighters XIII
The King of Fighters XIV
Metal Slug (メタルスラッグ, Metal Slug) is a series of run-and-gun shooters. Known for their fluid animation and two-player co-op gameplay, the series involves a small team of soldiers called the Peregrine Falcons and the SPARROWS under the command of the Regular Army as they traveling the world to defeat mysterious enemy factions (most notably the military madman General Morden and the Rebel Army and the alien invaders known as Mars People, though in Metal Slug 5 the main enemies are the mysterious Ptolemaic Army and in Metal Slug 6 the Rebel army and the Mars People made a alliance with the Peregrine Falcons to stand over the outbreak of a new alien invasion knows as The Invaders), wielding semi-automatic handguns and a small tank known as SV-001 (the eponymous "Metal Slug"). As each stage progresses, they acquire more powerful weapons and tanks until confronting the final enemy. The characters of Metal Slug make common appearances in The King of Fighters, and starting with Metal Slug 6, the series also crosses over with Ikari Warriors.
Metal Slug is represented in Smash Ultimate through five music tracks playable on the King of Fighters Stadium stage: Main Theme of Metal Slug - METAL SLUG, Assault Theme - METAL SLUG 1-3, Final Attack - METAL SLUG 1-6, Judgment - METAL SLUG 2, and Blue Water Fangs (The Island of Dr. Moreau) - METAL SLUG 3.
Psycho Soldier (サイコ・ソルジャー, Psycho Soldier) is an action platformer game developed by SNK and was released in arcades in 1987. It is the successor game to Athena, starring Athena Asamiya, a Japanese schoolgirl descendant of the similarly-named goddess who uses her psychokinetic powers to fight an alien invasion alongside the Chinese youngster Sie Kensou. It is notable for being the first video game to feature a theme song with sampled lyrics.
Athena Asamiya appears as a background character in King of Fighters Stadium using her design from King of Fighters '95, as well as a spirit, using her original game artwork. The Psycho Soldier Theme is also covered in both Japanese and English, with the latter being the first English version since its original release.
Samurai Shodown (サムライスピリッツ, Samurai Spirits) is a weapon-based fighting game series made by SNK. The games are set in Japan in the late 18th century, involving the main protagonist Haohmaru and various other characters doing battle against dark forces threatening to spread their evil into the mortal world, such as the malevolent deity Ambrosia, who manipulates extremists like the sorcerer Shiro Amakusa to do its bidding. The earlier titles in the series are also well-known for their poor English translations at times. Despite the name of the series, most of the characters are not samurai in the traditional sense.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nakoruru appears as a Mii costume for the Mii Swordfighter, and she appears as a spirit along with Haohmaru. The series is also represented with three music tracks from the first installment: Tuna, Banquet of Nature, and Gaia.
Square Enix series
Bravely Default (ブレイブリーデフォルト, Bravely Default) is a series of role-playing games developed by Silicon Studio and published by Square Enix in Japan, with Nintendo publishing in all other regions. Originally conceived as a sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, the connections to the Final Fantasy franchise were eventually dropped in favor of original characters and settings. Battles are turn based, with the unique twist of being able to brave or default every turn. Brave Points (BP) must be spent to attack, or "Brave" enemies, and more available BP means more chances to attack. The player can even go into negative BP, but are then unable to perform any action until the BP balance reaches 0 again. BP will restore naturally, or the player can choose to "Default," which reduces damage taken and replenishes BP quicker. The game also utilizes a job system to give characters special abilities in battle
On February 23, 2021, it was announced that spirits from Bravely Default II, the third game in the series, would be added to the Spirit Board in a Spirit Board event simply titled BRAVELY DEFAULT II on February 26 as a tie-in to the game's release. All four protagonists are available in pairs: Seth & Gloria and Elvis & Adelle.
Mana (聖剣伝説, The Legend of the Sacred Sword) is a series of action role-playing games made by Square Enix (formerly Squaresoft). The series was developed as a supplemental storyline to Final Fantasy, but elements of that series were dropped from the second installment, Secret of Mana, onwards. The series often revolves around the Mana Tree, the Mana Sword, and the forces trying to steal and harness its power. The series is considered a pioneer of the action RPG genre with the introduction of a real-time battle system reminiscent of top-down The Legend of Zelda games.
On April 21, 2020, it was announced that spirits from the 2020 remake of Trials of Mana would be added to the Spirit Board in The Spirits of Mana event on April 24 as a tie-in to the remake's release on the same day. All six protagonists are featured in three pairs: Duran & Angela, Kevin & Charlotte, and Hawkeye & Riesz, with each pairing representing one of the three storylines of Trials of Mana.
Octopath Traveler (オクトパス トラベラー, Octopath Traveler) is a turn-based role-playing game developed by Square Enix and Acquire, conceived from the same producer who previously worked on the Bravely Default series on Nintendo 3DS. In the game, the player controls a set of eight characters (Ophilia, Cyrus, Tressa, Olberic, Primrose, Alfyn, Therion, and H'aanit, their first names spelling out O-C-T-O-P-A-T-H) through the land of Orsterra, with each character having their own storyline, archetype, and abilities. The game has an "HD-2D" diorama art-style for the backgrounds with sprites used for the characters both in and out of battle. The original game is among the top twenty-five best selling titles on Nintendo Switch with over two million copies sold, and a prequel, Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, released on October 28, 2020.
On July 7, 2020, it was revealed that spirits featuring the eight playable characters in Octopath Traveler would be added to the Spirit Board in Second Anniversary of OCTOPATH TRAVELER on July 10. The spirits would see each of the eight playable characters split into four pairs, these pairs being Olberic & Primrose, Tressa & Cyrus, Alfyn & Therion, and H'aanit & Ophilia.
Assassin's Creed (アサシンクリード, Assassin Creed) is a series of stealth action-adventure games developed by Ubisoft. The series follows the millennia-long clash between two factions: the Assassins and the Knights Templar, as Desmond Miles experiences the life of his ancestors to uncover their hidden secrets in the (then) near-future of 2012.
Rabbids (ラビッツ・パーティー, Rabbits Party; Lapins Crétins (Moronic Rabbits) in French) is a multimedia franchise that began as a spinoff of the Rayman series before branching off into its own separate universe. The series follows the various antics of the titular Rabbids, a race of crazed rabbit-like creatures that spout gibberish and cause mischief wherever they go. The Rabbids series and the Super Mario series crossed over in the turn-based strategy game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, in which a device called the "SupaMerge" hits the Rabbids' Time-Washing Machine and transports them to the Mushroom Kingdom, merging them with various objects found therein.
Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Peach, and Rabbid Kong from Kingdom Battle appear as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with the latter using his design from Kingdom Battle's "Donkey Kong Adventure" DLC expansion. Additionally, on January 16th, 2020, it was confirmed that Rabbids headgear would be a Mii Costume as part of Round 5 of DLC.
Rayman (レイマン, Rayman) is a platformer franchise focusing on the limbless hero Rayman as he protects his world against everything from robot pirates to psychotic bunnies.
The titular character, alongside his best friend Globox and the barbarian princess Barbara from Rayman Legends, appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Rayman returns as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
BIT.TRIP is a series of rhythm games by independent developer Gaijin Games (now known as Choice Provisions) starring an entity known as CommanderVideo.
CommanderVideo appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a trophy, using his three-dimensional appearance from BIT.TRIP Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. This marks BIT.TRIP as the first series created by an independent developer to be represented in Smash.
Culdcept (カルドセプト, Culdcept) is a series of card collecting board games released on multiple consoles with different publishers, such as Sega, Namco Bandai, and Nintendo.
The character Goligan appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. A remix of the title theme from the first 3DS installment, known simply as Culdcept, plays on the Boxing Ring stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Goligan returns as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as Culdra, the goddess and mascot of the series, and Allen, the main protagonist of Culdcept Revolt. The Culdcept track returns. Additionally, two tracks from Culdcept Revolt are added, Revolt -Striving for Hope- and Worthy Rival Battle. All three tracks only play on Summit, Duck Hunt, and stages from non-playable universes.
Cuphead (カップヘッド, Cuphead) is a 2D sidescrolling run-and-gun platformer developed by the Canada-based StudioMDHR and inspired by series such as Contra, Gunstar Heroes, and Gradius. Notably, the art style is rooted in 1930s rubber-hose cartoons inspired by the works of Disney and Fleischer Studios. The story follows two brothers, Cuphead and Mugman, who lost their souls in a bet with the Devil and are sent on a quest to collect the soul contracts of debtors across their homeland, Inkwell Isle, in order to save their own souls.
On January 16th, 2020, it was announced that Cuphead would be a Mii Fighter Costume for the Mii Gunner as part of Round 5 of DLC. The Mii Costume is bundled with the music track Floral Fury, the boss theme for Cagney Carnation. Later, on February 11th, 2020, it was announced that the Spirit Board event Ready? Wallop! would start on February 14th of the same year, featuring spirits for Cuphead, Mugman, King Dice, and the Devil.
Glory of Heracles
Glory of Heracles (ヘラクレスの栄光, Glory of Heracles) is an RPG series based on the Greek myth of Heracles which was originally a Japan-only series released for the Famicom, Super Famicom, and Game Boy by Data East. After Data East went bankrupt in 2003, Paon acquired the rights and revived the series with Glory of Heracles: Proof of the Soul for the Nintendo DS, which would later release in North America as Glory of Heracles.
The main protagonist of Proof of the Soul, as well as Heracles himself (also based on his appearance in Proof of the Soul), both appear as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Glory of Heracles track returns, now only playing on Summit, Duck Hunt, and stages from non-playable universes.
River City (くにおくん, Kunio-kun) is a beat 'em up and sports game series made by Technōs Japan, which is now handled by Arc System Works. The series stars the titular Kunio (known as Alex in River City Ransom, the Western localization of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari), beating his way through dangerous gangs or competing in sports, often joined by his friendly rival Riki (Ryan in River City Ransom).
Four spirits from the River City franchise were added to the Spirit Board during the Spirit Board event River City Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The event started on January 24th, 2020 and ended on January 28th of the same year. Notably, the characters appear with their original Japanese names and appearances across all versions rather than using their localized names.
Shantae (シャンティ, Shantae) is a series of action platformers developed by WayForward Technologies that star the titular character, Shantae, a half-genie half-human girl who can use her long hair to attack enemies, unlock new abilities and weapons with progression, and transform into different animals by belly dancing.
Both the protagonist and recurring antagonist of the series, Shantae and Risky Boots respectively, appear as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate using their artwork from the fourth installment, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
Tetris (テトリス, Tetris; Тетрис in Russian) is a tile-matching puzzle video game series created by Alexey Pajitnov that released on various consoles over the years. It is perhaps most famous for its iteration on the original Game Boy, which was a pack-in title for the handheld, and propelled it to instant commercial and critical success.
Tetris: Type A returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, but only as a track for Smash Run. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, both tracks reappear. While Tetris: Type A still plays in the Luigi's Mansion stage like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tetris: Type B is moved to the Wuhu Island stage.
Tetris: Type A and Tetris: Type B both return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, now only playing on Summit, Duck Hunt, and stages from non-playable universes. Five spirits depicting different Tetrimino shapes were also added via the Attack of the Tetriminos! Spirit Board event. The singular spirits include the I, T, and O shapes, while shared spirits include the S & Z shapes and the L & J shapes.
The Tower (ザ・タワー, The Tower) is a series of construction and management simulator games in which the player builds and manages the operations of a modern, multi-use skyscraper. The North American release of the first game, The Tower, was localized by Maxis as a part of the Sim series, titled SimTower: The Vertical Empire.
Yama, the boss from the Game Boy Advance installment, The Tower SP, appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Wonderful 101
The Wonderful 101 (ザ・ワンダフル・ワン・オー・ワン, The Wonderful 101) is an action game developed by PlatinumGames. Players take control of a team of masked superheroes, known as the Wonderful 100 (pronounced One-Double Oh), to save Earth from GEATHJERK, a legion of alien invaders. By using the stylus (or right stick) to draw shapes, the player can have the heroes join together to assume a variety of forms known as "Unite Morphs" to combat enemies and solve puzzles.
The main character, Wonder-Red, and the six other main Wonderful Ones all appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Two tracks from the game are also featured: ST01: Roll Out, Wonderful 100! plays on the Pilotwings stage, and Jergingha - Planet Destruction Form plays on the Mario Galaxy stage.
Wonder-Red and Wonder-Blue both return as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. ST01: Roll Out, Wonderful 100! and Jergingha - Planet Destruction Form both return, now only playing on Summit, Duck Hunt, and stages from non-playable universes.
Undertale, officially stylized as UNDERTALE, is an indie role-playing game created by Toby Fox. In the game, the player traverses an underground world full of quirky monsters and can either befriend or murder them, with different choices resulting in different endings.
One of the major characters encountered, Sans, appears as a downloadable Mii Gunner costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of Round 3. The costume also comes with a new arrangement of his boss theme MEGALOVANIA as a DLC music track, only playing on stages with music listed in the "Other" category.
Warframe is a free-to-play cooperative third-person shooter/action role-playing game made by Digital Extremes. It follows a member of the Tenno, an ancient warrior race, who awakens from a centuries-long cyrosleep to find their planetary system at war with each other. The Tenno use bio-mechanical suits, the eponymous Warframes, along with various weapons to attack their enemies, including the militaristic Grineer Empire, the plutocratic Corpus mercantile, the techno-organic Infested, and the corruption of the ancient Orokin Empire.
The player's guide, the Lotus, and Natah both appear as spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released in the spirit event Spirits in Black.
Dependent universes are universes that are technically represented in some form in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, but are not considered their own series.