Super Smash Bros. Character First Appearances

See if you can remember when these playable characters from the Super Smash Bros. series first appeared.
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Last updated: June 22, 2020
First submittedJanuary 6, 2016
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Year
Game
Character
1980
Ball (Game & Watch)
Mr. Game & Watch
1980
PAC-MAN (Arcade)
Pac-Man
1981
Donkey Kong (Arcade)
Mario
1981
Donkey Kong (Arcade)
Donkey Kong
1983
Mario Bros. (Game & Watch)
Luigi
1984
Punch-Out!! (Arcade)
Little Mac
1984
Duck Hunt (NES)
Duck Hunt
1985
Ice Climber (NES)
Ice Climbers
1985
Stack-Up (NES)
R.O.B.
1985
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Piranha Plant
1985
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Bowser
1985
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Peach
1986
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Link
1986
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Zelda
1986
Metroid (NES)
Samus
1986
Metroid (NES)
Ridley
1986
Castlevania (NES)
Simon
1986
Kid Icarus (NES)
Pit
1986
Kid Icarus (NES)
Palutena
1987
Metal Gear (MSX2)
Snake
1987
Street Fighter (Arcade)
Ryu
1987
Street Fighter (Arcade)
Ken
1987
Mega Man (NES)
Mega Man
1988
Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (NES)
Hero (Erdrick)
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Larry
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Morton
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Wendy
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Iggy
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Roy
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Lemmy
1988
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Ludwig
1989
Super Mario Land (Game Boy)
Daisy
1990
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (NES)
Hero (Solo)
1990
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (NES)
Marth
1990
Dr. Mario (NES, Game Boy)
Dr. Mario
1990
F-Zero (SNES)
Captain Falcon
1990
Super Mario World (SNES)
Yoshi
1991
Rad Mobile (Arcade)
Sonic
1991
Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (Arcade)
Terry
1992
Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
Kirby
1992
Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
King Dedede
1992
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
Wario
1993
Star Fox (SNES)
Fox
1993
Star Fox (SNES)
Falco
1993
Kirby's Adventure (NES)
Meta Knight
1993
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (TurboGrafx-16)
Richter
1994
EarthBound (SNES)
Ness
1994
Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
Diddy Kong
1994
Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
King K. Rool
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Pokémon Trainer
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Squirtle
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Ivysaur
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Charizard
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Pikachu
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Jigglypuff
1996
Pokémon Red & Blue (Game Boy)
Mewtwo
1997
Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)
Cloud
1997
Star Fox 64 (N64)
Wolf
1997
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
Banjo
1998
Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
Kazooie
1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
Young Link
1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
Sheik
1998
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
Ganondorf
1999
Pokémon Gold & Silver (Game Boy Color)
Pichu
2001
Animal Crossing (N64)
Villager
2001
Pikmin (Gamecube)
Olimar
2001
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
Roy
2002
Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube)
Bowser Jr.
2002
Metroid Prime (Gamecube)
Dark Samus
2002
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (Game Boy Advance)
Toon Link
2004
Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)
Zero Suit Samus
2004
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PlayStation 2)
Hero (Eight)
2005
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Gamecube)
Ike
2006
Mother 3 (Game Boy Advance)
Lucas
2006
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl (DS)
Lucario
2006
Wii Sports (Wii)
Mii Fighters
2007
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Rosalina & Luma
2007
Wii Fit (Wii)
Wii Fit Trainer
2009
Bayonetta (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Bayonetta
2010
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Shulk
2012
Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
Dark Pit
2012
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Robin
2012
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Chrom
2012
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Lucina
2012
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Isabelle
2013
Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Alph
2013
Pokémon X & Y (3DS)
Greninja
2015
Splatoon (Wii U)
Inkling
2015
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest/Revelation (3DS)
Corrin
2016
Persona 5 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
Joker
2016
Pokémon Sun & Moon (3DS)
Incineroar
2017
ARMS (Switch)
Min Min
2017
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (3DS, PlayStation 4)
Hero (Luminary)
2019
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
Byleth
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Level 50
Aug 19, 2016
Fantastic! Couldn't remember Ludwig for some reason.
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Level 23
Feb 12, 2018
Awesome quiz! Fantastic job!
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Level 82
Feb 12, 2018
Thank you! :D
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Level 39
Oct 28, 2018
1991? Sega Saturn? No way that existed yet, right?
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Level 82
Oct 29, 2018
I'm surprised it took someone this long to point this out. :)

It was ported to the Saturn in 1994, but before then it was an arcade-only game. This mistake has now been fixed. Thanks for catching that!
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Level 47
Dec 20, 2018
Aw, man! I wish I knew this quiz existed when I made mine! Oh, well. You’ve still made a good quiz.
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Level 82
Dec 20, 2018
Usually whenever I have an idea for a quiz, I always check to see if someone else made it first. Sadly it's happened more times than I would've liked. Also, thanks!
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Level 82
Jun 12, 2019
Two more characters were announced at E3 this year (Hero and Banjo & Kazooie) so I’ve updated the quiz to include them!

Since the Hero is based on at least four different protagonists from the Dragon Quest series I briefly considered adding each of them onto the list but I decided not to because adding the name “Hero” makes it seem like they represent the series as a whole. For now I’m just adding the first game but I’ll change it if I need to.

Also, Banjo & Kazooie act as a duo but unlike the other duo characters, Banjo actually debuted in a different game than his partner, so they’re the only characters that are split up like that.
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Level 82
Jul 30, 2019
All right so now that Hero is out, I’ve changed my mind. All 4 Heroes will be featured on this quiz. Hope this doesn’t bother anyone but I want to keep it consistent.
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Level 34
May 22, 2020
I believe that Incineroar is missing
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Level 82
May 22, 2020
I believe that you are incorrect.