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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: How to unlock all the characters quickly

Published: 11/Dec/2018 1:49 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 16:41

by Alan Bernal


Super Smash Bros Ultimate was hyped to be the most expansive game in the series, and with the inclusion of all characters to ever appear in the series, players are going to want to know how to unlock them all to get playing right away.

When first booting up the game, new players will have a roster of eight characters ready to play (Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu), and will gradually add onto it as they make their way through the World of Light and Classic mode.


Unlocking all the characters how the game intended would take a staggering amount of time, but there’s a trick to that would exponentially cut that time to enjoy the complete roster much sooner.

After playing normal matches for about 10 minutes, you should run into your first challenger to fight against. Win or lose here, you’ll want to do a few specific things to speed up the process:

  • At the end of the match immediately push the Home button
  • Quit the Game by pushing X on the title in the home screen
  • Re-open game
  • Set up a 1-stock match to make things quick
  • After playing that match, you should get another “challenger approaches” screen to unlock new characters
  • Rinse and repeat until you’ve unlocked every character in Smash Ultimate

If you don’t beat the Challenger, the ‘Challenger’s Approach’ mode will appear in the ‘Games & More’ tab that will let you rematch them in the order they popped up.

NintendoDon’t worry if you lose the match to unlock a character keep going with the method. Challenger’s Approach will let you rematch all lost matches for a new character.

If the method does NOT work for you, simply restart the game, go through one more 10-minute match and follow the instructions once more to reset the process.


The characters will unlock at random, but this technique would ensure that all characters could be unlocked in more than half the time.

The unlocked characters will not be available to play in World of Light, since it is a campaign of sorts and plays out as such.


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.