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Like many other games, the Super Smash Bros. series has had various rumors spread about it, usually through the Internet, and sometimes magazines. Most of the time, these will be about playable characters, though occasionally, a different sort of rumor will pop up.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails In Melee


EGM's "proof" of Sonic and Tails appearing in SSBM

This is most infamous rumor about Melee. An April Fool's joke pulled by video game themed "Electronic Gaming Monthly" said that Sonic and Tails could be unlocked after defeating 20 or more enemies in Cruel Melee; upon completing Classic Mode with either of them, it also claimed that the player would get a "special surprise". Multiple pieces of evidence debunk the myth; the method doesn't work, there is no data for the duo in the game, All-Star Mode makes no accommodations for the two, and if all Trophies are collected, the getting trophies by completing Classic Mode with either would result in more trophies, making it impossible. EGM would later confess to making the joke, but as a prize for people who did get more than 20 KOs in Cruel Melee, they rewarded copies of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, which was Sonic's first game on a Nintendo system.

Ironically, Sonic has become a playable character in Brawl and SSB4, and Tails shows up as a cameo in the Green Hill Zone stage background, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He also appears as a Trophy in both games.

Toad in Melee

Another infamous rumor featured Toad as a playable character in Melee. The Toad rumor stated that Toad could be unlocked as a playable character in Melee after obtaining a perfect score during the credits mini-game (played after completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode or All-Star Mode). There are also several fake screenshots depicting Toad in various in-game scenarios, propagating the rumor. The method has been disproved by the same methods as the Sonic and Tails Rumor; additionally, the screenshots of Toad were made by taking images from Toad when he was running around the Mushroom Kingdom of the Adventure Mode of the game.

"Proof" of Toad appearing, as taken from the original site where the hoax was posted.

Master Hand and Metal Mario in The Original

Videos all over YouTube have claimed to unlock Master Hand in Super Smash Bros, via spinning the control stick 30 times on the select screen. The only way to play as Master Hand is through a cheat device, such as an Action Replay. The same goes for Metal Mario, only by spinning the control stick 4 times, or occasionally 10. Multiple other rumors of other characters have appeared; the most well known of these are Raichu and Wigglytuff, though these rumors are less recurrent.

Master Hand can be played as via the Name Entry glitch, but he isn't technically "unlocked".

Clouds of Bosses

A popular theory states that at the beginning of the Subspace Emissary when Meta Knight's ship appears, various faces show when the ghastly clouds form. People have speculated this to be four major bosses throughout the game. This seems to be coincidence at best, much like Rorschach inkblot tests. Many people believe the four "faces" resemble Ganondorf, Master Hand, Bowser, and Ridley. As it were, all four characters were villains during the game, two being bosses. Many believed the Ganondorf cloud could have also been Mewtwo (Some have also seen a Mewtwo cloud), who is no longer a playable character in Brawl.

Ridley, Bowser Jr., and Toon Link

At one point shortly after Brawl's announcement, a rumor began floating around that Ridley, Wind-Waker/Cel-Shaded Link (Toon Link), and Bowser Jr. would be playable characters. There was also the rumor of Young Link, Ice Climbers, and Mr. Game and Watch being dropped. The alleged source was a radio interview with Masahiro Sakurai. This was proven to be mostly false, with the exception of Toon Link replacing Young Link. Ridley also appears as a boss and Bowser Jr. appears as a sticker and trophy, though he would later appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

No More Clones

Another popular rumor stated that Sakurai claimed clones will not be in Brawl. That would mean Dr. Mario, Roy, Pichu, Ganondorf, Falco, Young Link, and (to a lesser extent) Luigi, would be removed or redesigned for Brawl. Despite initially being unbelieved, this has been proven mostly true. The majority of clone type characters have been differentiated compared to the level of similarity in Melee, while others have been dropped entirely; the only character who was not a clone that was removed for Brawl was Mewtwo.

Brawl is the Last Game

Sakurai has said that several things along the lines of that he was making Brawl like it was the last game, or that this would be his last game; additionally, some advertisements had the tagline of "One brawl to end them all!". This has led several to believe that this is the last Smash game. However, Sakurai has also said that Melee would've been his last game, and that did not come true. It is also very likely that whether or not Sakurai will be working on another game, Nintendo will most likely continue the Smash regardless, due to its success.

At E3 on June 8, 2011, Sakurai confirmed there will be a new Super Smash Brothers for the new system Wii U, as well as the Nintendo 3DS. The two games will share some capabilities, intertwining.

The Third Third-Party


One example of a purported character roster screen.

Sakurai said that, after Sonic the Hedgehog and Snake, there might be a third third-party character. This lead many people to believe that it was certain that a third party would be in there. The two most popularly rumored characters were Mega Man, from his own self-titled series, and Geno, from Super Mario RPG. Some even believed that Geno was partially programmed into the game, but cut out due to Square-Enix not giving consent. A file for the song Geno's Forest from Super Mario RPG have been found in the coding, meaning that that song was conceived as being included at some point during the game's development, and may support this theory. The Mega Man rumor was disproved when former Capcom member Keji Inafune said that he would like to see Mega Man in Brawl, but Nintendo hadn't asked him or Capcom. It was also said that another Capcom character, Leon Kennedy, from Resident Evil, was in, due to his voice actor being listed on IMDB for a short time on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl page. However, this proved not to be the case, and that voice actor was either not performing for the game, or just voiced another character. Another rumored third party brawler named Bomberman was originally going to be in the game but Hudson didn't want him to be in Brawl for unknown reasons. Another rumored third party brawler was another character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, such as Tails, Knuckles or Shadow (who turned out to be an Assist Trophy). A fifth rumor is that PAC-MAN was in the game. This was exposed during in a interview with Masashiro Sakurai that it was Shigeru Miyamoto's request to put him in, but Sakurai rejected it as he thinks PAC-MAN's deisgn was far-fetched at the time. On the other hand, Mega Man was confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, realizing Inafune's wishes as well as PAC-MAN.

Leaked Brawl Image

Before Brawl came out, multiple images were found that resembled character screens filled with many of the most-wanted characters. However, just like other hoaxes, some of the character icons were copies of art from previous games (which Super Smash Bros. has never done), and so were confirmed as edited images.

Pichu returns in SSBB


Pichu, wearing the goggle costume that would later return in Brawl.

The Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl has the same wall jump the Pichu from Melee had. Other factors, such as the Pikachu in SSBB being able to wear the Pichu's goggle costume from Melee (as a recolor) and the fact that Pikachus can only learn Volt Tackle as a Pichu, have convinced a few people that the Pikachu in Brawl is the evolved form of the Pichu from Melee. However, this is unconfirmed.

Tekken in SSBWU/3DS

Since the announcement of Namco Bandai developing the next Super Smash Bros. game, there have been rumors of many Namco characters, particularly those from the Tekken series, being playable characters in it. After the release, it has been shown that no Tekken characters are playable, however there is a downloadable Mii costume of Heihachi Mishima from Tekken. In fact, Heihachi was consired as a playable character, but Sakurai scrapped due to translating him into Smash would be very difficult.

Super Smash Bros. Memories

A new rumour has been floating around regardless the 3DS version of the still in development Super Smash Bros. 4. This rumour comes from Zelda Informer, and it says that the 3DS version will be a throwback at the past of Nintendo, and it will have classic, retro characters like Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Mach Rider, Stanley the Bugman among others; on the other hand, the Wii U version would feature modern Nintendo characters. However, Zelda Informer is known for having a lot of false rumours in the past. This was proven fake because both games will have the same characters.

Gematsu Leak

The Gematsu Leak started at E3 2013, an user named Sal Romano speculated that Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Villager (called "Animal Crossing Guy"), Pac-Man and the Miis were going to be revealed as playable characters. It turned out that Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer and Villager were revealed, with Little Mac after Rosalina & Luma's reveal.

Sal then followed up stating that Palutena, Chrom, Shulk and Chorus Kids (Called Chorus Men in this leak) were going to be revealed as fighters with Pac-Man and Mii still going to show up. It has been shown that Mii (actually called Mii Fighters) and Palutena were revealed at the Digital Event, while Pac-Man was revealed at the Super Smash Bros. Roundtable. Shulk was later revealed in a further Nintendo direct.

However this rumor came to an end when Chrom was confirmed to not be playable in Smash but instead Robin and Lucina would be, making the Gematsu Leak fake. It was the most popular leak, overshadowing another one that can be seen below.

Tower of Smash

Someone posted in 4chan that Ridley, Mewtwo, Dixie Kong, Impa and Chorus Kids by linking both versions of the game. He also said that all the characters in the Wii U version were unlocked at the start.

He then said about a new mode called Tower of Smash:

"It’s a 100-Floor Tower, with each floor containing three doors showing what character + stage. You choose a door, and fight a 1-on-1 single stock match against that character, with various rules in place. This includes slow/fast mode, one where you’re put at 300% and the opponent 0%, and one with all Pokeballs, just to name a few.

In this mode, you pick four characters at the beginning (must be all different), and each one represents one life. You can switch before each battle, but when one dies, they’re gone for the rest of your Tower of Smash run. The more floors you consecutively beat, the better your rewards…if you lose all your lives, you can start from the 10th, 20th, 30th, etc. if you reached that far before. Unlike in All-Star, you’re healed between matches.

The 9th, 19th, 29th, etc. floor is a special Boss Battle. These have you fight against special Boss characters, such as Dyna Blade and Mecha Dragon. There’s an unlockable Boss Rush mode as well, the room set up like the classic Mega Man Boss Rush Room, where you can challenge all the Bosses in a row."

He also listed stages that would be in the game. Some stages listed were revealed but there was a controrversial about the names (Orbital Gate Assault instead of Great Fox and Gamer instead of Game & Wario). It was all confirmed fake after the 50-fact Extravaganza, which have not shown the stages in the list.

Rayman DLC leak

On February 14, 2015, multiple pictures taken of Ubisoft's Rayman supposedly in SSB4 were posted onto 4chan by an anonymous user. The images were of Rayman's CSS icon, his render, his character unlock splash art, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's main menu with a new sub menu for a shop. Several hours later, video footage of Rayman's icon in the CSS being highlighted was posted onto YouTube, but it was later taken down by the uploader. Mewtwo can also be seen above Rayman on the CSS. The video footage and photos seemingly have no errors, are of reasonably high quality, and the two characters have renders that have not been seen in any official material; Rayman's render seems to be based on his pose on the cover of the original Rayman, mirrored. A similarly-updated CSS from the 3DS version has also surfaced. However, on Febuary 15, 2015, the original creator of the Rayman artwork confessed that the leakage was really a fake. Since then Artsy Omni is doing his Smashifield series to this day.

Roy and Ryu Data Leak

On April 15th, 2015, upon the release of version 1.0.6 for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Reddit user shinyquagsire23 reported discovering files added in the patch which seemingly implicate unannounced DLC fighters. These include, among other things, a victory fanfare "snd_bgm_Z83_F_Roy_3DS" for Roy, which is a duplicate of the existing Fire Emblem Victory Theme, suggesting he will also return as DLC in the same way Mewtwo did. In addition, the victory fanfare "snd_bgm_Z81_F_Ryu_3DS" and "snd_bgm_SF01_SF2_Ryu_3DS" are apparently named in reference to Ryu from Capcom's famous Street Fighter series of fighting games; the files are claimed to contain the the victory theme and Ryu's theme, respectively, from Street Fighter II. The files' existence was corroborated the same day in a tweet by the official Twitter of The Cutting Room Floor, a wiki that specializes in unused video game content.

The same post also claims to have discovered music files, one of which is the remix used for the Dream Land stage in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee; a second Kirby theme, the Forest Stage theme from Kirby Air Ride, was also listed. The presence of the Dream Land remix and another forest-themed track would seem to suggest the possibility of that stage being future DLC as well. A piece of corroborating evidence for this is also found in Classic Mode following the 1.0.6 update, as Kirby characters will sometimes be fought on Battlefield instead of the existing Dream Land stage, with Battlefield presumably being used as an error handler for an expected but not present Kirby stage.

Four days later, following the discovery of these files, shinyquagsire23 reported finding more hidden files in the game. An image of the character data was released; five unused character slots after Mewtwo are named "Mario", presumably as a placeholder for additional DLC characters. Additionally, shinyquagsire23 reported discovering changes to stage data table. The number of inaccessible stage slots had, according to the article, increased from 4 to 14; this includes the slots for omega forms, meaning there is space for up to 7 more stages and their omegas. The discovery of these files suggests there are more stages planned for DLC beyond Dream Land.

Videos of portions of the stream were uploaded to YouTube, but have since been taken down by Nintendo of America on copyright claims, similar to how they took down videos after the ESRB leak. All videos talking about the leak on major YouTube channels were also taken down, including those on Etika World Network and GameXplain.

Roy, Ryu, Dream Land (64), and all other elements implicated as DLC were formally announced and released on June 14th, 2015. Notably, Ryu's victory theme was replaced with a remix as opposed to the direct rip from Street Fighter II present in the 1.0.6 data (most likely just a placeholder); also, the Forest Stage track that was found in the 3DS version would end up only being used on Dream Land (64) on the Wii U version, as the 3DS version ended up using Ice Cream Island as its alternate track instead.


This leak is ripped in parts, some of them are not in their correct order. The ERSB Leak is one of the biggest leaks in history of Smash, as it shows a lot of content about characters, stages, trophies. Etc.

Ninka/Vanroose Leak

The Ninka part of the Leak

It starts with the Ninka Leak, were he said in SmashBoards that he had inside source from Nintendo of America, revealing that Duck Hunt, Dr. Mario, Shulk, Bowser Jr. and Dark Pit were going to be revealed as newcomers. And that Ice Climbers, Snake, Wolf, Squirtle and Ivysaur, alongside Pokémon Trainer and Lucas will all be cut. Some weeks before E3, Ninka uploaded images of Palette Swaps. One with Mario with a pink and light blue color swap and Bowser with a green color swap and a blue color swap. With the exception of the blue color swap Bowser, the other two colors have been shown at E3.

The Vanroose part of the Leak

Vanroose stepped forward and said the same thing, with the exception that Robin was going to be added before the reveal at July 14. The result is with Robin being revealed as a newcomer.

The Leaked Images

After the two leaks, a post on 4chan have been shown leaked images of the roster, with an X mark on the characters stated by Ninka to be cut from the roster, and a question mark on Mewtwo. And followed by images of the Character Selection Screen, the starting screen, the Stage Selection Screen, and gameplay image of a battle between Shulk and Lucina versus Charizard and Ganondorf, as well as the victory screen, all of them from the 3DS version of the game. Other images have been posted, showing trophies, enemies in Smash Run and Online.

The Leaked Videos

A lot of videos of the game have been leaked by a youtube user named "Izaat True" who uploaded them to public, those were quickly taken down by Nintendo of America. The videos shown Bowser Jr. and Shulk in action, alongside Ganondorf.

The leak turned out to be real when japanese people who received Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS' earlier streamed the game at Twitch, unlocking every single character and content.

Pichu and Ice Climbers Leak

For a short period of time, an image was spreading around the Smash Bros community. It was quickly debunked after it was shown that the renders were from a Deviantart artist. The Ice Climbers render were mirrored from the original render and Pichu's render was slightly edited from the mouth. Sakurai previously stated that the Ice Climbers will not return due to technical limitations to the 3DS and afterwards the Wii U and any other DLC characters after Ryu are fan service and the Smash community do not want Pichu in Smash anymore.

Shovel Knight DLC Rumor

Twitter-CRAMBxMU8AAX21K (Shovel Knight SSB Leak Amiibo Site)

In late August 2015, Tamaki, an employee from Unseen64, reported that a "reputable source" had informed him of a forthcoming announcement of a Shovel Knight amiibo, and by extension an appearance of the character himself in Smash Bros., which would be compatible with said amiibo, and retailers would be giving out download codes of said character. Yacht Club Games, the developers of Shovel Knight, did indeed reveal a Shovel Knight amiibo at PAX Prime 2015, but said amiibo was announced only as having compatibility with the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Shovel Knight.

It has appeared that Nintendo put the Shovel Knight amiibo on the SSB4 compatibility page. A screen capture has surfaced on Twitter. Nintendo took this information off of the official site and the leak has yet to be confirmed or denied.

However, the next day on SmashBoards, Tamaki stated that Shovel Knight was still on the way according to his source, and was expected to come around the end of October or the beginning of November. It remains unclear if Shovel Knight will have any appearance in Smash. The rumor was ultimately debunked following the final DLC announcements on 15 December 2015, where Shovel Knight failed to make an appearance of any kind.

Super Smas Bros. for Switch

On 28 January 2016, Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO for Japan-based consultant firm Kantan Games, Inc. and lead writer for a blog on the Japanese mobile game industry, tweeted that Bandai Namco had been working on several titles for Nintendo's then-unofficially announced console, the Switch (codename NX). One of these titles was reportedly intended to be Super Smash Bros. game as a launch title. A few minutes later, he added that his source was unclear on whether or not it would be a completely new game in the series or simply a port of Super Smash Bros. 4, though he still defended the veracity of the source.

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