Super Smash Bros. Galactic Battle (Japanese: 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズスイッチ銀河系の戦い Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Gingakei no Tatakai) is a game that is to be released for the Nintendo Switch system in Summer 2025. The game is the sixth installment of the Super Smash Bros. franchise (seventh if the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash 4 are considered their own installments) and is the sequel to the previous installment Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Galactic Battle features several elements from previous games, such as the return of Spirits from Ultimate, as well as a Cinematic Story Mode titled The Elemental Labrynith.
Series creator Masahiro Sakurai and the previous teams of both Sora Ltd. and Bandai-Namco return to develop the main game once more, with the Elemental Labrynith and several other new modes are being created by Sactown Studios in order to let the previous development teams balance the roster while letting Sactown add more content. Sakurai is the executive producer for the game, and Sactown Studios founder Dennis Muldrew takes on the mantle of game director. Sactown confirmed that Sakurai insisted on taking a back seat for development in order to allow a new director to bring fresh ideas for the series.
The Super Smash Bros. series is a dramatic departure from many fighting games. Instead of winning by depleting an opponent's life bar, Smash Bros players seek to knock opposing characters off the stage. In Super Smash Bros., characters have a damage total, represented by a percentage value, which rises as they take damage and can exceed 100%. As a character's percentage rises, he can be knocked progressively farther by an opponent's attacks. To KO an opponent, the player must send that character flying off the edge of the stage, which is not an enclosed arena but rather an area with open boundaries, usually a set of suspended platforms. When a character is knocked off the stage, he may use jumping moves to (attempt to) return; as some characters' jumps are longer-ranged, they may have an easier time "recovering" than others. Additionally, some characters are heavier than others, making it harder for an opponent to knock them off the edge but likewise harder to recover.
Smash Bros.'s play controls are greatly simplified in comparison to other fighting games. While traditional fighting games such as Street Fighter or Soul Calibur require the player to memorize button-input combinations (sometimes lengthy and complicated, and often specific to a character), Smash Bros uses the same one-attack-button, one-control-stick-direction combinations to access all moves for all characters. Characters are not limited to constantly facing their opponent but may run around freely. Smash Bros. also implements blocking and dodging mechanics, which can be used both on the ground and in the air. Grabbing and throwing other characters are also possible, allowing for a large variety of ways to attack.
One additional major element in the Super Smash Bros. series is the inclusion of battle items, of which players can control the frequency of appearance. There are conventional "battering items" with which a player may hit an opponent, such as a baseball bat or a sword, as well as throwing items, including Bob-ombs and shells, and shooting items, either single shot guns or rapid fire blasters. Recovery items allow the user to lose varying amounts of their damage percent. From the Pokémon franchise come Poké Balls that release a random Pokémon onto the battlefield to assist the user; Brawl introduces a new "Assist Trophy" item which serves a similar purpose, albeit being capable of summoning a wider range of characters from a variety of franchises. Brawl also introduces items called Smash Balls, which allow fighters to perform powerful character-specific attacks, known as Final Smashes.
- Smash ~ The main mode of Galactic Battle! 4 to 8 Players battle it out in multiple styles!
- Time ~
- Stock ~
- Stamina ~
- Special Smash
- 8-Player Smash
- Classic Mode ~ Select a style and battle through an arcade-style mode complete with battles, minigames, and bosses!
- 64 Style ~ Party like its 1999! Every battle from the original that started it all has been recreated, complete with all of the minigames, and a battle with Master Hand at the end!
- Melee Style ~ Enter the Millennium of 2001! All battles from the popular second installment have been recreated, with some new twists to shake it up!
- Brawl Style ~ The Brawl of 2008 is back! All battles from the third installment of the franchise are here, and recreated!
- 3DS Style ~ Travel a map to your next location! Pick the pathway you wish to fight!
- Wii U Style ~ Move the trophy around, the fights here get shaken up a LOT!
- Ultimate Style ~ Every fighter has a unique route and boss!
- Galactic Battle Style ~ Battle through a classic arcade-style! Travel the world to your next fight!
- All-Star Mode ~ Take on every fighter in the game with limited recovery items!
- Training Mode ~
Appearing once again is Adventure Mode, this time with a new story known as the Elemental Labyrinth. The newest take on the Adventure Mode concept sees a return to the platforming levels of The Subspace Emissary, while also utilizing the concepts of explorable maps from World of Light. The story is cutscene heavy and features the entire base roster facing off against six gods and goddesses of the elements, Hearth, Floe, Boreas, Allumviem, Amperage, and Pura as the six deities summon the various villains to battle for control of the Galaxy within their own image. Having taken control of everyone, six surviving heroes, one for each of the six realms, must now travel through the Labyrinth, saving the fighters, as well as the spirits that have fallen under the control of the six deities before the Universe turns into chaos with the elements.
- Multi-Man Smash ~
- Master Orders/Crazy Orders ~
- Tower of Smash ~
- Boss Battles ~
- Break the Targets!! ~
- Board the Platforms! ~
- Race to the Finish! ~
- Home-Run Contest ~
All 80 fighters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate return as playable fighters. In addition, a total of 35 newcomers have been confirmed so far. Galactic Battle's roster focuses on lesser known gaming characters in order to provide a number of unexpected surprises. A full list of all Mega Smashes and Final Smashes for each fighter can be found here: List of Mega and Final Smashes.
Additional characters are present on the roster, via alternate character swaps of other fighters. Many of these alternate characters have their own voices and are acknowledged by the announcer as separate characters. Although some of them are able to have some of their own animations, they are treated as the same character.
Returning from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Fighters Pass, with each of the five releases containing a fighter, a stage, and a selection of music. As a pre-order bonus similar to both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS, and Ultimate, a free fighter is able to be added to the game. On October 11th, Marin was confirmed to be a bonus fighter for the game, who in the same vein as both Piranha Plant and Mewtwo in previous installments, is a pre-order bonus. On the official Twitter account, Conker, Earthworm Jim, Anges, Scorpion, and Sly Cooper were all teased as the DLC fighters on October 12th. Another Fighter's Pass was later confirmed for the upcoming year.
The second Fighter's Pass was confirmed, with Tom Nook as a Bonus Fighter. The fighters were later revealed to be Stanley, Master Chief, Sophita, Black Mage, and Klonoa. A Parallel Pass Comprised of Echo Fighters, and a Final Fighter's Pass were confirmed after the reveal of the Second Fighter's Pass Fighters.
The third pass is the Parallel Pass and features 8 new Echo Fighters added to the roster, comprised of Birdo (Yoshi), Wart (Bowser), Dark Meta Knight (Meta Knight), Mighty (Sonic), Roll (Mega Man), Ray (Tails), Ray MK II (Ray MK III), and Samantha Nishimura (Lara Croft).
The final Fighter's Pass was confirmed with Pheonix Wright as the Bonus Fighter. The fighters featured were later revealed to be Glover, Chun-Li, Haohmaru, Squall, Ty, and Carmen Sandiego. Unlike the previous fighter passes, a total of 7 fighters were made with the pass. Coincidentally, this was the same amount of DLC fighters from Smash 4.
Non-playable characters that can be summoned for battle. These characters are separated into both Assist Trophies and Pokeballs.
|Returning once more, Battlefield appears with a new design! Battlefield's famous three platforms return, but this time with the views of an autumn setting with Japanese architectures and a city down below. It's almost as if it was before the Elemental Labyrinth occurred, hmmm...|
|Big Battlefield||With more platforms, Big Battlefield can be considered to be the better stage to use for those 8-player Smash battles that folks love to have. Save for more platforms, there's not much difference here!|
|Final Destination||Returning once|
Returning for the first time since Brawl's Subspace Emissary, the Subspace Gunship makes its grand debut as a playable stage! Travel around the Island of the Ancients, and witness the world become engulfed in Subspace, and witness the world return to normal once again. Perhaps a special boss will appear in Subspace?
|Super Bell Hill|
|Dr. Mario World|
|Tal Tal Heights|
|Lavender Tower||Making its Smash debut, the creepy Lavender Tower has shown up to be battled in!|
Hailing from Fire Emblem Heroes, the Askr Summoning Gate appears once more! As fighters battle on the grounds of Askr Castle, various members of the Order of Heroes will drop by to say hello, or perhaps lend a helping hand, or maybe attack the fighters on stage, you never know what will happen within the Summoning Gate of Askr! Maybe a boss or two will show up!
Battle within a frosty and icy Kingdom, of which the Nifli royalty, Fjorm, and Hrid call home!
Travel around the Pilotwings Islands once again, this time with new locations from Pilotwings 64! Enjoy the views of the many islands, and prepare for wonderful evenings in the sky as the stage has now been upgraded with both day and night cycles! Watch out for Mount Rushmore here, a large number of attacks will turn it from our favorite hero Mario to our notorious Wario!
All Aboard for Smash! Fighters fight within the classic Bogard Arena, which actually isn't an arena, but rather an actual moving freight train! See oceans, cities, deserts, and plains at all times, as the train NEVER stops! Be on the lookout for various characters from the King of Fighters, as they will jump to battle the fighters on board! Perhaps it will be someone simple like Yuri Sazaki, or perhaps Geese Howard will appear to plan your doom! You never know WHO could be showing up!
|City After Dark|
|N. Sanity Beach|
Returning from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the famous New Donk City Hall. During the battle, members of the Super Mario Players will appear playing their instruments. When the song Jump Up Super Star is playing, the band members will play an instrumental version, with each instrument adding to it! Pauline will appear singing, but if she's in the battle, a generic female New Donker will take over.
|Mushroom Kingdom II|
|Princess Peach's Castle|
|Great Plateau Tower|
Returning from Super Smash Bros. Melee is the famous Corneria stage. Retaining its Star Fox Zero style update, the stage allows fighters to battle on top of the Great Fox. Be careful, as both Star Fox and Star Wolf will appear in their Arwings shooting at each other, and even the fighters too!
|Also returning from Super Smash Bros. Melee, Venom returns with its upgraded look. This time, the battle takes place on the wings of the Great Fox rather than the top of the ship. As with Corneria, Venom features dogfights between Star Fox and Star Wolf! Be careful that they don't shoot you off the stage!|
|Green Hill Zone|
|Windy Hill Zone|
A list of all voice actors and actresses that participated in the game.
Voices of all fighters in the game.
|Charles Martinet||#01 ~ Mario|
|Takashi Nagasako||#02 ~ Donkey Kong|
|Kengo Takanashi||#03 ~ Link|
|No Voice Actor||#04 ~ Samus|
|Kazumi Totaka||#05 ~ Yoshi|
|#06 ~ Kirby|
|Mike West||#07 ~ Fox|
|Hunter Mackenzie-Austin||#07ε ~ Fay|
|#08 ~ Pikachu|
|#08ε ~ Raichu|
|Charles Martinet||#09 ~ Luigi|
|#10 ~ Ness|
|#11 ~ Captain Falcon|
|#11ε ~ Blood Falcon|
|Rachel Lillis||#12 ~ Jigglypuff|
|Samantha Kelly||#13 ~ Peach|
|Kenny James||#14 ~ Bowser|
|#15 ~ Ice Climbers|
|Ayumi Fujimura||#16 ~ Sheik|
|Ayumi Fujimura||#17 ~ Zelda|
|Charles Martinet||#18 ~ Dr. Mario|
|Charles Martinet||#18ε ~ Dr. Luigi|
|#19 ~ Pichu|
|Mark Lund||#20 ~ Falco|
|#20ε ~ Miyu|
|Yuri Lowenthal||#21 ~ Marth|
|Fujiko Takamoto||#22 ~ Young Link|
|Tosihide Tsuchiya||#23 ~ Ganondorf|
|Christopher Corey Smith||#24 ~ Mewtwo|
|Ray Chase||#25 ~ Roy|
|No Voice Actor||#26 ~ Mr. Game & Watch|
|Eric Newsome||#27 ~ Meta Knight|
|Antony Del Rio||#28 ~ Pit|
|Alesia Glidewell||#29 ~ Zero Suit Samus|
|Charles Martinet||#30 ~ Wario|
|David Hayter||#31 ~ Snake|
|Cam Clarke||#31ε ~ Liquid Snake|
|Greg Chun||#32 ~ Ike|
|#32ε ~ Alm|
|Billy Bob Thompson||#33/34/35 ~ Pokemon Trainer|
|Michelle Knotz||#33 ~ Squirtle|
|Justin Anselmi||#34 ~ Ivysaur|
|Shinichiro Miki||#35 ~ Charizard|
|Katsumi Suzuki||#36 ~ Diddy Kong|
|Lani Minella||#37 ~ Lucas|
|Roger Craig Smith||#38 ~ Sonic|
|Masahiro Sakurai||#39 ~ King Dedede|
|No Voice Actor||#40 ~ Olimar|
|No Voice Actor||#40ε ~ Alph|
|Sean Schemmel||#41 ~ Lucario|
|No Voice Actor||#42 ~ R.O.B.|
|Sachi Matsumoto||#43 ~ Toon Link|
|Jay Ward||#44 ~ Wolf|
|No Voice Actor||#45 ~ Villager|
|#46 ~ Mega Man|
|October Moore||#47 ~ Wii Fit Trainer|
|Kerri Kane/Yuya Takezawa||#48 ~ Rosalina & Luma|
|#49 ~ Little Mac|
|Billy Bob Thompson||#50 ~ Greninja|
|#51/52/53 ~ Mii Brawler/Swordfighter/Gunner|
|Brandy Kopp||#54 ~ Palutena|
|Martin T. Sherman||#55 ~ Pac-Man|
|Regina Regan||#55ε ~ Ms. Pac-Man|
|David Vincent||#56 ~ Robin|
|Kyle McCarley||#56ε ~ Soren|
|Laura Bailey||#57 ~ Lucina|
|Adam Howen||#58 ~ Shulk|
|David Menkin||#58ε ~ Malos|
|Catey Sagoian||#59 ~ Bowser Jr.|
|No Voice Actor||#60 ~ Duck Hunt|
|Antony Del Rio||#61 ~ Dark Pit|
|Kyle Herbert||#62 ~ Ryu|
|Steve Blum||#63 ~ Cloud|
|#63ε ~ Zack|
|No Voice Actor||Ridley|
|No Voice Actor||Dark Samus|
|Toshide Tsuchiya||King K. Rool|
|No Voice Actor||Isabelle|
|No Voice Actor||Digby|
|No Voice Actor||Piranha Plant|
|Chris Sutherland||Banjo & Kazooie|
|Peter Von Gromm||Spring Man|
|Norio Wakamoto||Black Shadow|
|Christina Vee||Risky Boots|
|Robert Atkin Downes||Travis Touchdown|
|Jess Harnell||Crash Bandicoot|
|Debi Dewberry||Coco Bandicoot|
|Makiko Omoto||Bandana Dee|
|Billy Bob Thompson||Mimikyu|
|No Voice Actor||Ray MK III|
|Peter Von Gromm||Bomberman|
|Adeline & Ribbon|
|Al Weaver/Skye Bennett||Rex & Pyra|
|Paul Thornley/Skye Bennett||Addam & Mythrra|
|Riley Inge||Doc Louis|
|Brittney Lee Harvey||Sakura|
|Samantha Kelly||Captain Toad|
|Samantha Kelly||Captain Toadette|
|No Voice Actor||Sylux|
|Vanessa Gardner/Michelle Knotz||Diantha & Gardevoir|
|Miriam Pultro/Emily Jenness||Caitlin & Gothitelle|
|Sumit Seru||Great Tiger|
|Danielle Nicolet||Kate Alen|
|Matthew Mercer||Leon Kennedy|
|Michelle Ruff||Jill Valentine|
|No Voice Actor||F-Type|
|Robert Clotworthy||Black Knight|
|#02 ~ Donkey Kong Jr.|
|#07 ~ James McCloud|
|Charles Martinet||#09 ~ Mr. L|
|Christian La Monte||#11 ~ Kent Akechi|
|Greg Abbey||#11 ~ Rick Wheeler|
|Samantha Kelly||#13 ~ Shadow Queen|
|Samantha Kelly||#13 ~ Dr. Peach|
|Kenny James||#14 ~ Dry Bowser|
|Kenny James||#14 ~ Dr. Bowser|
|Charles Martinet||#31 ~ Dr. Wario|
|Kate Bristol||#33-35 ~ Pokemon Trainer|
|No Voice Actor||#45 ~ Villager|
|Steve Zinke||#47 ~ Wii Fit Trainer|
|Lauren Landa||#56 ~ Robin|
|#59 ~ Larry Koopa|
|#59 ~ Roy Koopa|
|#59 ~ Wendy O. Koopa|
|#59 ~ Iggy Koopa|
|#59 ~ Lemmy Koopa|
|#59 ~ Morton Koopa Jr.|
|#59 ~ Ludwig Von Koopa|
|#59 ~ Koopa Kid|
|#59 ~ Boom-Boom|
|#59 ~ Pom-Pom|
|Marcella Lantz-Pope||#64 ~ Corrin|
|#65 ~ Inkling|
|Deanna Mustard||#67 ~ Dr. Daisy|
|#79 ~ Hero (Erderick)|
|#79 ~ Hero (Solo)|
|#79 ~ Hero (Eight)|
|#89 ~ Mio|
|#89 ~ Mayu|
|#89 ~ Miu|
|#107 ~ Octoling|
|Samantha Kelly||#128 ~ Toad|
|Samantha Kelly||#128 ~ Toadette|
|Roger Craig Smith||#142 ~ Chris Redfield|
|Steve Van Wormer||#142 ~ Billy Cohen|
|Troy Baker||#142 ~ Jake Muller|
|Stephanie Panisello||#143 ~ Claire Redfield|
|Erin Cahill||#143 ~ Rebecca Chambers|
|Karen Dyer||#143 ~ Sheva Alomar|
|Stephanie Sheh||#151 ~ Rhajat|
|#151 ~ Noire|
- This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to feature:
- Newcomers from both the Yoshi and F-Zero series which both have been present since the first installment, but haven't received new playable characters since their debut.
- Playable representatives from the Pilotwings series.
- Feature a second playable Legendary Pokemon in addition to Mewtwo, being Suicune.
- Feature a third-party semi-clone of a third party veteran.
- Feature a third party Echo Fighter of a first-party newcomer.
- Feature an assist trophy from the Pokemon series, being Officer Jenny.
- Feature bosses from the Fire Emblem and F-Zero franchises.
- Feature a hybrid original boss since Melee.
- Feature Bowser, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, King K. Rool, Mega Man, and Pac-Man with full voice acting.
- Feature Cloud with his English voice.
- Feature the Red Shell, Cracker Launcher, Flipper, and Invisibility Cloak as items since their last appearances in Melee (Red Shell, Flipper, and Invisibility Cloak), and Brawl (Cracker Launcher).
- Galactic Battle marks the first physical appearance of many different characters in many years.
- It marks the first appearance of Lily Flyer in over 16 years, her last appearance in F-Zero GX being her only appearance to date prior to her inclusion on Galactic Battle's roster.
- Likewise, Galactic Battle also marks the first physical appearances of Kate Alen, Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, and Rick Wheeler in over 15 years, their last appearances being in the Japan-only Game Boy Advance game, F-Zero Climax. Although their machines have made many cameos since Melee, Galactic Battle marks the first time that all three have made a physical appearance within Smash.
- Previously Blood Falcon and Black Shadow both appeared as trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4. They also appeared as Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kate Alen notably didn't appear in any of the three previous installments, despite having her machine present. Rick Wheeler notably has made no appearances within the series, save for one of Falcon's alts in Smash 4 and Ultimate being a vague reference to him.
- The first appearance of Kent Akechi in over 18 years, his last appearance in F-Zero Maximum Velocity, which was his only appearance to date prior to his inclusion on Galactic Battle's roster via a shared slot with Captain Falcon.
- The first physical appearance of Plum in over 20 years, her last appearance being in Mario Golf (GBC), although she made a cameo as a trophy in Melee.
- The first physical appearances of Lark and Kiwi in over 23 years, their only appearance prior to their inclusion in Galactic Battle, being in Pilotwings 64.
- The first physical appearance of both Ryota Hayami in over 18 years, his last appearance being in Wave Race: Blue Storm. Although Ryota appeared as a sticker in Brawl, and a spirit in Ultimate, Galactic Battle marks the first physical appearance of Ryota.
- The first physical appearances of Akari Hayami, and Ricky Winterborn in over 16 years, their last appearances being in 1080 Avalanche. Although Ricky appeared as a sticker in Brawl, and Akari appeared in Ultimate as a spirit, Galactic Battle marks the first physical appearance of both in the series.
- The first physical appearance of Koopa Kid in over 14 years, his last appearance being in Mario Party 7. Although Koopa Kid previously appeared as a sticker in Brawl, Galactic Battle marks his first physical appearance in the series.
- The first physical appearance of Donkey Kong Jr. in over 19 years, his last appearance being Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. Although he made many cameos since then, Galactic Battle marks the first physical appearance of the character.