Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of characters to unlock. What's one more? As a "pre-order" (or, rather, early purchase) bonus, Nintendo is offering the Piranha Plant character alongside the game. But weirdly, you have to go through a bit of a process to get him to actually appear in-game as a fighter, and it can take a bit of time.

Here's the step-by-step process to unlocking Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch

Purchase Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before January 31, 2019.

Piranha Plant is free with all purchases up to this point, He will eventually become unlockable by anyone after this period is up, but if you want him in the game in the early going without doing extra work, you'll need to buy it early too!

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If you purchased a physical edition, redeem your My Nintendo Rewards

If you purchased the game digitally, skip this step. Otherwise, with the game card loaded and the game on your Nintendo Switch Home Screen, highlight the game icon and press the + button. You'll see a menu option that says "My Nintendo Rewards." Select this, and follow the instructions to "register" your game and claim your Gold points for it.

Be patient and check your email

You will receive a free download code that will unlock Piranha Plant via the email associated with your My Nintendo Rewards account, though it may take a short wait to receive. Nintendo says it may take up to ten days for the email to be sent out, but some have reported receiving the email within a day.

Be sure to check your Spam folders or other Promotion folders to make sure the email does not get lost in there.

Redeem your code!

Finally, code in hand, simply go to the Nintendo eShop and select Redeem Code. Enter the code sent to you in your email, and Piranha Plant will be unlocked for you in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

Where's my Petey Piranha?

Followed these steps and still don't have Piranha Plant? Let me know in the comments and I'll try to help out!

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