Super Smash Bros. Melee

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Super Smash Bros. Melee
Developer HAL Laboratory
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date Original release:
Japan November 21, 2001
USA December 3, 2001
Europe May 24, 2002
Australia May 31, 2002
South Korea 2002[1]
Player's Choice:
USA September 25, 2002
Europe April 4, 2003
Australia April 4, 2003
Genre Fighting
ESRB: - Teen
PEGI: - Three years and older
ELSPA: - Eleven years and older
ACB: - Eight years and older
USK: - Six years and older
DEJUS: - Fourteen years and older
GRAC: - All ages
Mode(s) 1-4 players simultaneous
Nintendo GameCube:
Optical disc
Nintendo GameCube:

Super Smash Bros. Melee (often shortened to SSBM and Melee) is a fighting game for the Nintendo GameCube and the second installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, following after the Nintendo 64 title, Super Smash Bros.. Like its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee was developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. It was first released in 2001 in Japan and North America then in 2002 in Europe and Australia. Super Smash Bros. Since its release, Super Smash Bros. Melee has become the best-selling Nintendo GameCube title.

Super Smash Bros. Melee was also the launching point for Fire Emblem characters Marth and Roy around the world. Prior to their inclusion, Fire Emblem was not as popular in the western regions. The inclusion of these two characters in such a popular game brought a large amount of interest into Fire Emblem.


Peach, Link, Kirby, and Bowser battling on the Kongo Jungle stage.

The game play is very similar to that of the original. Unlike other fighting games, where the only way to win is to deplete their health, you'll have to knock your opponent off the edge while harming him.

In the 1P Mode, you will be able to chose from either Adventure or Classic Mode, and later in the game All-Star Mode.

In Adventure Mode, various Nintendo characters will travel across multiple worlds from the Nintendo series. The first one to adventure to is the Mushroom Kingdom, then Hyrule, and so on. The final battle will be with Bowser.

Classic Mode is similar to the single player mode in Super Smash Bros. where you must go through random battles and mini games such as hit the targets, and race to the finish. The final battle, though, will always be against Master Hand.

All-Star Mode will be available once you unlock all the characters. In this mode, you will have to defeat all of the characters in the game with one life. The characters will appear in a random order, and as to progress to the finish the amount of characters you must defeat in one arena will raise from one to two to finally three. In the final level, you will always have to fight twenty five Mr. Game & Watches.


Like the previous game in the series, Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the most notable and popular multiplayer games in the video game world. There are tons of options that allow you to expand your gaming experience to a new level. These options include choosing which items will appear, and how many, how much time the match will be, or if you want stock, and so many other options as well.

Time match[edit]

Time match is one of the more popular multiplayer modes in the game. In this mode, you choose how long you want the match to be, then try to get the most kills. If you knock one of your opponents off stage, you will get one point, though if you fall off stage, you will lose one point.

Stock match[edit]

Along with time match, stock match is one of the more popular modes. In this mode, you will choose how many lives each player has, then the last person standing will win. There is no time limit in this mode. unless you add it, of course.

Coin match[edit]

In coin match, you will have to harm your opponent to make coins spur out of him. You will then have to collect the coins to make them go into your coin count. If you get knocked off the stage, you will lose half of your coins, which will all fall on the stage for your opponents to collect.

In this mode, there are three types of coins, gold, silver, and copper. The gold coins are the amount of ten coins, the silver amount to five, and the copper is amount to one coin. Whoever has the most coins at the end of the match wins. There is a time limit in this mode.

Bonus match[edit]

In this mode, you will have to get the most bonuses to win in a certain time limit.

Event matches[edit]

Main article: Event Match

Event matches are a set of fifty one missions that you must complete. While completing the missions, you will often obtain exclusive trophies and levels for the game. The farther up the mission number is, the harder it will be. On some events you will be able to choose the character to play as, while on others the character will already be picked for you. There are also special missions called All-Star matches and Trophy matches. All star matches are missions where you must defeat a certain amount of characters in the game. If you win a trophy match, you will obtain an exclusive trophy.


Group artwork showing every playable character (including unlockables but excluding Sheik)

This game features a total of 25 playable characters (not including ones that can be . The game brings back the original 12 playable characters as well as the ten different franchises from the original game, but introduces 13 new playable characters as well as new playable characters three new franchises in the series: Fire Emblem, Ice Climbers and Game & Watch.

Character Weight Game series Unlockable
Bowser Heaviest & Slow Mario series Beginning
Captain Falcon Mid-heavy and the most resistant to vertical KO because of his fast fall speed. F-Zero series Beginning
Donkey Kong Very heavy & powerful, quite fast. Donkey Kong series Beginning
Dr. Mario Medium Dr. Mario series Beat Classic Mode with Mario without continuing
Falco Lombardi Light, Strong & Fast Star Fox series Complete 100-Man Melee
Fox McCloud Light & very Fast Star Fox series Beginning
Ganondorf Heavy & Slow but the most powerful character The Legend of Zelda series Complete Event 29
Ice Climbers Mid-light. Ice Climber series Beginning
Jigglypuff Very light but strong & fast Pokémon series Beat Classic or Adventure mode once
Kirby Light and somewhat weak, but has power to behold Kirby series Beginning
Link Mid-heavy The Legend of Zelda series Beginning
Luigi Medium Mario series Finish the first stage of Adventure with a two in the second meter
Mario Medium Mario series Beginning
Marth Mid-light, fast & powerful Fire Emblem series Beat Classic mode with fourteen different characters or play as all the starting characters in VS mode
Mewtwo Mid-light Pokémon series Play VS mode for twenty hours
Mr. Game & Watch Very light, strong and the worst defense combination in Melee Game & Watch series Complete classic, adventure, or target mode with every other character
Ness Mid-light & Fast Earthbound series Beginning
Pikachu Light & Fast Pokémon series Beginning
Pichu Lightest & Fast but extremely low range and damage recoil on his attacks Pokémon series Beat Event 37
Princess Peach Mid-light Mario series Beginning
Princess Zelda Light & Fast The Legend of Zelda series Beginning
Roy Mid-light Fire Emblem series Defeat any 1P mode with Marth
Samus Aran Heavy and floaty with arguably the best recovery when using her advanced recovery techniques properly Metroid series Beginning
Sheik Light, very Fast. The Legend of Zelda series Beginning
Yoshi Heavy in NTSC version, very Heavy in PAL version Mario series Beginning
Young Link Mid-Light & Fast The Legend of Zelda eries Beat 1P mode with ten different characters

Wire Frames[edit]

Wire Frames are enemies in the game that consists of both Male and Female versions. The Males resemble Captain Falcon (the attacks), and are more powerful and have better defense than Female Wire Frames. Female wire frames resemble Princess Zelda (the attacks), and are faster and have better jumps than Male wire frames. The Wire Frames appear in a few of the game's modes - Both Adventure mode and in classic mode. In each one you must defeat a certain amount of fairly easy Wire Frames (Both Male and Female.). They also appear in some of the other modes such as Cruel Melee, 100-man melee, and 15 minute melee.

Master and Crazy Hand[edit]

Master Hand first debuted in the Nintendo 64 classic Super Smash Bros.. Much like in the previous game, Master Hand is the boss of the whole game. He will appear as the final boss in Classic mode, and will appear in an event match. If you half his HP before you lose a life against him in normal mode, Crazy Hand will appear along with Master Hand. Crazy Hand has more attacks then Master Hand, and is more deadly. It is suggested that you defeat him first. You have to beat both Master and Crazy Hand to defeat Event 50 in Event Mode.


Sandbag will appear in the Home-Run Contest mini-game. The objective of the game is to attack the Sandbag as much as you can in ten seconds. Right before the ten seconds ends, you must use the base ball bat and swing to make the Sandbag go flying. The farther you go the better. Despite the fact that it looks painful, the game explains that the Sandbag apparently loves to go flying.

Giga Bowser[edit]

Giga Bowser is quite possibly the hardest character to defeat in the whole game. He is big and very powerful. This character is twice as big as the regular Bowser. His appearance looks somewhat odd, though you can see the similarities between him and Bowser. You will encounter Giga Bowser in adventure mode if you beat it on normal or harder in eighteen minutes or less. You will also see him in event match 51, where he will fight alongside Mewtwo and Ganondorf.



  • Crate - Contains items, or will randomly explode
  • Barrel - Item from Donkey Kong, will first roll and then explode when it hits something.
  • Capsule - Small container with one item inside, has 12.5% chance of exploding when thrown.
  • Chansey Egg - Item from the Pokémon series, Either contains items, used to regain health, or a bomb.
  • Party Ball - Biggest container, has lots of items inside (that can include food and bombs)

Healing Item

  • Maxim Tomato - Item from the Kirby series, replenishes 50% of all health.
  • Heart - Item from The Legend of Zelda series, replenishes 100% of health.
  • Food - Many different types of food, replenishment depending what it is.

Transforming Item

  • Star - Item from the Mario series, gives you invincibility for a short time.
  • Warp Star - Item from the Kirby series, takes you high up, then drops you on top of players at a high speed.
  • Super Mushroom - Item from the Mario series, makes you very large for a short time.
  • Poison Mushroom - Item from the Mario series, makes you very small for a short time.
  • Bunny Hood - Item from The Legend of Zelda series, Lets you jump much higher, run faster, and hit faster.
  • Metal Box - Item from the Mario series, turns you into metal.
  • Cloaking Device - Makes you invisible for a short time.

Bludgeoning Item

  • Beam Sword - Swing it at your enemies.
  • Home Run Bat - Self-explanatory swinging item,which can be used for a one hit KO.
  • Hammer - Smashes enemies, oftentimes one-hit KO.
  • Fan - Small item that you can swing at enemies. Sends enemies straight up when thrown.
  • Parasol - You can swing this item at enemies, and glide back to land safely when jumping/being hit high in the air.

Bludgeoning & Shooting

  • Star Rod - Shoot stars.
  • Lip's Stick - Item from the game Panel de Pon, Puts a flower on your enemies head that gives them damage every second, depending on the size of the flower.
  • Super Scope - Has 3 huge shots, as well as smaller shots. Glitch allows you to have unlimited shots.
  • Ray Gun - Has 16 shots.
  • Fire Flower - Item from the Mario series, will be able to shoot out fire for a limited time.

Throwing Item

  • Green Shell - Item from the Mario series, throw at enemy.
  • Red Shell - Item from the Mario series, after being thrown, it will move back and forth quickly on the stage without falling off.
  • Bob-omb - Item from the Mario series, will blow up when thrown.
  • Freezie - Will freeze the enemy it is thrown at.
  • Flipper - Once you throw it, the item will spin around/damage enemies if they touch it.
  • Motion-Sensor Bomb - Once thrown, it will stay in its spot until someone walks over it, then it will blow up.
  • Poke Ball - Item from the Pokémon series, once you throw it a certain Pokémon will come out.
  • Mr. Saturn - A character from the Mother series that can be thrown multiple times.

Throwing & Transforming

  • Screw Attack - Will be able to spin jump, when thrown at them your enemy will spin jump once.



Like in Super Smash Bros., you are able to throw Poké Balls. Once you do, a certain Pokémon comes out and attacks or occasionally does nothing. The following is a list of Pokémon that will appear in the Poké Balls.


Main article: List of Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies

Trophies are obtainable rewards in Super Smash Bros. Melee. There are a total of 290 trophies, and each of them can be collected through various (or sometimes identical) means. The most common way to earn trophies is to insert coins inside the Lottery, once you do a random trophy will come out (note that most of the trophies are obtained by doing other things, only about a hundred or so trophies are obtainable through the Lottery.).

Sometimes, a trophy you already have will come out of the Lottery. As you insert more coins into the Lottery, the chance of getting a trophy you don't have will raise. Another way to get trophies are by beating Adventure, Classic, or All-Star, meaning that each character has three trophies. Other ways to get trophies are to do certain missions, or other such things.

Three trophies are exclusive to the Japanese version of the game. Those trophies are the Mario riding on Yoshi one, the helmet-less Samus Aran, and Tamagon. However, it can be obtainable in the American and European version by using special game hackers.


Default stages[edit]

Ice Climber Super Mario Bros. Donkey Kong The Legend of Zelda Yoshi Kirby Star Fox Metroid EarthBound F-Zero Pokémon Super Mario Bros. II
Icicle Mountain Princess Peach's Castle Kongo Jungle Great Bay Yoshi's Story Fountain of Dreams Corneria Brinstar Onett Mute City Pokémon Stadium Mushroom Kingdom
Rainbow Cruise Jungle Japes Temple Yoshi's Island Green Greens Venom

Unlockable stages[edit]

Metroid EarthBound F-Zero Pokémon Super Mario Bros. II Special Stages Past Stages
Brinstar Depths Fourside Big Blue Poké Floats Mushroom Kingdom II Battlefield Dream Land N64
Final Destination Yoshi's Island N64
Kongo Jungle N64

Unlock criteria[edit]

  • Brinstar Depths: Play 50 VS. matches.
  • Fourside: Play 100 VS. matches.
  • Big Blue: Play 150 VS. matches.
  • Poké Floats: Play 200 VS. matches.
  • Mushroom Kingdom II: Get the Birdo or Pidgit trophy.
  • Battlefield: Clear All-Star Mode for the first time.
  • Final Destination: Clear Event #51: The Showdown.
  • Dream Land N64: Clear Target Smash with every character.
  • Yoshi's Island N64: Hit the Sandbag over 400 m/1,350 ft in the Home-Run Contest.
  • Kongo Jungle N64: Clear the 15-Minute Melee.

Adventure stages[edit]

  • Mushroom Kingdom - A sidescroller which includes Goombas and Koopa Troopas from Super Mario Bros.. In the middle of the level the player will have to fight 10 fairly easy Yoshis. The end bosses are Peach and Mario, or on some occasions Luigi.
  • Kongo Jungle - The player will first have to fight two mini versions of Donkey Kong, then fight one large Donkey Kong.
  • Hyrule - Go through a maze type level to find the triforce. The player will sometimes encounter easy versions of Link throughout the level. The boss of this world is Princess Zelda.
  • Brinstar - The player must first fight Samus Aran, then escape the world by climbing up a huge cave.
  • Green Greens - Here the player will first fight Kirby, then fifteen Kirbys with random copy abilities. If the player finishes the multiple Kirby level under thirty seconds, the player will fight a large Kirby.
  • Corneria - The player will first have to fight Fox McCloud on the Great Fox. After that, either Fox or Falco will come onto the battle field and call in Arwings to shoot the player.
  • Pokémon Stadium - The player will have to fight fifteen Pokémon.
  • F-Zero Grand Prix - The player must first run across an F-Zero Grand Prix race dodging the oncoming cars. After that he/she will fight Captain Falcon.
  • Onett - The player must fight three Nesses.
  • Icicle Mountain - The player will need to climb up a mountain that resembles the game Ice Climber. The player must fight two pairs of Ice Climbers.
  • Battlefield - The player will first have to battle fifteen Wire Frames. After that he/she is done and they will fight either Metal Mario or Metal Mario and Metal Luigi, if Luigi was unlocked.
  • Final Destination - Here the player will fight Bowser, then he/she will either need to complete the game or fight Giga Bowser depending on what difficulty level that the player is playing on.


# Name Character Stage Objective
1 Trouble King Mario Battlefield Defeat Bowser; both combatants have two lives each.
2 Lord of the Jungle Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle Defeat the tiny Donkey Kong while giant-sized; both combatants have two lives each.
3 Bomb-fest Anyone Princess Peach's Castle Defeat Link and Samus; both of them only use their bomb attacks, and the only items allowed are Bob-ombs, Motion Sensor Bombs, and Poké Balls containing Electrode.
4 Dino-wrangling Anyone Yoshi's Story Defeat the Giant Yoshi who has one life, while the player has three.
5 Spare Change Ness Onett Collect 200 coins while fighting Captain Falcon.
6 Kirbys on Parade Anyone Fountain of Dreams Defeat the 3 tiny Kirbys, all having two lives each.
7 Pokémon Battle Anyone Pokémon Stadium Defeat Pikachu using Poké Balls; both combatants have two lives each.
8 Hot Date on Brinstar Anyone Brinstar Defeat Samus starting at 102% damage, while Samus starts at 130%; both combatants have two lives each.
9 Hide 'n' Sheik Anyone Great Bay Defeat the two Zeldas when in their Sheik form.
10 All-Star Match 1 Anyone Yoshi's Island
Jungle Japes
Yoshi's Story
Princess Peach's Castle
Rainbow Cruise
Defeat Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Peach, and Bowser.
11 King of the Mountain Anyone Icicle Mountain Survive the battle for one minute while battling the two Ice Climbers.
12 Seconds, Anyone? Anyone Mute City Defeat Captain Falcon within seven seconds; both combatants start with 100% damage.
13 Yoshi's Egg Yoshi Rainbow Cruise Protect the Yoshi Egg for 55 seconds.
14 Trophy Tussle 1 Anyone Goomba Trophy Defeat three random characters; all players have two lives each.
15 Girl Power Anyone Fountain of Dreams Defeat Peach, Zelda, and Samus, all giant-sized and with two lives each.
16 Kirby's Air-raid Kirby Corneria Defeat the 10 Kirbys within 38 seconds using only Warp Stars.
17 Bounty Hunters Samus Jungle Japes Defeat Bowser before Captain Falcon can.
18 Link's Adventure Link Temple Defeat Dark Link; both combatants have two lives each.
19 Peach's Peril Mario Final Destination Protect Peach from Bowser for one minute.
20 All-Star Match 2 Anyone Brinstar
Great Bay
Mute City
Defeat Samus, Link, Zelda, Captain Falcon, and Fox.
21 Ice Breaker Anyone Princess Peach's Castle Battle two Ice Climbers and defeat both Nanas without defeating the two Popos.
22 Super Mario 128 Anyone Mushroom Kingdom II Defeat all 128 tiny Marios.
23 Slippy's Invention Anyone Venom Defeat Fox and Falco, who are both invisible; all three combatants have two lives each.
24 The Yoshi Herd Anyone Yoshi's Island Defeat all 30 Yoshis within two minutes, the last one being giant-sized.
25 Gargantuans Bowser Fourside Defeat the giant-sized Donkey Kong while also giant-sized, with DK having two lives and the player having one; there is also a tiny Mario and Peach on the stage, with each having one life, though they are completely useless to the battle and usually get defeated within seconds.
26 Trophy Tussle 2 Anyone Entei Trophy Defeat three random characters; all players have two lives each.
27 Cold Armor Samus Brinstar Depths Defeat the three Metal Samus' with all three having two lives each, while the player only has one.
28 Puffballs Unite! Anyone Green Greens Defeat the 14 Kirbys within two minutes, with each having a random copy ability.
29 Triforce Gathering Link Temple Defeat Ganondorf while aided by Zelda; Ganondorf has two lives, while the player and Zelda each have one. Upon completing this event, the player must fight Ganondorf again, and if successful, will unlock him as a playable character.
30 All-Star Match 3 Anyone Fountain of Dreams
Pokémon Stadium
Icicle Mountain
Defeat Kirby, Pikachu, Ness, and the Ice Climbers.
31 Mario Bros. Madness Anyone Mushroom Kingdom Get more points than Mario and Luigi in a timed bonus match.
32 Target Acquired Falco Corneria Defeat Jigglypuff more than the Arwings do in a timed match; Jigglypuff starts with 70% damage.
33 Lethal Marathon Captain Falcon Adventure Mode Stage 8 Reach the end of the stage at 2x speed, with the cars being an instant KO if hit.
34 Seven Years Young Link Great Bay Defeat Link; both combatants have three lives each.
35 Time for a Checkup Luigi Yoshi's Story Defeat Dr. Mario and Peach within 2 minutes.
36 Space Travelers Ness Fourside
Defeat Samus, Kirby, Fox, Captain Falcon, and Falco; the first three are fought on Fourside, the other two are fought on Battlefield.
37 Legendary Pokémon Anyone Battlefield Defeat the four giant Fighting Wire Frames and Jigglypuff, all of them having two lives each; the only item is the Poké Ball, which will either summon a legendary Pokémon or Wobbuffet. Upon completing this event, the player must fight Pichu, and if successful, will unlock him as a playable character.
38 Super Mario Bros. 2 Anyone Mushroom Kingdom II Defeat Mario, Luigi, and Peach; all players have two lives each.
39 Jigglypuff Live! Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium Defeat the three Jigglypuffs; all four combatants have three lives each.
40 All-Star Match 4 Anyone Temple
Mushroom Kingdom II
Poké Floats
Final Destination
Flat Zone
Defeat Marth, Luigi, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, and Mr. Game & Watch.
41 En Garde! Marth Temple Defeat Link; both combatants have two lives each.
42 Trouble King 2 Luigi Poké Floats Defeat the giant-sized Bowser; both combatants have two lives each.
43 Birds of Prey Fox Big Blue Defeat Captain Falcon and Falco; all three combatants have two lives each.
44 Mewtwo Strikes! Anyone Battlefield Battle Zelda; after 15 seconds Mewtwo will appear, and the goal to defeat him. If the player defeats Zelda first, the match ends in a failure.
45 Game & Watch Forever! Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone Defeat all 25 Mr. Game & Watches; the player starts with three lives.
46 Fire Emblem Pride Anyone Temple Defeat Marth and Roy; all three combatants have three lives each.
47 Trophy Tussle 3 Anyone Majora's Mask Trophy Defeat three random characters; all players have two lives each.
48 Pikachu and Pichu Anyone Dream Land N64 Defeat the two Pichus while defended by Pikachu; defeating Pikachu does nothing to the battle.
49 All-Star Match Deluxe Anyone Mushroom Kingdom
Pokémon Stadium
Great Bay
Final Destination
Defeat Dr. Mario, Falco, Pichu, Young Link, Roy, and Ganondorf.
50 Final Destination Match Anyone Final Destination Defeat Master Hand and Crazy Hand at the same time, with both having 300 HP each.
51 The Showdown Anyone Final Destination Defeat Giga Bowser, Ganondorf, and Mewtwo; all four combatants have three lives each. Upon completing this event, the player will unlock the Final Destination stage in VS. mode.

Competitive community[edit]

There is a large community of advanced Melee players who utilize techniques that casual players may not even know about, such as Wave dashing and L-Cancelling. There is even a school that helps players play the game more professionally, according to the TV show Game Head on Spike TV.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the more popular games to play at video game tournaments. In 2004 was added to the Major League Gaming's game roster. The tournaments have been covered in many gaming and technology magazines, including the popular Nintendo Power. The MLG tournaments were being shown on the American television channel USA Network. It should be noted that Super Smash Bros. Melee was one of two games featured in the MLG. (The other being the popular Xbox game Halo 2.)

A while after Brawl came out, it was deemed too uncompetitive and Melee returned to be the most prominent competitive Super Smash Bros. game with it gathering large viewership. In EVO 2013, Super Smash Bros. Melee returned with the help of many donations. Despite being relegated to the third EVO stream as well as legal troubles from Nintendo lawyers, the Melee portion of the tournament gathered the largest viewership that year.

Super Smash Bros. Melee returned to EVO in 2014, now with the full support and sponsorship of Nintendo. Reggie Fils-Aime even gave a message before the finals. Despite still gathering large viewership, it was the second most viewed game at EVO 2014, falling behind Marvel vs. Capcom 3.



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