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Super Smash Bros.

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Super Smash Bros.
大乱闘 スマッシュ ブラザーズ Dairantou Smash Brothers
North American boxart
System Nintendo 64
iQue player
Rereleases Wii (Virtual Console)
Genre Fighting
Rating E (Everyone)
Publisher Nintendo
Developer Nintendo
HAL Laboratory
Release dates
Japan January 21, 1999
North America April 26, 1999
Europe November 19, 1999
Other boxart

Japanese boxart
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Super Smash Bros. (Japanese: 'ニンテンドウオールスター! 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ'Nintendo All-Star! Great Fray Smash Brothers) is the game that began the landmark fighting series Super Smash Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the N64 on January 21, 1999, in North America on April 27, 1999, and in Europe on November 19, 1999. In 2009 it was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console. Featuring representation from many different Nintendo franchises, it is not considered as part of any of them, but a separate one instead. The game represents the EarthBound series with Ness as a playable character.


The game features a total of twelve playable characters, four of which must be unlocked by fulfilling certain conditions. Bold denotes EarthBound characters.

No. Character Series SmashWiki
Starter characters (8)
1 Mario Super Mario Mario at SmashWiki
2 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Donkey Kong at SmashWiki
3 Link The Legend of Zelda Link at SmashWiki
4 Samus Metroid Samus at SmashWiki
5 Yoshi Yoshi Yoshi at SmashWiki
6 Kirby Kirby Kirby at SmashWiki
7 Fox Star Fox Fox at SmashWiki
8 Pikachu Pokémon Pikachu at SmashWiki
Unlockable characters (4)
9 Luigi Super Mario Mario at SmashWiki
10 Ness EarthBound Ness at SmashWiki
11 Captain Falcon F-Zero Captain Falcon at SmashWiki
12 Jigglypuff Pokémon Jigglypuff at SmashWiki

Non-playable characters

Name NIWA Wiki Link SmashWiki Link Series
Master Hand - Master Hand Super Smash Bros. series
Fighting Polygons - Fighting Polygons Super Smash Bros. series
Metal Mario Metal Mario Metal Mario Mario series
Giant Donkey Kong - Giant Donkey Kong Donkey Kong series


There are 9 playable stages stages in this game that can be played in all modes, 1 of which needs to be unlocked by playing the 1P game with the 8 starter characters. There are no EarthBound stages.

Unlockable stages are shown in italic.

Stage name Universe SmashWiki
Peach's Castle Super Mario Peach's Castle at SmashWiki
Congo Jungle Donkey Kong Congo Jungle at SmashWiki
Hyrule Castle The Legend of Zelda Hyrule Castle at SmashWiki
Planet Zebes Metroid Planet Zebes at SmashWiki
Mushroom Kingdom Mario Mushroom Kingdom at SmashWiki
Yoshi's Island Yoshi Yoshi's Island at SmashWiki
Dream Land Kirby Dream Land at SmashWiki
Sector Z Star Fox Sector Z at SmashWiki
Saffron City Pokémon Saffron City at SmashWiki

Game modes

Super Smash Bros. features two main game modes, single-player and multiplayer.

1 Player Mode

The single-player mode. The player can play in the 1P Game, Bonus Practice 1 and 2, or the Training Mode.

1P Game

Also referred to as Classic Mode, the player has to go through a series of 12 different matches and 3 bonus stages. This is the only mode where you fight non-playable characters. The matches are as follows:

  • 1 Vs. Link The player faces Link in a 1-vs-1 on Hyrule Castle.
  • 2 Vs. Yoshi Team The player faces a hoard of Yoshis on Yoshi's Island.
  • 3 Vs. Fox The player faces Fox in a 1-vs-1 on Sector Z.
  • Bonus stage 1: Break the Targets
  • 4 Vs. Mario Bros. The player faces Mario and Luigi on Peach's Castle in a 2-vs-2 with a randomly selected ally.
  • 5 Vs. Pikachu The player faces Pikachu in a 1-vs-1 on Saffron City.
  • 6 Vs. Giant Donkey Kong The player is teamed up with 2 other randomly selected allies to take down a giant D.K. on Congo Jungle.
  • Bonus stage 2: Board the Platforms
  • 7 Vs. Kirby Team The player faces a hoard of Kirbys on Dream Land.
  • 8 Vs. Samus The player faces Samus in a 1-vs-1 on Planet Zebes.
  • 9 Vs. Metal Mario The player faces Metal Mario in a 1-vs-1 on Meta Crystal.
  • Bonus stage 3: Race to the Finish
  • 10 Vs. Fighting Polygon Team. The player must fight the hoard of Fighting Polygons on Duel Zone.
  • 11 Vs. Master Hand The final stage. The player faces Master Hand on Final Destination.

Bonus Practice 1 - Break the Targets

The player has to break 10 targets in a specific character's assigned stage before time runs out.

Bonus Practice 2 - Board the Platforms

The player must stand 10 on platforms in a specific character's assigned stage before time runs out.

Bonus Stage 3 - Race to the Finish

The player must make it to a door in one minute while avoiding 2 hazardous areas and 3 Fighting Polygons This bonus stage can only be played in 1P Game.

Training Mode

A mode used to practice fighting with a wider selection of customizable options than in Vs Mode.

Vs. Mode

The multiplayer mode. In this mode the player can face 1 to 3 other players or CPUs with a few customizable options. It's the only mode that other people can play.

Time Mode

There's a time limit set to fight. The limit can be set in 1 minute increments from 1 to 99 minutes. If 2 or more players tied once time is up, the tied opponents have to fight in Sudden Death mode. The player with the most KOs wins.

Stock Mode

Each player has an amount of lives. The stocks can be set from 1 to 99. Once one player loses all of his or her lives, they are out of the match. The last player standing wins.

Team Mode

This can either be Time or Stock Team modes. Everyone's in a specific team. The players in the same teams can't hurt each other. The team that earns the most points or is the last one(s) standing wins. There's 3 colors of teams: Red, Blue, and Green. In Team Stock Mode, if a player has lost all of his or her stocks, another player from their team can give them another live from one of theirs until they all have one life.

EarthBound representation

Official artwork of Ness from Super Smash Bros.

Ness, the protagonist of EarthBound, appears in the game as an unlockable fighter. He can be fought on Dream Land after clearing Classic Mode on normal difficulty with 3 stocks or less without continuing.

Although a lot of Ness's moves are original, he does have some references to his home series. His smash attacks involve the use of his yo-yo and baseball bat, weapons that Ness can equip. All of his special attacks are also based off of PSI moves: his neutral special is PK Fire, where he shoots out a fiery projectile that can trap opponents; his up special is PK Thunder, where he summons a stream of lightning that can me moved around the stage, as well as acting as his recovery when launched into him; and his down special is PSI Magnet, which allows him to absorb and heal from energy-based projectiles. Ness cannot learn any of the PSI moves that he uses in Smash.

Aside from Ness, the only other representation EarthBound has in this game is Ness's victory fanfare, which is based on the the latter half of EarthBound's Eight Melodies.

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