|Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Released||December 3, 2001|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer (2-4)|
ELSPA: 3+ (re-rating)
|Media||1 GameCube Game Disc|
|System requirements||11 blocks of memory (an additional 2 or more blocks are needed for each snapshot saved)|
Super Smash Bros. Melee, known in Japan as Dairantou* Smash Brothers DX** (大乱闘 スマッシュ ブラザーズDX, Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Dī Ekkusu), and often shortened to "SSBM" or "Melee", is a 3-D on a 2-D plane fighting game for the Nintendo GameCube. It was released in late 2001 in America and Japan, shortly after GameCube's launch, and early 2002 in Europe.
Like Super Smash Bros., its predecessor, Melee features gameplay unique from that of other fighting games. Compared to characters in other fighting games, Melee characters have simple movesets, lack complicated button inputs and lengthy natural combos. In contrast, however, Melee greatly emphasizes movement and ringouts. Indeed, edge-guarding in Melee takes on much more significance than it does in most other games due to copious mid-air jumps and other methods of reaching the edge unfettered. This was Nintendo's first rated T game.
The game Super Smash Flash was loosely based on Super Smash Bros. Melee, but Super Smash Flash contains several 3rd party characters and 4th party characters while Melee does not.
* Dairantou = Great Fray
**DX = Deluxe
There are 25 characters in the entire game: 14 starter characters and eleven more which can be unlocked. All twelve characters have returned from Super Smash Bros. However, while ten of the default characters of the original are available from the start, two unlockable characters from the previous game are available by default, with the other two being unlocked.
- Captain Falcon
- Donkey Kong
- Ice Climbers
There are eighteen starter stages and eleven more which can be unlocked.
- Fountain of Dreams
- Great Bay
- Green Greens**
- Icicle Mountain
- Jungle Japes**
- Kongo Jungle
- Mute City
- Pokémon Stadium**
- Princess Peach's Castle
- Rainbow Cruise**
- Yoshi's Island**
- Yoshi's Story
- Big Blue**
- Brinstar Depths
- Dream Land (N64)
- Final Destination
- Flat Zone
- Kingdom II
- Kongo Jungle (N64)
- Poké Floats
- Yoshi's Island (N64)
** stages return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
These stages cannot be unlocked, and can only be played under certain circumstances (or if the game is hacked).
- Target Test Stages
- Trophy Collector
- Race to the Finish
- Mushroom Kingdom Adventure
- Underground Maze
- Brinstar Escape Shaft
- F-Zero Grand Prix
- Rest Station
- Home-Run Stadium
- Majora's Mask
These stages can only be used when the game is hacked. Some are functional, most are not.
* Can be activated with other hacks, but not Debug Mode.
- Classic Mode
- Adventure Mode
- All-Star Mode (must be unlocked)
- Event Match (some events must be unlocked)
- Versus Mode
- Special Melee
- Tournament Mode
The game features several points to be unlocked, most of which include the trophies, unlockable characters and stages. Some of them are unlocked by a special way, like achieving a certain distance on the Home-Run Contest, while others are obtained by the Lottery.
Changes from the original
While Melee mainly follows the same formula introduced in the original game by retaining most elements, several differences exist between the two games. The following list, while not all-inclusive, addresses several of the changes. Please note that this list does not include obvious changes, such as a different button scheme/controller and Melee-only characters and items.
- All characters have four special moves; veterans now have a new Side B move. In some cases (such as Link), the character's old Neutral B got moved to their Side B, with the newly added move becoming the Neutral B.
- The number of throws each character can perform has also been increased to four; all veterans now have an up throw and a down throw.
- Characters can escape grabs (depending on damage), while the grabber can now pummel.
- The pacing of the game has been increased drastically.
- The game has slightly less of a focus on comboing.
- Most grabs have been decreased significantly in power and knockback.
- The single-player Board the Platforms bonus game does not return.
- Air dodging and sidestep dodging have been implemented.
- All characters can move while carrying a heavy item (albeit very slowly); in the original, this ability was exclusive to Donkey Kong.
- Wall jumping has been implemented.
- Certain characters can now wall grapple. (E.G. Link, Samus, etc.)
- Items can now be grabbed before coming to a complete stop; they can also be grabbed by a midair character.
- Smash Attacks can now be charged by holding the A button.
- Smash Attacks can now be executed immediately with the C-Stick. (although unable to be tilted.)
- The Heart Container's healing power has been reduced to simply healing 100%, while the Maxim Tomato's effect was also reduced to 50%.
- On-Screen Appearances have been removed.
- If you end a game early, the statistics won't be saved.
- The angle at which the menus are seen can be tilted with the C-stick. Also, the player can press L or R to view another fighter when the game is paused.
SSBM is widely known for its large and intricate tournament scene. The generally accepted birth of the tournament scene was caused by the creation of the Tournament Go series. Recently, the tournament scene has been bolstered by grand-scale tournaments such as the Major League Gaming series.
The community has constructed a set of standard tournament rules to regulate tournament play. All matches are played with timed stock (usually four lives and eight minutes), with items turned off and restrictions on legal stages. These regulations are enacted to ensure that gameplay at the highest level remains fair and interesting.
- During early works of Super Smash Bros. Melee Lucas was intended to replace Ness as a playable character but due to the delay of MOTHER 3 Ness stayed and Lucas was scrapped.
- The laboratory in Great Bay was going to have the option to have players walk in and out of it but in the final version the laboratory then became a background element.
- There were also many early character selection screens with some playable's missing and also some bonuses were left out.
- Captain Falcon's red color change's back was going to say Hell Hawk.
- There were All-Star Mode character introductions but were scrapped but all can be viewed by hacking the game.
- There were also only 10 starter stages originally but more were added and Brinstar and Corneria were in different places on the stage selection with alot more ? boxes indicating a unlockable stage.
- There was a elevator in the Hyrule Temple stage but was left out in the final version of the game but can still be seen when watching the Special Movie and seeing Peach's introduction when she's in the Hyrule Temple.
- King Dedede was also another scrapped fighter but was cut out due to time and because his creator thinking if adding him would reveal his series too much.
- All Players would of had the option of playing as the same character with the normal color change but was cut, possibly so the players wouldn't be confused who is who. But a glitch could activate this.
- Ditto was a scrapped Pokemon to come out of a Poke Ball but was cut due to problems with the Nintendo Gamecube. He would of transformed into the summoner's playable fighter however he can be activated using a Action Replay with the form of hacking. He would just spin aroud, face the camera, and say meta! and would disappear. He would do 7-8% damage to a player. This is due to that Ditto is not programmed to do anything.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the names that appears when the player press the "Random Name" button when naming their custom stage is MELEE, a reference to this game.
- In the debug menu, there is a stage named "IceTop", which freezes the game when selected. It is possible that the Summit stage was planned to appear in Melee under that name.
- In Classic Mode, for some unknown reason, the player never fights against Ganondorf or Roy. Also, the player only against only Mr. Game & Watch in the multi-man battle.
- Ganondorf appears only as a teammate in Classic Mode, while Roy never appears at all as a CPU player. Also, Zelda is never a teammate for the player in that game mode.