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“Abilities Unlike Any Other” – Sakurai’s Famitsu Column, Vol. 457

Note: Do not repost the full translation. Please use the first two paragraphs and link to this translation. For additional information, please read this post.

Hey there! Here’s a translation I threw together back when Sakurai first published his article on Robin and Lucina, reposted here for posterity. I’ve also included Sakurai’s own comments on the article from his latest book.
I’m currently hard at work translating some other really interesting content, so stay tuned!

Thoughts About Video Games, Vol. 457 – “Abilities Unlike Any Other”

We’ve just announced two new characters who will be joining the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. One is Robin, the avatar from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the other is Lucina, a swordswoman who plays an important role in the same title. I’ll skip over the details.

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Rhythm Heaven Mini Comic Translation

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Smash DLC Japanese Ballot Translations

Greetings, fellow Smashers! I’ve read a fair number of Smash Ballot submissions in English, and it got me wondering what kind of things people in Japan were writing on their ballots. I picked out a handful of submissions I stumbled across online and translated them for you to read at your leisure. It’s interesting to see how many characters overlap with the Western submissions I’ve read. Likewise, there were also a few rather unusual character choices.

Without further ado, enjoy!

Name: Keita

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Character: Nono

Game: Fire Emblem Awakening

Reason: She’s my wife.

For better or for worse, this “waifu” justification isn’t terribly uncommon. I also couldn’t stand Nowi or Nono in-game, so I’m happy keeping them out of Sm4sh. #TeamGaius

Name: Maimai

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Character: Geno

Game: Super Mario RPG

Reason: I genuinely just want to see Geno come to life in beautiful HD. He also has a wide variety of moves, so I think he would be a really fun character to use.

I’ve browsed a fair number of tweets, and I’m pleasantly surprised to see so many people supporting Geno. (It’s also pretty surprising someone so much younger than me even knows who he is!)

Name: Bluedonbe02

Age: N/A

Gender: N/A

Character: Donbe

Game: Shin Onigashima (Part 2)

Reason: The game’s great music often overshadows its characters, but I’d really love to see Donbe in action.

Bluedonbe02 is correct: the game’s soundtrack is quite nice!

Name: Eiji

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Character: King K. Rool

Game: Donkey Kong Country 2

Reason: Sm4sh didn’t include very many heavy characters, and a big reason why I want K. Rool. If you base him off of his appearance in DKC2, he could turn invisible and stuff. He has a wide variety of moves available to him, so I think he’s definitely cut out for Smash, Mr. Sakurai!

There are a number of “weighty” characters, but in terms of “big and bulky” characters, I guess there really are only a handful in Sm4sh: Bowser, DK, Dedede, and Charizard.

Name: Schneid

Age: 99

Gender: Male

Character: Medicham

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: First of all, when Medicham Mega Evolves into Mega Medicham, his attack power skyrockets higher than any other Fighting-type Pokémon—even Mega Mewtwo X! In the games, he can unleash a threateningly powerful High Jump Kick. In that sense, I think he naturally makes the perfect representative of the Fighting type. I would love to see him Mega Evolve for his Final Smash.

Secondly, even though Medicham earned a Mega Evolution, he is still unfortunately overlooked. His High Jump Kick proves ineffective against popular Ghost-types like Gengar and Aegislash. Even if you try to cover that weakness with other moves, Pokémon X & Y saw the incredible rise of Talonflame and its Gale Wings. As a result, Fighting-types saw a relative drop in popularity. Boasting massive attack power and nothing more, Mega Medicham was unable to compete against more nimble Fighting-types like Breloom. Instead, everyone reserved their valuable Mega Stone allotment for more powerful Pokémon like Mega Kangaskhan or Mega Gengar.

Thus, I would like you to let Mega Medicham enter the fray and enjoy the spotlight as the strongest character in Smash Bros., just like in the original games. Thanks!

His age is most likely a joke, but I suppose we can’t discount the possibility that Mr. Schneid is actually a seasoned Pokémon veteran.

Name: Azemeru

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Aeron & Elena

Game: Pandora’s Tower

Reason: They showed up as trophies in Sm4sh, and their game was recently re-released on the Wii U’s Nintendo eShop.

Interestingly, the game has yet to be released on the Nintendo eShop in the US. They announced it for EU, though, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until the game is re-released in the States as well.

Name: Randorudi

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Inkling

Game: Splatoon

Reason: Even though the game has yet to be released, Nintendo’s new Splatoon enjoys considerable popularity and has a lot of support. Ever since the game’s reveal at E3 2014, people have been enchanted and impressed by its original gameplay (TPS-style paint wars), cool atmosphere, and unique character designs full of personality. The Internet is already full of fanart and music arrangements, and Club Nintendo has already begun releasing Splatoon goods. That’s why I’d like you to let the Squid (a.k.a. the “Inkling”) join the fray in Sm4sh. I think she (or he) would really shine in this massive collection of Nintendo characters. Please give it some thought!

Whether it’s as Sm4sh DLC or as a fighter in Sma5h, I have no doubt that the Inklings will be fighting alongside Nintendo’s best and brightest sooner or later.

Name: Wasako

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Character: Mega Kangaskhan

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: She’s tough and really cool.

And super-broken! Even if Mega Kangaskhan did show up in Sm4sh, I’m sure she’d just get banned in that game, too.
Playful jesting aside, I can see mother and child working just like Rosalina & Luma.

Name: Lumaru

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Ryuta Ippongi

Game: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!

Reason: Yo! I want Ryuta Ippongi to fight in Sm4sh! He’s popular, he already has 3D animations, and I think he’d be perfect as a fighter or as an Assist Trophy!

Ouendan 2 on the Nintendo DS sold about 270,000 copies! Even though the Ouendan games were only released in Japan, the series is even popular overseas as “Elite Beat Agents”! Ouendan and the EBA appeared in Brawl as trophies!

You can see him pumping his fists in the DS game! From jabs to tilts to Smashes in all directions, he’s got all the right moves! For his special moves and his Final Smash, he could summon a meteor, call one of his teammates—anything! Not even a hunk of frozen space rock can keep him down: he’s unstoppable!

Hailing from Yuuhimachi, Ryuta is the leader of the esteemed Ouendan. His goal is to cheer on the people of the world, giving them the power to overcome any obstacles! That’s why I think he’d make a great Assist Trophy! He could be just like Victini! I want to see him cheer on the other fighters!

It’s been seven years, and people are still anxiously awaiting an Ouendan sequel! I’d be happy even if you just port his trophy from Brawl to Sm4sh! Please!

Even though he went way over the 500-character limit, this guy was easily the most passionate of all the posters I’ve seen this far. I suspect he might be the ouendan’s secret fourth member! Lumaru was also the person I found who actually wanted their favorite character to become an Assist Trophy.

Name: Ebijuu

Age: N/A

Gender: Male

Character: Gunvolt

Game: Azure Striker Gunvolt

Reason: I think Gunvolt would have a fighting style unlike any other combatant in Sm4sh. He could evade oncoming attacks using his Prevasion ability, hurl lightning rods at foes, and summon a Flashfield to shock enemies with a powerful electric attack. He could have an EP Gauge to power his electric abilities that gradually refills over time. Some of his attacks, like his Voltaic Chains, would be perfect for a Final Smash. It would also be cool if, instead of having the crowd cheer for Gunvolt, Lumen would start singing a song—just like in the game!

I had never heard of this game until I read this guy’s post, but it looks like your standard Inafune fare. Could be fun, though! Also, the last boss looks ridiculous in the most wonderful way possible.

Name: Gachou

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Character: Chrom

Game: Fire Emblem Awakening

Reason: I thought his treatment in Sm4sh was kind of overkill, especially since he’s a protagonist just like Marth and Ike. How come you let Robin and Lucina join the fray but not the main character?

Because they aren’t bland, blue-haired bladesmen like Chrom? Er, I mean… Moving on!

Name: Kelvin

Age: N/A

Gender: N/A

Character: Klonoa

Game: Klonoa Series

Reason: 1) The games have a special place in my heart.

2) Bandai Namco Studios helped with the development of Sm4sh.

3) His humorous nature and the action elements from his game would be a perfect fit for Sm4sh.

I’ve never played any of the Klonoa games, but his design is excellent!

Name: Pokémon & Puyo Puyo Lover

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Character: Lulu

Game: Madou Monogatari Puyo Puyo

Reason: 1) She’s cute and sexy.

2) She has a wide variety of physical attacks that would work very well in Sm4sh.

3) I want more female characters.

Since I know nothing about the Puyo Puyo games and failed to find any official English resources on the matter, I left out the names of all of Lulu’s special attacks in item #2.”

Name: Barney

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Character: Swampert

Game: Pokémon Series

Reason: Swampert can learn a plethora of different moves, including Surf, Waterfall, Rock Slide, Arm Hammer, Earthquake, Ice Beam, and Avalanche. His ability to adapt to a variety of situations matches perfectly with what Smash Bros. is about.

Moreover, there aren’t really any truly “heavy” Pokémon on the current roster, so I think he would bring something new to the table. Given that Swampert [Mudkip] is one of the first Pokémon you can choose in the latest games in the series, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, I think he’s also quite popular right now.

Just thinking about Swampert Mega Evolving and rampaging around the battlefield in Sm4sh gets me so excited. Please let him join the fray!

Doesn’t Charizard count as “heavy”? It doesn’t matter, though, because I herd Sakurai lieks Mudkipz better anyway.

Name: Meamea

Age: N/A

Gender: Female

Character: Fiora

Game: Xenoblade Chronicles

Reason: Although [spoilery stuff happens], Fiora bravely fought onward, not lamenting her fate. Of all the female heroines I’ve seen, she stands out as the most charming. If she ends up joining the roster, she would stand out from the rest by unleashing quick dual-blade attacks and utilizing a variety of Arts in combat. Her palette swaps could reflect various kinds of equipment, and her Chain Attack could bring Sharla and Melia into the spotlight… My imagination is running wild!

Honestly, I’d be happy if Sakurai just included all seven party members from Xenoblade as playable characters in Sm4sh. Since my beloved Dunban was relegated to the role of Mii Costume, however, I’ll take Fiora as a solid second choice.

Name: Akumyan

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Character: Snake

Game: Metal Gear Solid Series

Reason: (beginning is cut off), and Snake is no exception. In Smash Bros. Brawl, Snake boasted a unique playstyle and impressive firepower, and we can’t forget his fighter analysis codec conversations. He exuded appeal—and it’s precisely that sort of appeal that Sm4sh so desperately needs.

Given Kojima’s current situation and Nintendo’s relationship with Konami, I don’t think Snake’s chances are looking too great. Plus, I prefer the Kid Icarus: Uprising conversations anyway, but that’s a matter of personal taste.

Name: Tsuchihata

Age: N/A

Gender: Female

Character: Pete

Game: Harvest Moon

Reason: Since a non-combatant like the Villager from Animal Crossing joined the fray, I think it would be great to see another heartwarming character like Pete from Harvest Moon in Sm4sh, too! He could attack with a scythe, hammer, axe, and other farming tools. I also envision him ringing a bell to direct cows to ram opponents. He could even heal himself by cooking up a home meal, or weaken foes by feeding them a failed recipe. Instead of using his farming tools to drive away the pesky wild dogs that plague the farm, I’d love to see him use them to fight the other characters in Sm4sh!

Sakurai has already proven with Villager and Wii Fit Trainer that just about anyone can become a fighter, so why not Pete? I could see a lot of overlap with Villager’s moveset, though.

Name: Gum Guy

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Character: Ashley

Game: WarioWare Series

Reason: I know Ashley’s already an Assist Trophy, but I want to play as her! Even if it’s too late for her this time, at least promote her to a playable character in the next game!

Ashley’s AT in Sm4sh was already quite polished, so Sakurai and the gang could easily just use her model as is. Plus, that new gothic march remix of Ashley’s Theme feels like a waste without her on the battlefield!

Mega Smash 4 Poll Analysis Week 1: Meet the Hardcore Community

Introduction:

I’m excited to show you guys the first wave of information from the Mega Smash 4 Poll I’ve been conducting. The poll is open in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and French! Thanks to the hard work of the translators who have made it possible. If you have not already, please take the poll here before reading. The poll will be open until the end of the month, but I wanted to show you some information. Furthermore, the goal of this post is to promote the poll. The more respondents we have, the more accurate the data will be. Once the poll closes, the data will be released to everyone . So please do your part and take the poll. If you have already taken it, please help promote it.

This post takes into account over 2,300 responses. As of writing, the poll has gathered almost 3,000 votes in all languages. However, in this post, I will be focused on the English results for simplicity sake. I’m going to let the data do most of the talking. This post has a ton of data in it, and I look forward to seeing the conversation that emerges as a result.

Who Voted So far (English):

Mean: 19.69271061
Mode: 19
Median: 19

Males from North America are the common poll takers. The male-to-female ratio is actually observed in all languages. Hardcore Smashers tend to be young males. The average age of the poll taker is 19 years old. About 60% of the respondents have played Project M. Most respondents claim that Smash 4 Wii U is their favorite Smash game yet. The legend on the right follows the order from biggest to smallest perctange.

Average Age For Favorite Smash Game:

Super Smash Bros. (64) 21.36170213
Super Smash Flash 20.44444444
Super Smash Bros: Brawl 20.0733945
Super Smash Bros: 4 Wii U 19.61052632
Super Smash Bros: Melee 19.53200883
Super Smash Bros: 4 3DS 19.40718563
Project M 18.91341991
I don’t own any Smash Brothers game 17.25

Respondents who said Smash 64 was their favorite game tended to be older. Super Smash Flash places second, with Brawl being third. Not owning a Smash Brothers game usually meant that the user was younger, by almost 4 years when compared to Smash 64.

83.7% of respondents owned the Wii U version. 71.5% owned the 3DS version. I believe these are good percentages to have in this poll, as most of the other questions deal with Smash 4.

Average Age for Responses on 3DS/ Wii U ownership:

Neither 19.66055046
Wii U Only 20.15498155
3DS Only 18.79752066
Both 19.4612069

Wii U only users tend to be older. This is surprising, as I assumed owning both would the older as the respondents would be more likely to work full time. 3DS only users tended to be the youngest. Perhaps, the majority of 3DS only respondents received the 3DS version as a present.

Hardcore Ranking:

Users were asked on a scale of 1 to 10 to rank how hardcore they are. 1 is the “most hardcore” while 10 is the “most casual”. Most respondents claimed they are extremely hardcore.

Mean: 3.542869641
Mode: 10
Median: 3

Legend of Zelda 559
Pokemon 490
Mario 272
Fire Emblem 172
Earthbound 111
Metroid 101
Kirby 77
Mega Man 68
DK 57
Sonic the Hedgehog 57
Xenoblade 56
Metal Gear Solid 48
Animal Crossing 45
Star Fox 41
Pikmin 32
Kid Icarus 31
F-Zero 19
Retro 14
Wario Ware 9
Wii Fit 8
Namco 6
Punch Out!! 5
Yoshi’s Island 4

Yoshi’s Island was not included as an option for about 1,400/2,300 respondents so more users may like it.

The series that are liked tend to be the more “hardcore” series, which makes sense considering the respondents.

Below, I compared the favorite series to the respondents age.

Average Age per favorite series:

Yoshi’s Island: 28.75
Metroid: 21.4
Mega Man: 20.53
DK: 20.35
Retro: 20.35
Legend of Zelda: 20.28
Namco: 20.1
Punch Out!!: 20
F-Zero: 19.75
Mario: 19.65
Star Fox: 19.65
Metal Gear: 19.34
Animal Crossing: 19.31
Fire Emblem: 19.25
Warioware: 19.25
Pokemon: 19.1
Earthbound: 19.04
Kid Icarus: 19
Sonic: 19
Kirby: 18.13
Pikmin: 18
Xenoblade: 17
Wii Fit: 15.6

Character Preferences (Interactive Version):

Most Like Votes: Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Marth, Shulk, Mario

Most Liked Ratio: Captain Falcon, Kirby, Marth, Mario, Ganondorf

Most Dislike Votes: Diddy Kong, Rosalina and Luma, Dark Pit, Sonic, Mii Swordsman

Most Dislike Ratio: Mii Swordsman, Diddy Kong, Mii Gunner, Dark Pit, Rosalina and Luma

Captain Falcon not only got the most “like votes”, but his like-to-dislike ratio is perhaps the best in the game. His clone, Ganondorf is also well-liked by many of the English poll takers.

Most of the “dislike” characters are either considered OP (Hoo, Hah), or a “waste” of a character slot. Mii Swordsman is usually ranked one of the worst characters in the game with regards to tier list, which may explain his lack of popularity.

Character Name: Likes Dislikes Total Votes: % Like % Dislike
Mario 981 121 1102 89.02% 10.98%
Luigi 878 126 1004 87.45% 12.55%
Peach 623 169 792 78.66% 21.34%
Bowser 732 101 833 87.88% 12.12%
Yoshi 762 206 968 78.72% 21.28%
Rosalina and Luma 591 610 1201 49.21% 50.79%
Bowser Jr. 733 243 976 75.10% 24.90%
Wario 519 356 875 59.31% 40.69%
Mr. Game and Watch 708 201 909 77.89% 22.11%
Donkey Kong 673 129 802 83.92% 16.08%
Diddy Kong 495 755 1250 39.60% 60.40%
Link 924 220 1144 80.77% 19.23%
Zelda 595 188 783 75.99% 24.01%
Sheik 785 251 1036 75.77% 24.23%
Ganondorf 1073 133 1206 88.97% 11.03%
Toon Link 790 248 1038 76.11% 23.89%
Samus 721 151 872 82.68% 17.32%
Zero Suit Samus 746 319 1065 70.05% 29.95%
Pit 613 238 851 72.03% 27.97%
Palutena 504 381 885 56.95% 43.05%
Marth 1054 118 1172 89.93% 10.07%
Ike 820 124 944 86.86% 13.14%
Robin 860 171 1031 83.41% 16.59%
Kirby 788 81 869 90.68% 9.32%
King Dedede 744 176 920 80.87% 19.13%
Meta Knight 554 232 786 70.48% 29.52%
Little Mac 766 437 1203 63.67% 36.33%
Fox 811 155 966 83.95% 16.05%
Falco 704 193 897 78.48% 21.52%
Pikachu 816 108 924 88.31% 11.69%
Charizard 571 195 766 74.54% 25.46%
Lucario 604 262 866 69.75% 30.25%
Jigglypuff 865 181 1046 82.70% 17.30%
Greninja 718 167 885 81.13% 18.87%
Duck Hunt Dog 732 329 1061 68.99% 31.01%
R.O.B 638 259 897 71.13% 28.87%
Ness 961 171 1132 84.89% 15.11%
Captain Falcon 1329 79 1408 94.39% 5.61%
Villager 924 161 1085 85.16% 14.84%
Olimar 451 399 850 53.06% 46.94%
Wii Fit Trainer 532 283 815 65.28% 34.72%
Shulk 985 190 1175 83.83% 16.17%
Dr. Mario 681 259 940 72.45% 27.55%
Dark Pit 523 568 1091 47.94% 52.06%
Lucina 777 282 1059 73.37% 26.63%
Pac-Man 828 175 1003 82.55% 17.45%
Megaman 958 159 1117 85.77% 14.23%
Sonic 599 514 1113 53.82% 46.18%
Mii Fighter 473 337 810 58.40% 41.60%
Mii Swordsman 271 476 747 36.28% 63.72%
Mii Gunner 284 425 709 40.06% 59.94%

Stage Preferences (Interactive Version):

Flat-Zone X was missing from the poll for over 1,000 votes. Because of this, it has a low amount of votes. However, considering it’s like to dislike ratio, it’s probably safe to say that Flat-Zone X would be one of the most disliked stages if it was had more votes.

The legal stages in each game tend to have higher likes and percentages of likes. Since most of the respondents self-identified as “hardcore”, this is to be expected. In the same vein, the disliked stages tended to be stages with hazards, or not seen hardcore friendly.

Wii U:
Most Liked Stages: Battlefield, Final Destination, Smashville, Town and City, Delfino Plaza
Most Liked Ratio: Battlefield, Town and City, Final Destination, Smashville, Delfino Plaza
Most Disliked Stages: 75m, Pac Land, Great Cave Offensive, Dr. Wily’s Castle, Pyrosphere
Most Disliked Ratio: 75m, Pac Land. Great Cave Offensive, Flat Zone X, Pyrosphere

3DS:
Most Liked Stages: Battlefield, Final Destination, Yoshi’s Island, Corneria, Prism Tower
Most Liked Ratio: Battlefield, Final Destination, Yoshi’s Island, Corneria, Arena Ferox
Most Disliked Stages: Dr. Wily’s Castle, Mushroom Kingdom, Golden Plains, Flat Zone 2, Balloon Fight
Most Disliked Ratio: Mushroom Kingdom, Golden Plains, Flat Zone 2, Balloon Fight, Distant Planet

Wii U:                                                                            3DS:

Stage Name: Total Votes: Likes % Liked: Dislikes % Disliked: Stage Name: Total Votes: Likes % Liked: Dislikes % Disliked:
Battlefield 1781 1759 99% 22 1% Battlefield 1638 1611 98% 27 2%
Big Battlefield 1084 978 90% 106 10% Final Destination 1633 1588 97% 45 3%
Final Destination 1762 1715 97% 47 3% 3D Land 723 392 54% 331 46%
Mushroom Kingdom U 849 641 76% 208 24% Golden Plains 654 236 36% 418 64%
Mario Galaxy 1169 1052 90% 117 10% Rainbow Road 815 593 73% 222 27%
Delfino Plaza 1141 1086 95% 55 5% Paper Mario 838 511 61% 327 39%
Mario Kart 8 1061 891 84% 170 16% Mushroom Kingdom (Brawl) 641 184 29% 457 71%
Mario Kart Circuit (Brawl) 656 311 47% 345 53% Jungle Japes (Melee) 823 521 63% 302 37%
Luigi Mansion 903 761 84% 142 16% Gerudo Valley 996 859 86% 137 14%
Jungle Hijinks 826 544 66% 282 34% Spirit Train 865 600 69% 265 31%
Kongo Jungle 64 1071 957 89% 114 11% Brinstar 622 374 60% 248 40%
Skyloft 1101 1007 91% 94 9% Yoshi’s Island (Brawl) 1016 975 96% 41 4%
Bridge of Eldin 875 691 79% 184 21% Dream Land 686 498 73% 188 27%
Temple 1146 1037 90% 109 10% Corneria (Melee) 955 890 93% 65 7%
Pyrosphere 910 426 47% 484 53% Unova Pokemon League 795 600 75% 195 25%
Norfair 704 410 58% 294 42% Prism Tower 954 874 92% 80 8%
Port Town Aero Drive 719 498 69% 221 31% Mute City 851 700 82% 151 18%
Woolly World 867 657 76% 210 24% Magicant 1022 763 75% 259 25%
Yoshi’s Island 743 586 79% 157 21% Arena Ferox 902 840 93% 62 7%
The Great Cave Offensive 1076 433 40% 643 60% Flat Zone 2 601 221 37% 380 63%
Halberd 1002 925 92% 77 8% Reset Bomb Forest 740 433 59% 307 41%
Orbital Gate Assault 840 567 68% 273 33% Warioware 687 447 65% 240 35%
Lylat Cruise 893 736 82% 157 18% Distant Planet (Brawl) 520 236 45% 284 55%
Kalos Pokemon League 1061 894 84% 167 16% Tortimer Island 670 544 81% 126 19%
Pokemon Stadium 2 1079 989 92% 90 8% Boxing Ring 890 774 87% 116 13%
Onett 882 733 83% 149 17% Gaur Plain 832 585 70% 247 30%
Coliseum 798 724 91% 74 9% Balloon Fight 659 279 42% 380 58%
Castle Siege 871 776 89% 95 11% Living Room 621 334 54% 287 46%
Palutena’s Temple 962 508 53% 454 47% Find Mii 624 367 59% 257 41%
Flat Zone X 332 152 46% 180 54% Tomodachi Life 729 544 75% 185 25%
Skyworld 639 398 62% 241 38% Pictochat 2 588 395 67% 193 33%
Gamer 1012 786 78% 226 22% Green Hill Zone 617 419 68% 198 32%
Garden of Hope 659 435 66% 224 34% Wily’s Castle 962 456 47% 506 53%
Town and City 1359 1334 98% 25 2% Pac-Maze 865 554 64% 311 36%
Smashville 1510 1469 97% 41 3%
Wii Fit Studio 721 580 80% 141 20%
Boxing Ring 946 845 89% 101 11%
Gaur Plains 975 669 69% 306 31%
Duck Hunt 1079 954 88% 125 12%
75 m 1060 144 14% 916 86%
Wrecking Crew 711 363 51% 348 49%
Pilot Wings 893 791 89% 102 11%
Wuhu Island 916 830 91% 86 9%
Windy Hill 722 579 80% 143 20%
Dr. Wily’s Castle 1064 507 48% 557 52%
Pac-Land 953 266 28% 687 72%

Conclusion:

So that’s it for today. I hope you enjoy reading the data. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Again, please help promote the poll: tinyurl.com/SmashPoll

Thanks! I look forward to sharing the final results!

Some Japanese Reaction to Fake Rayman “Leak”:

Rayman’s supposed leak quickly spread throughout the entire Smash community. It was featured on most Nintendo related blogs/ vloggers, and Smash discussions boards on the web. Almost a day after the first images and videos surfaced, Artsy Omni revealed that he had created the leak in order to generate hype for his new video series; Smashified. Artsy Omni was also behind the Bomberman, Klonoa and Geno renders that have appeared in the past. You can see his video showing you how he made the leak below.

Originally, I had planned on just doing Japan’s reaction to the Rayman leak (As a sequel to an old post). However, after it was revealed to be fake I decided to wait a bit until I could get reactions to it being fake. Here are some tweets, and blog comments translated. I’d like to point out that most of the reactions are very similar to what is being said on discussion boards now. I grabbed most of these from Twitter, as I felt it would give a general reaction.

It would be ludicrous to assume that mariotehplumber represents all of the West’s feelings on Smash Brothers. Likewise, it’s unwise to assume, that each of these comments, taken individually, are suppose to represent’s all of Japan’s feelings. Instead, I hope to provide a general outline of what has been said on social media sites.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter!


スマブラにレイマン参戦ってマジ? Twitter
Is Rayman really in Smash Brothers?

スマブラのDLCでレイマン参戦するというリーク動画が出回ってます。 リーク動画なので100%とは言えませんが、可能性としては高そうです。上には配信予定のミュウツーもいますTwitter

A video leak showing Rayman as Smash Brother’s DLC has appeared. Even though it’s a leak video, we can’t be sure 100%, but the possibility of it being true seems high. Above Rayman is Mewtwo who will be downloadable.

海外向けでレイマン、日本向けにはリュカとかないかね …
Wouldn’t it be nice to have Rayman for the overseas (fans) and Lucas for the Japanese (fans)?

スマブラの新キャラリークでたみたいでみてみたら知らないキャラだった…。 レイマンとかいうよくわからんキャラ。 もう今回のスマブラ本当アメリカよりのゲームやな.. Twitter
When I saw the new Smash Brother’s leak, I had no idea who the character was. I have no idea who Rayman is. This Smash Brothers is really shaping up to be an American game….

海外の超人気ゲームキャラでUBIのマスコット「レイマン」が『大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for 3DS/WiiU』にDLCで参戦するかも!? レイマン、知らんなぁ… というか最近なぜかスマブラ熱が一気に冷めてしまった… Twitter

Ubisoft mascot, “Rayman” who has huge popularity abroad is joining Smash Brothers for 3DS and Wii U as DLC? Rayman…I don’t know…my enthusiasm for Smash Brothers has really declined recently.

レイマンの参戦で大きいのは桜井さんの半分他社、半分任天堂のキャラたちの扱いなわけで、レイマンを許すならバテン、零、レゴ、ベヨ、トライン等々の今はもしくは一時期任天堂キャラな方たちを出せるわけですよ。つまり、レイマン参戦が本当なら大きな進歩ですよ。Twitter
I’m not saying that with Rayman’s inclusion that Smash will be half 3rd party characters, and half Nintendo characters but if Rayman is allowed then: Baten Kaitos, Fatal Frame, Lego,  Bayonetta, Trine and so forth in addition to unknown Nintendo characters should come out too. Essentially, Rayman’s inclusion is big progress.

Miiverse Comic

(Perfectly drawn Sakurai) When I was making Mewtwo…I had some trouble…so I decided to make Rayman (laughs).

*Sakurai’s hand*

レイマン参戦ならそのコンパチで川島教授も参戦できるだろ
If Rayman can join Smash then the compatible Dr. Kawashima can join too.

スマブラにレイマン参戦って誰だよ Twitter
Who is this ‘Rayman’ in Smash?

( ^o^)レイマン参戦!!! (´-`)oO{レイマン……?} Twitter
( ^o^) Rayman is in Smash!!! (´-`)oO{Rayman….?}

【スマブラfor】ミュウツーに続くDLCキャラはレイマン…!!?参戦しているキャラセレクト画面がYouTubeにて公開中  嘘乙といいたいとこだが過去のそういう系の動画本当だったしなぁ Twitter
After Mewtwo, Rayman will be the next DLC character…!!? The character select screen video has been made public on YouTube.   Man…I really want to say it’s fake but when I said that the last time, it ended up being true.

The next set comes from Ebitsu

(悲報) 「スマブラ 3DS/Wii U」 レイマン参戦はフェイクと判明!ドヤ顔のオッサンが告白動画アップ
(
Sad news) Rayman’s inclusion in Smash 3DS/Wii U is fake! An old man with a self-satisfied face, uploaded a confession video

私はあなたの素晴らしい仕事に畏敬の念を抱いてたんだけど、
これは、これまで私が見た中で最もひどい仕事です。
あなたのせいでみんなガッカリしています。正しい仕事をしてください
I recognize your great work, but this is the worst thing you have done. Because of you, everyone is disappointed. Please do the right thing.

私はこのリーク情報を見たとき狂喜し恍惚とした。でもそれは事実ではなかった。
認めるよ、あなたの思い通り期待した。ガッカリだ
願わくば、もうこういうことはやめてくれ
When I saw this leak, I was extremely excited. However, the leak wasn’t true. Please recognize this. You took pleasure for a period of time. I feel disappointed. I pray that you stop doing things like this.

「ごめんなさい」の反省ではなく、このポーズと笑顔が
火に油を注いだ模様。仕方ないですね。 ( ´・ω・)y─┛~~~oΟ◯
By not saying, “I’m sorry” and smiling with this pose [picture above], he added fuel to the fire. There’s no other way.

Most of the Japanese tweets that I’ve seen about the fake video are either about Artsy Omni’s ドヤ顔 (his self-satisfied face) or just a simple, ‘it’s fake.’ I guess that’s to be expected as the video isn’t translated into Japanese yet.

Another blog which explained the events did add that Artsy Omni was regretting the self-satisfied face introduction.

レイマン参戦のメイキング見たけどクオリティ高須クリニックだったなぁ
I saw the Rayman making video…it’s like the quality Takasu’s Clinic (A plastic surgery clinic in Tokyo).

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First two pages of Sakurai’s Nintendo Dream Interview

Please note, this interview takes place before the Japanese release of Smash 4 Wii U.
Page One
FIRST BLACK HEADER:
This first part talks about how Sakurai has done interviews for Nintendo Dream in their 100 and 200th issues. The interviewer jokingly asks Sakurai if he will be interviewed for the 300th issue to which Sakurai says, “Only if I’m working on a game!”. Sakurai also talks about signing a ton of copies of Smash for 3DS on the day of the Japanese release (which happened to be the same day as PRESS START).
SECOND BLACK HEADER: A ton of content! Developing two versions at the same time!
This section is related to developing Smash for Wii U and Smash for 3DS simultaneously while providing a lot of content. In particular, how Smash for 3DS is the first portable Smash game (Sakurai wanted to create one for the DS).
Interviewer: I was surprised by how much content the 3DS version has.
Sakurai: Truthfully, I thought about having less characters in the 3DS version. But, I didn’t want there to be a superior version. On top of making each version satisfactory, we developed each version to have the same number of characters and play the same way. It was important to not have an inferior version.
Interviewer: What was the reason to delay the Wii U version?
Sakurai: I felt like it was a shame that the 3DS version was released first without the Wii U version. I thought that if there was only the portable version of Smash it wouldn’t satisfy the people who want to play Smash on a big screen, or host tournaments. Plus we had prepared the fighter intro movies. That being said, the game balance is essentially the same for both versions. I think that even though we had to remake the fighter models and the stages for both versions, the fact the game balance remains the same is a big positive.
Interviewer: I see. What version did you develop first?
Sakurai: Neither of them were developed first. We developed them at the same time. If we did one over the other, then we might have failed. It would have been difficult to finish a version, and then start the process all over again. I work as a freelance employee so once this game is finished I will leave Bandai Namco. If the games were developed separately, then they wouldn’t have been sold in the same time period. Because we developed the games at the same time, there is also cross-functionality between the Wii U and the 3DS version of the game. **I had this section explained to me by a native speaker. It’s not a direct translation.
Interviewer: What was the first thing you wrote in the project plan; what did you want to see?
Sakurai: The concept was individual and group play. The 3DS version would be targeted towards individual play. Everyone would have their own screen. The Wii U version would be geared towards group play as everyone shared a screen. Players would sit around the Wii U, but take the 3DS with them. Of course, you could only play the 3DS version. In the project plan, I wrote “like an isolated house and a stadium”. I didn’t think anyone wanted the basic foundation of Smash to be changed. We were very diligent in ensuring that [it still felt like Smash] while changing some things up since it was on a portable device.
THIRD BLACK HEADER: Customizing Characters the Way you Like
Customizing characters is a big feature this time around.
Sakurai: From the very beginning, customizing characters was going to have a deep connection to Smash Run and Smash Tour. The basis of the system was to allow fighters to perform differently. The customization system is essentially a mechanism that allows players to make small changes. It’s similar to Brawl’s sticker feature. I think it is important that this time you can add merits and demerits at the same time allowing players to really customize the fighters in the way they want.
Interviewer: When I looked at the customization in the 3DS version, I got dizzy when I began thinking about all the possibilities.
Sakurai: That’s foolish I think.
(Both laugh)
Sakurai: When I was making the game, I thought about the need to have a reward. I wanted a system that If you tried your best, you would get that reward. However, just getting stronger and stronger equipment doesn’t really fit with Smash Brothers.  So, the customization system was made to change the fighter’s ability instead. If the fighters were like amiibos, and could be leveled up, then once reaching level 50, players would only fight with that characters. I didn’t want to put Smash Brothers in a direction of discouraging the use of other characters. Smash Brothers is a game where you try a variety of things.
FIRST BLACK HEADER: Choosing the future place of development
Interviewer: Can you give details on how Bandai Namco was chosen to work with you on this game?
Sakurai: When developing Kid Icarus Uprising, I brought in a variety of people to develop the game. From that experience, there were some issues, and things I wanted to improve. It took a lot of time and trouble as I had to interview people and work on matters related to personnel. It was difficult to collaborate as every person had different ways of doing things and experiences. So I asked Bandai Namco, who has produced games like Tekken in order to alleviate these issues.  I feel that there is only one company in Japan that makes large scaled fighting games. It would be difficult [to produce Smash] at a different company.
Interviewer: Did the development process go smoothly?
Sakurai: It was like waiting to go to the toilet. But from your seat, the bathroom is pretty far (laughs).
Interviewer: Well go! Actuallly, you had some health issues. I heard that you can’t really move your right hand…
Sakurai: My carpal tunnel is not getting better. I work by moving a track ball with my left hand. Developing Smash is always difficult.  I also get sick often. Now more than ever, I’m taking care of my health and did my best.
SECOND BLACK HEADER: At any rate, continuing work.
It’s taking a long time to translate this, and I might come back. However, here’s a summary of this section:
Briefly talking about the public debut, long working long hours.
Sakurai decided on the general outline of the game, but he had help with other project planners. He talks about how he would check the plan, change it slightly, then check it again, and change it slightly.  Sakurai talks about how many models each characters has–not only for the Wii U and the 3DS but multiple models in each game to ensure the game runs properly. He mentions the higher quality models in the 3DS version that are used when the game is paused.
He then talks about how for 8 Player Smash, a lot of things were tweaked, some barely noticable. One change he mentions is the Wii Fit Trainer’s thumb is angled differently in their victory thumbs up pose for regular 4 player Smash and 8 player Smash (I confirmed this on my own game. It’s bothering me now.).

Hidden details in the Smash Stage Selection

I’ve been closely looking at the newest Smash Direct in order to find hidden details. One thing that I’ve been analyzing is the stage list for the Wii U. But before I talk about my findings, I need to discuss the 3DS Stage Selection Screen (SSS) first.

First off, the SSS has changed between the ERSB leak, and the final version:

Up until yesterday I thought the stage order was completely random. With retro stages being sprinkled throughout the SSS. However, I realized that there is a method to the madness.

Rule 1: Essentially, the SSS is comprised of 5 sub-groups, which follows the way the characters were made playable in Smash (the 5th and 6th being Other and Guests).

Rule 2: In each category, the retro stages are placed last (On the 3DS you can only see this within Mario).

1.* (This actually follows the original starter character placement!)

*Please note that the Mario series follows a pattern within it. Platform Mario games, Mario Kart/Other and then retro.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

If you look closely, within each sub section the new unlockable characters are placed last. Earthbound and F-Zero are placed last, along with Game and Watch within their respected sub-series.

For number 5 and number 6, they follow different rules.

For number 5 it seems that they are placed in the order that the series debut, with the returning series (Touch! Generations) placed last.

For number 6, it seems they are placed in the order that the character was announced for Smash. Sonic for Brawl, Megaman at Smash 4 Launch E3 trailer and Pac-Man being the last announced third party. What’s interesting is that in the ERSB leak’s stage selection screen the order was completely swapped (With Megaman, Pacman and Sonic).

So why is this important?

Smash 4 Wii U follows the same pattern with one huge exception (Can you find it?).

Rule 1: When Kongo Jungle (64) is added into the mix, the game adds another row. This might be because it’s a My Music Screen, or it’s how the game accommodates additional stages. More about that later.

8 Rows:

(Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Final Destination, Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Galaxy, Delfino Plaza, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart (Brawl), Luigi Mansion, Jungle Hyjinx
Kongo Jungle (64), Skyloft , Bridge of Eldin, Hyrule Temple, Pyrosphere, Norfair
Port Aero Town Drive , Wolly World, Yoshi’s Island, Great Cave Offensive, Halberd, Orbital Gate
Lylat Cruise, Kalos Pokemon League, Onett, Coliseum, Castle Siege, Palutena’s Temple,
Skyworld, Gamer, Garden of Hope, Town and City, Wii Fit Studio
Boxing Ring, Gaur Plains, 75m , Wrecking Crew, Pilot Wings
Wuhu Island, Windy Hills Zone, Dr. Wily’s Castle [Menu Music])

Mario still follows the pattern, but retro stages are coupled together with their sub-section. Delfino Plaza is placed after the other Mario platformers, and in front of the Mario Kart sub-series and other Mario series.

7 Rows:

(Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Final Destination, Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Galaxy, Delfino Plaza, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart (Brawl), Luigi Mansion, Jungle Hyjinx, Skyloft , Bridge of Eldin, Hyrule Temple, Pyrosphere, Norfair
Port Aero Town Drive , Wolly World, Yoshi’s Island, Great Cave Offensive, Halberd, Orbital Gate
Lylat Cruise, Kalos Pokemon League, Onett, Coliseum, Castle Siege, Palutena’s Temple,
Skyworld, Gamer, Garden of Hope, Town and City, Wii Fit Studio
Boxing Ring, Gaur Plains, 75m , Wrecking Crew, Pilot Wings
Wuhu Island, Windy Hills Zone, Dr. Wily’s Castle)

Rule 2: Each row has 6 stages, max.

Pro Jared, who has got to play the game for 3 hours has stated that there are a “butt load” of unlockable stages. Unless the icons can get even smaller, it seems that a Next Page button would be the only way the game can accommodate the amount of stages. It would fit perfectly in between the ?Random and Normal icons. Additionally, we know that the Normal icon has changed from the E3 demo (it shrunk). An additional tab would fit perfectly on the bottom of the screen.

And now, to explore the one oddity between the 3DS and the Wii U version…

Did you find it?

…F-Zero is placed in between Yoshi and Metroid!

This could mean two things.

First, the order is not final. The ERSB leak shows that the order can change. However, since this is the only exception to the rule I personally doubt it (AKA this is the final order).

Secondly, and far more likely in my opinion, F-Zero was re-arranged in order to prevent a series from being broken up by a line break in the final SSS. This means that we can speculate what series around F-Zero will potentially have unlockable stages, and then guess those stages as they will most likely follow the rules mentioned above.

We already know some unlockable stages (Besides Kongo Jungle which was shown above).

Pac Land: 

Smashville: 

Pokemon Stadium 2: 

Here’s the updated stage list with just these stages added:

(Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Final Destination, Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Galaxy, Delfino Plaza, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart (Brawl), Luigi Mansion, Jungle Hyjinx
Kong Jungle (64), Skyloft , Bridge of Eldin, Hyrule Temple, Pyrosphere, Norfair
Port Aero Town Drive , Wolly World, Yoshi’s Island, Great Cave Offensive, Halberd, Orbital Gate
Lylat Cruise, Kalos Pokemon League, Pokemon Stadium 2, Onett, Coliseum, Castle Siege, Palutena’s Temple,
Skyworld, Gamer, Garden of Hope, Town and City, Wii Fit Studio
Boxing Ring, Gaur Plains, 75m , Wrecking Crew, Smashville, Pilot Wings
Wuhu Island, Windy Hills Zone, Dr. Wily’s Castle, Pac-Land)

If I’m wrong about the second page, then here’s the potential order:

Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Final Destination, Mushroom Kingdom U, Mario Galaxy, Delfino Plaza,

Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart (Brawl), Luigi Mansion, Jungle Hyjinx, Kongo Jungle (64)   [An additional DK or “other” Mario stage…possibly Kongo Jungle]

Skyloft , Bridge of Eldin, Hyrule Temple, Pyrosphere, Norfair, Port Aero Town Drive

Wolly World, Yoshi’s Island, Great Cave Offensive, Halberd, Orbital Gate, Lylat Cruise,

Kalos Pokemon League, Pokemon Stadium 2, Onett, New Pork City, Coliseum, Castle Siege,

Palutena’s Temple, Skyworld, Gamer, Garden of Hope, Town and City, Smashville,

Wii Fit Studio, Boxing Ring, Gaur Plains, 75m , Wrecking Crew, Pilot Wings

Wuhu Island, Windy Hills Zone, Dr. Wily’s Castle, Pac-Land, MiiverseDLC Button

Of course, 6 unlockable stages aren’t a lot. Not even close to a “butt load”. However, with the likelihood of an additional page the number of stages and the possibilities are almost endless.  However, the fact that F-Zero was re-arranged in it’s sub-series is huge.

Smash 4 3DS Tips:

Credit to Kaphotics, for his amazing text ROM dumps.

Mario: F.L.U.D.D. A blast of water is an effective way to disrupt your opponents. It doesn’t hurt, but it can slide them around.
Wario: Chomp Can be used to bite opponents or eat items. If he eats food, it’ll restore more health than usual!
Marth: Shield Breaker This move leaves you wide open, but if you charge it to maximum, it can break an enemy’s shield in a single hit.
Villager: Timber The axe is surprisingly powerful! You can swing it at your rivals as long as the tree is standing.
Link: Bomb Your bombs are special ones—the explosion from hitting an enemy won’t hurt you.
Kirby: Stone While falling, you can cancel the attack by entering the move a second time. It’s a perfect way to trick other players!
Captain Falcon: Falcon Punch After pressing the attack button, quickly turn around to make Captain Falcon unleash an even more powerful attack as he turns.
Wii Fit Trainer: Header Shield before hitting the ball to cancel your serve and let the ball fall, dejected, to the ground.
Wii Fit Trainer: Sun Salutation Fully charge the attack before striking to recover a bit of health. Talk about flexible!
Peach: Side Smash Attack Peach pulls out a tennis racket, a golf club, and then a frying pan. Remember that order!
Sonic: Spring Jump Use this in midair to drop a spring on someone below. Give yourself a boost while disrupting your rivals!
Luigi: Green Missile This move can end with Luigi’s head stuck in a wall. That leaves him vulnerable, so be careful!
Samus: Charge Shot This is devastating when fully charged. It can be unleashed instantly if you fire it while airborne.
Kirby: Taunt Taunt to discard your current copy ability. Find the most opportune moment to change your abilities!
Link: Hylian Shield Link’s Hylian Shield can block projectiles, but it won’t block anything while you’re attacking.
Mr. Game & Watch: Judge This move’s power depends on the number displayed. Swinging a 1 is nearly useless, but a 9 has incredible launching power!
Olimar: Yellow Pikmin The Yellow Pikmin has a wide attack range but deals low damage. Electric attacks won’t hurt it.
Wario: Wario Bike Wario’s motorcycle can break into parts. Throw them at others, or eat them to fill Wario’s…gas tank.
Luigi: Green Missile This move has a 1-in-10 chance to hit REALLY hard and fly REALLY far. Too far, in some cases.
Luigi: Green Missile Charge this for too long, and he’ll get worn out and give up. Let him catch his breath, and then try again.
Kirby: Stone Kirby’s form is different each time he uses this, but the move’s effect is the same.
Kirby: Hammer If fully charged, this move becomes very powerful, but Kirby will begin to take damage at full charge.
Olimar: Pikmin Pluck Olimar will always pluck the Pikmin in this order: red, yellow, blue, white, purple.
Olimar: Pikmin Order This move will change the order of your Pikmin. Use it to plan your attack strategy.
Olimar: Winged Pikmin Two Winged Pikmin carry Olimar. The more Pikmin he has, the harder it is to pull him up.
Link: Side Smash Attack Press the button again to attack a second time. The second attack has more launching power.
Peach: Vegetable The vegetables’ emotions are picked at random. The sort-of-wrinkled-looking ones deal the most damage.
Peach: Gliding Holding the jump button will let Peach hover in the air for a short time. She can even attack as she floats!
Peach: Peach Parasol Press up and down to open and close your parasol and adjust your fall speed.
Bowser: Tough Guy Bowser’s a real tough guy. When he’s only lightly damaged, weaker attacks won’t make him flinch.
Zelda: Phantom Slash Zelda’s Phantom can take some damage, but if it’s destroyed, she can’t summon another for a while.
Mr. Game & Watch: Oil Panic This bucket can hold all manner of projectiles. Once filled, unleash the contents on an unsuspecting foe.
Fox: Reflector This move can reflect projectiles, and it also damages nearby opponents when activated.
Falco: Blaster Unlike Fox’s blaster, Falco’s blaster can make opponents flinch. It fires faster when airborne.
King Dedede: Inhale Dedede is already perfect, so his inhale won’t copy abilities. Instead, it has a longer range than Kirby’s.
Charizard: Rock Smash The rock shards will fly in random directions. Get close to your target to maximize damage.
Villager: Down Air Attack One to three turnips will appear. More turnips means more damage. Three has a meteor effect.
Mega Man: Metal Blade If a Metal Blade gets stuck in a wall or floor, other fighters can pick it up and use it.
Wario: Chomp Eating items will make Wario more gassy. The gassier he is, the stronger his down special will be.
Falco: Falco Phantasm Falco Phantasm can send an airborne enemy straight down—use it to dunk them into the abyss!
Wii Fit Trainer: Deep Breathing Deep Breathing can reduce stress. Oh, and it also increases your attack and launch power and heals a small amount of damage.
Wii Fit Trainer: Standard Attack Land three weak attacks in a row, and you’ll bury your opponents in the ground for a time.
Greninja: Hydro Pump Aim the water jets by pressing in a particular direction. You can then quickly press a different direction to go that way with the second burst.
Marth: Counter The counter depends on the attack it is countering. A countered smash attack may KO an opponent!
Jigglypuff: Shield If Jigglypuff’s shield is shattered, it’ll get launched and KO’d no matter its damage.
Ness: Side Smash Attack Ness’s bat leaves him open to attack, but it has epic launching power. He can even hit projectiles with it!
Zelda: Din’s Fire This explodes when you release the button. Hold it longer to get more range and a stronger explosion.
Zelda: Phantom Slash Charge this attack to make the Phantom travel farther. It’ll attack differently based on the distance traveled.
Zero Suit Samus: Flip Jump Fighters struck while on the ground will be buried, while airborne fighters will be meteored.
Meta Knight: Flurry Attack Press the attack button to unleash a flurry of strikes. Meta Knight doesn’t do “standard attacks.”
King Dedede: Strong Down Attack He can attack while prone by cartwheeling forward. This lets him attack while moving, like a dash attack.
Charizard: Rock Smash Right before smashing a rock, Charizard gets super armor, meaning it won’t even flinch if it’s attacked!
Wii Fit Trainer: Up Smash Attack You’re invincible for a moment just before unleashing this. Try using it to launch foes attacking from above.
Villager: Balloon Trip Your balloons can be popped by your foes. Lose one and you’ll lose lift. Lose both and down you go!
Greninja: Hydro Pump The water flow doesn’t just cause damage—it can also push your foes if you hit them just right.
Villager: Lloid Rocket Hold the button when using this move to ride on the Lloid Rocket.
Little Mac: Jolt Haymaker You get a window of invincibility if you start this move on the ground, but not in the air, so be careful!
R.O.B.: Robo Beam After charging, R.O.B. fires a beam from his eyes. The red light on his head shows the charge level.
Samus: Missile Holding a direction will fire a Homing Missile, while quickly inputting a direction will fire a Super Missile!
Pikachu: Thunder The bolt of lightning has a meteor effect. Use it after throwing a foe upward for a powerful combo.
Ness: PSI Magnet This move absorbs energy-type projectiles and heals Ness as a result.
Peach: Side Smash Attack The tennis racket launches farthest, the golf club has the best reach, and the frying pan hurts the most.
Peach: Low Gliding Jump while crouching to float just above the ground. You can use air attacks quickly that way!
Rosalina: Controlling Luma Luma can attack even if Rosalina is stunned or sleeping. This can save you in a pinch.
Donkey Kong: Headbutt Use this move to bury your opponents if they’re on the ground or meteor-smash them in midair.
Mario: Front Air Attack It’s a slow attack, but Mario swings his fist down hard enough for a meteor smash as it begins.
Mr. Game & Watch: Chef Food jumps out of Mr. Game & Watch’s frying pan in all directions. Use this to protect yourself.
Diddy Kong: Peanut Popgun Overcharging the Peanut Popgun makes it backfire, but it’ll do a ton of damage to foes that it hits!
Mr. Game & Watch: Oil Panic This will only absorb energy-style projectiles. It won’t affect physical ones like Link’s arrows.
Olimar: Pikmin Order Olimar’s whistle calls back his scattered Pikmin. Even the ones that are goofing off.
Donkey Kong: Hand Slap DK’s Hand Slap affects a large area around him. However, it won’t hit airborne fighters.
Meta Knight: Strong Side Attack The third strike of Meta Knight’s side strong attack is powerful enough to launch opponents.
Jigglypuff: Rest Opponents launched by Rest will get a flower on their heads. Talk about insult to injury.
Mega Man: Leaf Shield Grab someone while the Leaf Shield’s up, and you can do a combo attack: a throw plus the damage from the leaves.
Zero Suit Samus: Paralyzer Attack with this to paralyze foes for just a moment. When they can’t move, that’s your chance to strike!
Meta Knight: Drill Rush While Meta Knight’s rushing through the air like a drill, you can adjust his direction.
Meta Knight: Mach Tornado The tornado created around Meta Knight can destroy any weak projectiles it hits.
R.O.B.: Arm Rotor The spinning arms can deflect enemy projectiles. Also, press the button repeatedly for a slightly longer attack!
R.O.B.: Robo Beam The beam can be angled up or down. Also, if it hits the ground, it’ll reflect and change direction.
Ness: PK Fire If this attack connects, a big pillar of fire appears. “I feel the burn!” your foes will yell.
Ness: PK Thunder You can guide the bolt of lightning around and hit yourself for propulsion—but this leaves you defenseless, so be careful!
Ness: Up Smash Attack Ness’s yo-yo flies forward and then swings up and around to the back for a wide-ranging, heavy-hitting attack.
Sonic: Spin Charge Jump while spinning forward, and you’ll keep spinning in the air. You can hit opponents like that or use other attacks.
Charizard: Flare Blitz This move engulfs Charizard in flames. It’s extremely powerful, but it hurts Charizard too.
Ike: Standard Attack There are three levels of attack: a punch, a kick, and a sword swing. All pretty handy, since they’re quicker than Ike’s other moves!
Pit: Palutena Bow Press up before firing to aim the arrow that way. Also, you can guide the arrow while it’s in the air.
Pit: Upperdash Arm A dash forward followed by an uppercut. While Pit is dashing, the Upperdash Arm deflects projectiles! Cool!
Pit: Guardian Orbitars These handy items will block enemy attacks as well as reflect projectiles. They’ll even push back foes who touch them!
Mega Man: Crash Bomber This bomb is incredibly clingy, latching on to walls, floors, and even fighters! It can be given to another fighter by bumping into them.
Link: Dash Attack Link’s dash attack strikes with almost as much force as a smash attack. The point of his sword is especially painful.
Bowser: Whirling Fortress Repeatedly pressing the button while using this in midair will give you a small boost in how high you fly.
Bowser: Fire Breath Fire Breath loses power the longer it is used. Waiting a short time between bursts will allow it to recharge.
Ike: Aether Ike will be protected from flinching while he prepares this attack. This move can send foes flying upward!
Kirby: Jump Kirby’s light body lets him jump five times—more than most other fighters. If Kirby gets launched but not cleared, you can almost bet he’s coming back!
Bowser: Bowser Bomb Bowser will leap into the air hornsfirst. Hitting an opponent on the way up makes it much easier to clobber them again on the way down.
Meta Knight: Dimensional Cape Meta Knight wraps himself in his cape and disappears. Keep holding the button, and he’ll strike when he’s back!
R.O.B.: Back Air Attack When R.O.B. fires the burner on his base, the force of the attack will move him forward a bit.
Lucario: Aura Lucario’s launching potential is directly related to how much damage this Pokémon has taken. The power of Lucario’s Aura radiates off its hands.
Fox: Blaster The blaster fires quickly, and its shots go a long way, but enemies won’t flinch when they’re hit, so use this at a safe distance.
Rosalina & Luma: Star Bits Luma fires Star Bits that can scatter in three directions: high, middle, and low.
Marth: Dancing Blade Keep pressing the button to turn this into a four-hit combo. Holding different directions will change the angle of the strike!
Marth: Dancing Blade Marth’s sword leaves a trail as he swings it, and the color reflects the attack’s height. Blue is high, red is middle, and green is low.
Falco: Reflector Falco kicks his Reflector forward, making it possible to both reflect projectiles and hit foes at the same time!
Charizard: Flare Blitz There’s a big explosion when Charizard hits a fighter or an obstacle. This can hit other nearby fighters, too!
Zelda: Farore’s Wind Zelda will deal damage to those nearby when she disappears and reappears. Hold a direction to control where she teleports to.
Marth: Dancing Blade Press down on the fourth swing to finish your combo with a powerful blow to your opponent’s feet!
Marth: Dancing Blade Press up on the fourth swing for a slice that will launch your foes. This swing is excellent for netting some KOs!
Shulk: Monado Arts Shulk switches between five modes—Jump, Speed, Shield, Buster, and Smash—that change his abilities for a short time.
Diddy Kong: Monkey Flip If you grab someone in the air, you’ll release them more quickly than if you grab them on the ground. Be ready to use a speedy follow-up attack.
Diddy Kong: Banana Peel You can’t whip out another Banana Peel if one of yours is still in play, but each one will vanish after being thrown twice.
Olimar: Pikmin Pluck You can have up to three Pikmin in tow at any time. Plucking for more while three are already active is, sadly, futile.
Mega Man: Rush Coil Summoning Rush into battle will help Mega Man reach even greater heights. Unfortunately, foes can use him as well!
Mega Man: Up Air Attack Mega Man can launch a little tornado upward. If an opponent gets caught in this minigale, it’ll carry them up into the air!
Wario: Taunt Leave it to Wario to taunt while riding a motorcycle. Don’t try this at home! Or anywhere else! Not safe!
Diddy Kong: Rocketbarrel Pack You can indicate a direction while this is charging to fly in that direction. You can even steer while flying!
Mega Man: Side Smash Attack Mega Man unleashes a powerful Charge Shot. The damage and distance increases the longer you charge it!
Mii Brawler: Head-On Assault This downward headbutt has a meteor effect, and it will bury opponents on the ground who get caught beneath it.
Mii Swordfighter: Blade Flurry A flurry of sword slashes right in front of you, followed by a stab forward. Good for keeping your opponents at a safe distance!
Mii Brawler: Piston Punch This series of upward punches isn’t so great for recovering. However, it’s a powerful move to use against opponents.
Mii Brawler: Headache Maker After a big jump, the Mii Brawler swings down with both arms. At that exact moment, this move has a meteor effect.
Mii Gunner: Charge Blast This move is super powerful when fully charged. Use it in midair, and it’ll fire without charging at all.
Mii Gunner: Flame Pillar If you make a pillar of fire on the ground, it’ll deliver a single hit to anyone who comes close, pushing them back.
Captain Falcon: Front Air Attack There’s a violent knee jab at the start of this move. Connect with that for some serious launching power.
Lucario: Aura Sphere Other fighters can be damaged by the Aura Sphere as Lucario charges it. The size of the sphere is affected by Lucario’s Aura.
Lucario: Extreme Speed This move will send Lucario flying in the direction you indicate. The more damage Lucario has taken, the farther it will fly.
Lucario: Force Palm Force Palm deals more damage and has a greater range if Lucario’s Aura is stronger.
Wario: Chomp Wario’s hunger knows no bounds, but eating explosives will cause him a bit of damage. The blast will hurt those around him, too!
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit Cherries fly in a low arc. After hitting the floor, they’ll only bounce once.
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit Oranges don’t deal much damage, but they fly straight and at high speed, making it pretty easy to hit foes with them.
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit Keys fly forward at high speed while spinning. They deal the most damage out of all the Bonus Fruit items.
Donkey Kong: Spinning Kong This move doesn’t offer a lot of lift, but it can carry Donkey Kong a fair distance left or right.
Olimar: Lead Pikmin Olimar always attacks with the Pikmin at the front of the line. You can tell which one this is by the arrow pointing to it.
Luigi: Down Taunt If your foe’s clinging to an edge for dear life, try using Luigi’s down taunt. That meteor smash will be VERY satisfying!
Marth: Dancing Blade Hold toward the foe you’re attacking on the fourth swing for an attack that launches foes much farther than the up or down versions.
Link: Hylian Shield Link’s Hylian Shield blocks all projectiles, no matter how powerful. Link won’t take any damage at all.
Donkey Kong: Forward Throw Donkey Kong can pick up opponents and carry them around! Try to throw them before they shake free, though.
Diddy Kong: Peanut Popgun While charging, watch for when Diddy grabs his hat! That’s the sign that the Peanut Popgun’s about to backfire.
Diddy Kong: Banana Peel In this move, Diddy throws a banana peel behind him. Foes who step on it fall clumsily to the ground. Have a nice trip!
Olimar: Pikmin’s Stamina When separated from Olimar, Pikmin are very vulnerable to enemy attacks.
King Dedede: Super Dedede Jump After leaping up high, Dedede crashes down to attack. This move can be canceled partway through by pressing up.
Mii Swordfighter: Airborne Assault The Mii performs a somersault leap forward in a large arc. If it strikes a foe, they will be blasted back and the user will jump upward.
Mii Gunner: Lunar Launch The Mii fires straight down, using the recoil to gain height. How fortunate if an opponent gets caught in the blast as well!
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit PAC-MAN’s strawberry flies a little farther than other fruit and bounces twice when it lands.
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit PAC-MAN’s melon moves slowly through the air, so it’s harder to hit opponents with. But when it does hit home, it deals quite some damage.
PAC-MAN: Fire Hydrant PAC-MAN places a fire hydrant on the ground. The water that it spurts will push fighters back.
PAC-MAN: Fire Hydrant Use this attack in the air, and the falling hydrant itself becomes a form of attack. Try dropping it on an opponent trying to return to the stage!
Duck Hunt: Duck Jump The duck grabs the dog and carries him through the air. Once started, this move can’t be stopped.
Bowser Jr.: Abandon Ship! Bowser Jr. abandons his Junior Clown Car and performs a massive leap. After a short delay, the abandoned vehicle will self-destruct.
Bowser Jr.: Clown Kart Dash The Junior Clown Car becomes a kart and charges forward. The higher the speed, the more damage it will deal.
Bowser Jr.: Mechakoopa The Junior Clown Car spits out a Mechakoopa, which explodes on contact with an enemy. It’ll explode if you just leave it alone for a while, too.
King Dedede: Jet Hammer It’s possible to charge this move to deal more damage, but charging for too long will start to hurt Dedede too!
Mii Swordfighter: Reversal Slash A gust of wind from the Mii character’s sword sends projectiles back the way they came. It can also flip opponents around if they get too close.
Yoshi: Egg Roll You can start this move in the air, but you won’t deal any damage until you hit the ground.
Little Mac: Side Smash Attack If you press up when performing Little Mac’s side smash, it will change into an uppercut that sends enemies flying upward.
Ganondorf: Wizard’s Foot Used on the ground, this move is a horizontal flying kick. In the air, it goes downward instead and has a meteor effect at the very start.
Zero Suit: Attacking from Above This move sends Zero Suit Samus diagonally downward while attacking. When she lands, the impact damages enemies around her.
Villager: Lloid Rocket The Lloid Rocket is more powerful when you’re riding it, but you can bail at any time just by pressing the button.
Meta Knight: Shuttle Loop Meta Knight thrusts his sword upward, loops in midair, and then thrusts upward once more. A swift and powerful attack, useful against falling foes.
Charizard: Strong Up Attack Charizard’s wings won’t take damage, making this good for overpowering foes striking from overhead.
Ganondorf: Strong Down Attack A crouching kick that sends opponents flying upward. It has good reach and is one of Ganondorf’s faster attacks.
Shulk: Back Slash Shulk leaps forward and performs a vertical slice downward. As the name implies, it deals more damage if you hit the enemy from behind.
Diddy Kong: Rocketbarrel Boost If someone attacks Diddy Kong when he’s wearing his Rocketbarrel Pack, it’ll break free and fly off on its own.
Mii Brawler: Up Smash An upward-kicking backflip. Your legs are invulnerable while you perform it, so it’s perfect for countering enemy attacks from above.
Mii Brawler: Feint Jump A long leap forward while turning upside down. If you hit the attack button on the way down, you’ll perform a jump kick.
Mii Brawler: Helicopter Kick When performing this move, pressing left or right will let you change the direction of the kick.
Wii Fit Trainer: Deep Breathing Press the button again just as the outer circle meets the red inner circle, and you’ll boost your attack and launching power for a while.
Ike: Aether During the downward strike, this attack has a meteor effect. You’ll fall straight down until you hit solid ground, so make sure you aim well!
Ike: Eruption A downward stab that summons raging flames around you. Gets stronger the longer you charge it, and the tip of the blade has a meteor effect.
Kirby: Inhale If you press the attack button after sucking an enemy in, you’ll spit them back out. Use enemies to attack other enemies!
Kirby: Final Cutter Kirby slices up into the air and then slices straight down again. The shock wave that appears when you land can also damage your opponents.
Ganondorf: Flame Choke After being grabbed by this move, it’s possible to recover just before being slammed to the ground.
Captain Falcon: Falcon Dive A leaping grab that sends the opponent flying with explosive force. If it connects, you’re free to use the same attack again without landing.
Bowser Jr.: Clown Cannon This move fires a cannonball from the Junior Clown Car. The longer this attack is charged, the faster and more powerful it will be.
Greninja: Substitute This move makes an enemy attack hit a substitute instead of you. You then reappear somewhere else and attack!
Samus: Bomb Samus morphs into a ball and drops a bomb. You can use the explosion to gain a little height.
Shulk: Monado Arts In Speed mode, you’ll sacrifice damage and jump height in order to move faster.
Shulk: Monado Arts In Shield mode, the power of your shield is boosted but you can’t move as fast, jump as high, or deal as much damage.
Shulk: Monado Arts In Buster mode, you deal more damage than usual but you can’t launch opponents as far and you’ll receive more damage.
Shulk: Monado Arts In Smash mode, you can launch opponents more effectively but you deal less damage and can be launched more easily yourself.
Zelda: Nayru’s Love This move summons a magical barrier that reflects enemy projectiles. It’s not just for defense, either—it also deals direct damage!
Zero Suit Samus: Plasma Whip This move swings a whiplike stream of plasma directly in front of Zero Suit Samus. Opponents struck by the very tip of it will be blasted away.
Zero Suit Samus: Down Smash Attack This attack fires Zero Suit Samus’s Paralyzer diagonally down. Its victim will be stunned for a moment, leaving them open to another attack!
Sonic: Spin Charge If you hold down and keep tapping the button, you can charge up this move, making it faster and stronger.
Diddy Kong: Monkey Flip While performing this move, you can press the attack button to launch a flying kick that deals considerable damage and has good launching power.
Diddy Kong: Monkey Flip After grabbing on to an opponent with this move, press the attack button to launch them sideways or press up to jump off their head!
King Dedede: Gordo Throw Choose up, middle, or down right after starting this move to hit the Gordo in three different ways, changing how it bounces.
King Dedede: Inhale After inhaling an opponent, press the button again to spit them out as a projectile. This way, you can hit your opponents with each other!
PAC-MAN: Pac-Jump This move sets up a trampoline for PAC-MAN to jump on. If you jump on it repeatedly, you’ll go higher with each bounce!
PAC-MAN: Bonus Fruit PAC-MAN’s apple bounces repeatedly across the ground. It travels quite a distance!
Palutena: Autoreticle Targets an opponent ahead of you and fires shots at them. No shots will be fired if obstacles prevent you from finding a target.
Palutena: Warp Palutena disappears and then warps to a location a short distance away. Warp will take Palutena in the direction you press.
Palutena: Rocket Jump Palutena propels herself with an explosion at her feet, damaging enemies nearby. It’s a little more powerful on the ground than in the air.
Palutena: Lightweight This move temporarily allows Palutena to move faster and jump farther. However, it also makes her easier to damage and launch.
Palutena: Angelic Missile Palutena fires herself forward like a spinning torpedo. This move travels a long way, so be careful not to fire yourself right off a cliff!
Palutena: Celestial Firework There’s a moment of invincibility just after firing the firework. Use it well, and you might be able to nullify an enemy attack and then strike back!
Palutena: Super Speed Palutena charges forward at speed and sends anyone in her way flying. The farther she travels, the more damage she deals on impact.
Palutena: Heavenly Light This move damages anyone who touches the rays of light. It’s not particularly powerful, but it can hit repeatedly.
Palutena: Heavenly Light Palutena’s Heavenly Light doesn’t cause opponents to flinch, but it does gradually push them out of its area of effect.
Palutena: Heavenly Light Palutena’s Heavenly Light covers a wide area. If you hit someone with it while they’re flying off the screen, you can steal the KO for yourself.
Palutena: Reflect Barrier This move creates a barrier that reflects enemy projectiles. It also pushes opponents away, so it can be useful if you want to keep your distance.
Pikachu: Thunder Jolt Pikachu’s Thunder Jolt bounces along the surface of the stage. It can even attack foes who are hanging from edges.
Olimar: Pikmin Throw Most Pikmin latch on to opponents and attack them repeatedly. Purple Pikmin, though, deal one heavy blow and then bounce off.
Olimar: Pikmin Throw The less damage an opponent has accumulated, the longer the Pikmin can hang on to it.
Fox: Fox Illusion When you use this move on the ground, Fox will always stop if he reaches an edge. When used in the air, you need to be a little more careful.
Dark Pit: Electroshock Arm Dark Pit charges forward and launches foes upward at a lower angle than Pit’s Upperdash Arm. This move also deals electrical damage.
Dark Pit: Silver Bow This move fires an arrow from Dark Pit’s bow, either to the side or upward. Its shots are more powerful than Pit’s Palutena Bow, but they curve less.
Jigglypuff: Sing Enemies on the ground who hear this song will fall asleep. The more damage they have, the longer they’ll nap.
Mario: Up Smash Attack A powerful upward headbutt. Mario’s head is invulnerable while performing it. Useful against opponents moving in to attack from above.
Villager: Pocket The Villager uses this move to put items or incoming projectiles into his pocket. Then he can press the button again to take them out.
Villager: Timber A three-stage move: planting a seed, watering it, and then chopping down the tree. Don’t use the first stage in the air—it’ll just leave you wide open.
Yoshi: Egg Roll This move turns Yoshi into an egg that rolls along the ground. The faster it goes, the more powerful it’ll be. Just beware of getting grabbed!
Yoshi: Egg Lay The more damage Yoshi’s foe has accumulated, the longer they’ll be stuck as an egg. They can escape faster by wiggling around.
Yoshi: Egg Throw The angle Yoshi’s egg travels depends on the direction you press just before the egg is thrown. Push backward to throw straight up.
Yoshi: Egg Throw How hard Yoshi throws the egg depends on how long you hold the button down. Tap for a light throw or hold for a powerful one.
Yoshi: Yoshi Bomb The damage and launching power of the Yoshi Bomb are both a little higher when used on the ground.
Yoshi: Front Air Attack Yoshi charges up for a moment and then delivers a powerful headbutt. Hit an opponent from above, and they’ll fly down with a meteor effect.
Charizard: Flamethrower Charizard will keep breathing fire as long as you hold the button down, but it’ll get weaker and weaker as you use it.
Little Mac: Slip Counter Just when you think you’ve got him, Little Mac socks you with a nasty counter. He’s invincible during the attack, so there’s no stopping him!
Little Mac: Rising Uppercut Little Mac zooms upward with a powerful uppercut. It travels farther when used on the ground than when used in the air.
Little Mac: KO Uppercut Little Mac’s Power Meter builds up when he deals or receives damage. Once it’s full, he can use the KO Uppercut to deal some serious hurt!
Link: Hero’s Bow The longer Link charges his bow, the farther the arrows will fly and the more powerful they’ll be. At maximum charge, they’ll fly perfectly straight.
Robin: Thunder Robin will use one of four magic spells, depending on how long you charge Thunder. The color the tome glows indicates which spell will be used.
Robin: Thunder It’s difficult to notice in the middle of a battle, but the cover of the tome Robin uses actually changes depending on the spell being used.
Robin: Thunder If you launch this move without charging it up, Robin will cast Thunder. It’s not very powerful, but its fast speed can take foes by surprise.
Robin: Thunder Once the tome starts glowing yellow, you can cast Elthunder. It’s more powerful than Thunder and travels farther, but it’s not quite as fast.
Robin: Thunder When casting Thoron, you can hold down the button to make the beam extend farther.
R.O.B.: Robo Burner The Robo Burner’s fuel slowly replenishes while R.O.B. is on the ground. Be careful if you find yourself in the air a lot—it won’t refill there.
Wario: Wario Waft When Wario’s bursting at the seams with gas, he’ll glow. Getting KO’d won’t release any gas, either—there’s only one way to let it out…
Mii Brawler: Onslaught A flurry of kicks, followed by a powerful uppercut. This move hits the opponent quite some distance and might even KO them if it connects in midair!
Mii Brawler: Shot Put Throws a metal ball diagonally upward, just like the real shot-put event. It’s effective at blocking opponents’ attempts at recovery.
Mii Brawler: Soaring Axe Kick A leap up with a somersault kick, and then a swift heel-kick drop. If that falling kick connects, it delivers a powerful meteor effect.
Mii Brawler: Burning Dropkick This move combines a big forward leap with a dropkick. Also it’s on fire. Charge it up for some serious power, distance, and speed.
Mii Swordfighter: Blade Counter This move counters an enemy attack. The attack has slightly greater launching power than a normal attack.
Mii Swordfighter: Chakram Throws a ring-shaped projectile. If it hits the stage, it’ll stick there. You can adjust the angle of the throw by pressing up and down.
Mii Swordfighter: Chakram Perform this move like a smash attack to throw stronger and farther. Perform it normally, and the chakram will hover and hit multiple times.
Mii Swordfighter: Gale Strike A large swing of the sword that summons a damaging tornado. The tornado’s path sinks slightly just after it appears.
Mii Swordfighter: Stone Scabbard A rising upward slice followed by a plummeting stab down. The falling stab has a meteor effect.
Mii Swordfighter: Stone Scabbard At the end of this move, the sword sticks right through the ground. You can use it to attack unsuspecting enemies below the platform.
Mii Swordfighter: Hero’s Spin A spinning sword slice that attacks enemies on both sides. When used in midair it makes you rise upward, so you can use it for recovery.
Mii Swordfighter: Hero’s Spin When using this move on the ground, you can hold down the button to charge it up. It’s also stronger in general on the ground than in the air.
Mii Swordfighter: Shuriken of Light The farther the shurikens travel, the more damage they deal. Throwing them at nearby foes won’t even make them flinch.
Mii Swordfighter: Slash Launcher A swift dash forward ending in a decisive slash, with the sword held in a reverse grip. The longer you charge it, the farther it will travel.
Mii Gunner: Arm Rocket This move fires a rocket jet from your arm cannon, carrying you upward. You can adjust the direction by pressing left or right just before liftoff.
Mii Gunner: Absorbing Vortex A barrier that absorbs energy-based projectiles. When you deactivate the barrier, it will push nearby enemies back a bit.
Mii Gunner: Cannon Uppercut Fires a blast downward, using the recoil to power an uppercut. If you’re up close, you can hit your foe with both the uppercut and the blast!
Mii Gunner: Bomb Drop This move rolls a bomb forward that will blow up after a set period of time or when it hits a foe. Drop one on an opponent trying to recover!
Mii Gunner: Grenade Launch These grenades fly in an arc, exploding after a set time or when they hit an opponent. Hold down the button to throw them farther.
Mii Gunner: Stealth Burst Fires a stealth explosive forward, which detonates when you release the button. Hold the button down to get more distance and power.
Mii Gunner: Gunner Missile Use this move normally to fire a missile that homes in on opponents. Deliver it like a smash attack to fire a stronger missile that flies straight.
Mii Gunner: Laser Blaze This move fires a beam from your arm cannon. It won’t make enemies flinch, but it can be fired repeatedly to build up damage.
Mii Gunner: Echo Reflector This move creates a Reflector that sends projectiles back the way they came. They’ll be stronger than they were before, too!
Mr. Game & Watch: Fire A pair of firemen launch Mr. Game & Watch high into the air. Nearby opponents will also be pushed back a bit.
Kirby: Inhale In addition to enemies, Kirby can inhale some items. You’ll recover a little damage this way, but sucking in explosives will hurt!
Ganondorf: Warlock Punch After pressing the attack button, quickly turn around to make Ganondorf unleash an even more powerful attack as he turns.
Shulk: Monado Arts Jump mode increases your jumping ability. You’ll be able to move more quickly in the air, but you’ll also take more damage from attacks.
Zero Suit Samus: Flip Jump Press the attack button during this move to launch a kick. This kick deals a lot of damage and has a powerful meteor effect, too.
Duck Hunt: Clay Shooting Press the button once to throw a clay pigeon forward, and then press again to shoot. The third shot will hit, breaking the clay and hurting foes.
Duck Hunt: Trick Shot This move kicks an exploding can toward your enemies. Keep pressing the button to fire shots and lead it toward its target.
Palutena: Counter This move raises Palutena’s shield, preparing to counter an enemy attack. The counterattack itself covers a surprisingly wide range.
Palutena: Jump Glide After leaping upward, Palutena glides down slowly. You can make use of this glide to cover a lot of distance in the air.
Palutena: Celestial Firework This move shoots fireworks upward to attack. Besides the obvious anti-air applications, it can also be used to hit downed opponents.
Palutena: Explosive Flame This move causes an explosion a short distance away from Palutena. It deals multiple hits to any opponents in its vicinity and then sends them flying.
Pit: Power of Flight Pit’s wings glow and then send him flying in the direction you choose. This move travels a long way, making it an excellent recovery.
Jigglypuff: Rest This move is hard to hit with but can really send opponents flying! You’ll need to get very close or use it right when your opponent tries to attack.
Jigglypuff: Pound A simple punch that travels horizontally. You can use it repeatedly in midair—combine it with jumps to stay aloft for a very long time.
Yoshi: Egg Lay This move grabs opponents with Yoshi’s tongue and traps them in an egg. They’ll take less damage while trapped, but you can hit them all you like!
Robin: Thunder A red glow means that Thunder has charged into Arcthunder! A current with very high launching power will appear when this move connects.
Robin: Thunder When Thunder is fully charged, it becomes Thoron! The high-speed beam can deal damage to multiple opponents at once.
Rosalina: Luma Shot This sends Luma hurtling forward with a high chance of launching opponents. Charge up this move to send Luma flying farther.
R.O.B.: Robo Burner R.O.B. will use his burner to fly up. Don’t jump—just press the special-move button repeatedly to save fuel and let yourself fly longer.
Mii Brawler: Ultimate Uppercut This fierce uppercut can be charged. When fully charged, it’s super strong and has an extra-long super-armor effect at the start.
Mii Brawler: Exploding Side Kick Input in the opposite direction right after pressing the button to turn around and deliver this kick the other way! It’ll also deal more damage.
Mii Brawler: Foot Flurry On the ground, this flurry of kicks will move forward, ending with an upward kick. In the air, you’ll hover in place and kick downward.
Mii Swordfighter: Power Thrust This dashing thrust will travel sideways on the ground but diagonally down in the air. The sword’s tip is especially powerful.
Mii Swordfighter: Skyward Slash Dash Slash repeatedly while dashing in the direction you’ve pressed. Use it in the air to ambush opponents waiting below!
Mii Swordfighter: Gale Strike The tornado will become weaker as time passes, but the force of the wind will still push opponents even after it stops dealing damage.
Magicant Flying Man will fight alongside the first person who touches him. Get to him before anyone else has a chance!
Magicant There are only five Flying Men. If all five are defeated, no more will appear in the battle.
Balloon Fight This stage loops back on itself if you run to the left or right. However, getting launched can still KO you.
Wily Castle The Yellow Devil explodes when defeated, which counts as your attack if you defeated it. Use this to KO other fighters!
Golden Plains Collect 100 coins and you’ll turn to gold! You’ll become generally more powerful and won’t flinch at all.
PAC-MAZE Collect 100 Pac-Dots, and a Power Pellet will appear just for you. You can destroy ones that appear for your rivals, too!
Gerudo Valley Sometimes the wooden bridge will break if you stand on it or attack it. It’s a flimsy bridge and will break over time, too.
Jungle Japes The river below the stage flows very quickly, so don’t fall in! Try to knock foes into it instead!
Flat Zone 2: Fire If you leave items on the ground, a diver might appear and take them away.
Golden Plains Touch the red ring to make eight red coins appear. One red coin is worth five regular coins!
Golden Plains The scalelike platforms will tilt and fall if there is no one on the other side. Get two fighters on there to see who weighs more!
WarioWare, Inc. When the microgame starts, follow the instructions to get items or other bonuses!
Flat Zone 2: Chef You can launch the Chef off the stage by continuously hitting him. Once the Chef is gone, the stage will change to a new scene.
Find Mii The Dark Emperor is capable of destroying the platforms in this stage. There are only two, so watch out!
Paper Mario Watch out for the gigantic fan on the part of the stage that is on land. It’s much easier to be launched to the right when it spins!
Paper Mario Bowser’s metal face will appear and spin in the sky. If his eyes turn red, it’s a good time to run!
Living Room Five different kinds of puppies appear in the background. The breed will change randomly. Sometimes a kitten will appear instead!
Living Room The falling blocks are really painful if they land on you. Avoid damage by watching the shadows and moving before the blocks land.
Spirit Train If Link or Toon Link is busy in the battle, Alfonzo will handle being the train’s conductor.
Spirit Train The Spirit Train can have several different cabooses. It could be Linebeck’s shop, a coal car, a steel-frame car, or other cars!
Spirit Train Keep an eye on the black smoke from the Dark Train! It will jump before exploding, landing in a random place on the stage.
Magicant A giant tomato or iron octopus will fall into the clouds, slowly sinking in until it falls out the other side.
Magicant Standing on a giant tomato or an iron octopus will cause it to sink through the clouds faster.
Rainbow Road Sometimes Shy Guys drive by in karts. There is plenty of warning before the Shy Guys cruise by.
Rainbow Road The floor of the tunnel rotates; don’t get caught standing in one spot, or you’ll be sent flying off the screen!
Tomodachi Life Normally, only rooms that fighters are currently in will be visible. If you throw an X Bomb, though, a lot will be revealed!
Mute City This fight takes place on F-Zero machines in the middle of a race! Falling onto the course will hurt and send you flying through the air!
Unova Pokémon League Stairs will appear and connect to N’s Castle. The stairs will make the stage larger—change up your tactics with this new space!
Spirit Train The Armored Train is pointy in front and will try to push the train you are on off the stage. Don’t get pushed off during their conflict!
Spirit Train This train travels left at extremely high speed. You’ll need more luck than any one fighter has if you want to survive falling off the back.
3D Land: Blocks The Brick Blocks that appear in the beginning can be easily broken by hitting them once from below.
3D Land: ? Blocks ? Blocks give you items! Super Leaves will appear slightly more often than usual.
3D Land: Protruding Rocks The mountain range partway through the stage has rocks sticking out from it. The platform tilts and pushes fighters, so watch out!
3D Land: Shrinking and Growing Pipes Pipes that shrink and grow will appear throughout the stage. Time your jumps so you don’t fall down!
3D Land: Lifts on Rails During the ocean scene, the lift will travel along rails. Look ahead to spot where lifts are going next! Find the premium fighting spot!
3D Land: Spike Pillars Spike Pillars will pop out of the ocean at random. They can break lifts and deal a lot of damage to unlucky fighters.
Tortimer Island The shallow waters around the island are home to some vicious sharks. They’ll swim close and try to make a meal of an unsuspecting fighter.
Find Mii The faster you can rescue the Mii trapped in the cage, the faster the Dark Emperor will leave the battle.
Balloon Fight Beware the fish lurking beneath those pixelated waves—they’ll surface and try to get a mouthful of Smash Bros. fighter.
Paper Mario A Big Blooper will appear on the ocean stage. Don’t worry—it won’t attack. It will rock the ship, though, generating some waves.
3D Land: Donut Blocks As tasty as they may sound, the Donut Blocks are not for eating. You can, however, jump on top of them for a bit before they collapse from your weight.
3D Land: Flip Panels The Flip Panels at the beginning of this stage will flip, gradually creating more places for you to stand.
3D Land: Note Blocks Note Blocks appear at the beginning of the stage. Jumping on them will send fighters flying into the sky!
3D Land: Rotating Platforms This rotating platform may seem like a good place to fight, but it’ll toss anyone who’s still on it when it rotates!
Tomodachi Life The apartments and the Mii characters living in them will change every time you play. You might even see your friends!
Tortimer Island Kapp’n’s boat will sail out to sea after some time has passed. Disembark before he sails you off the stage!
Tortimer Island Durians and coconuts have no healing power, but sometimes they can explode when thrown.
Green Hill Zone The object with the blue ball on top is called a Point Marker. A Point Marker will twirl when the ball is hit, dealing damage to anyone too close.
Distant Planet The Red Bulborb will appear on the right, opening its mouth and looking for food. Being eaten by the Red Bulborb counts as a KO.
Distant Planet The slanted hill on the left side of the stage will flood with water when it rains. The strong current can sweep you off the edge. Watch out!
Distant Planet The objects labeled with numbers that blossom in the center of the flowers are called Pellets. Bigger numbers deal more damage when thrown.
Distant Planet Occasionally you might see Onions fly by. Hit them with Pellets to get items!
PictoChat 2 The stage changes as the background changes. Adjust your tactics depending on the drawing shown in the background.
Yoshi’s Island Shy Guys sometimes appear from the sky, carrying yummy food. Attack them to make them drop their tasty snacks!
Unova Pokémon League Sometimes Milotic, Whimsicott, and Shaymin will appear. Don’t worry—these three are only here to watch.
Unova Pokémon League Reshiram and Zekrom will attack when they appear on this stage. You might see some other Pokémon, too!
Unova Pokémon League Reshiram’s Fusion Flare move will unleash a burst of flames and then destroy the stairs, so be careful!
Unova Pokémon League Zekrom, the Dragon/Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, charges in using Fusion Bolt, which breaks the stairs or leaves platforms askew.
Tortimer Island Beehives will occasionally fall from the trees. Unless you like swarms of bees attacking you, be careful not to hit those beehives…
Find Mii The Dark Emperor uses random magic during the battle. What effect his magic will have is displayed on the bottom screen.
Arena Ferox Four types of platforms appear on this stage. Some of them can be destroyed! The statues too!
Boxing Ring Use the ropes around the ring to jump high into the air. These ropes let fighters who have no ups reach the lights overhead!
Boxing Ring Reach those lights hanging above the ring! Damage them enough and they’ll come crashing down, launching anyone caught beneath them.
Golden Plains Step on the P Switch (or just hit it) to make blue coins appear. They won’t stay around for long, so look lively!
Beetle Attack an incoming Beetle and it’ll do a U-turn. Beat the person who threw it at their own game!
Golden Hammer This sometimes turns into a Squeaky Hammer. It doesn’t hurt much, but that sound sure is cute, eh?
Screw Attack You can deliver air attacks while using the Screw Attack item. This can lead to powerful combos.
Master Ball A purple ball with the letter M on it. Unlike a regular Poké Ball, there’s almost always a Legendary inside.
Boomerang If you time it right and catch this on the way back, it’ll deal more damage next time you throw it.
Daybreak After completing it, press the attack button to fire a beam. Getting hit before firing it can KO you, so be careful!
Blast Box This item can be risky, since fire attacks will detonate it straight away. However, it’s safe to hit or throw it.
Fairy Bottle This heals your damage by 100…unless you’re below 100% at the time, in which case you can’t use it.
Hocotate Bomb While flying upward, it can hit enemies above it repeatedly and even launch them right off the screen.
Sandbag Sandbag takes damage just like a fighter. The more it takes, the easier it is to launch.
Hocotate Bomb The bomb detonates when it hits the ground. It has a big blast range, but the fighter who launched it is immune.
Lip’s Stick If you’re hit by one of these, a flower blooms on your head and slowly does damage. It’s so pretty, it’s a shame it hurts…
Pokémon: Electrode Right before an Electrode explodes, its body goes red and shrinks. That’s when you can grab it and throw it at your opponents!
Pokémon: Snorlax Snorlax grows as it rises into the air. If the timing’s right, you can get every other fighter in one fell swoop!
Pokémon: Inkay Inkay’s Topsy-Turvy move knocks over nearby fighters. It doesn’t work on anybody in the air, though, so try jumping!
Pokémon: Spewpa If attacked, it’ll react with a blast of Stun Spore, so…you leave Spewpa alone, Spewpa leaves you alone.
Pokémon: Kyogre Hydro Pump pushes fighters off the stage. It’s very difficult to escape the power of this current.
Pokémon: Entei Fire Spin has a gravitational effect, sucking in anyone who touches it. Once you’re trapped in the fiery pillar, it’ll do huge damage.
Pokémon: Oshawott Surf sweeps up anybody in its path—adjust your aim to catch fighters who try to get out of the way!
Pokémon: Dedenne Its Discharge attack creates an electrical burst with Dedenne in the center. Fighters caught in this will take multiple hits.
Pokémon: Bellossom Getting close to it will put you right to sleep! The more damage you’ve taken, the longer you’ll be counting sheep.
Pokémon: Mew Mew is so rare, you’ll be lucky to see one at all—but when you do, it’ll drop rare items onto the battlefield.
Pokémon: Goldeen If damage was dealt from enthusiasm, then Goldeen would KO everyone with Splash. But it isn’t. Not even when Goldeen comes from a Master Ball.
Pokémon: Darkrai Its Dark Void move has a strong gravitational pull and puts anyone who touches it to sleep. If you’re caught in midair, you’ll fall to the ground, sound asleep.
Pokémon: Kyurem Icy Wind freezes fighters in just one hit. Not only does the attack have a wide range, but Kyurem can keep it going for a long time.
Pokémon: Gardevoir Gardevoir uses a barrier that reflects projectiles. If you summoned it, your own projectiles won’t be affected. Nice!
Pokémon: Gogoat Gogoat will let you ride on its back. Charge down opponents to deal damage!
Pokémon: Meowth Meowth can use Pay Day to throw coins at enemy fighters. They don’t do much damage, but the attack has a wide range.
Pokémon: Victini Victini will use Victory Star to give the fighter who summoned it a boost. In a team battle, it will boost your teammates as well.
Pokémon: Arceus The attack Gravity will pull fighters out of the air. Anyone caught out beyond the edge will fall straight down.
Pokémon: Meloetta Meloetta’s song will bounce off walls and platforms. In smaller stages, the song will bounce unpredictably, making it tough to avoid.
Pokémon: Snivy Snivy’s Razor Leaf rapidly fires at short range, but anyone caught in it will be hit over and over and over.
Pokémon: Metagross Only touch Metagross if you like being buried. Anyone too slow to flee will suffer this Pokémon’s Earthquake attack.
Pokémon: Staryu Staryu will pursue a target and shoot stars at high speed. For fighters with projectile-absorbing moves, this is like an early birthday present!
Pokémon: Moltres Moltres slowly rises after appearing. Even barely touching this Legendary Pokémon will send a fighter flying.
Pokémon: Palkia Everything gets flipped 180 degrees, changing the battlefield. The controls don’t change though, so don’t accidentally fall off!
Pokémon: Abomasnow Abomasnow’s Blizzard move will pull you toward the Pokémon. Once Blizzard ends, Abomasnow will unleash Ice Punch!
Pokémon: Giratina Giratina launches a massive gust of wind that hits multiple times. Be careful—this move is tough to avoid and can send you off the screen.
Pokémon: Lugia Lugia will launch Aeroblast, a wide-range attack, from the back of the stage. This attack can’t be blocked—do all you can to get clear!
Pokémon: Genesect Both Genesect’s laser and its Techno Blast can penetrate walls, so all you can do is stay out of its line of sight.
Pokémon: Chespin Chespin will use Seed Bomb, causing explosions all around it that deal a large amount of damage to anyone hit by the attack.
Pokémon: Swirlix Anyone who strays too close to Swirlix will have their movement reduced. Take advantage of this if you brought Swirlix into battle!
Pokémon: Zoroark Zoroark’s Fury Swipes will smack foes down to the ground. If it gets ahold of its target again, it can use a follow-up attack.
Assist Trophy: Ghirahim Ghirahim moves gracefully through the battle, using swords and knives. He can’t be defeated— he’ll simply teleport back if you launch him.
Assist Trophy: Skull Kid Skull Kid calls on a variety of mystical powers when he appears in the battle. Unfortunately, these powers affect whoever summoned him, too!
Assist Trophy: Skull Kid Skull Kid has three different moves: he can reverse the directional inputs, make everyone invisible, or flip the stage upside down.
Assist Trophy: Mother Brain Attack Mother Brain to defeat her! The glass around her will shatter after she fires lasers— that’s your chance to strike!
Assist Trophy: Phosphora Phosphora can’t be defeated when she arrives on the battlefield, only made to flinch. However, her thunder attacks can be reflected or absorbed.
Assist Trophy: Starman He will shoot either a PK Beam γ or a PK Beam Ω, stunning fighters. PK Beam γ targets one fighter, but Ω is less discerning.
Assist Trophy: Starman If you can keep up with his teleporting, Starman can be defeated. Reflecting or absorbing the PK Beams is a good strategy, too.
Assist Trophy: Ashley A dark field will appear around Ashley. Any foes inside the field will move more slowly and take continuous damage.
Assist Trophy: Midna Watch out for Midna’s hand-shaped hair. She’ll reach out and grab nearby fighters no matter how badly you wish your shield could stop it.
Assist Trophy: Midna Midna won’t be abandoned in battle—she’ll teleport to chase foes. She also uses her teleport to return if she gets launched.
Assist Trophy: Elec Man Elec Man will move swiftly across the stage, firing Thunder Beam at fighters. A hit from this attack will leave a fighter stunned for a time.
Assist Trophy: Elec Man Attacking Elec Man will make him flinch, but you’ll have to launch him off the screen if you want to stop his lightning attacks.
Assist Trophy: Dark Samus This energy-based life-form looks a lot like Samus. Dark Samus fires homing missiles and rapid-fire rounds at fighters on the stage.
Assist Trophy: Sheriff Sheriff fires high-speed, powerful shots at fighters. These shots can be reflected, but absorbing them is not an option.
Assist Trophy: Isabelle Isabelle is here to support whichever fighter summoned her into the battle. She’ll throw healing fruit that’s used just by touching it.
Assist Trophy: Ghosts Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde will all appear on the stage! They each have their own movement patterns and will hurt opponents who touch them.
Fire Bar Five fireballs are linked to the hilt of this weapon. As you attack with it, the number of fireballs decreases.
Fire Bar You can use the Fire Bar both at short range and long range. The fireballs at the base of the weapon do the most damage.
Pokémon: Fennekin Incinerate creates a fire pillar reaching out in front of Fennekin. If it connects, it’ll do repeated damage to fighters.
Assist Trophy: Ashley Unless you summoned Ashley, eating food while within her dark field will cause damage instead of healing it. It’s Pit’s worst nightmare!
Assist Trophy: Ashley Ashley causes an effect at random. She’ll make attacks miss, limit movement, flip the controls, or bury, shrink, or make invisible all the fighters.
Assist Trophy: Ghirahim Ghirahim will use a dash attack at foes straight ahead. He moves swiftly—making it hard to dodge—and strikes hard enough to launch you.
Assist Trophy: Saki Amamiya Depending on the location of his target, Saki may shoot or slash with his weapon. The slash is very powerful at close range, so watch out!
Assist Trophy: Isabelle Isabelle cares how the fight is going! If the fighter who summoned her gets a KO, she’ll be happy! She’ll flinch if the fighters get close.
Assist Trophy: Isabelle Isabelle will do her best to throw the fruit she brought to the fighter who summoned her. This doesn’t mean other fighters can’t steal it.
Assist Trophy: Lakitu Lakitu’s Spiny Eggs will have a meteor effect on anyone they hit. Lakitu is perfect for stages that have small platforms.
Assist Trophy: Dillon Watch out! This armadillo will attack without fear. His Arma-Charge is super powerful, so get to dodging if you see him spinning up!
Assist Trophy: Dark Samus Dark Samus can be defeated by dealing enough damage. However, anyone who gets too close to her may receive a burst of Phazon energy.
Assist Trophy: Tingle Every so often, Tingle will send down a shower of Hammers. Even more rarely, he’ll rain Golden Hammers on the battlefield!
Assist Trophy: Tingle Tingle may sometimes become engulfed in flames! If this happens, everyone in the battle will suddenly act like they’ve consumed Superspicy Curry.
Assist Trophy: Tingle Sometimes Tingle will emerge from the Assist Trophy with a big balloon on his back. He’ll rise into the sky, leaving the battle without helping.
Assist Trophy: Tingle Tingle, a man with a stubby red nose and wearing an entirely green suit, randomly selects one of five different effects when summoned.
Assist Trophy: Color TV-Game 15 The paddles that appear to the left and right will try to keep a ball in play. You’ll take damage and be launched if you touch them.
Assist Trophy: Nightmare When Nightmare has changed from his Power Orb to his true form, the screen will go completely black, obscuring the stage.
Assist Trophy: Knuckle Joe A fighter sporting a bandanna. After a rapid- fire attack, Knuckle Joe will unleash Smash Punch or Rising Break, both very powerful moves.
Assist Trophy: Hammer Bro Hammer Bros. won’t move from side to side, so you can move around them and out of range.
Assist Trophy: Mother Brain Mother Brain will fire ring-shaped projectiles called Rinkas from off-screen. These are energy based, so they can be absorbed or reflected.
Assist Trophy: Mother Brain Mother Brain will send colorful lasers shooting up and down the screen. They can’t be absorbed or reflected, so you’ll have to just avoid them!
Assist Trophy: Mother Brain It’s totally fine to use Mother Brain to shield yourself from the attacks of your rivals.
Assist Trophy: Lyn Right before she strikes, Lyn will move slightly—this is your cue to dodge and avoid her attack!
Assist Trophy: Lyn Lyn is a swordfighter who has perfected her Quick Draw. After she has drawn her sword, she’ll attack the nearest opponent.
Assist Trophy: Waluigi Luigi’s purple-clothed rival. He only ever jumps directly up, so leaping left or right is a good way to avoid him.
Assist Trophy: Chain Chomp If a Chain Chomp falls off the stage, it’ll just jump straight back up!
Assist Trophy: Chain Chomp If a platform that can break is broken with one of these chained to it, the Chain Chomp will fall off the stage, as well.
Assist Trophy: Dr. Kawashima Numbers will fly in from off-screen. Attack them to make them change direction.
Assist Trophy: Phosphora Phosphora will teleport around the stage, dodging attacks and shooting lightning at everyone not fortunate enough to have summoned her.
Pokémon: Keldeo When it uses Secret Sword, it will rush up to a fighter and deliver a powerful, wide- range slash attack with its extended horn.
Pokémon: Suicune Getting hit by Aurora Beam will give you a chance to cool off. Literally. Even touching Suicune right when it appears will freeze you.
Pokémon: Xerneas Everyone’s launching power will get a boost when Xerneas is around. It’ll be much easier to launch rivals who have low damage.
Pokémon: Deoxys Hyper Beam draws in fighters, but it won’t hurt for you to launch them toward Deoxys, too.
Pokémon: Fletchling Once Fletchling settles on a target, it can be a real pest. Strike while your foes are distracted by this little Pokémon’s attacks!
Boss Galaga If you get caught up in Boss Galaga’s tractor beam, you’ll be pulled right up off the stage. Wiggle back and forth quickly to escape!
Boss Galaga It’s possible to defeat Boss Galaga! He’ll change color as he takes damage. The bluer he gets, the weaker he’s becoming!
Lip’s Stick Using Lip’s Stick to damage a foe will make a flower bloom. The flower grows as you continue to deal damage.
Assist Trophy: Devil The Devil will begin pointing in various directions, and the stage will shift that way. If you get slid off the screen, you’ll get KO’d!
Assist Trophy: Ghosts Blinky will always take the quickest route to a foe. Inky, meanwhile, prefers to move randomly in a direction opposite the foe.
Assist Trophy: Ghosts Pinky will try to catch her target out by getting in front and ambushing them. Clyde doesn’t have a target—he just does whatever he likes.
Assist Trophy: Chain Chomp A Chain Chomp’s chomp will deal more damage than just touching one. Be careful, though; even chained up, they’ve got a long range.
Pokémon: Eevee Eevee will use Take Down on any fighters nearby. If there aren’t any, it’ll just stand around looking a bit confused.
Items on Floating Platforms In Multi-Man Smash, items occasionally float by on a platform. These aren’t random—the same items will appear at the same time in every battle.
Classic: Route Map The paths are marked with a color to show their difficulty: blue, green, or red. The harder the path, the better the reward!
All-Star: Rest Area In the rest area between matches in All-Star, moves that normally heal you…won’t.
Smash Run: Powers The number of Powers a fighter can carry depends on the fighter’s weight—the heavier the fighter, the more they can manage.
Smash Run: Ranks and Prizes After the final fight, you’ll find out your ranking. You’ll earn better and rarer items by placing higher!
Smash Run: Participants and Prizes The more people you play with in Smash Run, the more prizes you’ll all receive at the end.
Enemies: Orne Ornes are dangerous foes. Just touching one will KO you instantly. When you hear that eerie music, run! Run away!
Stat Boosts Just running and attacking will slowly boost your speed and attack stats.
Rare Items Looking for cool stuff like trophies and custom parts? Try defeating bonus enemies and opening treasure chests.
Glunders, Glices, and Glires They all roll along the ground, but they’re based on different elements. Glire is red, Glice is blue, and Glunder is yellow.
Enemies: Glice An icy enemy that’s weak to fire. Its attack range is small, but you’ll freeze if it hits you.
Enemies: Glire A fiery enemy that’s weak to ice. It attacks slowly but deals a lot of damage.
Cannonball Effect When you defeat an enemy, it will fly off like a cannonball and deal damage to other enemies it hits.
Enemies: Goomba The classic Mario enemy. Punches and kicks will work, but jumping on it delivers a one-hit KO in trademark Mario style.
Enemies: Big Goomba Its health and attack power may be high, but you can stomp on it to do massive damage. A Goomba’s still a Goomba!
Enemies: Mimicutie Lures you in disguised as a treasure chest, and then comes after you. Often drops Powers and other rarities.
Enemies: Glunder An electrical enemy with no particular weakness but fairly low health. Its attacks are wide ranging but deal little damage.
Powerful Enemies Strong enemies like Reapers drop lots of items. These can include rare rewards.
Enemies: Gastly A Ghost-type Pokémon unaffected by punches and kicks. You’ll have to use projectiles to defeat it.
Enemies: Bubble Red Bubbles are weak to water and electricity, blue ones to fire. Attack accordingly to extinguish their colored flame and weaken them.
Enemies: Megonta This pill bug look-alike attacks by rolling at you. It’s invincible while balled up, so strike wisely.
Enemies: Darknut Breaking a Darknut’s armor changes its attack pattern and raises its speed, but your attacks will now make it flinch.
Enemies: Chain Chomp You can’t defeat a Chain Chomp—just the post it’s chained to. Once free, it will run off and leave behind an item.
Enemies: Polar Bear Polar bears are weak to fire attacks. They’ll flinch when struck by fire, making them far easier to defeat.
Enemies: Flame Chomp Don’t touch the Flame Chomp’s fireballs! That means both the ones it fires at you and the ones that are still attached to its tail.
Enemies: Flame Chomp When a Flame Chomp’s tail is gone, its eyes will droop and it will flash. Defeat it quickly or it will explode!
Enemies: Peahat Peahats will keep sending Peahat Larvae at you. These are hard to avoid because of their scattered flight patterns.
Enemies: Reaper If a Reaper spots you, its special music will play and it’ll go berserk. It’ll also summon Reapettes, making it hard to even get close.
Enemies: Octorok Octoroks will fire rocks at distant fighters. Deflecting an Octorok’s own rock back at it is a one-hit KO!
Enemies: Spike Top Projectiles have no effect on Spike Tops, and these shelled beasts don’t flinch easily either. Give them a toss instead.
Enemies: Kamek Kamek flies around and teleports, making an air battle all but inevitable. Try to ground this goof with a strong attack.
Enemies: Souflee These cake-shaped enemies like to run away from the player. In typical bonus-enemy fashion, they drop excellent stat boosts if you catch them.
Enemies: Darknut Darknuts attack by swinging their large swords around. Their shields deflect attacks, so try to hit them from behind!
Enemies: Poppant Poppants store candy and gift-wrapped boxes in their bucket-like lower bodies. Defeat these bonus enemies for some sweet rewards!
Enemies: Poppant Poppants will run away if you get too close or attack them. They’ll also throw stones and Bob-ombs in their wake! Watch out!
Enemies: Polar Bear When a polar bear jumps, you should jump too. The earthquake from their landing won’t affect you if you’re in the air.
Area Lockdown When the screen locks in place and swarms of enemies start to appear, hold your ground. Leaving the screen then will count as a KO.
Enemies: Bumpety Bomb Bumpety Bombs flash more and more quickly as they get closer to exploding. The blast hurts other enemies, too, so use that to your advantage!
Launching Foes Off-Screen Launching enemies off the screen will defeat them even if they haven’t taken much damage. However, you won’t get as many stat boosts.
Enemies: ReDead Fighters on the ground will be left shaking if a ReDead’s screech hits them, but airborne fighters will keep their wits about them.
Enemies: Tac Tac will fire his hand at you to try and steal your stat boosts. If he gets them, defeat him before he runs away or they’ll be gone for good!
Enemies: Tiki Buzz From time to time, one of these drumlike enemies will swoop down to attack you. Jump on its head midswoop to take it out in one hit.
Enemies: Koffing Get too close, and you’ll be sprayed with an extra-powerful Poison Gas that reduces your stats more than regular Poison Gas.
Enemies: Cucco When a Cucco gets hurt—even by defeated enemies cannonballing toward it—it’ll call upon its flock to strike back at you.
Enemies: Bacura Bacuras are invincible spinning boards that can reflect projectiles. Touching one will launch you downward.
Enemies: Octorok When you get close to an Octorok, it’ll hide in the grass. You won’t be able to hit it with attacks, but you can still throw it.
Enemies: Bubble These flying skulls with wings come in two varieties. Red flames indicate a fire element, while blue flames indicate ice.
Enemies: Zuree These ghosts with big claws are impossible to hit before they take physical form. When they attack, that’s your chance to strike back.
Enemies: Clubberskull Once freed, a Clubberskull will swing its arms in wide circles, dealing a lot of damage if it lands hits. Best to fight at a distance if you can.
Area Lockdown The number in the top left is your target number of enemies to beat. Hit that mark, and you’ll get an especially large stat boost!
Event: Treasure Trove This event unlocks a treasure trove full of…you guessed it…treasure! Check your map to see where it is.
Enemies: Koffing This Pokémon fills its body up with toxic gases like a balloon. If its Poison Gas move hits you, it’ll reduce your stats.
Enemies: Flage This slimy green foe disappears and moves closer to you. Its shadow will give away where it is heading.
Enemies: Boom Stomper Don’t expect your attacks to do a lot to a Boom Stomper’s rock-solid body. Aim for its weak point: the leaf on its head.
Enemies: Clubberskull When a Clubberskull’s on a rampage, it’ll come after fighters relentlessly. It’ll even jump over walls and other obstacles!
Enemies: Megonta Hit a Megonta’s weak point—the stomach—and you can topple it over. It can’t do anything until it gets back up, so you have a chance to strike.
Enemies: Bulborb Bulborbs will use a slam attack if there’s a fighter behind them. It can hurt a lot, but it also leaves the Bulborb open to counterattacks.
Enemies: Reaper An angry Reaper won’t move around—it’ll just turn to the left and right. If you’re right in front of it, it’ll swing its scythe.
Enemies: Reapette These Reaper minions can pass right through walls. They’ll disappear in one hit, so it’s easy to clear them out with some careful aim.
Enemies: Bonkers This gorilla-like foe uses a hammer to strike with a variety of attacks. When he charges up Hammer Flip, it can hit you for serious pain.
Enemies: Bonkers Bonkers is so tough that your attacks won’t make him flinch at all. However, he does leave himself wide open after swinging his hammer.
Enemies: Devil Car If you’re close by when a Devil Car has stopped moving, it’ll spout exhaust fumes that paralyze you. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy…
Enemies: ReDead These shambling creatures made from magically animated clay will let out a hideous screech if you come near, leaving you shaking.
Enemies: Lurchthorn These fishlike foes pull five cannons along behind them. Each cannon takes damage on its own, but defeating the head can save you some time.
Powers and Speed Slower fighters can carry more Powers. Putting on equipment that makes you faster or slower will affect this, too!
Enemies: Starman Starmen are aliens that move by teleporting and unleash PK Beam attacks. These beams will briefly paralyze you if they hit, so watch out!
Enemies: Starman Reflect a PK Beam back at a Starman to defeat it in one satisfying hit. However, this trick won’t work on a Starman summoned as an Assist Trophy.
Enemies: Spike Top Hitting Spike Tops can flip them over. That’s the only time projectiles can hurt them.
Enemies: Tiki Buzz Bounce off one of these for a big jump. It might even let you reach places you couldn’t get to before!
Enemies: Bumpety Bomb You can’t hit a Bumpety Bomb through the armor on its front. Instead, attack from behind or try to throw it.
Enemies: Cryogonal This Ice-type Pokémon floats in the air and fires an Ice Beam. If the beam hits you, you’ll be frozen.
Enemies: Daphne Looks can be deceiving! These cute, flowery foes float along dropping mines that will flash and then explode when a fighter comes near.
Enemies: Daphne A Daphne’s mines will explode if you attack them. Best to use projectiles to take them out from a comfortable distance.
Enemies: Pooka These red little enemies with goggles will walk up to fighters and tackle them.
Enemies: Pooka Each time a Pooka takes damage, it’ll puff up like a balloon. When it finally pops, the blast will damage surrounding enemies.
Enemies: Kihunter These insectoid enemies spit acid at you from the air. Touching the acid will paralyze you for a short time.
Enemies: Kihunter Kihunters won’t spit acid at you if they’re below you. Fighting them from above is an excellent strategy.
Enemies: Blue Shy Guy Blue Shy Guys have slightly more health than other Shy Guys. They tend to drop Defense boosts.
Enemies: Yellow Shy Guy Yellow Shy Guys jump slightly higher than other Shy Guys. They tend to drop Jump boosts.
Enemies: Green Shy Guy Green Shy Guys move slightly faster than other Shy Guys. They tend to drop Speed boosts.
Enemies: Iridescent Glint Beetle These golden bugs stay underground until a fighter comes near. They’re bonus enemies, and often when you launch one, it’ll drop some gold.
Enemies: Iridescent Glint Beetle The farther you launch one of these, the more gold it’ll drop. It’ll go back underground if it gets launched five times or if enough time passes.
Enemies: Monoeye These enormous eyeballs fly around above you, occasionally targeting you with energy blasts.
Enemies: Shotzo Depending on the type, these indestructible cannons will either fire three shots in a fixed direction or one shot aimed at you.
Enemies: Fly Guy A type of Shy Guy that flies around, dangling items. Sometimes they even carry custom parts!
Enemies: Nutski These airborne enemies from the Forces of Nature fire either a burst of weak seeds or a single big seed that deals more damage.
Enemies: Hammer Bro Hammer Bros. jump up and down while throwing hammers. The hammers bounce off the walls and floor, so watch out!
Enemies: Lakitu Lakitus ride on a cloud and throw down Spiny Eggs. These turn into Spinies when they hit the ground.
Enemies: Roturret Roturrets hang in the air and fire three shots from each of their two cannons. The last pair of shots has extra launching power.
Enemies: Reo These enemies swoop down from above to tackle fighters. However, they can’t actually hit you if you’re directly below them. Give it a try!
Enemies: Generator Generators disappear after they’ve finished spawning enemies. Defeat them before they finish to get a big bounty as a reward!
Enemies: Bill Blaster These fire Bullet Bills (and sometimes other enemies). Destroy a Bill Blaster before it’s out of ammo, and you might just get extra items.
Event: Heavenly Light A light engulfs the fighters, causing damage to nearby enemies. The effect is just like the Power of the same name.
Event: Fast Learner One stat will be easier to upgrade for a while. Stat boosts for it will appear more frequently, and it’ll upgrade more quickly from play, too.
Event: Bonus Time During this event, enemies will drop more stat boosts. This is a good chance to really raise those numbers!
Enemies: Devil Car These cars are the most inconsiderate drivers, trying to ram right into you! If one hits you at high speed, it’ll hurt.
Enemies: Lurchthorn Each of a Lurchthorn’s cannons will drop items and stop shooting if you destroy it. However, the other cannons will get stronger as a result.
Enemies: Banzai Bill These enormous versions of Bullet Bills have a LOT of health. They also explode with a big blast radius after getting stuck in the terrain.
Using Powers Using Powers aggressively at the start will let you beat enemies easily for some early stat boosts. That’ll make later foes easier too.
Using Powers If you get KO’d in Smash Run, your stats will go down. Try to keep some good Powers in reserve to help you stay in the game!
Enemies: Bullet Bill These bullets with angry eyes and angry fists will either fly in a straight line or chase after fighters.
Enemies: Kritter Green Kritters will try to bite you, while blue Kritters will use their claws in a spinning jump attack.
Enemies: Gordo These spiky little balls are invincible, and just touching one will hurt and send you reeling.
Enemies: Geemer Geemers can crawl along the ground, the walls… even the ceiling! Those spikes will hurt any fighter who touches them.
Enemies: Sneaky Spirits These rhythmic spooks pop up at regular intervals. Defeat one of these bonus enemies to get great rewards, like stat boosts for all stats.
Enemies: Lethinium These floral fiends shoot lasers that can go through the terrain. If the beam doesn’t hit, the next shot will be at a different angle.
Enemies: Pooka Pookas can chase after you by burrowing through walls and the ground. While doing this, you can’t hit them, only look at their goggles.
Enemies: Plasma Wisp When these glowing foes have fully charged their attack to its third level, they become immune to projectiles and direct attacks.
Enemies: Cryogonal Sometimes Cryogonals will fire an Ice Beam that mows down everything around them. This takes longer to charge than the usual beam.
Enemies: Bronto Burt Bronto Burts fly around and try to hit you with their spin attack. The attack doesn’t do much damage but has high launching power.
Enemies: Shy Guy Red Shy Guys have more attack power than other Shy Guys. They tend to drop Attack stat boosts.
Enemies: Types of Shy Guys Shy Guys come in four colors: red, blue, yellow, and green. They have different abilities and tend to drop different stat boosts.
Enemies: Skuttler Cannoneer The color of the cannon shows which type it is. Blue = beam, green = bazooka, and red = missile.
Enemies: Skuttler Mage These one-eyed enemies use magic to lower your stats. They’re tough, but that only means a greater bounty of stat boosts once you defeat them.
Enemies: Mahva These fishlike foes with six eyes can protect other enemies with their barriers. Break down the barrier first—then you can hit the Mahva.
Enemies: Mettaur When a Mettaur’s hiding under its helmet, attacking it won’t accomplish anything. However, you can still grab and throw it.
Enemies: Metroid These alien creatures float around and then try to clamp down on you with their sharp fangs. Quickly struggle to break free from their grasp.
Enemies: Parasol Waddle Dee Attack a Waddle Dee to make it let go of its parasol. As the parasol floats into the air, it can snag you and carry you with it. Watch out!
Enemies: Peahat Larva These weak enemies are thrown by Peahats. You can even defeat them with moves that don’t deal any damage, like Mario’s F.L.U.D.D.
Enemies: Petilil This Grass-type Pokémon’s Sleep Powder move will only affect fighters on the ground.
Challenge Doors Go into the red door if you are ready for a challenge! If you clear the challenge, you can get great rewards!
Challenge Doors Sometimes there won’t be a challenge behind the door at all. Just a bonus room full of treasure chests and stat boosts!
Smash Run: Edge of the Stage There are a lot of challenge doors and treasure chests around the edges of the labyrinth—but lots of strong enemies, too.
Challenges: Defeat them all! Defeat all the enemies in the time allotted. Be careful not to fall off the narrow platforms as you fight!
Challenges: Defeat them all! If you touch the floor under the platforms when it’s red, you’ll be KO’d immediately. That applies to foes, too, so try to send them to their doom!
Challenges: Crystal Smash! Break all the crystals in the time allotted. Breaking them gets you stat boosts!
Stat Boosts: Special Some special moves won’t just deal more damage—they’ll also take less time to charge or have an expanded range.
Stat Boosts: Arms Arms stat boosts will improve throwing moves and attacks using items. They also make healing items more effective.
Stat Boosts: Defense Improving your Defense means you’ll take less damage and your shield will be more durable. It’ll also be easier to achieve a perfect shield.
Star-Shaped Stat Boosts These star-shaped stat boosts will improve all six stats. You’ll get them from treasure chests or by defeating special enemies.
Stat Megaboost These items will double the effectiveness of stat boosts for a short time. You’ll power up twice as fast while moving around, too!
Cannonball Effect When you defeat a large foe, the cannonball effect can take out other enemies, too. However, the other enemies won’t fly off like cannonballs.
Events: Amped Up! For a short time, your Speed and Jump stats will be maxed out. This lets you reach all kinds of places—but be careful not to go too far!
Events: Fests Loads of a single enemy will appear. The name of the fest tells you which one. A Souflee Fest is a chance to get tons of stat boosts!
Challenges: Crystal Smash! When you’re attacking crystals, sometimes large cracks will appear. Aim your attacks at these to destroy the crystals more efficiently.
Stat Boosts: Arms One effect of Arms stat boosts is to increase your grabbing range. They also make you less likely to drop items when attacked.
Breaking Your Fall When you hit the wall, floor, or ceiling after being launched, press the shield button to break your fall and avoid follow-up attacks.
Grabbing Edges If you grab an edge that someone else is grabbing, you’ll steal it from them. So much for first come, first served!
Footstool Jump You can jump on an opponent’s head and use them as a springboard. If they’re airborne, they’ll fall down, too.
Clinging to Walls Some fighters can temporarily stick to walls if you keep holding in the direction of the wall. Not every wall is good for this move, though…
Crouch Walking Some fighters can move while crouched if you input diagonally down to the left or right.
Hitstun Shuffling Input in a direction while taking damage, and you’ll shift slightly in that direction.
Shield Break While your shield is up, it’ll gradually get smaller. When it finally breaks, you’ll become dizzy.
Super Armor This is a state where you won’t flinch even while taking damage. Some specials will trigger this.
Turning and Grabbing If you turn around while running and then grab, your grabbing range will be longer than usual.
Eating While Prone Press the attack button while you’re prone to eat a food item that’s fallen nearby.
Wall Jumping Some fighters can jump off walls. Input in the opposite direction while touching the wall to do this.
Low Jump Press the jump button very briefly and you’ll jump lower than usual, letting you use air attacks against ground-level foes.
Shifting Your Shield You can gently input a direction while shielding to move your shield. This lets you block effectively, even with a small shield.
Meteor Smash Launching an opponent straight downward is known as a Meteor Smash. Doing this when there isn’t a platform below is a good one-hit KO method.
Perfect Shield Shielding right before an attack results in a perfect shield. You’ll be able to strike back immediately after guarding.
Catching Items You can catch items thrown at you by pressing the attack button at just the right time.
Smash Throw When you throw an item, quickly press in the same direction as your throw. You’ll throw it farther than usual that way.
Letting Go of Items Press the grab button to drop the item you’re holding. Even an item dropped like this deals a small amount of damage.
Stale Moves Using the same attack constantly will decrease its power. Add a little variety to your fighting, and spice up your game!
Equipment Fighters can carry up to three pieces of equipment. Carrying different equipment can really change the way you play a fighter!
Types of Equipment Equipment can affect either attack, defense, or speed. You can equip more than one piece of the same type.
Strong Equipment Taking on higher intensity levels in Classic mode or achieving high scores in minigames can hugely affect the power of the equipment you pick up.
Custom Special Moves Each of the custom special moves have different attributes. Choose carefully to create the perfect fighter for your play style!
Bonus Effects You can equip multiple pieces of equipment with the same bonus effect to make that effect stronger.
Magnifying-Glass Damage When you move off-screen, you’ll be shown in a little circle. You’ll gradually take damage while off the screen, so don’t linger!
Throwing Items Drop items by pressing the grab button. Input a direction when you drop an item to throw the item in that direction.
Mii Fighters’ Physiques The physique of the Mii your Mii Fighter was based on will affect it! A big Mii is stronger, while a smaller Mii is faster.
Easy Final Smash Fighters who are really lagging behind will sometimes be ready to use a Final Smash as soon as they return from being KO’d.
Grab You have to wait at least a second between letting go of an opponent and grabbing them again, so be patient!
Shieldstun Shuffling Angling to one side or the other while blocking with your shield will move it very slightly in that direction.
Grab an Item While Airborne You can grab an item in midair by dodging or attacking at just the right time.
Interacting with Equipment Using equipment that raises attack will lower defense at the same time. You know what they say—the best defense is a good offense!