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  • How does anyone see Game And Watch? He's clearly depicted as a 2D character, so shouldn't he appear as a nearly invisible straight line to all the fighters?
    • If he's two dimensional, he would be seen from the same angle regardless of where you were standing.
      • Which indeed seems to be the case in the Subspace Emissary.
    • If you look at his trophy, you will see that those grey outlines around him have depth. Of course, the characters are still fighting just a grey line, but it's better than nothing.
    • I'm a little confused how some of the attacks connect, especially with Link, who has attacks that are PERFECT vertical slashes. Oh, and how do they manage to grab him?
  • One of the houses in Onett has a smoking chimney, indicating that someone there needs it for warmth. But if that's the case, why is it a bright and sunny day?
    • Cooking? Forging?
  • What the hell is up with Master Hand? All the other characters are quite sensible fighters, but Master Hand is this giant...floating...hand with weird attacks, and has HP instead of damage percentage. What's going on?
    • It's clear from the opening cinemas that the entire Smash Bros franchise is just some kid playing with his toys. Master Hand is the kid.
    • They seem to be moving away from this, as Brawl is identified as "a world where trophies fight", but yes, the original game even had the characters being pulled out of a toy box and placed on a table with random items that were arranged to resemble a stage.
      • Technically, the trophies are those little collectible figurines, so they are still basically toys if you look at it.
    • Isn't the idea that this level represents a set of toys attacking (and crippling - note the HP) a child's hand worse than a weird boss fight?
      • I guess that explains the... discomforting music that plays after you beat him in SSB64.
      • Not really, as I think the whole thing was supposed to be the kid(s) playing. If you've ever seen a young kid playing with only one toy, often his hand will become the opponent (although usually the hand wins.)
      • Absolutely. Who here can honestly say they didn't attack their toys, overpower them and make them worship one as a giant god, and demand that sacrifices periodically be thrown down the stairs in order to stay your horrible wrath?
      • Kids Are Cruel. Very, very cruel.
      • A better question is, where did this kid get all of these wonderful toys? I want a Smash Bros collectible trophy toyline, dagnabbit.
      • Though, I guess with Brawl and the advent of Tabuu and his puppet strings of doom, that whole Kid-Playing-With-Toys thing might be going out the window.
      • Since "Tabuu is The Master Hand's Mom" as mentioned in the WMG, that's a metaphor for forcing her son to put away his toys for the night.
      • Wasn't it Master Hand's Dad?
      • I guess you missed out... this little store near where I used to live as a kid used to sell PVC Nintendo figurines at 3 bucks a pop. I had about a zillion Marios in different poses, a Luigi, a couple of Links, a King Hippo... and of course, being a kid, I put on Smash Bros. style fights with them. Dunno if they make 'em any more, but if they don't, Smash Bros. would be a prime excuse to reissue them. //Later: Apparently, they are still being made in some form; this guy is selling some sets on eBay.
      • Actually, I was always under the impression that Master Hand is, in fact, a character from a video game. For example, look at the menu screen of any other video game; you'll find that your pointer is often a white gloved hand. This is the hand that controls every action some videogame characters make. Buuuut, that's just my opinion...
      • Doesn't Master Hand make a reappearance as a boss in one of the Kirby games? I think you even got Kirby's Melee moveset for "copying" him.
      • Yup. He's also the white glove in the "Continue" screen for various Kirby games.
      • Of course, in a game where electric mice, huge fire breathing turtles, a pink marshmallow that swallows things and absorbs their power, a hedgehog that can run faster then the speed of sound, and a sexy princess that transforms crossdresses into a ninja, the giant white hand is the odd nonsensical fight.
      • But he was the only one who didn't play by the same rules as everyone else. (At least before Crazy and the Subspace boss types.) Everyone else was affected by gravity and was defeated by falling off the stage or into the distance. He floated at will and had limited health. This was odd.
      • He made up the rules, so why should he follow them.
    • My current theory is that MH and CH = Rayman.
      • Mine is that they're the hands of Dr. Kawashima.
      • No, I think they're based on Bongo Bongo.
      • If they had been the hands of Rudy the Clown, we'd have had a much better final boss for the SSE.
      • Master Hand is totally Glover from the old PS 1/N64 game 'Glover'.
      • Are you kidding? They've got to be Andross.
      • It looks to me that the moves are based off of Wham Bam Rock.
    • Here's a better question: what does Crazy Hand represent?
      • The trophy descriptions state that Master Hand represents creativity while Crazy Hand represents destruction. As in, the child gets their mind going on the possibilities of their favorite characters fighting each other, while at the same time, they pretty much beat up on their toys, as the Kids Are Cruel note above signifies.
    • Does it have to be a child? I always took it to be some sort of sadistic sorcerer (alliteration unintentional).
  • Why is Rayquaza in a lake? It's supposed to live in the ozone layer.
    • It's on vacation.
    • I like to think that the Subspace Army chased it out of its natural habitat, so it's staying in the lake, waiting for them to bugger off.
    • Nah, it's just that Rayquaza has the worst luck. When Fox's Arwing was shot down by the Halberd, he probably smacked right into Rayquaza's head and knocked it into the lake. That's why it's so pissed at Fox.
    • Rayquaza believes that anyone who enters the ozone layer is invading his territory, so he was probably mad at Fox for flying through it. I guess he was hiding in the lake for the Arwing's pilot to come out, and he thought it was Diddy.
    • Deoxys pissed it off again, probably. By the way, why does it know Dig?
      • Maybe it's using Dive on land? (Hey, you can do that in the games!)
  • In Brawl, how is it that Mario can be at a stadium with Zelda, but then not recognize Link when he's teamed up Yoshi, one of his best friends?
    • A better question would be: how could Yoshi believe that Mario is capable of what they thought happened? However, there is more than one Yoshi.
      • http://silentkv.deviantart.com/art/Yoshi-falling-48605263
      • Perhaps the trophies just jump up and fight at the first opportunity.
      • It's not that Mario doesn't recognize Link and Yoshi. It's that he's just seen Peach's trophy dissolve, which is tantamount to being Killed Off for Real in the Smash world. It's entirely understandable that he'd be a bit ticked off at Link under those circumstances.
      • I think it's important to point out that there are two alternate ways this scene plays out, just to avoid confusion.
      • Yeah, this troper saw Link trying to stab Mario from above with a vicious downstab.
    • For those of you who did not comprehend the above, the princess whose "trophy" dissolves can be either Peach or Zelda, depending on which one you saved as Kirby. Furthermore, the character whose duty it is to constantly rescue that princess sees the other one on the scene, assumes the worst, and is justifiably pissed.
    • Hadn't by that point in time both of them experienced the doppelganger powers of the enemies? Perhps they assumed the other one wasn't the real Mario or Link.
  • In Subspace Emissary, how in Din's name does Ganondorf, a wizard from a medieval world who spends most of his time either dead or sealed away, know how to use a computer?
    • He doesn't. The R.O.B.s do all the grunt work while he just stands in front of the screen and acts menacing. Alternatively, the bad guys buy their electronic systems from the same place most first-time mecha pilots do.
    • He's a wizard. He probably has spells for understanding things.
      • He's also depicted as an intelligent man in general, and it isn't really known how long he's had to cook up his current plan before it was set into motion. He could have had plenty of time to learn.
      • Well, seeing as the Subspace Emissary takes place in some kind of parallel universe where all the Nintendo characters coexist, it isn't much of a stretch to assume that that world's version of Ganondorf would know how to use computers. Even if he were the original Ganondorf, though, I'm sure that he would teach himself how to use them. He'd gladly use anything he can if it furthered his goals.
  • What makes no sense is after Lucas and the Pokemon Trainer beat Galleom, why couldn't the Trainer release his Charizard as they were falling to their doom? I'm sure Charizard is strong enough to carry two boys.
    • Either he couldn't reach the pokeball grabbed like that, or he was unconscious.
      • The trainer looked pretty alive after he was grabbed and I think he could have gotten the ball after Lucas broke them free. If you meant Charizard, I don't see why it would be KO'd in the storyline since it was alive and kicking beforehand, and usually you can have all but one guy knocked out during the game and they magically come back in a cut scene.
      • He got knocked unconscious on the way up. Probably G-Forces. That's why Lucas had to grab him in the first place.
      • Alternate explanation: He doesn't have the badge needed to use Fly outside of battle.
      • Makes sense: For the FR/LG fly, you need to beat Lt. Surge. All our plucky hero had was a Squirtle...
      • How'd he catch Ivysaur and Charizard so easily though? Are they wild or did they belong to him and become separated?
      • He wanted to fill his Pokedex, of course. The real question is: How do you capture wild Ivysaur and Charizard on the Pokémon games?
      • Mew glitch.
      • Have you tried to fly as Charizard? He can barely carry himself up for a metre, imagine what it woud be like to carry a man and a boy up a massive tunnel.
      • Ever played Pokemon? Charizard learns the HM Fly which allows it to fly it's trainer somewhere. Adding a little boy in the mix isn't that much more weight.
      • The Pokemon Trainer probably didn't use Charizard to save them because by the time he got it out of the Pokeball and issued the proper commands they'd be pancakes, they were falling pretty fast.
  • Why did the R.O.B.s need Pikachu as a power source? Don't they have their own generators or something? And what was Ridley doing in their base? Was he working for Tabuu like the other villains?
    • Clearly Ridley just busted into their base to harass Samus. It's all he does.
      • Or Ganondorf got an alarm from the facility, told Ridley that it was Samus, and things just fell into place.
    • Most likely, it was as much to keep Pikachu out of the way as it was to get a power source. He's proven himself a hero in the past, so he's as much a threat as any. Note that they seemed to be specifically targeting Pokemon- separating Trainer from his partners, aggravating Rayquaza, etc. Pikachu's kidnapping fits into the pattern.
      • It seemed more to me that Trainer was catching Ivysaur and Charizard for the first time. To fill out his Pokedex, presumably.
    • Pokepunk.
    • My guess is that Ridley was working for the Subspace Army, and he was there to make sure Samus doesn't take back her armor. And I think that they were using Pikachu to power everything because he can produce more electricity than a generator.
      • Pikachu can produce a great deal more power than anything they had, so they may have been using Pikachu to power the machines that were copying the Power Suit. Freeing Pikachu shut production down, which is why you didn't have to fight an entire horde of SA-X.
    • The experiments looked like classic Space Pirate hijinx (namely, hurting others to benefit themselves). the pirates could have had a role similar to Bowser, or maybe one similar to Wario... in either case it seems they weren't popular enough for the game to bother clarifying.
  • On that note, why doesn't Ganondorf use his sword? Y'know, the one that he pulls out in his taunt? Yeah. THAT one. Yeah, it makes for a decent joke on the dojo, but Sakurai, I would have much preferred it if you just let him use the freaking sword!
    • Maybe it was a tier thing. They already have three sword users, one of which (Ike) is rather slow and heavy, so Ganondorf would be, as some say, "an Ike spoof" or vice-versa. Then again, it might simply be for consistency matters: he didn't use it on Melee either... And yes, I'd like to see Ganondorf using a sword. And actually turning into Ganon as Final Smash, by the way.
      • Er, what? He does turn into Ganon. For a One-Hit Kill, I might add.
      • If he hits you. Anybody with decent jumping skills 'cept Bowser and Ganondorf can dodge it. There's a reason that he's currently bottom tier.
      • Except that Final Smashes play no part in the tier list due to being available from items.
      • Maybe he means doing it Giga Bowser style. Or turning into OoT Ganon.
      • I always saw it as he's bragging that he doesn't even need his swords, cause, you know... he doesn't!
    • Because they were too lazy to make Ganondorf not a clone of Captain Falcon.
      • Sort of- Ganondorf was originally going to use the sword as part of his new moveset but they couldn't program it in due to time constraints (He was one of the last characters announced as playable). They had the sword rendered, but didn't want to delay the game again for the sake of a single character. Toon Link still has no excuse.
  • If Mario can turn giant any time he wants, why doesn't he just stay like that and kick all asses!? Its a menacing taunt but an empty threat.
    • That would be unfair to the other fighters.
    • Without a Super Mushroom on hand, it takes all of his power to manage such a transformation by himself. He can't even move or lift his arms while doing it. Thus, its only purpose is to intimidate or impress. "Hey, you're that plumber guy who can become really big!"
      • It's just an old school taunt... if you notice, when he does that taunt, he stands -exactly- how he does in Super Mario Bros: head sideways, etc. Apparently, he can move while he does this too. Look closely in Melee and you'll notice his arms and fists shift slightly; in Brawl, it's the same, but he bends his knees slightly, too.
      • It's reminding everyone except Mr. G&W and DK that he's been doing this since their series were in diapers. That he's old, and he can still kick their butts.
  • What the hell were Ike and Marth doing after Meta Knight left them up until they all battled Tabuu?
    • In the cutscene right before Mario's party arrive for the battle in the canyon, you can see them chumming up with Lucas and PT. Presumably, they didn't follow Meta Knight up the mountain because they figured him retaking the Halberd was something he's got to do himself. Alternatively, since Meta Knight can fly, and therefore scale the mountain faster then any of them, they assumed that by the time they climbed the mountain, let alone reach the Halberd, the battle would be over.
    • They took the kiddos out for ice cream.
      • Yay! Ice cream!
    • Well, it's possible that they couldn't even climb the mountain. MK could only do it because he has wings.
      • Indeed, they aren't Berserkers. Nor Brigands. And even then they'd go rather slowly.
  • In SSE, if you enter a certain door at a certaing stage (don't remember right now, please edit in case you do), you get to see Jigglypuff's introduction movie. She's performing at a Pokémon stage, nothing wrong with that... no, wait. We know that the bomb exploded to make the Stadium part of SubSpace, and I can't see any cities anywhere (and the ruins that exist don't seem too city-like in a modern way). Can anybody explain where the heck the Pokémon Stage is supposed to be in this 'verse?
    • Different stadiums. The Stadium Jiggly Puff is in does not exist until Tabuu is defeated, so it likely was not built yet.
  • When did Fox, Falco, and Captain Falcon get fire powers?
    • Rule of Cool?
    • They adapted them from their own ship technology.
    • Fox and Falco are wearing Slippy's custom made human rocket boosters. Captain Falcon learned fiery combat moves from an alien from another race as a reward during his bounty-hunting days. Wolf has no excuse.
    • I heard that Fire Fox and Fox Illusion come from a legend about Kitsunes creating illusions and doing some sort of... something with fire. Falco... still just does it because Hal got lazy.
      • Do the research--Wolf also has no moves that relate to fire.
      • I meant that Wolf had no excuse for being able to kick into the air. That is, unless he had some sort of weird air compression boosters or something. But that would just be silly.
        • Look on Wolf's back. He's wearing the jetpack from Assault.
      • You realize everyone can double jump already, right?
    • I always assumed it was a pun on foxfire (not to be confused with Firefox). Falco has it because he's a clone. I don't know why Captain Falcon has it.
      • Because his hands and feet move so fast they set on fire? Just throwing that out there.
      • It's because it's Captain Falcon. You don't argue with the goddamn falcon.
      • And Falcon's moveset apparently originated from when the game was in alpha and wasn't going to have Nintendo characters in it.
  • In the cutscene when Mario notices Princess Peach in King Dedede's possession, why doesn't he give a shit that his own brother is also trophified?
    • Anyway, to answer the question, I suppose, since Luigi was upside down at the time, that it's possible that Mario just plain didn't see him.
    • Luigi doesn't have boobs.
    • Possibly he noticed them all, but zeroed in on Peach because she got trophyfied and captured while he was there, and also because she's in the first lineup and not a secret character like his brother. (IIRC)
    • Err... has anybody noticed that everybody in the Mario-verse despised Luigi? And that's it's been a running gag for Luigi to suck for the last 9 years or so.
    • It's so that the scene will work with minimum changes in the alternate campaign path in which Zelda is the trophy and it's Link who notices her.
  • Mario chases down Bowser, and he's about to catch him when Bowser defends himself with his hostage. This stops him and allows Bowser to get away. Now, there's something to be said for a plan that works, but can anyone conceive of a possible universe in which Bowser would deliberately use Peach as a human shield?
    • Given that he knows Mario won't hurt Peach? It seems reasonable that Bowser would bluff the hero.
      • In that same scene, the Peach trophy might be a Zelda trophy instead. Bowser knows that Mario wouldn't hurt a princess.
    • Besides, look at all the abuse Bowser gave Ganondorf's trophy. Not a scratch on it after all of that, though Ganondorf did "wake up" with a head-ache and no other character did, perhaps it was from Bowser's abuse?
    • On a related note, couldn't Mario have pulled his punch and... reached out his hand, touching her and restoring her to normal?
    • From the angle Mario was coming at, he couldn't have extended his hand in time to touch the trophy's base, he just would've punched it and hurt his hand.
  • As someone who rather frequently plays oldschool platformers, I find it very strange that Mario, Luigi, and Sonic don't seem to have any attacks capable of knocking people out of the arena by stomping on their heads or performing a spin attack. Even worse, Mario and Luigi have attacks that hurt the enemy by jumping up towards them. Try doing that to a goomba in the original Super Mario Brothers.
    • Everybody in Brawl can do a footstool jump, if that counts.
      • Not really, considering it does no daamge except to Goombas and Koopas in Subspace Emisary.
      • What about their down aerials? Luigi's is a stomp, and Mario's was until Brawl. Also, some of Sonic's spin moves are KO worthy. His up and down smashes come to mind.
      • Simple explanation. Smash Bros debuted when Super Mario 64 came out, so they're going to focus on moves from that rather than Super Mario Bros. The same thing with Sonic, only it's a last ditch attempt to make Next-Gen look like a decent game by putting in Silver and Blaze trophies.
      • Hey! Blaze debuted in an awesome game!
  • Why do items (Home Run Bat, Fan, Capsule, Beam Sword, etc.) always stand up, going against the laws of physics?
  • Smoke ball smoke comes in white, yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue, with every color in between. Why no green, brown, black, or gray smoke, or dark/light shades? Most notably, they left out green.
    • Green gas usually indicates that said gas is toxic.
      • So are White Pikmin. What's your point?
        • Even though said objective of game is to hurt your opponents, the problem with toxic is what?
        • Since the smoke ball is not a damaging item, the indication of toxic gas would simply be misleading. Just a case of Color Coded for Your Convenience.
  • In what I'd call a true example of Fridge Logic, it took me three installments of the series to wonder... how can Link's sword just bash people around instead of gruesomely cutting them instead? A sword is not a blunt weapon! This also applies to all the other sword users and the light saber as well (unless, of course, that's actually a fluorescent lamp on a handle... yeah).
    • They're trophies. They're not made of flesh; they're stronger stuff than that. And there's a chance that the swords are made of the same material. Thus, swords hit them and knock them away.
      • Ah, now that's a good explanation! Thanks a lot, that makes much more sense now.
    • As to the swords: They are blunt, you wouldn't want to give a kid a bunch of toys with razor-edged swords, and even if they were sharp enough to rip into a kid's hand, the edge of the blade would increase in bluntness as the size of the characters decreased. With regards to the lightsabers, that's just proof that SSB's framing device takes place 1000 years in the future. Or the kid has Star Wars toys, which usually go for a translucent plastic blade that looks kind of glowy when brightly lit.
    • Slapstick cartoon violence. Same reason Grand Theft Auto couldn't get away with slamming an 8-year-old with a baseball bat, but these games do.
  • Where are these recolored Pokemon coming from? Pikachu and Jigglypuff have been around since the original, and they have never been recolored; their alternate colors come from various adorable accessories. But what about Mewtwo, Lucario, and the trainer's choices? Why do they have so many alternate palettes? It can't be shininess; Mewtwo is the only one with his shiny color as an option. Is it because people can't recognize Pikachu if he isn't yellow? Do they not want to give Charizard a blue bandanna?
    • Well, in Stadium 1, they could get different colors from what nickname they have...
    • The reddish Pikachu is a shiny Pikachu with Red's original hat on. Some of the Pokemon are in shiny form too, and all of Red's costumes come from different game characters.
    • Rule of Cute covers Pikachu and Jiggs, at least.
    • Can anyone explain why the shiny variations of Lucario, Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard are absent, since Pikachu's, Jigglypuff's, and Mewtwo's are present? I'd love to play the shinies of the missing ones! ('Cept maybe Squirtle, who's not really different from its original color).
      • Because they were too lazy to add them... Y'know, had they added them they would have as many colors as a regular character, so why they didn't think of that? Certainly less effort than giving Wario 12 costumes.
  • How come Lucas and Ness can't use their signature moves? Why can't they use PK Rockin and PK Love?
    • Lucas's Smash-A-UP move IS PK LOVE. D: He even uses PK LOVE as a victory pose.
    • Isn't he pulling one of the needles from Mother 3 in that victory pose though?
    • Also, PK Rockin' has a different Japanese name (PK Kiai, in case you were wondering), which could cause complications in voice acting should they have chosen to make Ness call his attack. And it could be a bit difficult to reduce Rockin' to something that didn't cover the whole screen (though they obviously did that with Lucas, as mentioned.
  • This is about a trophy in Melee. Why is Misty from Pokémon in her anime costume? This is based off the games. Her anime and game costumes have always been completely different. There was one game based off the anime, but it was never released in Japan, since it was a hack of an already Japanese game.
    • Because the anime designs are what people think of when they think of Pokemon.
      • Yes, but this game strictly uses the games as its source, no matter how popular the anime is. Did Melee not have that rule?
      • "Strictly uses the games"? Did you miss Pikachu having the Anime voice acting? Or Lucario and Mewtwo for that matter? Pokémon-Speak in general which is mostly absent from the main series outside of Yellow Version?
  • Why is Ganondorf, one of the most powerful and unique villains in the series, nothing more than a Captain Falcon clone in Smash Bros.? If they needed a slower Captain Falcon that badly, they should've used Black Shadow or something. For that matter, why is Wolf suddenly so much more feral?
    • Ganondorf was a clone in Melee because he wasn't originally going to be in the game and was only put in once they decided to make clones. He's still a clone in Brawl for a variety of reasons--Ganondorf was staying, but they didn't have anyone to give the moveset to (another F-Zero character clearly wasn't in the plans) and didn't want to openly taunt Ganondorf fans from Melee by including the character and not the moveset, so...
    • We've never really seen Wolf fight outside his ship (aside from in Assault's multiplayer mode, but he had a huge arsenal at his disposal there).
    • Black Shadow died in GX, killed by Deathborn, who also died. No F Zero characters available. Not a good excuse, since Melee fans should be happy to have one less clone, but it's an excuse.
      • F Zero takes place in a comic book universe, so unless Black Shadow is Uncle Ben, he's coming back.
    • Er, so? Since when has the original series' status quo mattered that much in SSB?
      • Exactly. Note the presence of Ganondorf.
        • Ganondorf's the kind of character who just doesn't stay dead. (Except for after The Wind Waker, but that's one of two timelines, and the Ganondorf in Brawl comes from Twilight Princess, which follows the "Child Link" timeline, where The Wind Waker follows the "Adult Link" timeline.)
    • On a related note, why did they make Toon Link almost exactly like Young Link (and by proxy, Adult Link?) "Wind Waker" had a lot of items and moves that could have been used instead of the sword spin, boomerang, bow, etc. To say nothing of the huge assortment of other equipment Link has had throughout the series.
  • King K. Rool is the same person as Kaptain K. Rool. NOT HIS BROTHER. Fucking trophy descriptions. They did not do the research.
    • According to the Japanese Canon, Kaptain K. Rool IS King K. Rool's brother. NOA just forgot to fix that for North America.
    • I thought it was a joke, like how Mr. L and Luigi are treated as different people.
      • In the trophy descriptions?
      • Yes.
      • Let's just face it. They made many typos. For instance, they said that Liquid used the cardboard box.
      • He used it. Long ago. He was a hobo. Okay, this is not Wild Mass Guessing, moving on.
  • OK, why was there no confrontation between ROB and Ganondorf near the end of Subspace Emissary? Ganondorf murdered all of ROB's friends/subjects, laughing his ass off all the while! How could ROB not confront Ganondorf when they teamed up?
    • Cause Ganondorf is friggin' scary.
    • I have to admit, they didn't cover all the bases right before the Great Maze. One, they didn't have much-braver Lucas meet with Ness. Still, the above could be explained by ROB not seeing Ganondorf or that ROB's still BSODed from the destruction of his homeland.
  • How come they didn't use some very obvious palette swaps? Ones that come to mind:
    • Ike's PoR Lord outfit
    • Lucario's Shiny Form
    • Charizard's Shiny Form (Granted, it might have been hard to work in with Squirtle and Ivysaur)
      • Use the shinies of the other two for the same set. I would love to play shiny Ivysaur. Sure, they wouldn't be single-color themed, but who cares if the three team colors are already there. Or put Ivysaur in green team, Charizard in a "dark" theme, and... uh... dunno what to do for Squirtle.
    • Dark Samus (Though they might have thought the Dark Suit was enough).
    • Shadow or Silver shout out palettes for Sonic.
      • I'm still waiting on a maskless Meta Knight option for Kirby.
    • Heck, they could have at least made Dr. Mario a palette swap for Mario.
    • Dry Bowser for Bowser.
    • Mr. L for Luigi.
  • This HUGELY bugs me: Why, why, why, why is Goldeen useless? For three games now, they Did Not Do the Research to figure out that Magikarp is the useless Pokemon who just splashes around... and Goldeen is actually quite powerful? Especially if you, say, drop it in the water??
    • But there's no fighting in the water in Smash Bros. The only levels which have water are either too shallow or you can barely stay there, plus throwing the pokéball in water doesn't work. The joke is derived from the anime, where Goldeen was the prime example of why not to use a fish pokemon on land.
    • Also, how odd it is to claim that they Did Not Do the Research on a game of their own company? O_o
    • It's an in joke from the show. One eps Misty used a pokeball that had a Goldeen in there and the Goldeen splashed around like it does in Smash Bros, because it was on land.
      • And it should have been a Magikarp then, too.
    • Goldeen ISN'T useless, at least not in Melee. While you have to be extremely lucky to pull it off, getting an enemy hit with Goldeen's horn is a 1HKO, no matter what.
  • Meta Knight's alignment in Subspace Emissary bugs me for several reasons. In the Kirby games, he is MORE evil than Dedede, yet he is a protagonist in SSE. Sure, the Halberd was stolen, and you could use that as motivation to put him in with the good guys, making him simply Neutral in alignment, but he saves Lucas's life later on! Without any kind of motivation to do so that we saw! This at least makes him Neutral Good. What's MORE bothersome to me is that Super Smash Bros was directed by the same person who directed his game!
    • He isn't evil in the Kirby games, just a Knight Templar.
      • He was the leader of a group of soldiers bent on destroying Dream Land with a giant ship that doubled as a massive weapon. How is that not more evil than Dedede who just stole Dream Land's entire food supply at worst?
      • That's the American version of "Revenge of Meta Knight". The Japanese version has Meta Knight wanting to end Pop Star's lazy ways and get everyone motivated to do stuff. Kirby does not agree with not being lazy and fights him.
        • That's not even the American version. The American version has him wanting to end laziness. The Japanese version mentions something about cleansing Dream Land's "corruption". It's never made clear on exactly what he means by that, but he's unquestionably good in Amazing Mirror and Squeak Squad, and is implied to be a Stealth Mentor to Kirby in Adventure, so it's likely that he had some Well-Intentioned Extremist ideas in mind. The worst you can accuse him of is being an Anti-Hero Antagonist, albeit one with very poor communication skills, Blood Knight tendencies, and an inability to tolerate Kirby's methods.
      • Wait, so, in order to be lazy, Kirby takes out an army?
      • It's the Principle of the Thing!
      • He went through Squeak Squad / Mouse Attack to get his cake back, so...
  • Why doesn't Lucario's Extreme Speed do any damage? It does damage in the Pokemon games. Even worse that Pikachu's Quick Attack can at least do SOME damage...
  • It may be trivial, but... why is Subspace so echo-y? What, exactly, is the sound echoing off of? It seems to be ninety-nine percent void and Pure Energy!
  • Why is damage expressed as a percentage? I understand why it counts up, but is 100% actually a threshold for anything?
    • Well, since you don't actually kill anyone but knock them off the stage, I always figured it's how much you softened them up for flying around, with 100% being 'normal' knockback. If you hit anyone at 0%, they basically just flinch (cause they're at about 5% now) and at 100%, it's at lighter Punched Across the Room levels, which is normal for games.
    • That and so people can be like "Whoa I'm at 238%!", which usually results in everyone trying to kill that character but failing because they're too impatient to connect a hit properly.
  • How did Snake find out about Samus? The explanation is because of how she walks, but she doesn't have a feminine walk at all.
    • He's Snake. He can tell.
    • A woman with Samus'... "talent"... would probably have a slightly different distribution of weight across their body, possibly enough to effect the way they walk.
      • That wouldn't work out at all, Samus is only 90 pounds (200 with her Powered Armor) so trying to determine her gender let alone race by her weight distribution alone would be much harder then it normally would. That being said her so called "talent" does lend to a rather feminine shape to the armor, well in Brawl anyway.
      • Samus is only 90 pounds? Bullshit. If she was 90 lbs and over 6 feet tall, she would look like a stick.
  • I know this sounds stupid, but why, in a game that's supposed to celebrate all the different things Nintendo did, does everything seem so flat and shallow?. All Metroid stages just seem to be floating platforms over lava with either Brinstar or Zebes slapped on them. Star Fox stages are just on spaceships when we all know that there were far more interesting locations no thanks to Adventures and Assault. Onett and New Pork City look nothing like they do in the games. Mario stages just seem like they're just modeled after either the NES or N64 games. Everything it seems about Pokémon is mostly from the cartoons... Why? I understand there's only so much you can do with a game, but seriously, it just seems everything's all too shallow and misrepresented, especially considering Sakurai and crew had all the games and references readily available (or so it would seem). Could anyone explain this?
    • Also take into account that a lot of stages are based on the most popular game of a series or the most recent game at the time (Star Fox especially, the Star Fox 64 versions of Great Fox, the Arwings and the Wolfens are everywhere, and even the Landmaster combines the Assault look with the 64 look. Especially egregious in Lylat Cruise, where we go from the Cornerian Fleet vs Venomian Fleet using Assault-style models to the Star Fox/Star Wolf dogfight using the 64 models). But, on the other hand, not everything is "shallow". Yoshi got stages based on Super Mario World, Yoshis Story and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island; Donkey Kong has 75m, Link has a stage from Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link; and all of the Pokemon stages (except for Poke Floats) are from the games (remember the Pokémon Stadium games?).
    • I think it's a matter of capturing the atmosphere of each series while putting just enough detail to make you smile. And we all know NCL doesn't give a crap about Metroid. Also, what do you mean New Pork City looks "nothing like [it] did in the games?" It looks EXACTLY like it did in the games (aside from the rocket propulsion thing), to the point of being ridiculous.
  • Why does Marth have dialogue like "There's no way I can lose" and "Everyone look at me"? In his games he's characterized as an almost disgustingly nice Messiah type who never acts condescending and he is often unsure of himself.
    • I think it's supposed to be The Artifact of Sigurd being planned as the Fire Emblem representant first or something. Of course, I don't know if the whole "They planned to use Sigurd" thing is real or not.
    • Sigurd? Suddenly Marth's moveset makes since.
    • Is it really "Everyone look at me!"? I always figured it was "Everyone, watch over me!" and in asking for his (presumibly dead) FE partners to give him strenght.
  • Sakurai told us that in the Subspace Emissary we would "see the characters struggle under the weight of their personal histories". And we saw Lucas go from being a wuss to a hero (since Mother 3 was never going to come to America)... Samus and Ridley have yet another confrontation... um... Pokemon Trainer catch some Pokemon... Diddy Kong almost get eaten by Rayquaza... yeah, Lucas is pretty much the only character who has anything worth calling "struggling under personal history". Unless Peach being kidnapped (yet again), Donkey Kong getting his bananas stolen (yet again), Zelda being captured (yet again), King Dedede doing something suspicious that turns out to be helping (yet again), etc etc somehow count.
    • Most Nintendo characters lack Character Development, so there wasn't much to do with them on that regard. Lucas is one of the exceptions. Still, it could've been handled better.
  • Manaphy. Heart Swap. Ice Climbers or Pokemon Trainer. Explain.
    • For the Ice Climbers, the leader's heart gets switched, and the follower doesn't realize it and keeps following him/her. But you've got me on the Pokemon Trainer.
    • I guess you could say the trainer and his opposent switch hearts, so the opponent now commands the Pokemon (who don't realize that they're actually taking orders from a fraud and beating up their master).
      • But the problem with that is that it shows the switch between the Pokemon and the opponent, not the trainer and the opponent. Which means that the trainer could use Pokemon Switch and make a huge mess of everything.
    • And while we're on the topic, what about ROB?
      • ROB, I assume, has an actual "spirit" (Or whatever it is that actually gets switched.) and as such could switch just fine with the organic characters. Adapting to an organic body would be difficult though, I imagine.
  • Why doesn't Zelda just teleport or switch to Sheik to break out of the cage?
    • Because both her and Sheik's teleport moves are blocked by terrain. The walls of the cage would have stopped her anyway.
    • She doesn't transform into Sheik because if she did, everyone would know her secret identity!
  • How the hell did Pit beat out Little Joe ? Who thought Pit was more suited than an actual boxer, and where on earth is Kid Icarus even a fraction as a popular as Punch Out? I say Punchout to ANYONE who owns a NES, we get a nostalgic conversation. I say "Kid Icarus" and they have no idea what I'm on about. And apparently Kid Icarus wasn't popular enough to get a Wii remake but Punchout was. Or did this game need a characther with a super spam attack of doom?
    • You mean Little Mac? My best guess is because he'd have such a limited moveset, since boxers by definition can only punch. It's not like R.O.B. or Captain Falcon, where the developers can just make new moves up.
      • Yeah, that's true. With characters like Pit, you can hand him new weapons, but it wouldn't make sense to suddenly give a regular 'ol boxer a sword or a laser gun or flaming fists.
        • They gave Fox, Falco, Wolf, and Captain Falcon completely original movesets. Yeah, Mac is a boxer, but there are a wide variety of punches, and they could have just added some effects to them (Side B as a dashing straight-arm punch, Up B as a Shoryuken-like uppercut, etc). The various A attacks can be quick jabs, hooks, body punches. Grab jab be a headbutt, throws be body checks and fist thrusts.
        • Or they could focus on the fact the gameplay on Punchout is half punching and half dodging punches, and give Little Mac a moveset based around dodges and feints. Perhaps Down B made him raise his guard, better than actually pressing the guard button, or lower his head and make him impervious to atacks for a split second. His side B could have him take a step back (dodging an incoming attack) before delivering a sliding straight punch. Neutral B could have him do his little warm-up dance, lowering his damage percentage. Perhaps have lower-B not only dodge an attack, but if succesfull, you can press B again to have a counter, or to get a star. They could also give him his training moves from the cutscenes, such as the jump-rope, only the rope hits anyone nearby.
    • And there's a Kid Icarus game coming for the Nintendo 3DS.
    • They've been trying to get Pit into the Smash Bros. games for years, but for the past few games, they were having problems animating the wings. They weren't really able to do it until this one.
  • Look at the pictures of Ridley and Meta Ridley on the character page. Why did Ridley lose a finger on each hand during the augmentation process?
    • He wasn't so much augmented as destroyed and rebuilt.
  • In The Subspace Emissary, something about two particular levels bugs me: The opening Mario VS Kirby fight, and the Meta Knight VS Lucario battle later on. You can play as either character and fight the other, which is a good idea and all, but here's what bugs me: if you lose, you get a Game Over, when really, shouldn't it have instead triggered the cutscene for the other character winning and just continue? Plot-wise it makes no sense, and when playing on Intense Difficulty it'd be a nice relief in case you lose.
    • It's Up to You in full effect. Yeah, I agree this one wasn't thought too far.
      • In addition to the above, it's probably also so the player doesn't get lazy and... well... stop fighting.
  • What's with Zelda's victory animation? She looks so moody or depressed. Is she supposed to be lost in thought or something? Unlike the Sheik pose, it doesn't come off as so.
    • Considering Brawl's version of Zelda is based off of TP's Zelda, who was rather solemn and melancholic, it makes sense.
  • Why can you dodge a Gooey Bomb explosion by sidestepping or roll dodging? You should not be able to avoid damage from AN EXPLOSIVE STUCK TO YOUR GODDAMN FACE by sidestepping!
    • Gameplay factor. You're not in the same "dimension" as the bomb. Therefore, it has no effect.
  • Why does Crazy Hand's trophy appear under the Subspace Emissary category in the trophy collection when Crazy Hand never even appeared in that mode and clearly had no role in it's story?
  • Something about Snake's codec conversations has always bugged me. He's aware of who Mario and Luigi are, but not Princess Peach or Bowser?
    • Easy, he never beat Super Mario Bros, and played an earlier version where Peach wasn't named and had a crappy eight bit sprite. Alternatively he played a version that didn't feature Bowser or Peach like the original Mario Bros arcade game. Alternatively he just knows Mario by Pop Culture Osmosis.
    • Definitely Pop Culture Osmosis; more non-gamers can name Mario and Luigi than they can Bowser or the princess' actual name.
  • Does anyone else think that Ivysaur's appearance/capture was just poorly written. He's just a trophy standing in the middle of a hallway for no reason. At least Charizard had been seen before and was then battled..
    • I just assumed that Ivysaur challenged Charizard, who beat him and continued, leaving Ivy a statue.
    • And speaking of, you spend quite a while with just Squirtle, and then suddenly they give you the two other Mons in a row. Spacing them out a little would've been nice.
  • How come the Pokemon Anime Theme isn't available for the Pokemon Stadium 2 stage, even though most people know it more than the Pokemon Game's main theme? Just doesn't make much sense.
    • Well, Sakurai's main rule for Brawl was no characters from Mangas, Animes, Comics. It all had to be from a video game initially.(R.O.B. was a special exception) This could easily have applied to music. So Video Game Music was in, while Anime music was out.
      • Original poster here. I was thinking this, but it contradicts so much, Misty's trophy (in Melee) has her in her anime clothes, Pokemon Trainer's voice in Brawl is clearly based on Ash, and, most importantly: Pokemon saying their names came from the anime!
        • PT is not Ash; he has a different appearance, different voice and different mannerisms. What's odd is that PT's voice, Michele Knotz, does voices for the anime, but hasn't voiced any notable male trainers. (She was May and is still Jessie and Joy, at least.)
    • They already needed to get the go-ahead and music from Game Freak and bring the new anime voice cast to reprise the Pokemon voices. Getting 4Kids involved as well wouldn't have been worth the effort. (Also, isn't it more likely that we'd end up with the Japanese opening theme? And on that subject, you know there have been at least thirteen "Pokemon Anime Themes" in the US alone, right?)
    • Original poster again. Three things:
      • One: Whoever was the the poster of "PT is not Ash", I would like to inform you that I never said that. I said his voice is BASED on Ash, NOT is.
        • But he's not. He is based on the Pokemon trainers that are found in the games themselves, and there is nothing about his portrayal (aside from the use of all three starters, which is also true for a few random trainers and Red as he appears in Gold/Silver) that implies that he draws more influence from the anime's portrayal of Ash than the game's character designs.
      • Two: The Pokemon Anime theme I was refering to was the first English one ("I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was,...). Which is the most well-known by pokemon fans, even moreso than the game's theme. As for the japenese them, they could do what they did with the Wario Ware tunes, which had the english and japanese versions of the vocal themes.
        • Except that this was made by Japanese game designers, who don't really care about the songs that their properties' anime adaptations receive in the US. Even given the Warioware examples (and Pikmin, for that matter), the songs were pulled from the game itself (note the lack of a song from even the Japanese release of an anime based on any of their franchises), and since the tunes weren't actually changed in the dub process, they were able to use the same backing arrangement and just get two different voice casts to sing each work. Granted, a counterexample to the "same tune" argument exists in the game's use of "Sonic Boom" from Sonic CD, but even that song came from the game.
      • Three: In Melee, Misty's trophy shows here in her anime clothes. Wouldn't they need to ask 4Kids for that?
        • No. She was originally drawn by Japanese artists, for one thing. Even given the things they did need from 4Kids, such as the assistance of their voice actors, that was done for Melee. You're asking why they didn't grab the song for Brawl, which postdated the localization company switch and would therefore require additional work and backstage politics.
        • To clarify the answer better, they would prefer to use game stuff in a game. Music, Characters, etc. Likewise, the no Anime thing was specific to Brawl, not Melee or 64. That's why the Misty argument doesn't apply here. However, Pokemon Trainer doesn't use a voice in-game. So they went with an actor who voices a character similar to Red/Pokemon Trainer, and that's all. Another thing about the music is that they were using music that would be in all versions of the game, so using ones specific to Japan or America has little sense to it(besides not being video game music). Of course, in the case of using English or Japanese songs(or other languages), they just included it in all versions anyway. Also, the original Pokemon Themes for season 1 are very, very old, and really don't have a reason to be in this game. Especially when they have nothing to do with the games either.
          • A couple of things: 4kids is not a problem since it's even credited for the Pokemon voices in SSB64. Second, anime content is used in Smash even from other games, like the origin of the name Galaxia.
            • Even though the idea of Pokémon-Speak debuted in the anime, it was later included in Pokemon Yellow. Misty never used her anime outfit in the games, but the character was created for and featured in the games. The anime theme song, no matter how beloved it may be, has never been included in a Pokemon game. Boom.
  • In Subspace Emmisary, what's with all the Suspiciously Similar Substitutes? I mean, there's nothing wrong with Original Generation enemies, but it's stupid if they are extremely similar to already exsisting enemies. Take Jyk, for example. A Jyk behaves exactly like a Gordo. And in 'Sea of Clouds', Fyesh first appear, who happen to look extremely similar to monoeyes (it's even a Kid Icarus-inspired stage, which makes it all the more jarring). The only classic Nintendo enemies are off Mario; and while I like Mario games, I think they should have included other enemies as well. It doesn't really make sense if there are one group of classic enemies, and the rest are original. They should have had enemies like Waddle Dees, Waddle Doos and Gordos, especially because of the fact that they were already in the game (as one of Dedede's moves). And they could have had octoroks and likelikes. Overall, the choices for SSE enemies doesn't quite make sense.
  • Lemme get this straight. How is it that Ness, who had games released in America, is hard to understand in the English versions of the games (PK Tenor!) while the Japan-only Lucas speaks English perfectly?
    • Irony
    • What's worse is that Kirby is voiced by the same woman who voices Ness, and Kirby with a Ness hat can say "PK Flash" perfectly!
      • Based on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNA 7 JT Ubk 6 s Lucas and Ness seem to have kept their Japanese voices in the English version. If this is true, then Lucas was played by Lani Minella, an American voice actress, while Ness was played by Makiko Ohmoto, a Japanese voice actress.
  • Why is it so tough switching to Zero Suit Samus using the taunt trick?
    • Because just like the smash taunts, the buttons have to be pressed for exactly one frame.
  • Just what exactly does most of Team Mario (Mario, Pit, Link and Yoshi, specifically) accomplish in the Subspace Emissary storyline? Their appearance-to-accomplishment ratio is very wonky, since despite appearing for most of the early parts of the story they basically spend all their time chasing around the Ancient Minister or Dedede, but don't manage to actually do anything.
    • A surprisingly good point, especially since their most obvious goal of saving Peach/Zelda doesn't get accomplished until Snake, Meta-Knight and Lucario take over the case. They don't even recruit anyone to the cause. Their only true contribution to the final outcome, aside from being possible party members in the final assault, is hiding Dedede, Ness and Luigi from Bowser, and that was by accident.
    • While they don't, they're all main heroes(except Yoshi who's a pet), so they get a surprisingly good amount of screentime solely based upon their status. As for Pit, he's just a main hero, which is also why Kirby has nearly equal screentime.(not counting being a Kirby character, and guaranteed importance is an obviously Kirby-inspired game and story). As for actual purpose, Pit and Yoshi bother me more. They literally do nothing important. Mario and Link atleast has a small rivalry during the Zelda/Peach statue scene.
  • What exactly are Dedede's badges? Why does he even have timed devices to release characters from trophy-age? He probably doesn't know what they do, because if he was intending to help the heroes, he could have just touched their trophy stands.
    • He wouldn't be able to because he was already a Trophy. The Timed Badges were a case of Crazy Prepared, and perhaps doing the research a bit. Basically, he must've known about Tabuu's Off Waves attack, and/or his ability to turn people into a trophy. The only way to prevent it was to make sure he was partially defeated first. But if everybody's already a trophy, it won't work.
    • When you think about it, the bigger headscratcher is why didn't anyone do it before. There is plenty of Fridge Horror involved in becoming something inert and lifeless (even if it beats realistic death, because you can be revived). Anyone sensible (and/or Genre Savvy) in the setting would want a self-revive ability to avoid And I Must Scream. Especially when there are Jerkasses like Wario who collect trophies for kicks with no intent of reviving them.
  • Am I the only one who hasn't noticed a difference between Melee and Brawl!? I mean, I only found out here on This Wiki that there are (apparently) differences in Melee and Brawl's gameplay. I've played Melee and Brawl to death, and haven't noticed a difference. There's all those people who dis Brawl because it it somehow "Casual" compared to Melee, which apparently has more strategy. Erm, How? Even the creator said he regrets aiming Melee towards tournament players. How is there a difference!?!
    • While I haven't actually played Melee (nor am I anywhere near the level to play either game competitively), my research indicates that gravity and hit-stun is higher in Melee than in Brawl. Plus, the simplified Air Dodge implemented in Brawl eliminates the possibility of advanced techniques such as Wave-dashing and L-Canceling. These differences result in Melee having more fast-paced, combo-oriented game-play that can alienate younger gamers from the competitive scene, while Brawl has slower, more defensively-oriented game-play that, while easier to pick up, tends to alienate gamers who are used to Melee's competitive meta-game. Of course, there will always be people who can pick up Melee's style of game-play and comboing with ease, as well as people who can preform incredible combos in Brawl. However, I doubt that these differences are all that apparent in 1-Player modes and matches against a CPU. You are more likely to see this in the online meta-game, Although it is easy to notice that the ledges in Brawl are easier to grab than the ledges in Melee. The comments in this post have a plethora of interesting opinions on this whole debacle. If there was a way to combine accessibility with combo-ability, that would be great, even though it probably would not stop the Unpleasable Fanbase from throwing a fit.
  • This troper wonders what Link and Zelda were thinking when they revived Ganondorf. They're obviously hesitant about it, but do they really need the power of the unified Triforce so much that they revive the guy who has followed them across history, "dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time"? I mean, the guy has a history of backstabbing his "allies", and the moment they turn their backs he clenches his fist and covers it in purple energy before dispersing it and following them up the stairs.
    • They were about to fight an entity that OHKO'ed all of the heroes in one fell swoop before, and who Ganondorf clearly antagonizes (at the moment they find him), seeing how he's trophyfied. An entity who completely overpowered the Master Hand, which seems to be the closest thing to a god in the Smash Bros. canon (even if a malevolent one). Yes, they needed all help they could find, that was an Enemy Mine situation if there ever was any.
  • This is a very minor pet-peeve but why isn't there a badge on Pikachu's hat? The one that's based off Red's hat.
    • Based on Red's, not actually Red's.
  • Why is Misty in her anime costume, for her Melee trophy instead of either of her game ones from the time?
    • For the same reason the Pokemon speak in Pokémon-Speak instead of animal like cries/8 bit static? The game's only rule was only after Brawl.
  • Pikachu is wearing Brendan's headband however it's been confirmed that that is a knit-hat. What gives? The series is typically quite game-accurate to a T.
    • Pikachu is wearing a replica meant to invoke memories of Brendan. Their heads are not the same size.
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