Beta Elements are components of the Super Smash Bros. series that, for whatever reason, are removed or altered before that game is released. Known info about beta elements usually comes from one of two sources. The first is information released about a game, by its creators, before the game is complete. The second is data found within the coding of a game that serves no purpose, but could have been implemented into the game at one point.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. was initially developed by Masahiro Sakurai and Satoru Iwata in their downtime, in a form titled 格闘ゲーム竜王 (Kakuto-Gēmu Ryūō, or Dragon King: A Fighting Game), which lacked Nintendo characters. Sakurai, however, felt that the game could not provide the proper atmosphere on a home console without Nintendo characters, and they were soon added and the game was renamed.
In the final game, two beta Kirby stages are only playable with a GameShark. The stages have strange elements, such as invisible barriers. A working Dream Land stage can be viewed in the "How to Play" tutorial, which itself can be seen by waiting on the title screen. Also, in the character select, the question mark boxes were supposed to be colored and Saffron City had pink with purple on the rooftop.
Bowser, Mewtwo, and King Dedede were originally planned to be playable, Bowser and Dedede were being worked on for about half of the development of the game; while Mewtwo was only given a spot in the roster and not actually developed. Those three characters were removed shortly late in development.. Marth from the Fire Emblem franchise was considered for inclusion at some point, but time constraints prevented his inclusion in the game.
Also, according to a recent talk between Masahiro Sakurai and Satoru Iwata, Sakurai revealed he intended to add the Final Smashes in this game; with the proof he already had the voices effects when the characters uses their Final Smash, but for some limitations the Final Smash had to wait 9 years until the launch of Brawl. In fact, just a few of these sound effects are already in the game, but as mentioned, were never used. These sounds include Ness yelling, "PK Starstorm!", Pikachu charging energy, and Captain Falcon saying, "Come on!" and "Blue Falcon!" Other characters heard include Fox, Kirby and Link. In addition to the unused Final Smash clips, there are three unused Announcer voice clips: "Are you ready?" "Final Stage" "Bonus Stage" and an unnamed Fanfare.
The following are unused Final Smash clips, recorded for some characters, most of them are divided in two clips:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Through an Action Replay, a large, gray stage with the background appearing to be some kind of pub, is accessible. The music is the same as used on Fox and Falco's stage Corneria. This is assumed to be a test stage because of its name, which on the debug menu is TEST. There are also four stages, named AKANEIA (a possible predecessor to Castle Siege from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a homeworld for the Fire Emblem series), 10-2, IceTop (a possible precursor to the Summit stage from the sequel, which belongs to the Ice Climbers), and DUMMY; all four freeze when accessed normally, though 10-2, IceTop and DUMMY can be accessed with other cheats, while AKANEIA remains inaccessible to this day. In addition to this, the entire Debug Menu, which was used in pre-release testing, can be used when the game is hacked, allowing for complete editing of anything in the game. Giga Bowser, both male and female Fighting Wire Frames, Master Hand, Crazy Hand, and even Sandbag are all playable (to a limited extent) via the Debug Menu. The game was also to only have 10 starter stages: Princess Peach's Castle, Kongo Jungle. Great Bay, Brinstar, Yoshi's Story, Fountain of Dreams, Corneria, Pokémon Stadium, Mute City, and Onett. Oddly enough, some stage placement was different, notably Brinstar being on the top row and Corneria being in the middle.
Early screenshots showed the Motion-Sensor Bomb to be much different; these screenshots actually showed it to be a Proximity Mine from Perfect Dark rather than the Motion-Sensor Bomb from "TOP SECRET" (actually GoldenEye 007) that appeared in the final game. A screenshot of this Proximity Mine's trophy has also been released, revealing that the text in the Proximity Mine trophy was altered slightly (removing references to Perfect Dark) for the final Motion-Sensor Bomb trophy. The reason the Perfect Dark Proximity Mine was changed to a GoldenEye 007 Motion-Sensor Bomb remains unknown, though the fact that Nintendo hid the trophy's debuting game entry with the words "TOP SECRET" suggests that it may have had to do with copyright infringement. The Temple stage originally had an elevator that led to the bottom of the stage, as well as two strange platforms. These platforms appear in the game's "Special Movie", when Peach is introduced. Players could also could walk through the laboratory in Great Bay. The Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Island, and Kingdom stages had different designs altogether; the first had a design where the rightmost walkable part was a plateau followed by a curved path up to another plateau; the second was larger and had more blocks, while the third looked more similar to the Mushroom Kingdom of the previous game. Early images of Pokémon Stadium shows different element icons in the background screen, which looked more alike the icons of the Pokémon Trading Game Cards. Eagleland: Onett was also titled Eagle Land: Onett and had slightly different music.
Unused AudioBrawl to refer to the music used in the Subspace Emissary mode (and for a few cut tracks in the same stead), and the themes used in the Subspace levels are referenced as such in the game's sound test. Consequently, these themes were very likely intended for either Classic or Adventure. SSB4. Ditto's Japanese name), who would've come out of a Poké Ball. This can be listened to via debug mode when forced to spawn a Poké Ball with Ditto. Narrator. Captain Falcon saying Blue Falcon!, this one existed (but remained unused) in the Japanese version of the first game, and would've later be used in Brawl as his Final Smash quote.
The same set of sounds for Luigi, but different-pitched and different speed.Super Mario 64) which was pitched up for Luigi in this game, as one of his Victory Poses. The use of "kirifuda" in the filename, similarly to Ganondorf's clip above, implies it may have been intended for a Final Smash back when they were still being considered in development.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Some of the game world icons were initially the same as in the previous two games, but they were revised as time went on (Mario's Mushroom icon was refined and given spots, the Poké Ball icon has the top half colored in to properly represent how it is usually red, etc.). Also, the description for the My Music options originally said, "Adjust how often a song will appear on this stage." It has since been revised in a general tone to say, "Adjust how often songs appear on stages." Along with this, one piece of music that was planned for the Delfino Plaza stage was later moved to Luigi's Mansion. Solid Snake was also meant to be more muscular, and was to have a gray suit rather than blue; along with this, his down smash mine looked different. Wario Bike, Drill Rush, Summit, Halberd, Rainbow Cruise, and "The Flowers That Bloom in the Echoes" were originally called Wario Chopper, Triple Dash, The Summit, Battleship Halberd, Rainbow Ride, and, "Flowers Bloom on the Notes" respectively. It's unknown why they changed these names, however, they likely changed Rainbow Ride because it was a Melee stage, in which it was misnamed Rainbow Cruise (although it remains Rainbow Ride in the PAL regions, mostly because it was called Rainbow Ride on the PAL version of Melee). Lastly, there were scenes taking place before the events of the Subspace Emissary where the Subspace Army takes over the Halberd and King Dedede unintentionally stalls Meta Knight from preventing it from happening. Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that he decided to cut this out and an update was made to confirm this together with how various events and characters in the Subspace Emissary comes together. Also, Mario was the one seen fighting Petey Piranha in one of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl TV spots instead of Kirby.
Snake's grab was originally more accurate, shown in a beta picture with him holding Ike's arm behind his back and covering his mouth. When Snake grabs Sonic, Sonic puts his arm behind his back, showing that his animation was not changed to reflect Snake's current grab. In addition, all of Snake's throws put the character being thrown in the follow up for this animation. This can be seen by pausing immediately after executing a throw as Snake.
Another beta element in Brawl was Kirby's Hammer move. When he uses hammer in mid-air in SSBM, he does a vertical spin; in SSBB, however, he does a horizontal spin. This was seen in the first trailer, where he does the former. Also seen in the first trailer is Zero Suit Samus' weapon. Instead of using her whip, she appears to be using a lightsaber-like weapon. In the second trailer, when Fox appears, he has his Blaster in his hand during the whole battle despite the fact that in the final release he only uses the blaster when using his standard special move. Another beta element is Link's up-special move, that in the first and second trailer is shown doing more than one cut in the air/earth, like in SSBM. Another changed element is Pikachu's up-special move, in the first trailer it's shown making two "beep" sounds when he gets teleported. However, in the final version the sound from his up special move is different and it makes just 1 sound in the first teleport.
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong had different trophy designs before they got their final in-game versions. In the E3 2006 Trailer, many minor differences to the final version were seen. One of which was Mario's Up Tilt, being slightly faster than the old version.
By examining the textures of certain characters it appears as if visible battle damage was at one point planned to be in the game, as evidenced by such unused textures as a Meta Knight mask texture with large gashes over the eye slot and a cracked visor for Captain Falcon. Other oddities within the textures include textures for Link's Ordon Sword from Twilight Princess as well as its sheath.
Many characters had unused animations, such as Kirby charging and swinging his Hammer (which was later used in Wii U/3DS), Diddy Kong laughing mischievously in both ground and air, possibly used when a opponent slips on a Banana Peel that he dropped, Wolf using Fox's infinite kick combo, and some unused jump, fall, and landing animations of Pokémon Trainer.
Due to Super Smash Bros. Brawl's extensive development time and changes in the design, various pieces of code were left unfinished within the game. Several cut characters have been discovered this way along with some music tracks. The characters cut are sometime colloquially known as the "Forbidden 7."
- "MORONOKO" (Uncertain Super Mario game)
- Hippie Battle (MOTHER)
- The Loner, Falco Lombardi (Star Fox Command)
- Ballad of the Windfish (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening)
- Eight Melodies (MOTHER)
- Boss Battle (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
- Type A (Yoshi's Cookie)
- Smiles and Tears (EarthBound/Mother 2)
- Because I Love You (EarthBound / Mother 2)
- Radio Exercises (Animal Crossing/Animal Forest)
- Famicom Sports Medley (Baseball/Golf/Ice Hockey/Tennis)
- Special Trax (Stunt Race FX/Wild Trax)
- Main Theme (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty)
- Metal Gear Solid Big Beat Mix (Beatmania)
- You Can Do Anything (Sonic CD, JP version)
- The Chosen Ones (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and Blade of Light)
- Move Out! (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
The beta's Character Selection Screen had names in the characters icons, but they were removed in the final build. Also, some unused tracks appear still in the files.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The data files have been shown that there was supposed to be Dr. Mario and Swapnote stages. The Dr. Mario stage would have the Viruses as bosses, as they have a placeholder stock icon. The Swapnote stage was called "Diary". A file shows that a character from Rhythm Heaven would have been added to the roster.
Takamaru was considered to be a playable character in Smash 4, but Masahiro Sakurai felt the latter was not recognized by much of the American audience like he is in Japan and was as a result, made into an Assist Trophy.
Captain Falcon's polygon model in SSB64 highly resembles those models of the characters in Dragon King: The Fighting Game.