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Announced at E3 2001, Fountain of Dreams (夢の泉, Fountain of Dreams) is a starter stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

In All-Star Mode, this stage is played on when the player faces Marth and any of his teammates; unusually, in Classic Mode, Bowser is fought by the player on this stage during the giant battle, despite this being Kirby's stage and the abundance of Mario stages.

Stage layout

This stage resembles Battlefield in its layout, as it consists of a flat main platform with three overhanging soft platforms, all three with the same size. The middle platform is immobile, while the two on the side move up and down in no particular correspondence. They can rise to be as high as just under the highest platform, or drop to the point where they sink through the level, thereby making them impossible to stand on.

On the bottom of the stage there is a solid pillar which characters can wall jump on.

Origin

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Fountain of Dreams as it originally appeared in Kirby's Adventure.

The Fountain of Dreams first appeared in Kirby's Adventure and was originally named Dream Spring. It is the home of the Star Rod, which gives good dreams to the inhabitants of Dream Land. After the Star Rod was stolen and broken by King Dedede, Kirby set off to collect the seven parts by traveling throughout the seven levels of the game to return the dreams back into the inhabitants of Dream Land. When Kirby had retrieved all seven pieces, he went to place the Star Rod back onto the Fountain of Dreams where King Dedede confronted him. The two fought, with Kirby being the victor. When Kirby placed the Star Rod back in the fountain, Nightmare, a dark, evil entity, was freed and corrupted the Fountain of Dreams. Afterwards, Kirby fought Nightmare using the Star Rod and defeated it. [1] It was later revealed that King Dedede had broken the Star Rod to trap Nightmare inside forever to ensure the safety of Dream Land.

The song that plays on this stage is an orchestrated version of Gourmet Race from Kirby Super Star. [2]

Artistic design

Fountain of Dreams is a fountain of rainbow colored water that trickles down the bottom of the stage into a purple mist. According to the Fountain of Dreams trophy, the water is a mist that trickles down into the dream fog that is spread throughout Dream Land. The back of the stage reveals the fountain that the dreams flow from, a few trees, and a few wooden stars, all of which are illuminated by color-changing lights. To the left and right of the stage background there are two spire towers orbited by rings. These objects are tied together by the stage's backdrop - a black sky sprinkled with stars, floating circles, and an aurora.

Trophy description

Fountain of Dreams

This mystical fountain in Dream Land uses the power of the Star Rod to create a gush of pleasant dreams that flow like water. The dreams then become a fine mist and drift over the land, bringing peaceful rest to one and all. It's been confirmed that there are identical facilities on other planets near Pop Star.

  • Kirby's Adventure [05/93]

Trivia

  • The platforms rise and fall, and disappear randomly due to them floating on geysers.
  • The design of this stage was used in cutscenes in Milky Way Wishes in Kirby Super Star Ultra.
  • The reflection in the stage's water is based on the lower-resolution models also used in offscreen bubbles. As a result, it cannot show changes in facial expressions such as characters blinking. This can best be seen by using Jigglypuff's Rest or by crouching with Pichu.
    • The potential lag of doubles matches is caused by this water reflection effect.
  • This stage's music was reworked as the King Dedede fight music in the Kirby's Adventure remake, Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland.