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A home stage is the stage that is most commonly associated with a character, by the game and/or by players. The subject of home stages can at times be somewhat confusing in the Super Smash Bros. series. In both Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, there are playable characters who do not have a stage belonging to their "universe". In addition, certain characters in SSBM have more than one stage. As secret characters are fought on stages specific to each of those characters, and SSBM's All-Star mode also gives each character a "home" stage, it's possible to determine which characters "own" which stages, even though the results may occasionally cause confusion.

Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros., each of the eight starter characters has their own stage. Of the four secret characters, two - (Luigi and Jigglypuff) - share their stages with the starter characters from their universe (Mario and Pikachu, sharing Peach's Castle and Saffron City, respectively). The remaining two characters have their home stages defined by where they are fought when they are unlocked. Captain Falcon is fought at Samus's Planet Zebes, while Ness is unlocked by defeating him at Kirby's Dream Land stage. Thus, Captain Falcon and Ness may be considered to have these stages as their home stages. There is another stage from the Mario series, Mushroom Kingdom, which is sometimes considered as Luigi's stage, as well as Mario's.

Character Home stage
Mario
Luigi
Peach's Castle
Mushroom Kingdom
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Congo Jungle
Link Hyrule Castle
Samus
Captain Falcon
Planet Zebes
Kirby
Ness
Dream Land
Fox Sector Z
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Saffron City

Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the situation is somewhat more complicated. While secret characters all have a stage of their own for the purpose of unlocking them, all characters have a stage associated with them for the purposes of All-Star Mode.

Character Home stage
Mario Rainbow Cruise
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom
Peach Princess Peach's Castle
Bowser Yoshi's Island
Dr. Mario Mushroom Kingdom II
Yoshi Yoshi's Story
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle
Link Great Bay
Zelda / Sheik Temple
Ganondorf Brinstar Depths
Young Link Jungle Japes
Samus Brinstar
Kirby Green Greens
Fox Corneria
Falco Venom
Pikachu Pokémon Stadium
Jigglypuff Poké Floats
Mewtwo Battlefield
Pichu Fourside
Captain Falcon Mute City
Ness Onett
Ice Climbers Icicle Mountain
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone
Marth Fountain of Dreams
Roy Final Destination

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, stages and characters are not matched one-to-one like they are in Melee. What follows is a list of home stages based on where characters are fought in Classic Mode and All-Star Mode, almost always based on a character's universe.

As was the case with the Past Stages in Melee, stages returning from that game are never seen in Classic or All-Star Mode. This leads to the fact that Halberd is always seen in Classic Mode, no matter what.

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Delfino Plaza
Mushroomy Kingdom
Mario Circuit
Luigi's Mansion
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Rumble Falls
75m
Link
Zelda / Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Bridge of Eldin
Pirate Ship
Samus / Zero Suit Samus Norfair
Frigate Orpheon
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Halberd
Fox
Falco
Wolf
Lylat Cruise
Pikachu
Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle / Ivysaur / Charizard)
Lucario
Jigglypuff
Pokémon Stadium 2
Spear Pillar
Captain Falcon Port Town Aero Dive
Ness
Lucas
New Pork City
Ice Climbers Summit
Marth
Ike
Castle Siege
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone 2
Pit Skyworld
Wario WarioWare, Inc.
Olimar Distant Planet
R.O.B. Mario Bros.[note 1]
Snake Shadow Moses Island
Sonic Green Hill Zone
  1. R.O.B.'s home stage is Delfino Plaza if Mario Bros. is not unlocked.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

The following stages are used for characters in Classic Mode. Unlike in previous games, familiar stages also act as home stages, as some of these familiar stages are the only stages available for their respective universes. Characters from series without a stage instead use stages from series with no characters such as Living Room.

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Dr. Mario
Rosalina & Luma
Bowser Jr.
3D Land
Golden Plains
Rainbow Road
Paper Mario
Mushroomy Kingdom
Peach's Castle (64) (DLC)
Super Mario Maker (DLC)
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Jungle Japes
Link
Zelda
Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Gerudo Valley
Spirit Train
Hyrule Castle (64) (DLC)
Samus
Zero Suit Samus
Brinstar
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Dream Land
Dream Land (64) (DLC)
Fox
Falco
Corneria
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Charizard
Lucario
Greninja
Mewtwo (DLC)
Unova Pokémon League
Prism Tower
Captain Falcon Mute City
Ness
Lucas (DLC)
Magicant
Marth
Ike
Robin
Lucina
Roy (DLC)
Corrin (DLC)
Arena Ferox
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone 2
Pit
Palutena
Dark Pit
Reset Bomb Forest
Wario WarioWare, Inc.
Olimar Distant Planet
Villager Tortimer Island
Little Mac Boxing Ring
Shulk Gaur Plain
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt (DLC)[note 1]
Sonic Green Hill Zone
Mega Man Wily Castle
Pac-Man Pac-Maze
Ryu (DLC) Suzaku Castle (DLC)
Cloud (DLC) Midgar (DLC)
Bayonetta (DLC) Umbra Clock Tower (DLC)
R.O.B.
Wii Fit Trainer
PictoChat 2
Balloon Fight
Living Room
Find Mii
Tomodachi Life
Mii Fighter Battlefield
  1. This stage was added as a free stage in the 1.1.1 update. When playing an older version, the "miscellaneous" stages used by R.O.B. and Wii Fit Trainer are used instead.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

The only series with a playable character in for Wii U not to have a stage is once again the R.O.B. series. In this game, R.O.B. exclusively uses the Wrecking Crew stage, as Wrecking Crew has no playable character and is not used as a Mario stage despite being from a Mario sub-series.

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Dr. Mario
Rosalina & Luma
Bowser Jr.
Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Galaxy
Mario Circuit
Delfino Plaza
Mario Circuit (Brawl)
Luigi's Mansion
Peach's Castle (64) (DLC)
Super Mario Maker (DLC)
Yoshi Woolly World
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Jungle Hijinxs
Kongo Jungle 64
75m
Link
Zelda
Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Skyloft
Temple
Bridge of Eldin
Hyrule Castle (64) (DLC)
Pirate Ship (DLC)
Samus
Zero Suit Samus
Pyrosphere
Norfair
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
The Great Cave Offensive
Halberd
Dream Land (64) (DLC)
Fox
Falco
Orbital Gate Assault
Lylat Cruise
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Charizard
Lucario
Greninja
Mewtwo (DLC)
Kalos Pokémon League
Pokémon Stadium 2
Captain Falcon Port Town Aero Dive
Ness
Lucas (DLC)
Onett
Marth
Ike
Robin
Lucina
Roy (DLC)
Corrin (DLC)
Coliseum
Castle Siege
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone X
Pit
Palutena
Dark Pit
Palutena's Temple
Skyworld
Wario Gamer
Olimar Garden of Hope
Villager Town and City
Smashville
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit Studio
Little Mac Boxing Ring
Shulk Gaur Plain
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
Sonic Windy Hill Zone
Mega Man Wily Castle
Pac-Man Pac-Land
Ryu (DLC) Suzaku Castle (DLC)
Cloud (DLC) Midgar (DLC)
Bayonetta (DLC) Umbra Clock Tower (DLC)
Mii Fighter Battlefield

Home advantage

There is no clear or consistent benefit to a character fighting on his "home stage." In some cases it may be to a character's disadvantage to be fighting on his home stage, for example Ness is unable to use his recovery move when knocked between buildings in Fourside. In SSBB, Donkey Kong's Final Smash makes him immobile; if used on Rumble Falls, a scrolling stage, it will possibly result in a self-destruct, but when he is using his airborne, he moves along with the stage. Ness and Lucas's PK Starstorm is generally poor in New Pork City, due to the size and the camera zooming out, allowing for opponents to see and easily evade most of the damage.

However, in contrast, some stages do offer advantages to some characters. For example, Zelda's Final Smash is much easier to use, and harder to dodge on the Bridge of Eldin (Link also has an advantage since the left and right blast lines are walk-offs, and the lower blast line is close to the stage and is not always present, minimizing the need for recovery, which Link is very poor at; similarly, the lower blast line of Pirate Ship is usually underwater, also helping Link's recovery there). Also on Summit, all the other characters slide around, except the Ice Climbers who are the same as if they were on any other field, although, like other characters, they are still unable to grab onto the ledge.

On Pokémon Stadium 2, when used from the center, Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up covers the whole stage, and is almost unavoidable.

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