Masterpieces (名作トライアル, Masterpiece Trial) are free time-limited trial versions of classic Nintendo titles which the characters of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. have appeared in. The full versions can be purchased for the Virtual Console. To save the player time, Masterpieces skip the title and opening of a game. Certain Masterpieces start at specific points of the game that are relevant to the Smash game they appear in, such as the Donkey Kong Masterpiece starting at the 75m level, while games that supported saving have some built-in saves set to various points of the game.
The Masterpieces for EarthBound and Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo, while not accessible in international versions of Brawl, still exist in the data; the reason EarthBound is not included is unknown, while Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo is due to being a Japan-only game.
Masterpieces return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. New features include a timer displayed on the right side of the screen, the ability to buy a Masterpiece directly from the game without having to access the Nintendo eShop, the ability to pause the Masterpiece without using the HOME button, and the ability to stop the Masterpiece without the reset button, as the Wii U does not have a reset button. There is also less lag than there was in Brawl. The games featured include:
Unused text in Smash Wii U implies the original Super Smash Bros. was supposed to appear as a Masterpiece. This would have made it the only N64 Masterpiece in Smash Wii U; however, at the time of Smash Wii U's release, N64 emulation wasn't possible on the Wii U, likely resulting in the Masterpiece being scrapped.