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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.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Starting Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Notes
Super Mario Bros.NES1:00Starts in World 1-1
Ice ClimberNES0:40Starts on first level, with Popo
The Legend of ZeldaNES2:00Immediately starts from the beginning of the game
Kid IcarusNES1:30Starts on first section of Underworld stage
Kirby's AdventureNES2:00Starts in Vegetable Valley
Super MetroidSNES3:00Includes saves for battles against Ridley
Star Fox 64N643:00Has access to all menu features including the Main Game, Training Mode, and VS. mode
Fire Emblem: Monsho no NazoSFC3:00Japan only
EarthboundSFC5:00Japan only

Unlockable Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Unlock criteria Notes
Donkey KongNES1:3010 hours of play timeStarts at the second level, 75m
Super Mario Bros. 2NES1:30Win five brawls with PeachStarts at World 1-1 with Peach
Super Mario WorldSNES2:00Play on Yoshi's Island three timesStarts at Yoshi's Island 2 with Mario
F-ZeroSNES0:40Unlock Captain Falcon in The Subspace EmissaryStarts at first Mute City race, with Blue Falcon
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeN645:00Use Toon Link in ten brawlsHas save files for beginning of Young Link and Adult Link sections

Scrapped

  • A Donkey Kong Country masterpiece was planned, but it was scrapped. [1]
  • 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.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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:

Starting Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Notes
Balloon FightNES2:00Starts at title screen
Donkey KongNES2:00Begins in the 75m level
F-ZeroSNES3:00Starts in Mute City I, playing as the Blue Falcon
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightFC≈2:03Japan only
Kid IcarusNES3:00Starts at the beginning of the first level
Kirby Super StarSNES3:00Begins in The Great Cave Offensive
Kirby's Dream LandGB3:00Starts at title screen
Mega Man 2NES3:00Begins in the first section of Wily Castle
MetroidNES3:00Starts in Brinstar
Pac-ManNES2:00Starts at title screen
PilotwingsSNES2:00Starts in the Light Plane certification training level
Super Mario Bros.NES3:00Starts at title screen
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsNES3:00Starts at title screen
Super Mario KartSNES3:00Starts in Mario Circuit 1 in the Grand Prix, playing as Mario
Super Mario WorldSNES3:00Starts on the world map of Yoshi's Island
Super MetroidSNES4:00Has two save files: one at the beginning of the game and one in Norfair
The Legend of ZeldaNES4:00Starts on the spawn tile
Wrecking CrewNES2:00Starts at title screen
Zelda II: The Adventure of LinkNES4:00Starts in Zelda's castle

Unlockable Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Unlock Criteria Notes
Dr. MarioGB3:00Clear 10-Man Smash alone with Dr. Mario without taking any damageStarts on the "1 Player Game" set-up screen
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. DreamNES3:00Clear the "No Mere Sparring Match" event on normal difficulty or higherStarts at title screen
EarthBoundSNES5:00Get 1968 ft. or more in Home-Run ContestStarts at the opening cutscene
YoshiNES3:00Clear Solo Classic with YoshiStarts at title screen
Kirby's AdventureNES2:00Clear Solo Classic with Kirby on intensity 5.5 or higherHas two save files: one at the beginning of the game and the other at the final King Dedede/Nightmare fight

Scrapped

  • 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.

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