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In Super Smash Bros., each character had at least four costumes, one for each of the costume-changing C buttons. Some characters had an extra costume (or two) to accommodate for Team Battles if their four costumes lacked a red, blue, or green variation; these costumes cannot be selected outside of Team Battle since there are only four C buttons.

Captain Falcon

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5Color 6
Captain Falcon Palette 01 (SSB)Captain Falcon Palette 02 (SSB)Captain Falcon Palette 03 (SSB)Captain Falcon Palette 04 (SSB)Captain Falcon Palette 05 (SSB)Captain Falcon Palette 06 (SSB)
Captain Falcon Head 01 (SSB)Captain Falcon Head 02 (SSB)Captain Falcon Head 03 (SSB)Captain Falcon Head 04 (SSB)Captain Falcon Head 05 (SSB)Captain Falcon Head 06 (SSB)

Captain Falcon is the only character to have six different playable palette swaps, even though two of them (blue and green costumes) can only be accessed during Team Battles.

Purple C-Up Button (N64) 1P Based on his appearance from F-Zero X, although his suit is purple instead of blue.
Black C-Right Button (N64) 2P Resembles Captain Falcon in the Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.
Red R C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Red Team Based on the appearance of his clone and rival, Blood Falcon.
White C-Left Button (N64) 4P No official title given, but seems to be based on Jody Summers's outfit in F-Zero X.
Green G Green Team Resembles the colors of Pico's F-Zero machine, Wild Goose, in F-Zero.
Blue B Blue Team A brighter version of his standard colors that resembles the original F-Zero SNES boxart.

Donkey Kong

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Donkey Kong Palette 01 (SSB)Donkey Kong Palette 02 (SSB)Donkey Kong Palette 03 (SSB)Donkey Kong Palette 04 (SSB)Donkey Kong Palette 05 (SSB)
Donkey Kong Head 01 (SSB)Donkey Kong Head 02 (SSB)Donkey Kong Head 03 (SSB)Donkey Kong Head 04 (SSB)Donkey Kong Head 05 (SSB)
Brown C-Up Button (N64) 1P Based on his appearance from Donkey Kong Country and the Nintendo 64 era.
Black C-Right Button (N64) 2P No official description for this color, but his fur seems to be based on the fur colors of real-life gorillas. It may also reference Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, which depicted Donkey Kong with black fur, even when played on the Super Game Boy.
Red R C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Red Team Again, no official description, but this was possibly based on his sprite in the original arcade Donkey Kong in 1981.
Blue B C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Blue Team Based on Donkey Kong's alternate blue color scheme from Mario Golf and Donkey Kong 64.
Green G Green Team Resembles the green palette for Donkey Kong GB and Donkey Kong Land, due to the Game Boy's native colour palette.

Fox

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Fox Palette 01 (SSB)Fox Palette 02 (SSB)Fox Palette 03 (SSB)Fox Palette 04 (SSB)
Fox Head 01 (SSB)Fox Head 02 (SSB)Fox Head 03 (SSB)Fox Head 04 (SSB)
Grey C-Up Button (N64) 1P Comes from the model of Fox used in the original North American version of Star Fox and his appearance from Star Fox 64.
Red R C-Right Button (N64) 2P & Red Team Resembles Fox's appearance in the original Japanese version of Star Fox. Also resembles the color of Falco Lombardi's jumpsuit from Star Fox 64.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Resembles the color of Slippy Toad's jumpsuit from Star Fox 64.
Green G C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Green Team Resembles his color scheme from the original Star Fox concept art.

Jigglypuff

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Jigglypuff Palette 01 (SSB)Jigglypuff Palette 02 (SSB)Jigglypuff Palette 03 (SSB)Jigglypuff Palette 04 (SSB)
Jigglypuff Head 01 (SSB)Jigglypuff Head 02 (SSB)Jigglypuff Head 03 (SSB)Jigglypuff Head 04 (SSB)
Pink C-Up Button (N64) 1P
Red R C-Right Button (N64) 2P & Red Team
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium could appear violet.
Green G C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Green Team Nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium could appear cream-colored.

Kirby

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Kirby Palette 01 (SSB)Kirby Palette 02 (SSB)Kirby Palette 03 (SSB)Kirby Palette 04 (SSB)Kirby Palette 05 (SSB)
Kirby Head 01 (SSB)Kirby Head 02 (SSB)Kirby Head 03 (SSB)Kirby Head 04 (SSB)Kirby Head 05 (SSB)
Pink C-Up Button (N64) 1P
Yellow C-Right Button (N64) 2P Based on Keeby, the yellow Kirby that the second player controls from Kirby's Dream Course, known as Kirby Bowl in Japan. Resembles Beam and Needle Kirby from Kirby Super Star and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, without the hat. Shigeru Miyamoto also reportedly wanted Kirby to be colored yellow in his debut, but Masahiro Sakurai wanted him to be pink.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Based on Kirby's appearance as Ice and Freeze Kirby from Kirby Super Star, without the hat.
Red R C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Red Team Based on Kirby's appearance as Fire Kirby from Kirby Super Star, without the hat.
Green G Green Team Homage to the days when Kirby was on the original Game Boy screen, which was green. Also similar to Plasma Kirby from Kirby Super Star, minus the hat.

Link

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Link Palette 01 (SSB)Link Palette 02 (SSB)Link Palette 03 (SSB)Link Palette 04 (SSB)
Link Head 01 (SSB)Link Head 02 (SSB)Link Head 03 (SSB)Link Head 04 (SSB)
Green G C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Green Team Based on Adult Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R C-Right Button (N64) 2P & Red Team Based off the Red Ring from the original The Legend of Zelda and a Shield Spell from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Also similar to the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Based off the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Lavender C-Left Button (N64) 4P Based on Link's appearance having obtained the Blue Ring in the original The Legend of Zelda.

Luigi

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Luigi Palette 01 (SSB)Luigi Palette 02 (SSB)Luigi Palette 03 (SSB)Luigi Palette 04 (SSB)
Luigi Head 01 (SSB)Luigi Head 02 (SSB)Luigi Head 03 (SSB)Luigi Head 04 (SSB)
Green G C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Green Team Based on his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era, although his overalls are purple instead of blue which makes him resemble his sprite from Super Mario World.
White C-Right Button (N64) 2P Based off Luigi's appearance in Mario Bros. for the NES. Also bears a similar outfit to that of Fire Luigi. It is the only costume to change Luigi's skin color and gloves.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Based on Mario's appearance on the cover of the NES version of Mario Bros.
Pink R C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Red Team Comes from the game Wrecking Crew, in which Luigi wears pink.

Mario

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Mario Palette 01 (SSB)Mario Palette 02 (SSB)Mario Palette 03 (SSB)Mario Palette 04 (SSB)Mario Palette 05 (SSB)
Mario Head 01 (SSB)Mario Head 02 (SSB)Mario Head 03 (SSB)Mario Head 04 (SSB)Mario Head 05 (SSB)
Red R C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Red Team Based on his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era.
Yellow C-Right Button (N64) 2P Based on the traditional outfit of Mario's rival, Wario. The M on Mario's hat is colored yellow and the buttons are also colored yellow, compared to the W on Wario's hat which is colored blue and the buttons which are colored white.
Brown C-Down Button (N64) 3P A reference to Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew '98.
Blue B C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Blue Team A red/blue reversal of his traditional colors. This is seen as a partial reference to Mario's varying appearances in games prior to Nintendo's officially establishment of Mario's outfit of consisting of a red shirt, blue overalls and red hat. In various earlier games, Mario occasionally also appeared with sometimes a blue hat, red shirt with blue overalls or a red hat, blue shirt with red overalls. However, this particular combination of a blue hat, blue shirt, with red overalls was never used in any Mario game as of the release of all games in the "Smash Bros." series, but it does resemble the appearance of the Balloon Fighter. The blue shirt with red overalls are also similar to what Mario wore in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show cartoon.
Green G Green Team The color inverse of his traditional colors. Resembles Mario's appearance on Japanese and European box arts for Wrecking Crew. Also appears as part of the flashing animation from a Starman in Super Mario Bros.

Ness

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Ness Palette 01 (SSB)Ness Palette 02 (SSB)Ness Palette 03 (SSB)Ness Palette 04 (SSB)
Ness Head 01 (SSB)Ness Head 02 (SSB)Ness Head 03 (SSB)Ness Head 04 (SSB)
Red R C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Red Team
Yellow C-Right Button (N64) 2P The black and yellow stripes resemble the uniform of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team with a large following. The shirt also bears a very similar color scheme to the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team No official reference is made, although Ness's younger self who appeared in Magicant in Earthbound wore a blue cap.
Green G C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Green Team

Pikachu

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Pikachu Palette 01 (SSB)Pikachu Palette 02 (SSB)Pikachu Palette 03 (SSB)Pikachu Palette 04 (SSB)
Pikachu Head 01 (SSB)Pikachu Head 02 (SSB)Pikachu Head 03 (SSB)Pikachu Head 04 (SSB)
Yellow C-Up Button (N64) 1P
Red R C-Right Button (N64) 2P & Red Team A Pikachu with a red hue is possible in Japanese Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2 and International Pokémon Stadium (N64) as the game did change the colors of Pokémon if they were given nicknames. Shiny Pokémon did not exist in Generation I.
Blue B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team As mentioned, Pokémon Stadium allowed for alternate colored Pokémon if they were given nicknames.
Green G C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Green Team As mentioned, Pokémon Stadium allowed for alternate colored Pokémon if they were given nicknames. One of the Rental Pokémon, a Pikachu called Pikachikun, has a green hue.

Samus

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Samus Palette 01 (SSB)Samus Palette 02 (SSB)Samus Palette 03 (SSB)Samus Palette 04 (SSB)Samus Palette 05 (SSB)
Samus Head 01 (SSB)Samus Head 02 (SSB)Samus Head 03 (SSB)Samus Head 04 (SSB)Samus Head 05 (SSB)
Orange R C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Red Team
Pink C-Right Button (N64) 2P Erroneously stated to be based on the Gravity Suit from Super Metroid, when a more likely source is the Varia Suit's color when missiles are selected in the original Metroid.
Black C-Down Button (N64) 3P
Green G C-Left Button (N64) 4P & Green Team A reference to the mass-produced mechas from the Gundam series, which are almost always green.
Blue B Blue Team Not officially noted, but bears similarities to Samus wearing her Gravity Suit in official art for Super Metroid, aside from the additional yellow on her shoulders.

Yoshi

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5Color 6
Yoshi Palette 01 (SSB)Yoshi Palette 02 (SSB)Yoshi Palette 03 (SSB)Yoshi Palette 04 (SSB)Yoshi Palette 05 (SSB)Yoshi Palette 06 (SSB)
Yoshi Head 01 (SSB)Yoshi Head 02 (SSB)Yoshi Head 03 (SSB)Yoshi Head 04 (SSB)Yoshi Head 05 (SSB)Yoshi Head 06 (SSB)

While all the colors (including the colors of the boots they wear) are specifically taken from Yoshi's Story, alternate-colored Yoshis have appeared in many games since first appearing in Super Mario World, and all six colors originated from Yoshi's Island, albeit with differently-colored boots for some Yoshis.

Green G C-Up Button (N64) 1P & Green Team Based on a green Yoshi from Super Mario World as well as his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era.
Red R C-Right Button (N64) 2P & Red Team Based on the Fire-breathing Yoshi from Super Mario World.
Cyan B C-Down Button (N64) 3P & Blue Team Based on the Cyan Yoshi from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Yellow C-Left Button (N64) 4P Based on the Stomping Yoshi from Super Mario World.
Pink COM only Based on the Pink Yoshi from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Used for the Yoshi Team in 1P Game Mode only.
Blue COM only Based on the Flying Yoshi from Super Mario World. Used for the Yoshi Team in 1P Game Mode only.

Stats

  • There are a total of 56 alternate costumes.
  • The average number of costumes per character is four and two thirds (~4.67).
    • There are 6 fighters with 4 color swaps, 4 with 5, and only 2 with 6.
    • Only one (Captain Falcon) of the two characters with six alternate costumes (the other being Yoshi) can use each one in a Vs. match.
  • The only way a Pink or Blue Yoshi can be controlled by a human player is by hacking.

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