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Super Smash Bros. Melee added additional alternate costume options to characters by using the X and Y buttons to cycle through the available list instead of using four C buttons to pick a specific color; this removes the limit as to how many are selectable, so there are no longer any costumes exclusive to Team Battles or computer opponents. As a result, many characters now have five different color schemes, with some having as many as six, though some still only have four.

In Team Melee, if members of the same team use the same character, the second player would have a lighter tint applied to their character. A third player uses a darker tint. If a fourth player is forcibly added to a team with the Name Entry glitch, then the fourth character will be completely black; the game's data suggests that a fifth player, if possible, would be completely grey. A sixth player and afterword, would crash the game.

BowserEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Bowser Palette 01 (SSBM)Bowser Palette 02 (SSBM)Bowser Palette 03 (SSBM)Bowser Palette 04 (SSBM)
Bowser Head 01 (SSBM)Bowser Head 02 (SSBM)Bowser Head 03 (SSBM)Bowser Head 04 (SSBM)
Green G
Red R Resembles a Spiny or red Koopa Troopa. It also resembles Roy Koopa's early in-game sprites without the sunglasses, as well as Bowser's second player costume in Mario Golf. Unusually, while the artwork depicts Bowser with red eyes, they are green in-game.
Blue B Came from Bowser's international artwork for Super Mario Bros. Also resembles Iggy Koopa's early in-game sprites. Sometimes referred to as the "fake Bowser".
Black

Captain FalconEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5Color 6
Captain Falcon Palette 01 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Palette 02 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Palette 03 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Palette 04 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Palette 05 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Palette 06 (SSBM)
Captain Falcon Head 01 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Head 02 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Head 03 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Head 04 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Head 05 (SSBM)Captain Falcon Head 06 (SSBM)
Indigo Based on his appearance from F-Zero X.
Black Based on the colors of his outfit from the Japanese F-Zero X commercial.
Red R Based on Falcon's rival, Blood Falcon's outfit, even altering the logo on his back to say "Blood Hawk". Betas for the game show that it was originally intended to read "Hell Hawk", the Japanese name of Blood Falcon's F-Zero machine.
White Based on the colors of Jody Summer's outfit. Commonly known as "Captain Fabulous" in the community.
Green G Based on the colors of Pico's outfit.
Blue B Based on the original, lighter colors of Captain Falcon in F-Zero.

Donkey KongEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Donkey Kong Palette 01 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Palette 02 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Palette 03 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Palette 04 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Palette 05 (SSBM)
Donkey Kong Head 01 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Head 02 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Head 03 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Head 04 (SSBM)Donkey Kong Head 05 (SSBM)
Brown
Black Resembles Donkey Kong's coloration when Donkey Kong '94 and Donkey Kong Land were played under the black-and-white palette on the Game Boy Color and Super Game Boy. "Monkey Smash" mode in Donkey Kong 64 also featured Donkey Kong with blue-black fur and a blue tie.
Red R Resembles Donkey Kong's sprite in Donkey Kong.
Blue B Similar to the second player coloration in Mario Golf.
Green G

Dr. MarioEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Dr. Mario Palette 01 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Palette 02 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Palette 03 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Palette 04 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Palette 05 (SSBM)
Dr. Mario Head 01 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Head 02 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Head 03 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Head 04 (SSBM)Dr. Mario Head 05 (SSBM)
White Despite wearing white pants in his own game, Dr. Mario wears indigo jeans in Melee.
Red R Resembles Nurse Toadstool's color scheme.
Blue B Resembles the traditional color of scrubs worn in real-life hospitals, while his violet gloves resemble standard nitrile gloves used by most physicians.
Green G Resembles the traditional color of scrubs worn in by real-life surgeons.
Black Referred to as Unlicensed Dr. Mario by the official Melee website.

FalcoEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Falco Palette 01 (SSBM)Falco Palette 02 (SSBM)Falco Palette 03 (SSBM)Falco Palette 04 (SSBM)
Falco Head 01 (SSBM)Falco Head 02 (SSBM)Falco Head 03 (SSBM)Falco Head 04 (SSBM)
Tan Based on his appearance in Star Fox 64.
Red R Resembles Peppy Hare's flight suit from Star Fox 64
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's flight suit from Star Fox 64.
Green G Resembles Fox's flight suit.

FoxEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Fox Palette 01 (SSBM)Fox Palette 02 (SSBM)Fox Palette 03 (SSBM)Fox Palette 04 (SSBM)
Fox Head 01 (SSBM)Fox Head 02 (SSBM)Fox Head 03 (SSBM)Fox Head 04 (SSBM)
White Based on his appearance from Star Fox 64.
Red R Resembles Falco's flight suit
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's flight suit from Star Fox 64
Green G Possibly based off a concept art from the original Star Fox.

GanondorfEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Ganondorf Palette 01 (SSBM)Ganondorf Palette 02 (SSBM)Ganondorf Palette 03 (SSBM)Ganondorf Palette 04 (SSBM)Ganondorf Palette 05 (SSBM)
Ganondorf Head 01 (SSBM)Ganondorf Head 02 (SSBM)Ganondorf Head 03 (SSBM)Ganondorf Head 04 (SSBM)Ganondorf Head 05 (SSBM)
Brown Based off his appearance from Ocarina of Time
Red R
Blue B
Green G
Purple

Ice ClimbersEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Ice Climbers Palette 01 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Palette 02 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Palette 03 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Palette 04 (SSBM)
Ice Climbers Head 01 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Head 02 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Head 03 (SSBM)Ice Climbers Head 04 (SSBM)

As can be seen in the image, the Ice Climbers' orange and red costumes will place Nana in the lead, making Popo follow.

Blue B
Green G
Orange
Red R While Nana's parka is purely red on their portrait in the character selection screen, it is actually maroon in-game.

JigglypuffEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Jigglypuff Palette 01 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Palette 02 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Palette 03 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Palette 04 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Palette 05 (SSBM)
Jigglypuff Head 01 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Head 02 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Head 03 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Head 04 (SSBM)Jigglypuff Head 05 (SSBM)
Pink
Red R
Blue B Similar to the bows from the original Super Smash Bros.
Green G
Yellow The crown that Jigglypuff wears in this costume is identical to that worn by Peach.

KirbyEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5Color 6
Kirby Palette 01 (SSBM)Kirby Palette 02 (SSBM)Kirby Palette 03 (SSBM)Kirby Palette 04 (SSBM)Kirby Palette 05 (SSBM)Kirby Palette 06 (SSBM)
Kirby Head 01 (SSBM)Kirby Head 02 (SSBM)Kirby Head 03 (SSBM)Kirby Head 04 (SSBM)Kirby Head 05 (SSBM)Kirby Head 06 (SSBM)
Pink
Yellow This color swap is Keeby, who was Kirby's companion in games that featured co-op mode. It is also the same as when he is Beam Kirby or Needle Kirby, without the hat. It was also an alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64. Developer Shigeru Miyamoto also reportedly believed Kirby should be yellow in his debut game, while Masahiro Sakurai believed the character should be pink.
Blue B The same as when he is Ice Kirby, without the hat. It is also an alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64.
Red R The same as when he is Fire Kirby, without the hat.
Green G An alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64.
White A reference to his monochrome appearance from the original Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy. It is also similar to the colors of Kirby's depiction on the North American box cover of Kirby's Dream Land.

LinkEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Link Palette 01 (SSBM)Link Palette 02 (SSBM)Link Palette 03 (SSBM)Link Palette 04 (SSBM)Link Palette 05 (SSBM)
Link Head 01 (SSBM)Link Head 02 (SSBM)Link Head 03 (SSBM)Link Head 04 (SSBM)Link Head 05 (SSBM)
Green G Based on his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It also resembles Link with the Red Ring from the original The Legend of Zelda.
Blue B Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Black Based off a color tunic hack from Ocarina of Time
White Resembles the use of the Blue Ring in The Legend of Zelda.

LuigiEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Luigi Palette 01 (SSBM)Luigi Palette 02 (SSBM)Luigi Palette 03 (SSBM)Luigi Palette 04 (SSBM)
Luigi Head 01 (SSBM)Luigi Head 02 (SSBM)Luigi Head 03 (SSBM)Luigi Head 04 (SSBM)
Green G
White A reference to Luigi's appearance in Super Mario Bros. and the NES port of Mario Bros. It also resembles Fire Luigi. It is the only one to change the color of his gloves and skin tone.
Blue B Resembles the artwork for Mario on the cover for the NES version of Mario Bros., though his sprite does not actually feature such coloring.
Pink R Comes from the game Wrecking Crew, where Luigi wears pink.

MarioEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Mario Palette 01 (SSBM)Mario Palette 02 (SSBM)Mario Palette 03 (SSBM)Mario Palette 04 (SSBM)Mario Palette 05 (SSBM)
Mario Head 01 (SSBM)Mario Head 02 (SSBM)Mario Head 03 (SSBM)Mario Head 04 (SSBM)Mario Head 05 (SSBM)
Red R
Yellow Based on Wario, the same as his yellow costume in the previous game. Unlike the original (and every other iteration in the series), the colored "M" is blue instead of yellow and the buttons are white instead of yellow, as to make him more closely resemble Wario. Additionally, Mario's hat gains a white accent on its edge.
Black A reference to Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew '98. Updated from the original version of this swap to be closer to black and white than brown and yellow. It is the only costume where the hat and overalls are changed to be the same color.
Blue B A reversal of his traditional colors. This is seen as a partial reference to Mario's varying appearances in games prior to Nintendo's official establishment of Mario's outfit consisting of a red shirt, blue overalls, and red hat. In various earlier games, Mario occasionally also appeared with a blue hat, red shirt with blue overalls, or a red hat with a blue shirt with red overalls. Interestingly, though, Mario never appeared in any game with the particular combination of a blue hat, blue shirt, with red overalls as it appears here, but this color scheme does resemble the Balloon Fighter and it also resembles Mario's outfit from the DIC cartoons.
Green G Complimentary colors of his normal outfit. Resembles Mario's appearance on Japanese and European box arts for Wrecking Crew. A similar arrangement of colors also appears as part of the flashing animation from a Starman in Super Mario Bros. Updated from the original version of this swap to be more brown than orange.

MarthEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Marth Palette 01 (SSBM)Marth Palette 02 (SSBM)Marth Palette 03 (SSBM)Marth Palette 04 (SSBM)Marth Palette 05 (SSBM)
Marth Head 01 (SSBM)Marth Head 02 (SSBM)Marth Head 03 (SSBM)Marth Head 04 (SSBM)Marth Head 05 (SSBM)
Blue B
Red R Based on the standard color for enemy units in Fire Emblem games. This is the only costume in Melee to change the color of his tiara.
Green G Based on the standard color for NPC units in Fire Emblem.
Black
White Based on Leif, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

MewtwoEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Mewtwo Palette 01 (SSBM)Mewtwo Palette 02 (SSBM)Mewtwo Palette 03 (SSBM)Mewtwo Palette 04 (SSBM)
Mewtwo Head 01 (SSBM)Mewtwo Head 02 (SSBM)Mewtwo Head 03 (SSBM)Mewtwo Head 04 (SSBM)
Purple
Red R Resembles one of Mewtwo's possible alternate color shades in the Pokémon Stadium games.
Blue B Resembles Mewtwo's in-game sprite colors for Pokémon Red & Blue. Also used as an Easter egg in Pokémon Stadium.
Green G Based on Mewtwo's shiny color in the Pokémon games.

Mr. Game & WatchEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Mr. Game & Watch Palette 01 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Palette 02 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Palette 03 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Palette 04 (SSBM)
Mr. Game & Watch Head 01 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Head 02 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Head 03 (SSBM)Mr. Game & Watch Head 04 (SSBM)
Black
Red R Resembles the color palette used by the Virtual Boy
Blue B
Green G Maybe based on the green tint of the gameboy's screen, but this is kinda a stretch, because the gameboy screen is kind of oliveish greenish.

NessEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Ness Palette 01 (SSBM)Ness Palette 02 (SSBM)Ness Palette 03 (SSBM)Ness Palette 04 (SSBM)
Ness Head 01 (SSBM)Ness Head 02 (SSBM)Ness Head 03 (SSBM)Ness Head 04 (SSBM)
Red R
Yellow The yellow/black color scheme resembles that of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team. The shirt also bears a very similar color scheme to the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Blue B Is based off of Ness's younger self that he encounters briefly in EarthBound, who was wearing a blue hat.
Green G

PeachEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Peach Palette 01 (SSBM)Peach Palette 02 (SSBM)Peach Palette 03 (SSBM)Peach Palette 04 (SSBM)Peach Palette 05 (SSBM)
Peach Head 01 (SSBM)Peach Head 02 (SSBM)Peach Head 03 (SSBM)Peach Head 04 (SSBM)Peach Head 05 (SSBM)
Pink R
Yellow This costume changes Peach's entire appearance to that of Daisy, including her hair color, earrings, dress style, gloves, tiara, and even skin color. However, later games in the Mario series changed Daisy's design, resulting in the costume only matching games before Melee.
White Represents how she appeared in her first appearance in Super Mario Bros, without the red hair and red trim. Peach uniquely wears pantyhose with this costume, she also wears this costume in the event "Time for a checkup!", even though Nurse Toadstool wears pink.
Blue B Based on a swap from Mario Golf, and Daisy's appearance in NES Open.
Green G Based on a swap from Mario Golf, and NES Open.

PichuEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Pichu Palette 01 (SSBM)Pichu Palette 02 (SSBM)Pichu Palette 03 (SSBM)Pichu Palette 04 (SSBM)
Pichu Head 01 (SSBM)Pichu Head 02 (SSBM)Pichu Head 03 (SSBM)Pichu Head 04 (SSBM)
Yellow
Red R
Blue B Gives Pichu goggles similar to the "Swimmer" class of the Pokémon series.
Green G Gives Pichu a backpack that resembles Ness's. Pokémon Trainers throughout the Pokémon series also wear backpacks.

PikachuEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4
Pikachu Palette 01 (SSBM)Pikachu Palette 02 (SSBM)Pikachu Palette 03 (SSBM)Pikachu Palette 04 (SSBM)
Pikachu Head 01 (SSBM)Pikachu Head 02 (SSBM)Pikachu Head 03 (SSBM)Pikachu Head 04 (SSBM)
Yellow
Red R Has Pikachu wearing the hat of Red, the protagonist of the Generation I Pokémon games. The fur color also resembles that of Pikachu's shiny coloration in the Pokémon games.
Blue B Similar to the party hats from the previous game.
Green G

RoyEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Roy Palette 01 (SSBM)Roy Palette 02 (SSBM)Roy Palette 03 (SSBM)Roy Palette 04 (SSBM)Roy Palette 05 (SSBM)
Roy Head 01 (SSBM)Roy Head 02 (SSBM)Roy Head 03 (SSBM)Roy Head 04 (SSBM)Roy Head 05 (SSBM)
Purple
Red R Based on the "enemy" unit color in the Fire Emblem series.
Blue B Based on the "player" unit color in the Fire Emblem series. Is the only alternate costume to change Roy's golden trim color.
Green G Based on the "other" unit color in the Fire Emblem series.
Yellow

SamusEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Samus Palette 01 (SSBM)Samus Palette 02 (SSBM)Samus Palette 03 (SSBM)Samus Palette 04 (SSBM)Samus Palette 05 (SSBM)
Samus Head 01 (SSBM)Samus Head 02 (SSBM)Samus Head 03 (SSBM)Samus Head 04 (SSBM)Samus Head 05 (SSBM)
Orange R
Pink Based off the appearance of the Varia Suit when missiles are selected in the original NES Metroid game.
Black
Green G In Japan, the original Smash 64 website referred to this alternate costume as "mass produced Samus".
Purple B Based on the Gravity Suit.

SheikEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Sheik Palette 01 (SSBM)Sheik Palette 02 (SSBM)Sheik Palette 03 (SSBM)Sheik Palette 04 (SSBM)Sheik Palette 05 (SSBM)
Sheik Head 01 (SSBM)Sheik Head 02 (SSBM)Sheik Head 03 (SSBM)Sheik Head 04 (SSBM)Sheik Head 05 (SSBM)

All of these colors go with Zelda's costume and come from the same game as Zelda's.

Navy Corresponds with Zelda's pink colour, hence why it isn't used for team battles.
Red R
Blue B
Green G
White This costume is the only one which changes Sheik's skin tone.

YoshiEdit

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

All of Yoshi's costumes appear as different variations of the Yoshi species in many of his games, such as Yoshi's Story and Super Mario World.

Green G
Red R Based on the fire-breathing Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Blue B Based on the flying Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Yellow Based on the stomping Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Pink Based on the Pink Yoshi from Yoshi's Story.
Cyan Based on the Light-Blue Yoshi from Yoshi's Story.

Young LinkEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Young Link Palette 01 (SSBM)Young Link Palette 02 (SSBM)Young Link Palette 03 (SSBM)Young Link Palette 04 (SSBM)Young Link Palette 05 (SSBM)
Young Link Head 01 (SSBM)Young Link Head 02 (SSBM)Young Link Head 03 (SSBM)Young Link Head 04 (SSBM)Young Link Head 05 (SSBM)

All of Young Link's colors are exactly the same as Link's, except ordered where the black and white costumes are switched.

Green G           
Red R
Blue B
White
Black

ZeldaEdit

Color 1Color 2Color 3Color 4Color 5
Zelda Palette 01 (SSBM)Zelda Palette 02 (SSBM)Zelda Palette 03 (SSBM)Zelda Palette 04 (SSBM)Zelda Palette 05 (SSBM)
Zelda Head 01 (SSBM)Zelda Head 02 (SSBM)Zelda Head 03 (SSBM)Zelda Head 04 (SSBM)Zelda Head 05 (SSBM)
Pink Based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses the red ring, but not the blue ring. Also resembles Zelda's appearance in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Blue B Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses the blue ring but not the red ring. Also resembles Zelda's maiden outfit in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Green G Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses neither the blue ring nor the red ring.
White Resembles Zelda's field sprite in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

StatsEdit

  • There is a total of 123 alternate costumes.
  • The average number of costumes per character is 5.
  • Captain Falcon, Kirby and Yoshi share the highest amount of color swaps: 6.
  • There are 10 fighters with 4 color swaps, and 13 with 5.

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