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The Battlefield stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U is an example of a typical Smash Bros. stage.

A stage (sometimes called a map or board) is a location in which characters fight or complete objectives. The word "stage" usually refers to a versus mode stage, but can also refer to the ground or large central platform within this location. As well as versus mode stages, single player mode stages, such as the Target Smash!! maps, exist for purposes other than fighting.

Versus stages

Within all the games of the Smash series, most versus mode stages are available from the start, while a small number must be unlocked by completing certain objectives. Most stages, like Congo Jungle, are derived from places in playable characters' universes. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, an abstract stage, Poké Floats, was introduced, as well as two Smash Bros universe stages - Battlefield and Final Destination. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, stages derived from games without associated playable characters were introduced, namely Smashville and Hanenbow, while PictoChat represents a Nintendo DS utility interface. Additionally, not every playable character has a stage from their own universe. Included in "Melee" and "Brawl" are a small number of past stages - stages from the previous Smash game with no major alterations.

Stages range in size from the large Hyrule Temple and New Pork City to the small Onett and Brinstar. Typically, stages involve a large central platform with ledges and one or more smaller platforms, as well as blast lines above, below and to the left and right of the visible area. Some stages, such as Yoshi's Island and Distant Planet have floors that continue past the edge of the visible area and pass through a side blast line, these edges are known as "walk off edges" or "walk offs", because characters can walk offscreen without the need to become airborne. Stages with walk off edges on both the left and right, like Bridge of Eldin, are sometimes called "walk off stages". Some walk off stages, such as Onett, have no lower blast line.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, moving and transforming stages were introduced. Big Blue and Rainbow Cruise consist entirely of platforms that move or appear on and offscreen, while stages like Infinite Glacier and Rumble Falls scroll continuously up or down. Other stages, such as Pokémon Stadium, undergo partial transformations at certain intervals, while others, like Brawl's Frigate Orpheon and Castle Siege cycle through complete transformations. Mushroomy Kingdom may be one of two stages depending on either luck or player's input prior to the match.

Other stage elements include breakable barriers and platforms, such as the pillars of Luigi's Mansion and the stone floors of Skyworld; stage hazards and enemies, such as lasers, cars and Klap Traps; local items such as apples; and interactive objects such as Barrel Cannons. While water has no effect on movement in Melee, Brawl introduced swimming, and many of its stages involve water that can be swum in.

In Brawl, the appearance of some items, namely crates and barrels, differs depending on the aesthetic style of the stage they appear on. The following is quoted from the DOJO!! website.

"Previously, wooden crates and barrels were pretty much garden-variety. This time around, these items change visually to match the mood of the stage. On sci-fi type stages they take on a futuristic tone. On more fantastic stages, they look more like presents."[1]

In Super Smash Bros.

There are nine versus stages in the original Super Smash Bros., eight starters and one unlockable: Mushroom Kingdom, shown in bold.

In Melee

There are twenty nine versus stages in Super Smash Bros. Melee, eighteen starters and eleven unlockable stages, shown below in bold. The three past stages are unlockable.

Melee stages

Past stages

In Brawl

There are forty one versus stages in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, twenty nine starters and twelve unlockable stages, shown below in bold. None of the original Super Smash Bros. stages return, but there are ten "Melee stages", one from each universe involved in the original Super Smash Bros.

Brawl Stages

Melee Stages

In 3DS/Wii U

There are 75 stages across the two games; some are shared between versions (*indicates that the stage returns from a previous game) (**means that it is DLC). Some stages, such as Gaur Plains and Final Destination, are slightly different between the two versions.

3DS

Wii U

Both Versions

Tournament legality

Some stages are banned in competitive play because they are considered disruptive or unfair. See Banned stages.

Single player stages

In the single player modes and challenges, a number of stages appear that are not available in versus mode.

  • Brawl and Melee's Home-run Contest stages involve a central platform from which Sandbag is hit, and a very long stretch of ground to the right of the platform, for it to land upon.
  • In Melee's "trophy tussle" event matches, the player fights CPUs upon a stage that takes the form of a giant object, the trophy for which he or she wins after completing the event.
  • The original Super Smash Bros. Board the Platforms stages function as agility tests, and there are twelve in total - each one is designed to challenge the player's character.
  • Like Board the Platforms, Break the Targets and Target Test stages of the original Smash Bros. and Melee respectively are tailored to challenge each character - twelve exist in the original and twenty five in Melee. Some of Melee's Target Test stages are decorated in reference to their character's universe; Pikachu's, for example, has decorative Poké Balls in its walls, while the Ice Climbers' look like a level from the game Ice Climber. Brawl, however, simply has five Target Smash stages for all characters, each representing a different difficulty level.
  • Areas in Adventure Mode and the Subspace Emissary are technically defined as stages.
  • Brawl's Online Practice Stage is playable only while waiting for an online match to load.
  • Brawl's Configure Test stage is playable only for the purpose of testing custom controls, and only as Mario. In Wii U/3DS is playable to test the character's Custom Moves, Equipment, and Mii Fighters.

In Super Smash Bros.

In Melee

In Brawl

In Wii U/3DS

Non-playable stages

Some stages exist in the original Super Smash Bros. and Melee, but are non-playable; developers did not intended for them to be played in. Non-playable stages are accessible only through hacks and debug programs, such as Action Replay. Some, such as "Test", are assumed to have been used for testing during game development, while others, such as the "Tutorial stage", are used in the game but not for the purpose of gameplay.

In Super Smash Bros.

In Melee

In Brawl

  • 1-Player Mode Credits - the file name of the single player mode credits is "STGCHARACROLL.pac" which technically defines it as a stage.
  • Results Screen - the results screen that appears after a match is a stage, playable only through hacking.[2]

Comparison Table

This is a list of the stages in the Super Smash Bros. series. Shaded cells denote unlockable stages. Reddish shades denotes stages which cannot be used in Vs. Mode.

Stage Universe Game SSB Melee Brawl 3DS Wii U
Battlefield (SSB) Smash Bros. - Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Congo Jungle
Kongo Jungle 64
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Country
(SNES)
Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN 8Yes checkY
Dream Land (SSB) Kirby Kirby's Dream Land
(GB)
Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Final Destination (SSB) Smash Bros. - Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Hyrule Castle Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
(N64)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Mushroom Kingdom Mario Super Mario Bros.
(NES)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Peach's Castle Mario Super Mario 64
(N64)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Planet Zebes Metroid Metroid
(NES)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Sector Z Star Fox Star Fox 64
(N64)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Saffron City Pokémon Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
(GB)
Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN X markN
Yoshi's Island(SSB) Yoshi Yoshi's Story
(N64)
Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Battlefield (SSBM) Smash Bros. - X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Big Blue F-Zero F-Zero
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN
Brinstar Metroid Metroid
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Brinstar Depths Metroid Metroid
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Corneria Star Fox Star Fox
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Final Destination (SSBM) Smash Bros. - X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Flat Zone Game & Watch Various games
(Game & Watch)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Fountain of Dreams Kirby Kirby's Adventure
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Fourside Earthbound Earthbound
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Great Bay Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Green Greens |Kirby Kirby's Dream Land
(GB)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN
Icicle Mountain Ice Climber Ice Climber
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Jungle Japes Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 64
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Kongo Jungle (SSBM) Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Country
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Mushroom Kingdom (SSBM) Mario Super Mario Bros.
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Mushroom Kingdom II Mario Super Mario Bros 2
(NES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Mute City (SSBM) F-Zero F-Zero
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Onett Earthbound Earthbound
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Poké Floats Pokémon Pokémon Stadium 2
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Pokémon Stadium
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN
Princess Peach's Castle Mario Super Mario 64
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Rainbow Cruise Mario Super Mario 64
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN X markN
Temple Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Venom Star Fox Star Fox 64
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
Yoshi's Island (SSBM) Yoshi Super Mario World
(SNES)
X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Yoshi's Story Yoshi Yoshi's Story
(N64)
X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN X markN
75m Donkey Kong Donkey Kong
(Arcade)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Battlefield (SSBB) Smash Bros. - X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Bridge of Eldin Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
(GC/Wii)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Castle Siege Fire Emblem Fire Emblem
(GBA)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Delfino Plaza Mario Super Mario Sunshine
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Distant Planet Pikmin Pikmin
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Final Destination (SSBB) Smash Bros. - X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Flat Zone 2 Game & Watch Fire / Oil Panic / Lion / Chef
(Game & Watch)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Frigate Orpheon Metroid Metroid Prime
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Green Hill Zone Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog
(Mega Drive)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Halberd Kirby Kirby Super Star
(SNES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Hanenbow Electroplankton Electroplankton
(DS)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Luigi's Mansion Mario Luigi's Mansion
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Lylat Cruise Star Fox Star Fox: Assault
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Mario Bros. Mario Mario Bros.
(Arcade)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Mario Circuit (SSBB) Mario Super Mario Kart
(SNES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Mushroomy Kingdom Mario Super Mario Bros.
(NES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
New Pork City Earthbound Mother 3
(GBA)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Norfair Metroid Metroid
(NES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
PictoChat Nintendo DS Pictochat
(DS)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Pirate Ship Zelda The Legend of zelda: The Wind Waker
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Pokémon Stadium
(N64)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Port Town Aero Dive F-Zero F-Zero GX
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Rumble Falls Donkey Kong Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
(GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Shadow Moses Island Metal Gear Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes / Metal Gear Solid 4
(GC/PS3)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Skyworld Kid Icarus Kid Icarus
(NES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Smashville Animal Crossing Animal Crossing
(N64/GC)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN Yes checkY
Spear Pillar Pokémon Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl
(DS)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
Summit Ice Climber Ice Climber
(NES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY X markN X markN
WarioWare, Inc. Wario WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames$
(GBA)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Yoshi's Island Yoshi Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
(SNES)
X markN X markN Yes checkY Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
3D Land Mario Super Mario 3D Land
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Arena Ferox Fire Emblem Fire Emblem: Awakening
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Balloon Fight BAlloon Fight Balloon Fight
(NES)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Battlefield (SSBWU/3DS) Smaqsh Bros. - X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
Yes checkY
Boxing Ring Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!!
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
Yes checkY
Dream Land (SSB3DS) Kirby Kirby's Dreamland
(GB)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Final Destination (SSBWU/3DS) Smash Bros. - X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
Yes checkY
Find Mii Mii Find Mii II/Street-Pass Quest II
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Gaur Plains Xenoblade Xenoblade Chronicles
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
Yes checkY
Gerudo Valley Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Golden Plains Mario New Super Mario Bros. 2
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Living Room Nintendogs Nintendogs+Cats
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Magicant Earthbound Mother
(NES)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Mute City (3DS) F-Zero F-Zero
(SNES)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Pac-Maze Pac-Man Pac-Man
(Arcade)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Paper Mario Mario Paper Mario: Sticker Star / Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
(3DS/GC)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
PictoChat 2 Nintendo DS PictoChat
(DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Prism Tower Pokémon Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Rainbow Road Mario Mario Kart 7
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Reset Bomb Forest Kid Icarus Kid Icarus: Uprising
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Spirit Train Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
(DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Tomodachi Life Mii Tomodachi Life
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Tortimer Island Animal Crossing Animal Crossing: New Leaf
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Unova Pokémon League Pokémon Pokémon Black / Pokémon White
(DS)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
X markN
Wily Castle Mega Man Mega Man 2
(NES)
X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Ω
Yes checkY
Big Battlefield Smash Bros. - X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Coliseum Fire Emblem Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi
(NES)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
(NES)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Flat Zone X Game & Watch Various games
(Game & Watch)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Gamer Wario Game & Wario
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Garden of Hope Pikmin Pikmin 3
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Jungle Hijinxs Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Country Returns
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Kalos Pokémon League Pokémon Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Mario Circuit Mario Mario Kart 8
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Mario Galaxy Mario Galaxy Super MArio Galaxy
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Mushroom Kingdom U Mario New Super Mario Bros. U
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Miiverse Mii Miiverse
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY**
Orbital Gate Assault Star Fox Star Fox: Assault
(GC)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Pac-Land Pac-Man Pac-Land
(Arcade)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Palutena's Temple Kid Icarus Kid Icarus: Uprising
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Pilot Wings Pilotwings Pilotwings Resort
(3DS)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Pyrosphere Metroid Metroid: Other M
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Skyloft Zelda The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
The Great Cave Offensive Kirby Kirby Super Star
(SNES)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Town and City Animal Crossing Animal Crossing: City Folk
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Wii Fit Studio Wii Fit Wii Fit
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Windy Hill Sonic Sonic Lost World
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Woolly World Yoshi Yoshi's Woolly World
(WiiU)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew
(Arcade)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY
Wuhu Island Wii Sports Wii Sports Resort
(Wii)
X markN X markN X markN X markN Yes checkY

Note: Ω denotes stages also available as in "Omega (Ω) Mode". Note: For WiiU version, the numbers how much player are are allowed for in "8-Player Smash Mode", if available. Note: ** denotes stages which will become available as a future DLC.

Custom Stages

Brawl introduced the Stage Builder, a tool that allows players to build their own stages, for use in multiplayer matches, using sets of provided objects, some unlockable. Brawl includes a set of Sample Stages that were built using the Stage Builder. The stage builder can also be used to build No KO stages and "CD Factories" - exploitative stages used for quickly obtaining CDs.

References

Template:SSB3DS/Wii U Stages

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