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The Battlefield stage in Super Smash Bros. for 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 Super Smash Bros. series, most versus mode stages are available from the start, while a small number must be unlocked by completing certain objectives. Most stages, like Princess Peach's Castle, are derived from places in playable characters' universes. Super Smash Bros. Melee introduced 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 all games other than the first are a small number of past stages - stages from a previous Smash game with no major alterations.

Stages range in size from the large 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 Mushroom Kingdom and Coliseum 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, while others, such as Bridge of Eldin, only infrequently have the lower blast lines introduced.

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. Similarly, stages like Delfino Plaza and Skyloft will take players to various areas via moving platforms. Mushroomy Kingdom may be one of two stages depending on either luck or player's input prior to the match. Tortimer Island's layout is randomized each battle as well.

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 and Smash for 3DS/Wii U, 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.

Stage Select SSB

The stage select screen in Smash 64.

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

In Melee

Stage Select Melee

The stage select screen in Melee.

There are 29 versus stages in Super Smash Bros. Melee, 18 starters and 11 unlockable stages, shown below in bold. All three past stages are unlockable.

New stages

Past stages

In Brawl

Stage Select Brawl Normal

The stage select screen in Brawl, showing the new stages.

Stage Select Brawl Melee

The stage select screen in Brawl, showing the Melee stages.

There are 41 versus stages in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, 29 starters and 12 unlockable stages, shown below in bold. None of the original Super Smash Bros. stages return, but there are 10 Melee stages, one from each universe involved in the original Super Smash Bros.

New Stages

Returning Stages

In Smash for 3DS/Wii U

There are 82 stages across the two games; some are shared between versions. Some stages, such as Gaur Plain and Final Destination, are slightly different between the two versions. In addition, all stages can also be played as Ω Stages, which transforms them into flat platforms similar to Final Destination.

3DS Version

Stage Select SSB3DS Normal

The stage select for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, showing the normal stages.

Stage Select SSB3DS Extra

The stage select for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, showing the extra stages.

New Stages
Returning Stages

Wii U Version

Stage Select SSBWU Normal

The stage select for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, showing the normal stages.

Stage Select SSBWU Extra

The stage select for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, showing the extra stages.

New Stages
Returning Stages

Both Versions

New Stages
Returning Stages

Tournament legality

Some stages are banned in competitive play because they are considered disruptive or unfair. For more information, 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 Smash for 3DS/Wii U, the stage is also playable to test the character's Custom Moves, Equipment, and Mii Fighters.

In Super Smash Bros.

In Melee

In Brawl

In Smash for 3DS/Wii U

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. A stage that returns from a previous installment is often called a Past Stage.

Key Starter Unlockable SSB4 Icon Downloadable
Stage Universe SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4-3 Icon SSB4-U Icon Max Players
(Normal) SSB4-U Icon
Max Players
(Ω Form) SSB4-U Icon
3D Land Mario X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
75m Donkey Kong X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Arena Ferox Fire Emblem X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Battlefield SSBM Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Battlefield SSBB Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Battlefield SSB4 Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Big Battlefield Super Smash Bros. X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Big Blue F-Zero X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Boxing Ring Punch-Out!! X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 4
Bridge of Eldin The Legend of Zelda X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Brinstar Metroid X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Brinstar Depths Metroid X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Castle Siege Fire Emblem X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Coliseum Fire Emblem X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 4
Congo Jungle Donkey Kong CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Corneria Star Fox X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Delfino Plaza Mario X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Distant Planet Pikmin X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Dream Land SSB64 Icon Kirby CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Dream Land SSB4-3 Icon Kirby X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY 8 8
Final Destination SSBM Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Final Destination SSBB Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Final Destination SSB4 Icon Super Smash Bros. X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 4
Find Mii Find Mii X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Flat Zone Game & Watch X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Flat Zone 2 Game & Watch X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Flat Zone X Game & Watch X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 6 8
Fountain of Dreams Kirby X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Fourside EarthBound X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Frigate Orpheon Metroid X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Gamer Wario X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Garden of Hope Pikmin X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Gaur Plain Xenoblade X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Gerudo Valley The Legend of Zelda X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Golden Plains Mario X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Great Bay The Legend of Zelda X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Green Greens Kirby X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Green Hill Zone Sonic X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Halberd Kirby X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Hanenbow Electroplankton X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Hyrule Castle The Legend of Zelda CheckmarkY X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Icicle Mountain Ice Climber X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Jungle Hijinxs Donkey Kong X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Jungle Japes Donkey Kong X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Kalos Pokémon League Pokémon X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Kongo Jungle Donkey Kong X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Living Room Nintendogs X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Luigi's Mansion Mario X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Lylat Cruise Star Fox X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Magicant EarthBound X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Mario Bros. Mario X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Mario Circuit SSBB Icon Mario X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Mario Circuit SSB4-U Icon Mario X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Mario Galaxy Mario X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Midgar Final Fantasy X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Miiverse Miiverse X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 4
Mushroom Kingdom SSB64 Icon Mario CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN - -
Mushroom Kingdom SSBM Icon Mario X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Mushroom Kingdom II Mario X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Mushroomy Kingdom Mario X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Mute City SSBM Icon F-Zero X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Mute City SSB4-3 Icon F-Zero X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
New Pork City EarthBound X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Norfair Metroid X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Onett EarthBound X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Orbital Gate Assault Star Fox X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Pac-Land Pac-Man X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 6 8
Pac-Maze Pac-Man X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Palutena's Temple Kid Icarus X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Paper Mario Mario X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Peach's Castle Mario CheckmarkY X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
PictoChat Nintendo DS X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
PictoChat 2 Nintendo DS X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Pilotwings Pilotwings X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Pirate Ship The Legend of Zelda X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Planet Zebes Metroid CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN - -
Poké Floats Pokémon X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY - -
Port Town Aero Dive F-Zero X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Princess Peach's Castle Mario X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Prism Tower Pokémon X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Pyrosphere Metroid X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Rainbow Cruise Mario X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Rainbow Road Mario X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Reset Bomb Forest Kid Icarus X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Rumble Falls Donkey Kong X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Saffron City Pokémon CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN - -
Sector Z Star Fox CheckmarkY X markN X markN X markN - -
Shadow Moses Island Metal Gear X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Skyloft The Legend of Zelda X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Skyworld Kid Icarus X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 6 8
Smashville Animal Crossing X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Spear Pillar Pokémon X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Spirit Train The Legend of Zelda X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Summit Ice Climber X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Super Mario Maker Mario X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Suzaku Castle Street Fighter X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Temple The Legend of Zelda X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
The Great Cave Offensive Kirby X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Tomodachi Life Tomodachi X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Tortimer Island Animal Crossing X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Town and City Animal Crossing X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Umbra Clock Tower Bayonetta X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Unova Pokémon League Pokémon X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY X markN - -
Venom Star Fox X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
WarioWare, Inc. Wario X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Wii Fit Studio Wii Fit X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Wily Castle Mega Man X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Windy Hill Zone Sonic X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Woolly World Yoshi X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 8
Wuhu Island Wii Sports X markN X markN X markN X markN CheckmarkY 4 4
Yoshi's Island SSB64 Icon Yoshi CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Yoshi's Island SSBM Icon Yoshi X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN CheckmarkY 8 8
Yoshi's Island SSBB Icon Yoshi X markN X markN CheckmarkY CheckmarkY X markN - -
Yoshi's Story Yoshi X markN CheckmarkY X markN X markN - -
Vs. Stages Total 9 29 41 34 + 8 (DLC) 46 + 9 (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.

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