Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
Also known as: Dairantou Smash Brothers X (JP)
This game has a prerelease article
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the long-awaited third installment of the Smash Bros. series, featuring more realistic graphics, a new story mode, a crapton of extras, some changes in physics, and many heated debates about whether it's better than Melee.
| Unused Graphics|
Smashed so hard they never saw the light of day.
Two unused animations exist for Kirby's hammer attack, SpecialSWalk and SpecialSMax. One shows Kirby walking with the hammer out, and the other shows him swinging it at full force. These indicate that Kirby's hammer attack was going to be like King Dedede's Jet Hammer move. One Smash-focused Nintendo Direct in April 2014 included footage of Kirby charging up and releasing his hammer, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Zero Suit Samus
An unused subaction and corresponding animation exist for Zero Suit Samus' Plasma Whip Side-B, labelled "SpecialSItemGet". There also exist two other unused animations that appear to go along with it showing Samus throwing something both forward and up into the air. They are labeled "SpecialSThrowS" and "SpecialSThrowHi" respectively.
Presumably, the attack would originally have grabbed items from a distance and slung them away as a projectile, a function that would have been unique to the character. It may have been removed due to it interfering when players were attempting to hit another player with the whip.
Both Fox and Falco have an unused animation for what seems like their blasters misfiring. The animation is named SpecialNOff.
Diddy Kong has animations for laughing mischievously, both in the air and on the ground. Their names, SpecialLwLaugh and SpecialAirLwLaugh, indicate they are related to his banana-tossing move. It is likely these were meant for either when players slipped on his bananas, or for after tossing a banana.
Giga Bowser has unused animations for picking up an assist trophy and throwing small items. However, since Giga Bowser cannot pick up items, these animations go unused. He also has an animation for clapping on the battle results screen. They are exactly the same as Bowser's animations, and are likely leftover from when they copied Bowser's files.
Wolf has an unused animation as well, but it is only a copy of Fox's Rapid Kick.
Sandbag has unused animations for being held in a grab. They go unused because in Brawl, Sandbag is considered an item rather than a character, like he was in Melee. What's interesting to note is that data in his 'moveset' file suggest that the ability to grab Sandbag was removed late in development, since it's pretty much complete aside from having no data for being held by Snake. The animation files are listed below.
The Pokémon Trainer has animations for jumping, falling, and landing. This was most likely intended for Subspace Emissary (SSE). As you went farther into the level, the Trainer would actually follow you rather than magically warping around. The animations are named Jump, Fall, FallS, Landing, LandingL, and LandingR.
These videos appear to be placeholders for cutscenes that hadn't been created yet. Attached to the end of some of the videos are frames depicting scenes that don't appear in the final game. The logo in the corner translates to Super Smash Bros Brawl: The Subspace Emissary.
Chapter 03-02 |The collapsing stadium| 45s
Chapter 05-00 |The warpstar escapes through the sea of clouds| 15s
Chapter 05-01 |The trespassing Arwing| 17s
Chapter 11-00 |Dedede turns Luigi into a trophy| 55s
Chapter 15-00 |Bowser's surprise attack on the princess| 20s
Chapter 16-02LZ |Mario, defeated, is carried off by Dedede (Princess Zelda)| 30s
Chapter 16-02MZ |Link, defeated, is carried off by Dedede (Princess Zelda)| 30s
Chapter 19-00 |Dedede obtains the stolen trophy| 35s
Chapter 20-01 |Bowser escapes from the clifftop| 26s
??????? |"SAMPLE"| ?s
Some frames depicting unused scenes:
|05-00.thp (Kirby mouth open)||05-01.thp (Kirby mouth closed)|
An unused Subspace Emissary cutscene can be found in the ISO, but it's just the "Lucario Discovers Snake" and the "Snake's Cardboard Box" cutscenes in that order. This cutscene is horribly glitched and may have been a placeholder at one time.
References to Cut Enemies
References to scrapped Subspace Emissary enemies can be found in the enemy effects directory. However, all of the files are empty. They are:
It is worth noting that Blade Knight, Bonkers, and Bronto Burt are all enemies from the Kirby series, who also happen to have trophies. Karon (Dry Bones) and Met (Buzzy Beetle), from the Mario series, also have trophies. The filenames of the textures for these trophies all use the same naming convention as the other enemy models. Also, while Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo appear in the game in King Dedede's special attacks, they are never encountered as SSE enemies.
Additionally, a list of text data for enemy names contains some of these scrapped enemies in English:
Mizzo, which only appears in one stage and as a trophy, also appears in this list.
References to Cut Items
The internal spawning list for Training Mode items (apparently found in in info2/info_training.pac) contains entries for a "Hover Disc" and an unspecified variant of the X-Parasite from Metroid Fusion, items which aren't so much as referenced anywhere else in the game.
The textures for the Perry trophy (Kassar) are named PeachTexC through PeachTexF, which falls in line with the naming convention for Peach's textures. Furthermore, the model for Peach's normal umbrella is named WpnPeachKassar. This indicates that Peach was originally going to have Perry as her parasol weapon.
References to Cut Modes
Text in the game's ISO indicates an online "beat-em up" mode referred to as "Slipspace" was planned, but for whatever reason cut from the game. Its name, as well as the surviving text around it, implies that it may have been intended to function as a continuous match, in which players could drop in and out of to be replaced by other players. The coding is very much primitive, with no existing servers in place, rendering it totally unplayable. Additionally, the mode is limited to "With Anyone", with no coding pertaining to a "With Friends" variant, and the flavor text in the friend's lobby uses the text for Home-Run Contest. The timer shown below can be toggled from 1 to 60 minutes:
<X>-minute beat 'em up! Set your time and leap into the battle slipspace!
Other Online Modes
In addition to the Slipspace mode documented above, every 1-Player mode, including Event Matches, Training, Break the Targets, All-Star and Boss Battles, can be selected as an available option online, but none of them function correctly, and in most cases, it is unlikely that they were ever planned to be allowed online, and were merely implemented as such to safeguard against crashing. Surprisingly however, the online variant of Boss Battles appears to have been worked on quite considerably, with toggleable difficulty settings and a Co-Op High Score implemented, implying that it was a rather late omission from the game.
Extra Stage Details
The Mario Kart stage actually has the entire race track modeled out. There are also some blocks and trees in the distance.
Green Hill Zone
Green Hill Zone has a lot of extra geometry completely outside of the view of the camera. In fact, Sakurai even pointed it out on the Smash Bros. Dojo when the stage was revealed.
Unused Stage Lights
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Battlefield has a number of lights in the stage data that are either disabled or have the color set to black.
Distant Planet has a character light not used in any of the light sets. It would have added a noticeable green glow from below.
Smashville has a character light not used in any of the light sets for any time of day. It would have added a faint yellowish light from a similar angle as the sun at noon.
Mario Bros. has another white light coming from the right side. Unlike the other unused lights, this one is included in the character light set and is active, but has the transparency of the color set to max.
References to Cut Characters
It's no surprise that many characters would be cut from the roster, considering the number of characters in the final version. Unfortunately, the only hint that these characters might have been considered to be in the game are their effects files and internal references. The exceptions are Roy, who also has an unused victory fanfare , and Mewtwo, who has both an unused victory fanfare and an unused Wii Remote character selection sound.
Like with the cut enemies, all of the corresponding files are empty.
- roy (from Melee)
- toon_sheik (believed to be Tetra from The Wind Waker)
- dr_mario (also from Melee)
- dixie (another Kong. An interview with Sakurai published in Famitsu specifically mentions that she was once part of Diddy Kong's moveset, and could be tagged in or out using one of the special move commands. Difficulties in implementing such a system spontaneously forced her removal)
- mewtwo (also from Melee)
- pra_mai (speculated to stand for Plusle and Minun as their Japanese name is Prasule and Mainun, except they're referred to as Prasle and Minun everywhere in the game's code)
There are also blanked out images where these characters would have had their name tags. The order for these name tags is the same as in the slot list, with one exception: Wario and Mewtwo have swapped places.
References to Debug Characters
Located at 0x80B0A6D8 in memory (NTSC-U), the string /fighter/mariod/FitMarioD.pac is found, yet left unused, which refers to a debug version of (not surprisingly) Mario. He also has his own character slot (0x32) whereas the seven removed characters do not, suggesting MarioD was removed much later in development.
A large number of music tracks were removed from the final version. Except for a single empty file, only the filenames remain in the game's data. The naming conventions make it clear what the track's source series is (for example, "A" tracks are from the Mario series), though this does not make all tracks easier to identify.
- snd_bgm_A11_MLRPG02 - An unspecified track from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
- snd_bgm_A12_MORINOKINOKO - The name translates to "Forest Mushrooms". Although the most popular theory is that this was "Beware the Forest's Mushrooms" from Super Mario RPG, its position in the list—which follows a general chronological trend—reveals that it was most likely the theme for Toadwood Forest, from Partners in Time. It would have been yet another theme for the underground version of the Mushroomy Kingdom stage.
- snd_bgm_C06_KAZENOSAKANA - The "Ballad of the Wind Fish" from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
- snd_bgm_E04_COOKIE - An unspecified track from Yoshi's Cookie.
- snd_bgm_G06_COMMAND - An unspecified track from Star Fox Command.
- snd_bgm_J01_STAGECHANGE - An unknown track from a Fire Emblem game. Could have been related to the "stage change" that occurs in the Castle Siege stage.
- snd_bgm_J05_ERABARESHI - The track Erabareshimono ("Chosen Ones") from the third Fire Emblem game.
- snd_bgm_K02_SENTOUONIISAN - The battle theme for the New Age Retro Hippie from EarthBound.
- snd_bgm_K03_EIGHTMELODIES - The "Eight Melodies" theme from Mother.
- snd_bgm_K04_SMILEANDTEARS - The ending theme, "Smiles and Tears" from EarthBound.
- snd_bgm_K06_BECAUSE - The track "Because I Love You" from EarthBound.
- snd_bgm_M14_WARIOSTAGE - Likely a track inspired by one of Wario's stages in a WarioWare game.
- snd_bgm_N04_RADIOTAISO - The track "Radio Exercises", from Animal Crossing.
- snd_bgm_Q03_SPORTSMEDLEY - Presumably a medley of NES sports game themes.
- snd_bgm_R01_WILDTRACKS - A track from the game Stunt Race FX.
- snd_bgm_S01_MAINTHEME - The main theme of Metal Gear Solid. Likely cut due to licensing issues.
- snd_bgm_S09_BEATMANIA - The remix of the Metal Gear Solid theme from Beatmania. Would have been cut for the same reason.
- snd_bgm_T04_HOWTOPLAY - The "How To Play" theme from Melee.
- snd_bgm_U05_UCANDO - The song "You Can Do Anything" from the Japanese and European versions of Sonic CD. Likely cut due to licensing issues.
- snd_bgm_W22_DX55 - An unknown track from Melee; the 55 may suggest that it was a rip of the Melee version of "Menu 2", song #55 in that game's Sound Test.
- snd_bgm_X12_SIMPLEINTRO - Classic Mode Intro
- snd_bgm_X14_ENDING - Classic Mode Ending
- snd_bgm_X24_HOW2PLAY - "How To Play" theme. The file still exists on the disc, but is completely empty.
- snd_bgm_Y##_ADV## - Several of these exist, presumably for Subspace Emissary purposes:
There are also references to a number of victory fanfares, which indicate that every fighter was to have their own unique fanfare at some point. In the final, Meta Knight is the only character to have a unique fanfare. It also references fanfares for Mewtwo and Roy.
Removed Assist Trophies
During the first playable demo, Gardevoir was an Assist Trophy instead of a normal Pokémon like in the final game. It is likely that this was only done for the purpose of the demo.
An unused (and empty) effect file for Ridley is located at effect/assist/ef_ast_ridley.pac on the disc, suggesting that at some point Ridley was considered to be used as an Assist Trophy.
- You now have over 100 songs!
Get rip(s) of the unused sound(s), and investigate the unused sound clips shown in this video.
Inside the game's .bsrar sound archive are two empty entries for what would be the announcer's title drop (e.g., screaming the game's name at the end of the intro), as well as empty sound files for Mr. Game & Watch. Kirby also has an unused sound effect inside the Bowser Copy archive.
Simplified sticker effects
Every character-owned hitbox in the game has an attribute known as its "type". Type is the concept of "what does the damage", and is used for distinguishing Arm attacks from Leg attacks (and so on) to apply stickers correctly. However, there are several clues in the coding of these types that show much more specific classes of attacks that go undifferentiated in the final game.
|Type ID||Attack type||Sticker type|
For example, while the game is coded to recognize a difference in Hand and Elbow attacks, they're both buffed by Arm stickers and so there is no effective difference. More notably, it appears that at some point there were going to be Sword and Hammer stickers, but they all got lumped into Weapon.
There are a few other strange inconsistencies with the type system:
- All Pit's attacks that use his bow (including his arrows) are Bow, but Link's and Toon Link's arrows are Weapon (note that the type is called "Bow" because the only known use is on Pit's bow; it may have been treated as something like "sacred weapon" by the developers).
- Ness's forward smash is Bat, but the Home-Run Bat item is Weapon.
- Toon Link's shoulder-tackle of a forward throw is coded as Foot, which is probably proof that his moveset was cribbed from Link and then altered (Link's forward throw is a kick).
- Many attacks that don't appear in the Subspace Emissary don't have types coded, and are instead Typeless. This includes several Final Smashes (including most of the movesets of Giga Bowser and Wario-Man), carrier items, and assist characters, so if for example one were to hack an explosive Crate into the mode, an Explosives Attack sticker wouldn't affect it.
The original version had a small typo in Sonic's trophy description that was fixed in later versions.
|The world's fastest hedgehog, who can run at supersonic speeds. Generally speaking, he loves being able to do what he wants and loathes being constrained. Holding still is something he would never consider. He's got a bit of an attitude but can't pass by someone in trouble. When he collects the seven Chaos Emeralds, he transforms into the mighty, god Super Sonic.||The world's fastest hedgehog, who can run at supersonic speeds. Generally speaking, he loves being able to do what he wants and loathes being constrained. Holding still is something he would never consider. He's got a bit of an attitude but can't pass by someone in trouble. When he collects the seven Chaos Emeralds, he transforms into the mighty, gold Super Sonic.|
|The Super Smash Bros. series|
|Nintendo 64||Super Smash Bros.|
|GameCube||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Wii||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|