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Super Smash Bros.

Also known as: Nintendo All-Star! Dairantou Smash Brothers (JP)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo 64, iQue Player
Released in JP: January 21, 1999
Released in US: April 26, 1999
Released in EU: November 19, 1999
Released in AU: 2000
Released in CN: November 15, 2005


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

Super Smash Bros. is a crossover fighting game combining characters from ten Nintendo franchises into a smash party filled with hammers, tornadoes, explosions, Pokémon, Home-Run Bats, and an overenthusiastic announcer. The results were...well, the creativity and fun should speak for themselves.

Sub-Pages

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Debug Menus
There's some very interesting things here, but not as many as Super Smash Bros. Melee's Master Debug Menu.
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Regional Differences
Looks like Nintendo of America hates Star Wars.

Unused Stages

Two unused stages which are strikingly similar to Dream Land, using its music and background, that were likely used for testing.

(Source: Cendamos)

Small

Not a bad stage, but those ledges are very annoying.

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Contains three platforms whose ledges can be grabbed that float in a pyramid pattern above the main platform, which is not solid when interacted with from below. In the background stands a tree, two yellow cylindrical structures from the Kirby series, and patches of flowers; all three of these objects are otherwise unused. All textures present minus the background and the upper, left, and right parts of the floating wooden platforms are also unused. Players 3 and 2 spawn on the left and right platform respectively and Players 4 and 1 spawn on the ground below them respectively. The floating platform that appears after a KO may spawn at the ground, in the middle of the main platform, below the left platform, or below the right platform, slightly above the ground. Items never appear on this stage. Appropriately called "Small" in the battle debug menu.

New

Bizarre platforms, ahoy!

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Features five wooden platforms, the smallest of which moves diagonally downward-left and upward-right, and two which move to the left and right above another platform; a textureless, irregularly-shaped platform; and an invisible platform above the stage. Only the main platform and the one above the middle of the stage are not solid when interacted with from below. It contains the same unused objects and textures as "Small", and one of the patches of flowers moves to the left and right. Player 3 spawns on the floating platform in front of the tree, Player 1 spawns below it, Player 2 spawns at the right of Player 1, and Player 4 spawns between the moving wooden platforms. Like "Small", the floating platform that appears after a KO spawns at the ground, in the middle of the main platform. Called "New" in the battle debug menu.

Unused Graphics

Unused Costumes

Hmmm...
To do:
Based on this and this, there are several unused and buggy costumes for Jigglypuff and Pikachu. Also, there was evidently a yellow team/skin at some point for at least Pikachu and Jigglypuff. Properly document these, and possibly see if there are more costumes like this for other characters.

Clarify whether the "unused costumes" for Pikachu & Jigglypuff are actually real and not hoaxes or glitches related to memory corruption

Get pictures of these "costumes" in action, as well as rips for the stock icons if they exist

Pikachu

An unused variation of Pikachu's "green team" costume, which cannot be accessed even via the battle debug menu. This costume features a more vibrant shade of green on Pikachu's skin. However, the "costume" is clearly incomplete, and only maps this green colour to certain parts of Pikachu's body, while other parts of its body remain identical to its default costume.

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff has two unused costumes, again inaccessible via the battle debug menu. Both of them are variations on its "green team" skin, which additionally change Jigglypuff's skin colour to a pale blue or a pale yellow colour respectively. The latter of these costumes, similarly to Pikachu's unused skin above, doesn't apply the yellow colour to all of Jigglypuff's body, instead being merged partially with Jigglypuff's default costume in several parts of the model. The yellow costume also has no stock icon accompanying it if accessed in-game.

Giant Donkey Kong

Hey, do not disturb! They are in the middle of a prayer right now.

Using the battle debug menu reveals that Giant Donkey Kong has four unused alternate costumes that are identical to Donkey Kong's. Since Giant Donkey Kong is a separate character from Donkey Kong, it is a little unusual to see this, though they are likely just a result of the developers copying his data.

Unused Stock Icons

Unused stock icons exist corresponding to yellow-themed costumes for Pikachu & Jigglypuff, presumably yellow variations of their party hat & bow accessories. These can interestingly be seen if one accesses the unused 5th costumes for Pikachu & Jigglypuff mentioned above through external devices, despite neither costume resembling the stock icons at all.

Unseen Details

Hitbox Display

Without hitboxes With hitboxes
Handling these things correctly is probably more important than anything else in a fighting game. Is this a parody of Abbey Road's cover?

The GameShark codes below will display physical hitboxes for the characters. The characters become yellow cubes, showing the areas they can be hit by attacks, and when attacks are used, red and white cubes appear showing the area they hit if in contact with someone's hitbox. Sprites such as shields and Ness' PSI Magnet will still appear. Interestingly, there are several images on the Japanese Super Smash Bros. website that show these in use.

Version Gameshark code
USA 810F2C04 2400
Japan 810F0824 2400
Europe 810FB854 2400
Australia 810F3414 2400
iQue 810F3764 2400

Hitboxes are not only shown during a match, but are also shown in the intro, character biographies in the Characters option in the Data menu, battle debug menu, "How to Play" video, and in the character selection screen; this will cause it to be glitched, however, as the characters appear in the center of the screen, and selecting more than one character will cause them to overlap each other. Projectiles' hitboxes will be absent, though using the code below will have them appear.

Version Gameshark code
USA 81167578 2400
Japan 81164FD8 2400
Europe 811701B8 2400
Australia 81167D88 2400
iQue 811676D8 2400

There are also various colors for different hitbox functions:

Color Classification Function
Red Hitbox Attacks, grabs.
Yellow Hurtbox Vulnerable.
Green Hurtbox Invincible (can get hit but takes no damage).
Blue Hurtbox Intangible (can't get hit).

Regular items do not show hitboxes (including Link's Bomb), though projectiles used by Pokémon that emerge from the Poké Ball (including Beedrill) and those that emerge from the door in the Silph Co. building in Saffron City do, as well as the lasers from the Arwings in Sector Z.

Unused Player Spawn Locations

Unused 2P-4P spawn locations for stages that are only accessible in 1P Game. These stages can only be played through the battle debug menu or GameShark codes.

Metal Mario's Stage

The size of this stage makes Metal Mario's fight easy. Now imagine a battle with four players here...

The stage where Metal Mario is fought contains unused spawn locations for Player 1-4, suggesting that it may have originally been playable in VS Mode. Interestingly, these spawns are completely unused even in 1P Mode, as no one spawns on the floating platform like Metal Mario does, and P2's position is slightly to the left of where the player normally spawns in 1P Mode.

"Race to the Finish" Stage

1P Game with four players?!

The Race to the Finish bonus stage contains unused spawn locations for Player 2, Player 3, and Player 4.

Final Destination

Final Destination...on the love train

The stage where Master Hand is fought has unused spawn positions for Player 3 and Player 4, 1 and 2 being used by the player and Master Hand respectively in 1P mode. Oddly, Player 3 and 4 spawn right in front of and face Player 1 and 2.

Unused Camera Angles

There are various unused camera angles in the data that can be re-enabled using Gameshark codes. To activate the angles, you must pause and unpause while in a match.

Angle 1

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This angle brings the camera to roughly the center of the stage and makes it face the player when unpausing. If a player slams on the ground or falls off the stage, the camera will glitch out and look straight up until the player pauses again.

When used on a bonus stage, it will simply leave the camera locked in a full view of the stage. When used while fighting Master Hand, the camera will reset if he uses a move that sends him to the background. Pausing and unpausing will cause the camera to lock into a full view of the stage every time until Master Hand goes into the background again.

Angle 2

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This angle changes the camera into a semi-bird's eye view, moving the camera up slightly and having it look down. The camera will attempt to keep every player in view at all times, meaning that it will zoom out far wider than normal.

Like angle 1, the camera will reset if Master Hand moves to the background. If it's reactivated while he's still in the background, however, it will somewhat follow his movements. This is most noticeable with his rocket move.

Unused Animations

All Fighting Polygon Team members, Giant Donkey Kong, and Metal Mario can enter the Warp Pipe in Mushroom Kingdom, but they can't normally do that since they never appear in this stage. Hence, they have unused animations for entering it, and exiting horizontally and vertically that are identical to those of the respective characters they are a "clone" of.

Unused Death

Each character has a death animation that is functional but completely unused. It could have been originally used for players getting eaten by Piranha Plants in Mushroom Kingdom or perhaps for at one point sinking into Planet Zebes' lava, but it's still unknown what it was supposed to be used for at this time.

Unused Audio

Hmmm...
To do:
  • There are more unused sounds in the system debug menu. Find and add them.
  • Check whether the sounds in this page are unused.

Victory Fanfare

A short fanfare. It can be played in the system debug menu as BGM no. 11.

Final Smash Concepts

According to the game's director, Masahiro Sakurai, Final Smashes were intended to have been included since this game, but this idea never ended up happening. Final Smashes were later introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Sounds are the only remaining leftovers, and a few of them are used unaltered in Brawl, albeit with audio filters applied in real-time. All of these can be played in the system debug menu, although certain clips are exclusive to the Japanese version.

Character Sound(s) FGM(s) Description
Kirby
391
392
Kirby making a grunt and yelling, separated in two sounds. Similar voice clips would appear in the forth installment of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U for his Final Smash, Ultra Sword, which originated in Kirby's Return to Dream Land.
Fox
366 "Ike!", a Japanese term usually translated as either "come on" or "let's go."
Pikachu
545
546
"Pika..." and hoarsely "chuuuuu!" separated in two sounds. These were re-recorded in Brawl for its Final Smash, Volt Tackle, though these sound clips probably weren't intended for that particular move; while Volt Tackle originated in the game Pulseman, it didn't appear in Pokémon until Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, released nearly four years after Super Smash Bros..
Captain Falcon
343 "Come on!" It was re-recorded for Melee but kept as an unused sound, then used in Brawl as a part of his Final Smash and a taunt.
332 Only present in the Japanese version, Removed in the localized versions for Unknown reasons, "Blue Falcon!" It was re-recorded for Melee, who also kept this as an unused sound, and finally used in Brawl as a part of his Final Smash. It may also have been intended for his animation of entering the stage, when he exits the Blue Falcon. This remained undiscovered for 17 years.
Ness
454
455
"PK" and "Starstorm!" separated in two sounds. The idea of Ness using PK Starstorm and similar takes to these unused sounds would later appear in Brawl as his Final Smash.

Miscellaneous

Some sounds that would have added a little diversity to the game, but are unfortunately unused.

Character Sound Effect(s) FGM(s) Description
Mario
437 Mario's trademark "let's-a go!" Would have possibly been used in an after-match victory animation. The sound is recycled from Super Mario 64.
Donkey Kong
333 Donkey Kong making a grunt very similar to his KO sound effect. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 18.
Link
400 Link exhaling his breath in a similar manner to his shouts when attacking. Unlike most of his sounds, this one is not from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Samus
581
A metallic friction sound of ambiguous description. This sound still exists in Melee.
Yoshi
597 Yoshi shouting.
600 "Yoshi!" Would eventually return in the other games of the series.
Fox
367 Fox shouting a strange grunt that is notably much lower-pitched than his other sounds. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 72.
Luigi
428 A higher-pitched duplicate of Mario shouting "here we go!" Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 104.
425 "Let's-a go!" Also a higher-pitched duplicate leftover of Mario's unused audio documented above. It returned, slightly altered, in Melee in one of his after-match victory animations.
Captain Falcon
339
342
Captain Falcon yelling and making grunts, as usual. FGM no. 339 was re-recorded for Melee. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 107 and 110 respectively.
Ness
446 Ness grunting loudly. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 127.
Jigglypuff
566
567
568
Two sounds of Jigglypuff crying "Jiggly!" and one of it making a grunt. They returned in future games, with FGM no. 566 being used for Jigglypuff's Final Smash as of Brawl. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 145, 146 and 147. Despite being unused, they have Japanese counterparts... that are also unused.

Not only do playable characters have unused voices, but the announcer does too.

Speech Sound Effect FGM Notes
"Bonus stage"
198 May have been used before each bonus stage was given a specific name. Regardless, its existence in the game at all implies that there was either only one type of Bonus Stage or a lack of specific voice clips. Present in the Sound Test as Voice no. 198.
"Are you ready?"
509 This clip was likely also planned for the bonus stages, and would've replaced the typical "3, 2, 1" countdown in its stead. The bonus stages don't have any sort of pre-emptor in the final game, and the announcer just shouts "go!" to signify when a player can start. In Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4, he says "ready?" to precede these occasions.
"Final stage"
525 The announcer doesn't say anything before the battle with Master Hand, and never announces what stage the player currently is in 1P Game.
"Draw game"
484 May have been an early name for Sudden Death, or such a thing might not have existed.
"Jigglypuff!"
451 Present in the Japanese version, where it is always referred to its name in that region, Purin. It sounds very similar to the announcement used in international versions, only slightly higher-pitched, and it shows the developers were fully aware of the possibility of the game being localized.

A few random sound effects are also rendered unused throughout the whole game.

Sound Effect FGM Notes
16 A lower-pitched duplicate of the sound heard when a shield breaks.
161 Similar to the music that plays in the continue screen, but shorter, quieter, and repeats twice.
515 - 524 This is repeated nine times in the list with subtle differences.
669 A rather weird sound which has an immense similarity to the sound used in Yoshi's Egg Lay but with a reverb, played at a much lower pitch and with some effects applied to it.
670 A similar case to the sound above but in reverse.
671 A sound very similar to the one heard when a player touches a Poison Mushroom in Melee.

Development Text

A huge amount of error strings and technical terms relating to the game's development exist in the data. Some of these can be seen below.

gobj id:%d: fighter
thread stack overflow  id = %
drdp_output_buff over !!
size = %d byte
gtl : DLBuffer over flow !  
kind = % 
vol = %d byte
ml : alloc overflow #%d 
om : Illegal GObjThreadStack Link
om : GObjProcess's priority is bad value
om : couldn't add OMMtx for Camera
Address error on load
Address error on store
Bus error on inst.
Reserved instruction
Coprocessor unusable
Arithmetic overflow
Trap exception
Relocatable Data Manager: External Data is 0 ver 50!!
Virtual coherency on inst.
mpGetUUCommon() no collsion
not found cll data!
mpGetCllFloatId()
mpGetEdgeUnderRId()
Couldn't get fighter Struct.
PowerBlock positions are error!
Twister positions are error!
Too many barrels!
Player Num is Over for Camera!
gcFighterSpecialHiEffectKirby : Error  Unknown value %d
tem positions are over %d!
getMapObjPos:mpGetMapObjNumId(%d) = %d
Error : not %d targets!

Build Dates

The following strings can be found relatively early on in each version's ROM.

Japan USA Australia Europe China
Dec 23 1998 18:06:24
Mar 16 1999 18:26:57
Aug  4 1999 21:56:07
Oct 11 1999 17:44:28
Oct 26 2005 14:52:34


Crash Debugger

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This game has a crash debugger. To open it, crash the game in some way, then enter this button code:

  • Z + R + L
  • D-Up + C-Up
  • A + D-Left
  • B + D-Right
  • D-Down + C-Down

The crash debugger consists of three pages, press Z + R + L to scroll through them. The first page displays the type of crash and the registers, the second page displays a stack trace and the third page displays different contents depending on the type of crash.

The same crash debugger can also be found in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Pokémon Snap, both of which were also developed by HAL.

(Source: fkualol)

Oddities

Developer Oversights

There are two hitboxes for Samus and Luigi that never spawn in-game due to developer oversights involving frame timers. Luigi's dash attack has a final hit that is intended to spawn on his head, but never does due to the wrong type of frame timer being used. Samus's up air also has a final hit that does slightly more damage and hitstun, but doesn't spawn due to a complete lack of a frame timer altogether.