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The All-Star rest station in Melee

All-Star Mode (オールスター, Ōrusutā) is a gameplay mode available in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. 4 that pits the player against every playable character in the game. The character chosen has a stock of only one life in this mode and is effectively given no opportunities to recover health. In Melee and Brawl, it is unlocked by unlocking every character within the game, but it is available from the start in SSB4.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

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All-Star mode made its debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as an unlockable 1-player mode which puts the player up against every playable character in the game.

During each battle, the player fights up to three different characters selected at random, overall fighting every character once. However, Mr. Game and Watch is always fought last, in a team of 25. Each opponent (except Mr. Game & Watch) wears one of their first three alternate costumes (not their default costume). If the player's character is wearing one of the first three alternate costumes and fights the same character, that opponent can wear its default costume but not the same costume as the player. Mr. Game & Watch will always wears his default costume, unless the player uses Mr. Game & Watch in his default costume, in which case they will wear the red costume.

For the first four battles, the player battles against one opponent. After four battles, the player will battle against two opponents per battle. After eight battles, the player will battle against three opponents per battle until the last fight against Team Mr. Game & Watch.

The characters are fought on the home stage of the first opponent in the group; for example, if the opponents were Luigi, Pikachu, and Ice Climbers, the stage would be Mushroom Kingdom.

Unlike Classic and Adventure modes, the player's percentage does not revert to 0% between battles; players can only recover health by using one of three Heart Containers available between matches located in the All-Star Rest Area. These Heart Containers, unlike normal containers, heal the player up to 999% (restoring the player to 0%, as they did in the original SSB) instead of only healing 100% damage. However, if the player enters the portal while damage is being healed, then the damage will not heal any further, and the next match will start with the same amount of damage the player had when he or she entered the portal.

While players can use Ness's PSI Magnet and Mr. Game & Watch's Judgement to recover health, there is no other way to recover with the exception of the Heart Containers; items such as food, Maxim Tomatoes, and eggs do not appear at all in the mode.

As a reward, the player can also collect random trophies that appear after the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth battles.

For some characters, particularly characters with a home stage set outside their universe, the stage will have a specially selected track from their series play; this is the only time these tracks can play on these stages. For example, Pichu's stage is set as Fourside, but the "Battle Theme" plays. The only exception is Ganondorf, for whom the normal Brinstar Depths music is played.

Stages used
First character Stage Music
Dr. Mario Mushroom Kingdom II "Dr. Mario"
Mario Rainbow Cruise "Rainbow Cruise"
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom
Bowser Yoshi's Island "Super Mario Bros. 3"
Peach Princess Peach's Castle "Princess Peach's Castle"
Yoshi Yoshi's Story "Yoshi's Story"
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle "Kongo Jungle"
Captain Falcon Mute City "Mute City"
Ganondorf Brinstar Depths "Brinstar Depths"
Falco Venom "Venom"
Fox Corneria "Corneria"
Ness Onett
Ice Climbers Icicle Mountain
Kirby Green Greens "Green Greens"
Samus Brinstar "Brinstar"
Zelda Temple
Link Great Bay
Young Link Jungle Japes "Saria's Song"
Pichu Fourside "Battle Theme"
Pikachu Pokémon Stadium
Jigglypuff Poké Floats "Poké Floats"
Mewtwo Battlefield "Poké Floats"
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone "Flat Zone"
Marth Fountain of Dreams "Fire Emblem"
Roy Final Destination "Fire Emblem"

Bold denotes a track that will not play on that stage in Versus Mode.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

All-Star Mode returns in Brawl, and is mostly unchanged from Melee. The player still gets 3 Heart Containers, random Trophies (however, they will not appear as a question mark if the game is paused), and fight through every character in the game. The player still only has 1 stock, and they do not regain health between matches without a Heart Container (although the player can now enter the teleporter without having to wait for their health to fully recover).

In addition to Ness and Mr. Game & Watch, Lucas and Peach can heal themselves without a heart container by using PSI Magnet and Peach Blossom respectively.

However, instead of the matches having progressively larger enemy teams in random order, the order the opponents are fought is based on the first game in their series to be released (in Japan), with characters from the oldest series being fought first. As such, the player will always fight Mr. Game & Watch first and Olimar last. In effect, this means that stages for Kid Icarus, Ice Climber, and Pikmin will be easier than Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, due to the latter three universes having multiple opponents.

Up to two enemies can appear on the stage at once; when a series has more than two representatives, a new fighter will appear a few seconds after the player KOs one of the opponents. On stages with multiple opponents, the order of the opponents is random.

To defeat Pokémon Trainer, the player must defeat Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard; once one is defeated, Pokémon Trainer will send out the next one. For Metroid, the player will battle either Samus or Zero Suit Samus, selected at random; for The Legend of Zelda, the player will battle either Zelda or Sheik, selected at random.

The stage the player fights each character on will be a home stage from Brawl, randomly selected if there are more than one that the player has (Battlefield and Final Destination are not considered home stages). Unlockable stages will not appear unless the player has unlocked them. Mario Bros. is R.O.B.'s home stage and does not appear as a Mario home stage; if Mario Bros. has not yet been unlocked, R.O.B. will appear in Delfino Plaza instead.

When the player finishes All-Star Mode with a character, they will enter Character Roll Call.

The order in which 'Universes' are fought is listed below:

All-Star mode order
Series Characters Stages Debut date of series (Japan)
Game & Watch Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone 2 April 1980
Mario Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser Delfino Plaza, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Circuit, Mushroomy Kingdom July 1981
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong 75 m, Rumble Falls July 1981
Ice Climber Ice Climbers Summit January 1985
R.O.B. R.O.B. Mario Bros. July 1985
The Legend of Zelda Link, Zelda or Sheik, Toon Link, Ganondorf Bridge of Eldin, Pirate Ship February 1986
Metroid Samus or Zero Suit Samus Frigate Orpheon, Norfair August 1986
Kid Icarus Pit Skyworld December 1986
Metal Gear Snake Shadow Moses Island July 1987
EarthBound (Mother) Ness, Lucas New Pork City July 1989[note 1]
Fire Emblem Marth, Ike Castle Siege April 1990
Yoshi Yoshi Yoshi's Island November 1990
F-Zero Captain Falcon Port Town Aero Dive November 1990
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Green Hill Zone July 1991
Kirby Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede Halberd April 1992
Star Fox Fox, Falco, Wolf Lylat Cruise February 1993
WarioWare Wario WarioWare, Inc. January 1994[note 2]
Pokémon Pikachu, Squirtle, Ivysaur, Charizard, Lucario, Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium 2, Spear Pillar February 1996
Pikmin Olimar (two Olimars in 2-player mode) Distant Planet October 2001
  1. No playable characters in Brawl are featured in the 1989 game Mother. The first game in the series which has characters featured as playable characters in Brawl is EarthBound/Mother 2, released in August 1994.
  2. Wario's first appearance was actually the 1992 game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins; however, according to Masahiro Sakurai on the Super Smash Bros. Brawl website, this is based on his first main role in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.[1]

As a reward for completing this mode, the player will earn a trophy of their character using their Final Smash. Additionally, the player will see an interesting congratulatory picture that plays according to what their fighter is. For example, for Snake, it shows Snake in his box with Zero Suit Samus and other various bounty hunters looking for him.

Co-op mode[edit]

All-Star mode in Brawl may be played with 2 players. When playing co-op, the player receives a total of 5 heart containers, but if either player dies, the game is over and will be asked to continue. The opponents are the same until the last battle where the players face 2 Olimars instead of one (a possible nod to Louie from Pikmin 2). Playing All-Star with 2 players allows them to receive two them the Final Smash trophies at the same time. However, co-op play will not count towards the Challenges for All-Star mode, such as clearing it with ten characters.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

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The All-Star Rest Area in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Unlike previous installments, All-Star mode is playable from the start of the game. However, the mode is incomplete, as players cannot fight against characters they have not yet unlocked; the only way to completely beat All-Star mode and attain most of the rewards from the Challenges is by unlocking all characters.

The order in which different characters are fought is now based on a character's personal first appearance. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, characters start with the oldest characters (1980) and progress to the newest one (2013); in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the order is reversed, with the newest characters fought first and the oldest ones fought last. Miis are not fought at all.

Up to three enemies can appear at a time (two if played on co-op) with four to seven opponents per stage with a five minute time-limit. Stages are chosen randomly from some of the home stages of that era's characters (this includes stages that are not yet unlocked).

Some characters with special alternate costumes can wear these costumes in All-Star Mode; Little Mac can wear his wireframe costume, Wario can wear his classic costume, Robin and Wii Fit Trainer can be either male or female, and the Villager can wear any costume. Both Alph and the Koopalings can take the place of their original characters, Olimar and Bowser Jr., respectively; however, their appearances will seem misplaced in relation to the chronology, as Alph's debut in Pikmin 3 comes twelve years after Olimar's in Pikmin and the Koopalings' debut in Super Mario Bros. 3 predates Bowser Jr.'s debut in Super Mario Sunshine by fourteen years.

The recovery items available in the Rest Area are one Special Heart Container (healing 999%), a Maxim Tomato (healing 50%), a Fairy Bottle (healing 100%, but only if the player's damage is 100% or greater), and, if all characters are unlocked, a second Special Heart Container. Unlike in previous games, no items spawn at all during battles. In addition, while in the Rest Area, the player's damage is fixed and cannot be altered in any way outside the provided healing items—neither self-damaging moves (such as Judge) nor self-healing moves (such as Sun Salutation) will have any effect on the player's damage.

While previous games used knockback handicaps to make each individual opponent easier to defeat, SSB4 instead uses damage multipliers to increase the damage dealt to opponents while reducing the damage taken by the player.

Unlike previous games, the player may not continue. If the player is defeated, any gold, trophies and custom parts earned so far will be retained, but they must start over.

Additionally, the player is not allowed to use any customizations, as some equipment can sidestep the damage recovery limits that All-Star mode has. As a result, excluding the Miis, the player can only use the default special moves that each fighter has for this game mode.

When the player finishes All-Star Mode with a character, the credits will roll, and they will earn the character's "(Alt.)" trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS or a Final Smash trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; "(Alt.)" trophies in the Wii U version are instead randomly obtained from the Trophy Shop after beating Classic Mode with the character in question.

All-Star mode order
Level Characters Stages (3DS Version) Stages (Wii U Version)
1980-1984
Level 1 (3DS)
Level 7 (Wii U)
Mr. Game & Watch (April 28, 1980)
Pac-Man (May 22, 1980)
Mario (July 9, 1981)
Donkey Kong (July 9, 1981)
Luigi (July 14, 1983)
Little Mac (February 1984)
Boxing Ring
Flat Zone 2
Jungle Japes
Pac-Maze
Delfino Plaza
Flat Zone X
Luigi's Mansion
Pac-Land
1984-1986
Level 2 (3DS)
Level 6 (Wii U)
Duck Hunt (April 21, 1984)
R.O.B. (July 26, 1985)
Peach (September 13, 1985)
Bowser (September 13, 1985)
Link (February 21, 1986)
Zelda (February 21, 1986)
Samus (August 6, 1986)
Brinstar
Gerudo Valley
Golden Plains
Mushroomy Kingdom
Duck Hunt
Mario Circuit (SSBB)
Mushroom Kingdom U
Norfair
Skyloft
Wrecking Crew
1986-1990
Level 3 (3DS)
Level 5 (Wii U)
Pit (December 19, 1986)
Palutena (December 19, 1986)
Mega Man (December 17, 1987)
Marth (April 20, 1990)
Dr. Mario (July 27, 1990)
Yoshi (November 21, 1990)
Captain Falcon (November 21, 1990)
Mute City
Reset Bomb Forest
Wily Castle
Yoshi's Island
Port Town Aero Dive
Wily Castle
Woolly World
Yoshi's Island
1991-1993
Level 4
Sonic (June 23, 1991)
Kirby (April 27, 1992)
King Dedede (April 27, 1992)
Wario (October 21, 1992)
Fox (February 21, 1993)
Falco (February 21, 1993)
Meta Knight (March 23, 1993)
Corneria
Dream Land
Green Hill Zone[note 1]
WarioWare, Inc.[note 2]
Gamer
Halberd
Lylat Cruise
Orbital Gate Assault
Windy Hill Zone
1994-1998
Level 5 (3DS)
Level 3 (Wii U)
Ness (August 27, 1994)
Diddy Kong (November 24, 1994)
Pikachu (February 27, 1996)
Charizard (February 27, 1996)
Jigglypuff (February 27, 1996)
Sheik (November 21, 1998)
Ganondorf (November 21, 1998)
Magicant[note 3]
Spirit Train
Unova Pokémon League
Bridge of Eldin
Kongo Jungle 64
Onett
Pokémon Stadium 2
2001-2006
Level 6 (3DS)
Level 2 (Wii U)
Villager (April 14, 2001)
Olimar (October 26, 2001)
Bowser Jr. (July 19, 2002)
Toon Link (December 13, 2002)
Zero Suit Samus (February 9, 2004)
Ike (April 20, 2005)
Lucario (September 28, 2006)
3D Land
Distant Planet
Tortimer Island[note 4]
Castle Siege
Garden of Hope
Mario Circuit
Pyrosphere
Smashville
Town and City
2007-2013
Level 7 (3DS)
Level 1 (Wii U)
Rosalina (November 1, 2007)
Wii Fit Trainer (December 1, 2007)
Shulk (June 10, 2010)
Dark Pit (March 22, 2012)
Robin (April 19, 2012)
Lucina (April 19, 2012)
Greninja (October 12, 2013)
Arena Ferox
Gaur Plain
Prism Tower
Rainbow Road
Coliseum
Kalos Pokémon League
Mario Galaxy
Skyworld
Wii Fit Studio

Italics denote unlockable characters. Bold italics denote characters that are only unlockable in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

  1. Checkpoint lampposts do not appear.
  2. Microgames do not occur.
  3. Flying Men do not appear.
  4. Fruits do not grow.

Rewards[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

  • Clearing All-Star mode one time will result in unlocking the Battlefield stage, as well the Battlefield trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Hard or Very Hard gives the player the Mew trophy (continues can be used).
  • Clearing All-Star mode without using continues gives the player the Wario trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with all characters gives the player the Meowth trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on any difficulty with any character will give the player a "Smash" trophy of the character used, independent of the "Smash" trophies earned in Adventure Mode.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

  • Clearing All-Star mode on Easy gives the player the Tal Tal Heights Music.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Normal gives the player a sticker of Phyllis.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Hard gives the player the Birdo trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Very Hard gives the player the Dyna Blade trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Intense gives the player the Mewtwo trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with 10 characters gives the player the Gekko trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with all characters gives the player the Kyle Hyde trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with all characters (including alternate characters that can be switched in) gives the player the Plusle & Minun trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode without using continues gives the player the Pichu trophy.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on any difficulty with any character will give the player a "Final Smash" trophy of the character used.


In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Clearing All-Star mode with any fighter will give the player an alternate trophy of the fighter in a different pose, and, with the exception of Pac-Man and Bowser Jr., in a different costume (similar to Melee) to the default trophy earned in Classic Mode.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Easy will give the player a trophy of Epona.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Normal will give the player a trophy of Medusa, Queen of the Underworld.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on Hard will give the player a trophy of Nintendoji.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with fifteen different characters will unlock the All-Star Rest Area music.
  • Clearing All-Star mode with all characters will unlock a King hat for a Mii Fighter.


In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

  • Clearing All-Star mode with any fighter gives a trophy of the character's Final Smash like in Brawl.
  • Clearing All-Star mode for the first time unlocks Victini as a Poké Ball Pokémon.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on normal difficulty or higher gives the Hyper Smasher Brawn Badge equipment.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on normal difficulty gives the player the chance to battle Dark Pit. Beating him will unlock him.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on hard difficulty with 8 or more characters gives the Caloric Immortal Protection Badge equipment.
  • Clearing All-Star mode on hard difficulty with all characters gives the Saki Amamiya trophy.
  • Clearing Solo All-Star mode on normal difficulty or higher while playing as Lucario unlocks Meloetta as a Poké Ball Pokémon.
  • Clearing true All-Star mode on hard difficulty gives the Perfect-Shield Helper Brawn Badge equipment.
  • Clearing true All-Star mode within 6 minutes as Jigglypuff gives the Koffing trophy.
    • This challenge is immune to the Golden Hammer.
  • Clearing true All-Star mode on normal difficulty or higher without the use of healing items gives 15,000G.
  • Clearing true Solo All-Star mode as Zero Suit Samus, without the use of healing items, gives the Gunship trophy.
  • Clearing true Solo All-Star mode on hard as Ike gives the Black Knight trophy.
  • Clearing true Solo All-Star mode on hard as Duck Hunt gives the Samus (Dark Suit) trophy.
    • This challenge is immune to the Golden Hammer.
  • Clearing true Solo All-Star mode within 6 minutes as Shulk gives the Mechonis trophy.
  • Clearing true Solo All-Star mode on normal or higher as Captain Falcon, without the use of healing items, gives the Deathborn trophy.

Note: "True" All-Star mode refers to having all unlockable characters unlocked.

Rest Area music[edit]

In Melee[edit]

All-Star mode is heavily based on Kirby Super Star's Arena. In Melee, the music comes from The Great Cave Offensive Save Room in Kirby Super Star. Interestingly enough, in Kirby Super Star Ultra, this music is used in The Arena between boss fights.

In Brawl[edit]

In Brawl, the music is a light, relaxed remix of Brawl's main theme.

In Smash 4[edit]

In Smash 4, the music is a light remix of the main theme.

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Masahiro Sakurai (2nd April, 2008). All-Star (text). Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved on 1st August 2014. “Wario's placement in All-Star mode”