Classic Mode is a mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl that serves as the successor to the 1P Game of Super Smash Bros.. The two modes are virtually identical in order; however, certain changes have been made. In the original, the player fought in a predetermined order: the player would always fight a specific character at a certain stage in a fixed order under static conditions). In Melee, randomization elements were introduced - the battles and the order in which they are take place are, for the most part, completely random (other than the basic layout, which is elaborated upon in the below section). Additionally, the Board the Platforms bonus game was removed for Melee, replaced by Snag the Trophies. In Brawl, Snag the Trophies and Race to the Finish were both removed, and a second Target Smash! round added. Additionally, the matches are no longer as randomised as they were in Melee; each stage has a theme (for instance, Stage 1 is based on The Legend of Zelda), where characters and sometimes stages are chosen by random, provided they match the theme.
If the player loses all their stock, they are brought to the Continue screen with a "Yes" or "No" answer to the Announcer's question "Continue?" Some points or coins - the number of which varies depending on the difficulty level - and half the points are lost if "Yes" is chosen, but a "GAME OVER" is shown if "No" is chosen or if the player does not have the required amount of coins.
 Battle types
Classic Mode introduces different types of battles as the player progresses. In Melee, there is one type of each battle in a set stage while in Brawl there are multiple special battles fought randomly in each stage.
 Regular battle
In a regular battle, the player engages in a one on one battle with another character. These type of battles are the most common type of battle in Melee and Brawl. The opponent is usually chosen at random and is battled on their home stage.
 Team battle
In a team battle, the player pairs up with a computer ally and battles two other computer opponents. The opponents and ally are chosen at random in Melee, while characters of the same series usually team up in Brawl. The battle is usually fought on one of the opposing characters home stage. The higher the difficulty, the less reliable the ally will be. Also in Melee, the ally's launch resistance depends on the difficulties. The higher the difficulty, the lower the ally's launch resistance.
 Giant battle
In a giant battle, the player pairs up with at most two allies and battles a giant character. The giant character will have the same attributes as a character with under the effects of a Super Mushroom, however the enlarged size will last the whole battle. The giant character can usually sustain more damage and has more powerful attacks, but their jump is distance is reduced and they become a bigger target. The higher the difficulty is, the less reliable the computer allies will be. In Brawl, this battle is chosen at random by series and the player will be given a certain number of allies depending on the stage number. When this battle is chosen on stage 2, two allies will fight alongside the player. When it is chosen on stages 3, 4, and 5, only one ally will fight alongside the player. Finally, when chosen on stages 6-10, the player will not be given any allies.
 Multi-man battle
In a multi-man battle, the player fights ten copies of another character. The opponent team will attack in groups of three, but they have lower handicap than usual, making them easier to defeat and more difficult for them to KO the player.
 Metal battle
In a metal battle, the player faces an opposing computer player under the effects that are similar to the Metal Box. A metal character can sustain more damage and are less likely to flinch with more powerful attacks. However, their falling speed is increased and running speed reduced. In Melee, a metal battle is always fought on the Battlefield stage with no items appearing at all. In Brawl, however, the metal battles are chosen at random by series and items are present.
This battle only appears in Brawl as the second to last battle. In this battle, the player must fight three random characters (who haven't been fought yet in the current playthrough) on Final Destination. Due to the AI prioritising human players over computer players in Brawl, the opponents in this match will focus on attacking the player. The music played in this battle is Opening (Super Smash Bros. Melee).
 Final battle
In a final battle, the players faces Master Hand (and possibly Crazy Hand) on the Final Destination stage. When one player reaches the final stage in this mode on normal or higher in under 15 minutes and hard or above in 9 minutes or less in Brawl without continuing Crazy Hand will fight along side Master Hand. However, there are no items present in this battle. Master Hand and Crazy Hand both have certain number of hit points depending on the difficulty the player chose that must be depleted to clear this mode. However in Brawl, along with the change of hit points is the movement of the hands. The higher the difficulty, the faster they move. In Melee, Crazy Hand will appear after the player manages to reduce Master Hand's HP by half. In Brawl, Master Hand and Crazy Hand will both appear at the start of the fight.
 In Super Smash Bros. Melee
 Classic Mode Layout
- Stage 1: 1 vs 1 (Opponent chosen at random from a list of characters)
- Stage 2: 2 vs 2 (Ally is chosen at random from a list of allies while the team the player is fighting is randomly picked from a list of 29 teams)
- Stage 3: Target Test
- Stage 4: 1 vs 1 (Opponent chosen at random from a list of characters)
- Stage 5: 3 vs 1 Giant Character (Allies chosen at random from a list of allies while a giant character is chosen out of a list of giant characters randomly)
- Stage 6: Snag the Trophies
- Stage 7: 1 vs 1 (Opponent chosen at random from a list of characters)
- Stage 8: 1 vs 10 of the same character (Teams are chosen at random out of a list)
- Stage 9: Race to the Finish
- Stage 10: 1 vs 1 Metal character (Opponent chosen at random from a list of metal characters)
- Stage 11: 1 vs Master Hand and sometimes Crazy Hand if certain conditions are met.
 Regular Battle
This is a list of characters the player will fight in their home stages in three 1-on-1 battles below. In this mode, Poké Floats and past stages aren't used. In battle 5 on Hard or Very hard, the computer will usually try to avoid the player at all costs, sometimes by walking off the screen.
This is a list of characters who will fight alongside the player in Team and Giant battles. These allies all use one of the alternate costumes (always the first one); however, for allies in giant battles, the first ally uses the second alternate costume, while the second uses the first alternate costume.
- Captain Falcon
- Donkey Kong
- Dr. Mario
- Ice Climbers
- Mr. Game & Watch
- Young Link
 2 vs. 2 Teams
Below is the list of all the teams the player can fight in Classic Mode. Both the characters for each team and the stage fought on is listed. There are a total of 29 teams. When fighting a team of Mario and Bowser on Battlefield, the theme for Princess Peach's Castle plays.
|Battlefield||Bowser + Mewtwo||Bowser + Peach||Bowser + Zelda||Bowser + Mario*+|
|Big Blue||Captain Falcon + Falco||Captain Falcon + Samus|
|Brinstar||Samus + Fox|
|Corneria||Fox + Falco|
|Fountain of Dreams||Kirby + Pichu|
|Fourside||Ness + Mewtwo|
|Great Bay||Link + Young Link||Link + Marth||Young Link + Zelda|
|Green Greens||Kirby + Jigglypuff||Kirby + Pikachu|
|Icicle Mountain||Ice Climbers + Kirby|
|Kongo Jungle||Donkey Kong + Fox|
|Mushroom Kingdom||Luigi + Link||Luigi + Dr. Mario|
|Mushroom Kingdom II||Mario + Peach|
|Mute City||Captain Falcon + Fox|
|Onett||Ness + Peach|
|Pokémon Stadium||Pikachu + Jigglypuff||Pikachu + Pichu|
|Hyrule Temple||Zelda + Link||Zelda + Peach||Zelda + Marth|
|Yoshi's Island||Yoshi + Ness|
|Yoshi's Story||Yoshi + Luigi|
 Giant Character Battle
Just like the teams, the giant characters the player fights are picked randomly from a group that has already been predetermined by the game.
 Multi-Character Battle
Just like the teams, and the giant characters the player fights, the multiple-character fight is picked randomly from a group that has already been predetermined by the game. This level consists of 10 characters consisting of multiples of a single character.
|Character (× 10)||Stage|
|Donkey Kong||Jungle Japes|
|Luigi||Mushroom Kingdom II|
|Captain Falcon||Mute City|
|Kirby||Fountain of Dreams|
|Mr. Game & Watch||Flat Zone|
 Metal Battle
Unlike in regular battles, this is a list of metal characters that the player will fight on the Battlefield stage.
- Captain Falcon
- Donkey Kong
- Dr. Mario
- Ice Climbers
- Young Link
 In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
 Classic Mode Layout
|Level 1 - The Legend of Zelda||Team or Normal||Link, Zelda/Sheik, Ganondorf, Toon Link||Bridge of Eldin, Pirate Ship|
|Level 2 - Yoshi, Donkey Kong (Minor Mario Characters)||Giant (Yoshi series only, 2 allies (helped by the Donkey Kong characters)), Team (Donkey Kong universe only, Donkey & Diddy Kong are fought alphabetically), or Normal||Yoshi||Yoshi's Island|
|Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong||Rumble Falls, 75 m|
|Level 3 - Pokémon||Giant (1 ally), Team, or Normal||Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario||Pokémon Stadium 2, Spear Pillar|
|Level 4 - Fire Emblem or EarthBound (Originally Japanese-only RPGs)||Giant (1 ally), Team, Multi, or Normal||Ike, Marth||Castle Siege|
|Lucas, Ness||New Pork City|
|Target Smash! (same level as the chosen difficulty)||N/A||N/A||Appropriate Target Smash!! map|
|Level 5 - Kirby||Giant (1 ally), Team, Multi, or Normal||Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight||Halberd|
|Level 6 - Metroid or Pikmin (Planet explorers)||Giant (no allies), Multi, Metal, or Normal||Samus/Zero Suit Samus||Norfair, Frigate Orpheon|
|Level 7 - Star Fox or F-Zero (Spaceship flyers)||Giant (no allies), Team (Star Fox universe only, Captain Falcon is a random ally, order of opponents are Fox, Wolf, and Falco), Multi, Metal, or Normal||Fox, Falco, Wolf||Lylat Cruise|
|Captain Falcon||Port Town Aero Dive|
|Level 8 - Super Mario Bros.||Giant (no allies), Team, Multi, Metal, or Normal||Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser||Delfino Plaza, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Circuit, Mushroomy Kingdom|
|Level 9 - Game & Watch, Kid Icarus, Ice Climber or R.O.B. (Obscure classic characters)||Giant (no allies), Multi, Metal, or Normal||Mr. Game & Watch||Flat Zone 2|
|Level 10 - WarioWare, Metal Gear or Sonic the Hedgehog (non-Nintendo characters, or portrayed that way in-universe)||Giant (no allies), Multi, Metal or Normal||Wario||WarioWare, Inc.|
|Snake||Shadow Moses Island|
|Sonic||Green Hill Zone|
|Target Smash! (1 level higher, if played on Intense, level 5 again)||N/A||N/A||Appropriate Target Smash!! map|
|Level 11 - Free for All||Free for all with three computers||Three random characters that have not been fought yet||Final Destination|
|Level 12 - Master Hand/Crazy Hand Battle||Enemies have stamina based on difficulty selected||Master Hand (and, depending on situation, Crazy Hand)||Final Destination|
As one unlocks more characters and stages, the rest of the battle types will be chosen. There are:
- 2 Target Smash!!
- 3 Single
- 2 Team
- 2 Multi-Man
- 2 Giant
- 1 Metal
- 1 4 player free for all
- 1 Final
- Clearing Classic Mode as Mario without using any continues will challenge the player to defeat Dr. Mario, where victory results in unlocking him.
- Clearing Classic Mode with any character on any difficulty will challenge the player to defeat Jigglypuff, and beating it results in unlocking it.
- Clearing Classic Mode with 10 characters (Which must include Link and Zelda/Sheik) will challenge the player to defeat Young Link, and beating him will unlock him.
- Clearing Classic Mode with the 14 regular characters will challenge the player to defeat Marth from the Fire Emblem series, beating him will unlock him.
- Clearing Classic Mode with Marth will challenge the player to defeat Roy, and beating him will unlock him.
- Clearing Classic Mode with all characters (Except Mr. Game & Watch) will challenge the player to defeat Mr. Game & Watch. Beating him will unlock him.
- Clearing Classic Mode with Mr. Game & Watch will unlock the Flat Zone stage.
- Clearing Classic Mode with all characters gives the player the Donkey Kong Junior Trophy.
- Clearing Classic Mode on Hard or Very Hard without using any continues gives the player a trophy of Master Hand.
- Beating Classic Mode on Easy gives the player a sticker of a running Chibi-Robo.
- Beating Classic Mode on Normal gives the player Icicle Mountain Music.
- Beating Classic Mode on Hard gives the player Credits (Super Smash Bros.) Music.
- Beating Classic Mode on Very Hard gives the player the Striker Mario Trophy.
- Beating Classic Mode on Intense gives the player a trophy of Crazy Hand.
- Beating Classic Mode with 10 characters will challenge the player to defeat Sonic. Beating him will unlock him and the Green Hill Zone stage.
- Beating Classic Mode will Challenge the player to defeat Marth, and beating him will unlock him.
- Beating Classic Mode without using any continues will challenge the player to defeat Luigi. Beating him will unlock him.
- Beating Classic Mode on Normal or higher in 12 minutes will challenge the player to defeat Captain Falcon, and beating him will unlock him.
- Beating Classic Mode on Hard or higher as Link or Zelda will challenge the player to defeat Ganondorf, and beating him will unlock him.
- Beating Classic Mode after beating the SSE will challenge the player to defeat Toon Link. Beating him will unlock him.
- Beating Classic Mode with 20 different characters gives the player a trophy of Master Hand.
- Beating Classic Mode with all characters gives the player the Paper Mario Trophy.
- Beating Classic Mode with all characters (including Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard) gives the player the Creeping Chrysanthemum trophy.
- In Melee, on "Very Hard" difficulty, the CPU-controlled character on stage 7 will run away from the player, moving from one end of the stage to another and only attacking if the player comes near.
- Oddly, neither Roy nor Sheik appear as opponents or allies in Melee's Classic Mode, though Sheik can appear if Zelda transforms. Ganondorf also cannot be fought, though he can show up as an ally. Despite their absences, all three have their own intro poses programmed into the disc. 
- Similarly, Mr. Game & Watch will never appear solo; whenever he is fought, he will always appear in the team battle segment.
- In Brawl, Halberd will always be fought on in stage 5 due to Kirby characters always being fought in stage 5 and the lack of another Kirby stage that is not a Melee stage.
- Brawl is the only game in which the player's character is not seen facing the opponent character on the screen where the narrator announces who is to be fought next.
The music that plays when Brawl's Classic Mode is cleared.
 See also
Super Smash Bros. Brawl menu items
|Group||Brawl (Time · Stock · Coin Battle · Team Battle) · Rules · Special Brawl · Rotation · Tourney · Names|
|Solo||Classic · All-Star · Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary · Events · Stadium (Target Smash! · Home-Run Contest · Multi-Man Brawl · Boss Battles) · Training|
|Wi-Fi||Spectator Mode · With Anyone · With Friends|
|Vault||Trophies & Stickers (Trophy Gallery · Trophy Hoard · Coin Launcher · Sticker Album · Sticker Center) · Stage Builder · Album · Challenges · Replays · Masterpieces · Chronicle|
|Options||Screen · Deflicker · Rumble · Controls · Sound · My Music · Erase Data|
|Data||Movies · Records (Group Records · Brawl Records · Notices) · Sound Test|