Planet Zebes

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Planet Zebes
Planet Zebes
Planet Zebes
MetroidSymbol(preBrawl).png
Universe Metroid
Appears in SSB
Home stage to Samus
Captain Falcon
Availability Starter
Tracks available Track #8
Tournament legal (SSB)
Singles Banned (US ruleset and Japanese ruleset)
Doubles Banned
Article on Metroid Wiki Zebes
This article is about the stage in Super Smash Bros. For locations on this planet, see Planet Zebes (disambiguation).

Planet Zebes (惑星ゼーベス, Planet Zēbesu) serves as the lone Metroid installment stage for Super Smash Bros.

It is the home stage of Samus Aran. This is also where Captain Falcon is fought to be unlocked after clearing 1P mode in under 20 minutes so it is also technically his home stage as well.

Wavers as well as Ridley can occasionally be spotted flying in the background.

Layout[edit]

Full view of Planet Zebes from Smash 64.

Planet Zebes consists of a rough, jagged base, three main platforms (one of which is sloped at an angle), and one smaller platform ascending and descending to the far right of the stage. Hazardous acid surges below, periodically submerging most of the base and two of the three platforms, though never rising high enough to reach the topmost platform.

Ridley in Planet Zebes.
Two Wavers in Planet Zebes.

Touching the acid results in damage and serious knockback, capably KOing a player if their damage meter is high. It can also however be used strategically as a means of salvage if risen enough; in the event of a player being knocked off of the stage and into the acid, it will launch them skyward, allowing them to reuse their recovery or simply fall back onto the stage. Obtaining a Starman (or any form of strong knockback resistance or immunity) grants invulnerability to the acid, allowing the player to walk through it with no obstruction. However, if, while invincible, the player falls off the stage and through the acid, he or she will self-destruct. It will not "bump" the player up, as they are immune to its burn.

In competitive play[edit]

The stage is commonly banned in N64 Backroom tournaments, mostly because of the acid that interferes with usual gameplay, due to being able to star KO at unexpected moments and covering up parts of the stage, forcing opponents to run and jump to avoid it. This can also cause the fighting space on the stage to become extremely small. In addition, the occasionally awkward camera angles making gameplay more difficult for most. However, the stage is sometimes allowed in non-official tournaments on behalf of its size, ideal for aerial combos. It is also occasionally allowed as a counterpick over Peach's Castle due to the larger size.

Comparison to Brinstar[edit]

Some stages in Smash 64, while not directly returning, were recycled or heavily modified for Melee, Planet Zebes and Brinstar being one such example.

Similarities[edit]

  • Both have rising and falling pools of acid.
  • Brinstar's acid moves in an identical pattern to Zebes'.
  • The music is the same tune, though Brinstar's is a cover version.

Differences[edit]

  • Brinstar, in retrospect, is much smaller than Zebes.
  • The two platforms adorning either side of Brinstar are constrained by fleshy stalks that can be broken if attacked, having the platforms slope at sharp angles.
  • There is no small ascending and descending platform in Brinstar like there is in Planet Zebes.
  • Brinstar's acid deals significantly less knockback compared to Zebes', and won't KO outside of extreme percentages.

There are several other minor details. A cluster of organic material conjoins the base of Brinstar and splits the stage in two when destroyed. Also, Ridley is no longer seen flying in the background, but is instead replaced with a giant throbbing alien organism, as well as a Chozo Statue that occasionally gets up and roams about.

Origin[edit]

A room in Brinstar from Metroid featuring the yellow acid.

This stage is purportedly inspired by the Brinstar area of Planet Zebes in Metroid, however the only clear reference is the yellow acid featured in some rooms harmful to the player upon falling in. Metroid II: Return of Samus would also have acid hinder the player from further excavating the planet's depths, to which killing enough Metroids ruptures an earthquake and sinks the acid, allowing safe progression. Contrarily, toward the end of Super Metroid, in Mother Brain's room an earthquake occurs and acid begins to rise. While originating in Metroid, the acid on the Planet Zebes stage rises and falls flippantly, potentially referencing both Metroid II and Super Metroid.

Corresponding to typical Metroid platforming, the stage does appear suspended amidst a large vertical shaft; its background textures also seem borrowed from that of Super Metroid. The music is based on the recurring main "Brinstar" theme originally heard in Metroid.

Description from the Instruction Booklet[edit]

Anyone who touches the ebbing and flowing sea of acid on the planet's surface will be severely damaged.

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