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Alternate costume (SSB)

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A battle showing Ness's alternative colors.

In Super Smash Bros., each character has at least four alternate costumes, one for each of the C Buttons used to select them. Some characters have an extra costume (or two) to accommodate Team Battles if their four selectable costumes lack a red, blue, or green variation; these particular colors cannot be selected outside of Team Battle.

The original Smash 64 website in Japan listed what each specific color was inspired by from previous Nintendo games and media prior to the release of the original game, along with some additional names for specific colors.[1] These have been translated below and are considered to be official names for each alternate color, although there do exist some inconsistencies between the source material of the costume and the official explanation.

In Team Battles, if two identical characters share the same color scheme, the second player will have a lighter tint in their appearance. A third player uses a darker tint, which technically means that each character has 4 more costumes for Team Battles. A fourth player would appear the exact same way as the first player, though it is not possible to have four players on the same team through regular gameplay.

Due to the dark lighting of the formerly tournament-legal Congo Jungle, the Smash 64 Backroom recommended avoiding the use of certain grey or black costumes when the stage was in use. If such a costume was used on the stage, any players in the match could reset the match so that the offending player could select a different costume. In the lists below, these costumes are marked with a black "!" in the team column.

Captain Falcon

Captain Falcon Palette (SSB).png
C. Falcon's head icon from SSB. CaptainFalconHeadGreySSB.png CaptainFalconHeadRedSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSB.png CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSB.png
Purple C-Up 1P
Grey ! C-Right 2P (Commercial Costume: F-Zero X CM) Based on his appearance in the Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.[1]
Red R C-Down 3P & Red Team (Blood Falcon Colors: F-Zero X 64) Based on Blood Falcon, Captain Falcon's clone and rival.[1] The logo on his back changes to a skull with "Blood Hawk" (the name of Blood Falcon's vehicle) written underneath.
White C-Left 4P Resembles Jody Summer.
Green G Green Team
Blue B Blue Team Resembles his appearance in F-Zero X.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Palette (SSB).png
DK's head icon from SSB. DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadRedSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSB.png DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSB.png
Brown C-Up 1P
Black ! C-Right 2P Resembles a real-life gorilla.
Red R C-Down 3P & Red Team Resembles the original D.K. from Donkey Kong.
Blue B C-Left 4P & Blue Team
Green G Green Team Resembles his in-game sprite from Donkey Kong Land.

Fox

Fox Palette (SSB).png
Fox's head icon from SSB. FoxHeadRedSSB.png FoxHeadBlueSSB.png FoxHeadGreenSSB.png
Grey C-Up 1P
Red R C-Right 2P & Red Team
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team
Green G C-Left 4P & Green Team Resembles concept art of him for the original Star Fox.

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff Palette (SSB).png
Jigglypuff's head icon from SSB. JigglypuffHeadRedSSB.png JigglypuffHeadBlueSSB.png JigglypuffHeadGreenSSB.png
Pink C-Up 1P
Red R C-Right 2P & Red Team
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium.
Green G C-Left 4P & Green Team Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium.

Kirby

Kirby Palette (SSB).png
Kirby's head icon from SSB. KirbyHeadYellowSSB.png KirbyHeadBlueSSB.png KirbyHeadRedSSB.png KirbyHeadGreenSSB.png
Pink C-Up 1P
Yellow C-Right 2P (aka: Keeby: Kirby Bowl) Based on and directly referred to as "Keeby" from Kirby's Dream Course.[1]
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team (Ice Ability: Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe SFC) Based on Ice Kirby in Kirby Super Star.[1]
Red R C-Left 4P & Red Team (Fire Ability: Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe SFC) Based on Fire Kirby in Kirby Super Star,[1] but does not really resemble it.
Green G Green Team (aka: Kusa Mochi Kirby) The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this costume as "Kusa-mochi Kirby".[1]

Link

Link Palette (SSB).png
Link's head icon from SSB. LinkHeadRedSSB.png LinkHeadBlueSSB.png LinkHeadLavenderSSB.png
Green G C-Up 1P & Green Team Based on Adult Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R C-Right 2P & Red Team (Goron Tunic: The Legend of Zelda 64) Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team (Zora Tunic: The Legend of Zelda 64) Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Lavender C-Left 4P (Blue Ring Equipped: The Legend of Zelda FC) Based on his tunic with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.[1]

Luigi

Luigi Palette (SSB).png
Luigi's head icon from SSB. LuigiHeadWhiteSSB.png LuigiHeadBlueSSB.png LuigiHeadPinkSSB.png
Green G C-Up 1P & Green Team
White C-Right 2P (Old Luigi Colors: Mario Bros. Famicom) Based on his in-game sprite from the original Super Mario Bros.[1]
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team
Pink R C-Left 4P & Red Team (aka: Strawberry Luigi) The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this costume as "Strawberry Luigi".[1] It resembles his appearance in Wrecking Crew.

Mario

Mario Palette (SSB).png
Mario's head icon from SSB. MarioHeadYellowSSB.png MarioHeadBrownSSB.png MarioHeadBlueSSB.png MarioHeadGreenSSB.png
Red R C-Up 1P & Red Team
Yellow C-Right 2P (Wario Colors) Based on Wario, Mario's rival,[1] although the "M" on his cap and the buttons are yellow instead of blue and white, respectively.
Brown C-Down 3P (Blackie Colors: Wrecking Crew FC) Based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew.[1]
Blue B C-Left 4P & Blue Team (Old Mario Colors: Mario Bros. FC) Based on his appearance in promotional artwork for Mario Bros.,[1] with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped.
Green G Green Team Resembles his appearance on the Japanese boxart for Wrecking Crew.

Ness

Ness Palette (SSB).png
Ness's head icon from SSB. NessHeadYellowSSB.png NessHeadBlueSSB.png NessHeadGreenSSB.png
Red R C-Up 1P & Red Team
Yellow C-Right 2P (aka: Hanshin Tigers Fan) Based on the uniforms of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team.[1] The shirt's pattern is reminiscent of the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team Resembles his younger self that he encounters in Magicant.
Green G C-Left 4P & Green Team

Pikachu

Pikachu Palette (SSB).png
Pikachu's head icon from SSB. PikachuHeadRedSSB.png PikachuHeadBlueSSB.png PikachuHeadGreenSSB.png
Yellow C-Up 1P
Red R C-Right 2P & Red Team Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium.
Blue B C-Down 3P & Blue Team
Green G C-Left 4P & Green Team Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium.

Samus

Samus Palette (SSB).png
Samus's head icon from SSB. SamusHeadPinkSSB.png SamusHeadBlackSSB.png SamusHeadGreenSSB.png SamusHeadBlueSSB.png
Orange R C-Up 1P & Red Team Based on the Varia Suit as it appears in Super Metroid.[2]
Pink C-Right 2P (Gravity Suit: Metroid SFC) Based on the Gravity Suit's in-game sprite from Super Metroid,[1] but more closely resembles the color scheme of the Varia Suit of the original Metroid when missiles are selected.
Black ! C-Down 3P
Green G C-Left 4P & Green Team (aka: Production Model Samus) The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this alternate costume as "mass-produced Samus",[1] a reference to the MS-06 Zaku II from the Gundam franchise.
Blue B Blue Team Resembles artwork of the Gravity Suit from Super Metroid.

Yoshi

Yoshi Palette (SSB).png
Yoshi's head icon from SSB. YoshiHeadRedSSB.png YoshiHeadCyanSSB.png YoshiHeadYellowSSB.png YoshiHeadPinkSSB.png YoshiHeadBlueSSB.png

All of Yoshi's costumes appear as different variations of the Yoshi species in Yoshi's Story.[1]

Green G C-Up 1P & Green Team Based on a Green Yoshi.
Red R C-Right 2P & Red Team Based on a Red Yoshi.
Cyan B C-Down 3P & Blue Team Based on a Light Blue Yoshi.
Yellow C-Left 4P Based on a Yellow Yoshi.
Pink For COM Based on a Pink Yoshi. Only appears as part of the Yoshi Team.
Blue For COM Based on a Blue Yoshi. Only appears as part of the Yoshi Team.

Stats

  • There are a total of 56 alternate costumes.
  • The average number of costumes per character is four and two thirds (~4.67).
    • There are 6 fighters with 4 color swaps, 4 with 5, and only 2 with 6.
    • Only one (Captain Falcon) of the two characters with six alternate costumes (the other being Yoshi) can use each one in a Vs. match.
  • The only way a Blue Yoshi or Pink Yoshi can be controlled by a human player is by hacking.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s 色ちがいのひみつ
  2. ^ Wii U & Nintendo 3DS Developer Direct. Official Nintendo YouTube channel (2014-07-11). Retrieved on 2016-02-06. “Until now Samus was based off the design from Super Metroid, but she's been given a major makeover. Her design is now closer to that of Metroid: Other M.”