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A battle between four Dr. Marios, each one in different colored lab coats.

Super Smash Bros. Melee added additional alternate costume options to characters by using the X and Y buttons to cycle through the available list instead of using four C buttons to pick a specific color; this removes the limit as to how many are selectable, so there are no longer any costumes exclusive to Team Battles or computer opponents. As a result, many characters now have five different color schemes, with some having as many as six, though some still only have four.

When selecting characters in Tournament Mode, instead of displaying the character's colored image of the chosen costume, the character's name is given a tint and a colored bar is displayed in the player list. This color is usually an intuitive indicator of which costume has been chosen (with no color denoting default), but there are some that are slightly unusual (such as Luigi and Peach's white costumes that are denoted by a grey).

In Team Battle, if members of the same team use the same character, the second player would have a lighter tint applied to their character. A third player uses a darker tint. If a fourth player is forcibly added to a team with the Name Entry glitch, then the fourth character will be completely black; the game's data suggests that a fifth player, if possible, would be completely grey. A sixth player would be completely pink. A seventh player and afterward, would crash the game, additionally it is not possible to view the completely pink character unless additional Action Replay codes are used.

Strangely enough, alternate costumes can affect gameplay, such as Captain Falcon's model changing sizes depending on the costume.

Bowser

Bowser's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadRedSSBM.png BowserHeadBlueSSBM.png BowserHeadBlackSSBM.png
Green G
Red R Resembles his "right" color in Mario Golf. While the portrait depicts Bowser with red irises, they are green in-game.
Blue B Resembles his original design in Super Mario Bros.
Black

Captain Falcon

Captain Falcon's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBM.png
Indigo
Black Based on his appearance in the Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.[1]
Red R Based on Blood Falcon, Captain Falcon's evil clone and rival.[1] It is his only costume with a unique logo on the back: a skull with "Blood Hawk" (the name of Blood Falcon's vehicle) written underneath.
White Resembles Jody Summer.
Green G
Blue B Resembles his appearance in the original F-Zero.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadBlackSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadBlueSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBM.png

While all Donkey Kong's costumes show the same skin in the portraits, each one is a different color in the game.

Brown
Black Resembles a real-life gorilla.
Red R Resembles the original D.K. from Donkey Kong.
Blue B Resembles one of his alternate colors from Donkey Kong 64's Multiplayer Mode. It also resembles his "right" color from Mario Golf.
Green G

Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
DrMarioHeadSSBM.png DrMarioHeadRedSSBM.png DrMarioHeadBlueSSBM.png DrMarioHeadGreenSSBM.png DrMarioHeadBlackSSBM.png
White Based on his original design in prior to Dr. Mario 64.
Red R Resembles the color of the scrubs worn by Nurse Toadstool.
Blue B
Green G
Black Referred to as the "Unlicensed Doctor" on the Melee website.[2] Also invokes the coats worn by earlier doctors before the shift to white coats.

Falco

Falco's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
FalcoHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadRedSSBM.png FalcoHeadBlueSSBM.png FalcoHeadGreenSSBM.png
Tan           
Red R
Blue B
Green G

Fox

Fox's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
FoxHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadRedSSBM.png FoxHeadBlueSSBM.png FoxHeadGreenSSBM.png
White
Red R
Blue B
Green G Resembles concept art of him for the original Star Fox.

Ganondorf

Ganondorf's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
GanondorfHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadRedSSBM.png GanondorfHeadBlueSSBM.png GanondorfHeadGreenSSBM.png GanondorfHeadPurpleSSBM.png
Brown Derived from his model used in the SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube Tech Demo, which in turn is based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R
Blue B
Green G
Purple

Ice Climbers

The Ice Climbers's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadGreenSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadOrangeSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadRedSSBM.png

As can be seen in the image, the Ice Climbers' orange and red costumes will place Nana in the lead, making Popo follow.

Blue B
Green G
Orange
Red R Nana resembles her appearance on the American boxart for Ice Climber.

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadRedSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadBlueSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadGreenSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadYellowSSBM.png
Pink
Red R
Blue B Its blue costume from the original Super Smash Bros. It resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium.
Green G Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Jigglypuff in Pokémon Stadium. Its headband is reminiscent of the Blackbelt Trainer class.
Yellow The crown is derived from Peach's model.

Kirby

Kirby's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadYellowSSBM.png KirbyHeadBlueSSBM.png KirbyHeadRedSSBM.png KirbyHeadGreenSSBM.png KirbyHeadWhiteSSBM.png
Pink
Yellow Based on and directly referred to as "Keeby" from Kirby's Dream Course.[1] In addition, Beam Kirby in Kirby Super Star and his "Player 2" color in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards' Multiplayer mode have the same color.
Blue B Based on Ice Kirby in Kirby Super Star.[1]
Red R Based on Fire Kirby in Kirby Super Star,[1] but does not really resemble it.
Green G The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this costume as "Kusa-mochi Kirby".[1]
White Based on his monochromatic in-game sprite from Kirby's Dream Land.[3]

Link

Link's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LinkHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadRedSSBM.png LinkHeadBlueSSBM.png LinkHeadBlackSSBM.png LinkHeadLavenderSSBM.png
Green G Based on Adult Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Blue B Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.[1]
Black His tunic resembles Dark Link.
White Based on his tunic with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.[1]

Luigi

Luigi's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
LuigiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadWhiteSSBM.png LuigiHeadBlueSSBM.png LuigiHeadPinkSSBM.png
Green G
White Based on his in-game sprite from the original Super Mario Bros.[1] His skin appears slightly darker in-game.
Blue B His overalls appear in black instead of blue in-game, like in the original Super Smash Bros.
Pink R The original Super Smash Bros. website referred to this costume as "Strawberry Luigi".[1] It resembles his appearance in Wrecking Crew.

Mario

Mario's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MarioHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadYellowSSBM.png MarioHeadBlackSSBM.png MarioHeadBlueSSBM.png MarioHeadGreenSSBM.png
Red R
Yellow Based on Wario, the self-proclaimed "Mario's rival".[1]
Black Based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew.[1] Unlike in the original Super Smash Bros., his shirt is white instead of tan.
Blue B Based on his appearance in promotional artwork for Mario Bros.,[1] with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped.
Green G Unlike in the original Super Smash Bros., his overalls are brown instead of orange, which makes it resembles Luigi's appearance from promotional artwork for the arcade version of Mario Bros., with the colors of the overalls and shirt swapped. It also resembles Jinbe from Mole Mania, another game developed by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Marth

Marth's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadRedSSBM.png MarthHeadGreenSSBM.png MarthHeadBlackSSBM.png MarthHeadWhiteSSBM.png
Blue B
Red R
Green G
Black
White Based on Leif, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.[4]

Mewtwo

Mewtwo's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MewtwoHeadSSBM.png MewtwoHeadRedSSBM.png MewtwoHeadBlueSSBM.png MewtwoHeadGreenSSBM.png
Purple
Red R Resembles one of the possible colors for Mewtwo in the Pokémon Stadium titles.
Blue B Resembles one of the possible colors for Mewtwo in the Pokémon Stadium titles.
Green G

Mr. Game & Watch

Mr. Game & Watch's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadRedSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadBlueSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadGreenSSBM.png

Notably, the 3 alternate costumes are the 3 team colors.

Black Resembles the characters from the Game & Watch games Fire and Parachute. He has the general color of the LCD frames in most of the Game & Watch handhelds.
Red R Reminiscent of characters and objects as depicted on the Virtual Boy.
Blue B
Green G

Ness

Ness's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
NessHeadSSBM.png NessHeadYellowSSBM.png NessHeadBlueSSBM.png NessHeadGreenSSBM.png
Red R
Yellow 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 Resembles his younger self that he encounters in Magicant.
Green G His clothes resemble the color scheme of Everdred’s outfit in EarthBound.

Peach

Peach's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours. One of her costume changes include her looking similar to Princess Daisy.
PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadYellowSSBM.png PeachHeadWhiteSSBM.png PeachHeadBlueSSBM.png PeachHeadGreenSSBM.png
Pink R
Yellow Based on Princess Daisy's appearance in Mario Party 3. This is more complex than her other costumes as well as its Brawl and SSB4 counterparts, as she wears a completely different dress and gloves. The color of her skin and hair changes, and her crown is pink, featuring emblems of daisies.
White Based on a wedding gown.[5] The event match "Time for a Checkup" suggests it may also be an allusion to white nurse uniforms. Peach uniquely wears pantyhose with this costume.
Blue B Somewhat resembles her "right" color from Mario Golf and Daisy's appearance on the title screen of NES Open Tournament Golf.
Green G Somewhat resembles her "left" color from Mario Golf and her appearance on the title screen of NES Open Tournament Golf.

Pichu

Pichu's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
PichuHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadRedSSBM.png PichuHeadBlueSSBM.png PichuHeadGreenSSBM.png
Yellow
Red R
Blue B Its goggles are reminiscent of the Swimmer Trainer class.
Green G Its backpack is reminiscent of the Pokémon Trainer class. It may derive from Ness's model.

Pikachu

Pikachu's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
PikachuHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadRedSSBM.png PikachuHeadBlueSSBM.png PikachuHeadGreenSSBM.png
Yellow
Red R Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium and its Shiny coloration. Its cap is reminiscent of Red, the protagonist of Pokémon Red and Blue.
Blue B Its blue costume from the original Super Smash Bros.
Green G Resembles one of the possible colors for a nicknamed Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium.

Roy

Roy's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
RoyHeadSSBM.png RoyHeadRedSSBM.png RoyHeadBlueSSBM.png RoyHeadGreenSSBM.png RoyHeadYellowSSBM.png
Purple
Red R Roy can have this color scheme in The Binding Blade's Link Arena mode.
Blue B His scarf resembles its appearance in Roy's The Binding Blade artwork.
Green G Roy can have this color scheme in The Binding Blade's Link Arena mode.
Yellow

Samus

Samus's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
SamusHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadPinkSSBM.png SamusHeadBlackSSBM.png SamusHeadGreenSSBM.png SamusHeadPurpleSSBM.png
Orange R Based on the Varia Suit as it appears in Super Metroid.[6]
Pink Based on the Gravity Suit's in-game sprite from Super Metroid,[1][7] but more closely resembles the color scheme of the Varia Suit of the original Metroid when missiles are selected.
Black
Green G 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.
Purple B Resembles artwork of the Gravity Suit from Super Metroid.

Sheik

Sheik's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
SheikHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadRedSSBM.png SheikHeadBlueSSBM.png SheikHeadGreenSSBM.png SheikHeadWhiteSSBM.png

All of these colors go with Zelda's costume and come from the same game as Zelda's.

Navy Despite being blue, this costume is not used in team battles, likely because it corresponds with Zelda's pink default costume.
Red R
Blue B
Green G
White

Yoshi

Yoshi's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
YoshiHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadRedSSBM.png YoshiHeadBlueSSBM.png YoshiHeadYellowSSBM.png YoshiHeadPinkSSBM.png YoshiHeadCyanSSBM.png

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

Green G Based on a Green Yoshi.
Red R Based on a Red Yoshi.
Blue B Based on a Blue Yoshi.
Yellow Based on a Yellow Yoshi.
Pink Based on a Pink Yoshi.
Cyan Based on a Light Blue Yoshi.

Young Link

Young Link's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadRedSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadBlueSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadWhiteSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadBlackSSBM.png

All of Young Link's colors are exactly the same as Link's, except ordered where the black and white costumes are switched.

Green G Based on his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask.
Red R Resembles the Goron Tunic from Ocarina of Time.
Blue B Resembles the Zora Tunic from Ocarina of Time.
White Resembles his tunic with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
Black His tunic resembles Dark Link.

Zelda

Zelda's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
ZeldaHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadRedSSBM.png ZeldaHeadBlueSSBM.png ZeldaHeadGreenSSBM.png ZeldaHeadWhiteSSBM.png
Pink Based on Adult Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but more closely resembles the color scheme of her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Red R Resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with the Red Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
Blue B
Green G Resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with no ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.
White Resembles her in-game sprite when Link rescues her with the Blue Ring equipped in The Legend of Zelda.

Stats

  • There are a total of 123 alternate costumes.
  • The average number of costumes per character is 5.
  • Captain Falcon, Kirby and Yoshi share the highest amount of color swaps: 6.
  • There are 10 fighters with 4 color swaps, and 13 with 5.

Trivia

  • Betas for the game indicate that the back of Captain Falcon's Blood Falcon-inspired costume was originally going to read "Hell Hawk", the Japanese name of Blood Falcon's F-Zero machine.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r 色ちがいのひみつ
  2. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! :ドクターマリオ (Japanese)
  3. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 82 in post-launch.
  4. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 11 in post-launch.
  5. ^ 速報スマブラ拳!! : アンケート集計拳!! - Page 31 in post-launch.
  6. ^ 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.”
  7. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2014-09-03). Director's Room (Archived). Miiverse. Retrieved on 2016-02-05. “Pic of the day. Until now, you were only able to choose from four, or sometimes five or six colors for each character. This time, though, all characters have eight colors to choose from! The first four color schemes for Samus are based off her Varia Suit, Fusion Suit, Gravity Suit from Super Metroid, and the Dark Suit.”