Big Blue

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F-Zero
F-Zero Grand Prix: Big Blue

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Big Blue as it appears in the Smash series.
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Universe F-Zero
Appears in Melee
Brawl
Ultimate
Home stage to Melee:
Captain Falcon
Brawl:
Captain Falcon
Ultimate:
Captain Falcon
Availability Unlockable (Melee and Brawl)
Starter (Ultimate)
Unlock criteria Play 150 vs. matches (Melee)
Play 10 Brawls as Captain Falcon (Brawl)
Crate type Futuristic
Maximum players 4 (Melee and Brawl)
8 (Ultimate)
Music
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
Melee Main: Big Blue
Alternate: Mach Rider
Brawl Big Blue (Melee)
Mute City (Melee)
Ultimate F-Zero series music
Main: Big Blue
Alternate: Big Blue (Melee)
Tournament legality
Melee Singles: Banned
Doubles: Banned
Brawl Singles: Banned
Doubles: Banned
Ultimate Singles: Banned
Doubles: Banned
Article on F-Zero Wiki Big Blue

Big Blue (ビッグブルー, Big Blue) is a stage from the F-Zero franchise appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Stage overview[edit]

This stage is played on an F-Zero track where players have to use Captain Falcon's ship, F-Zero racers that race on an endless line following one another, and hovering objects as platforms. If a player falls on the track beneath the racers, the player will start speeding to the left, and may be KO'd unless they quickly jump back to safety. In Ultimate, the cars damage the player and deal moderate knockback instead of passing through them. At other times, there is no track under the racers, and a fall at that time results in a KO. The background scrolls incredibly fast, so hitting the track is usually fatal. Items that float in mid-air (Flippers, for example) are also affected by the stage's movement, scrolling to the left.

Players can KO opponents at 0% damage easily by luring them to the car at the far left, grabbing them, and throwing them to the left. The foe will try to get up first, but while getting up, they will be KO'd. This works better if the foe is a heavy and slow character, such as Bowser.

Ω form and Battlefield form[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the main platform of the Ω form and Battlefield form is reminiscent of the aesthetics of the Falcon Flyer and is the same size and shape as Final Destination and Battlefield, respectively. Like the regular form, the stage moves, and in the background can be seen the Big Blue track with F-Zero machines. The three soft platforms of the Battlefield form are metallic and are unique to this form.

Hazards Off[edit]

With hazards off in Ultimate, no vehicles appear on the road and neither of the floating platform types appear in the air, making the Falcon Flyer (which stays in the middle, horizontally but not vertically, of the screen for the entire fight) the only platform. Uniquely, the camera remains zoomed out for the whole match, in a fashion similar to playing with Fixed Camera in Special Smash.

Origin[edit]

Big Blue 1: Cylinder as it originally appeared in F-Zero X.

This stage is loosely based on the tracks Big Blue 1: Cylinder and Big Blue 2: Quick Turn from F-Zero X, which are the fifth tracks in the Jack Cup and Queen Cup, respectively. Unlike other F-Zero stages in the Super Smash Bros. games, this level is not set on a replica of a track, but is instead randomly generated. Most of Cylinder takes place on a cylindrical road, and portions of Quick Turn take place in tunnels or upside down. All of the aforementioned features are notably absent in this stage, and features that were not present in either Big Blue track are included, such as jumps and giant loops. However, certain elements are retained, such as Pits on the track (which refill the F-Zero machines' energy), and the various buildings in the background.

The Falcon Flyer originally appeared in the manual for F-Zero, where there is a comic book that depicts Captain Falcon's first bounty hunt mission. This is the only appearance of the Falcon Flyer, and it never makes an appearance in any F-Zero game.

In Melee and Brawl, the F-Zero machines' designs are based on their appearances in F-Zero X, while Ultimate uses designs based on the revamped models from F-Zero GX.

Tournament legality[edit]

Big Blue is banned in tournaments, in both Melee and Brawl. The primary reasons are that the track can easily cause SDs, the abundance of platforms causes the stage to favour good jumpers, and it allows excessive circle camping and stalling to be performed easily.

Gallery[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In Ultimate, the background scrolls faster than the track does, which may be a consequence of the track's speed being reduced for this game.
  • This is the only non-Past stage in Melee not used in All-Star Mode.
  • This is the only unlockable Melee stage that returns for Brawl.
  • In Brawl, Sonic can run on the ground of this stage and survive if he is wearing a Bunny Hood; in fact, if the stage is modded so the cars are removed (save for the Falcon Flyer), it can be seen that Sonic with a Bunny Hood can actually outrun the camera in some parts. When Sonic is giant, from either eating a Super Mushroom or being in a Giant Brawl, he runs at the same speed as the cars, then slowly picks up speed, although not fast enough to SD off the right side of the stage. Wario can also survive running on the ground of this stage if he is riding his Wario Bike as Wario-Man; in fact, his bike becomes so fast that he actually outspeeds the cars on the stage as well. He can also survive running on the ground of this stage without being Wario-Man if he is riding his Wario Bike and performing a wheelie. It is also possible to SD towards the front of the stage with this. This happens because doing a wheelie makes the bike move faster, and bounces along the ground a bit, so it is not always affected by the fast track. Fox's Landmaster tank can also survive riding on the ground (as it apparently gets pushed along by the racers).
    • In Ultimate, any character faster than Greninja (including Greninja itself) can outrun the stage with no hazards turned on if they have a Bunny Hood on.
    • Also in Ultimate, any character can outrun the stage with no hazards if they have a Super Mushroom in Mega Smash and equipped with a Bunny Hood, even Incineroar.
  • Sheik, Dark Pit and Cloud are the only characters who travel to this stage in each of their Classic Mode routes.
  • In Brawl, floating items no longer go flying off the screen, but Bumpers can't be placed in midair.
  • When Pokémon Trainer is used, another fast moving platform will be there for the Trainer to stand on.
  • If an Electrode is summoned, but falls onto the track, it will bounce continuously until it either explodes or goes past the blast line.