Brinstar Depths

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Planet Zebes
Brinstar Depths
Brinstar Depths
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Universe Metroid
Appears in Melee
Home stage to Samus (Classic)
Ganondorf (All-Star)
Availability Unlockable
Unlock criteria Play 50 vs. matches.
Tracks available Brinstar Depths
Tournament Legality
Melee Singles: Banned
Doubles: Banned
Article on Metroid Wiki Kraid (area)

Brinstar Depths (ブリンスタ深部, Brinstar Depths) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee that can be unlocked by playing 50 battles in Versus Mode. It is also one of Samus's home stages, but the player plays against Ganondorf and his teammates on this stage in All-Star Mode.

Overview[edit]

This stage is unique, due to it being a giant irregular stone (with one continuous "floor") with two floating smaller companion stones at the top and bottom of the stage (though the terms "top" and "bottom" are loosely applied). The lava at the bottom of the screen is merely graphical (unlike Brinstar's acid) and functions only as a blast line. Often Kraid, the giant alien monster in the background, will rotate the stage in either direction, moving the whole rock for only a few seconds at a time. However, no limit is set regarding to what extent it may be rotated in total, meaning it can flip upside down. Even if Kraid rotates the stage to how it began, its position is unlikely to be precisely the same, due to the fact that the rotations are slightly randomised in duration. Also of note is that the nature of the stage's continuous floor dictates an absence of ledges entirely, though wall-grapples remain effectual.

Stage angles[edit]

Tournament legality[edit]

Brinstar Depths is banned in both singles and doubles tournaments, primarily due to its low blast line, which strongly favours vertical KO moves. Additionally, the stage lacks edges that can be grabbed giving characters who have strong recoveries an advantage. Similarly, some small platforms can quickly become isolated thus creating stalling opportunities. Depending on the placement of such platforms, caves of life can also become a problem.

Origin[edit]

Samus battling Kraid in Super Metroid.

Metroid is the first appearance of the mini-boss "Kraid". Kraid is the boss of Brinstar in Super Metroid as well. Even though Kraid first appeared in Metroid the design of Kraid in this stage looks like how he appeared in Super Metroid. However, the overall design of this stage's background doesn't look like Kraid's lair in Metroid nor in Super Metroid. Also, the main platform could be trying to give it the "Brinstar" feel to the stage (such as the rocks, the organic growth, etc). [1]


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