Classic Mode (SSBM)

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The classic mode seen in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Before a battle, these portraits are used for the character that the player is playing as...
...and the opponent that the player must defeat to advance forward.

Classic Mode is a 1-player mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The player chooses a single character, stock, and difficulty level, then battles through 11 different stages, culminating in a final battle with Master Hand. In addition to standard battles, three bonus rounds are also included, allowing for players to further increase their score and potentially gain other rewards from the mode. If the player loses all of their stock, they can potentially continue, assuming their supply of gold allows for it.

While Classic Mode does have a fixed order concerning the themes of battles and the presence of bonus rounds, the characters the player may fight against or fight alongside of are randomised from a pool of characters; furthermore, the player's selected character will be excluded from inclusion as an opponent or ally.

Completing Classic Mode can yield a variety of rewards for the player, alongside all gold awarded for completing the various stages. The player's score is also recorded, assuming it has surpassed the previous high score for the character.

Classic Mode Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

This stage is a 1 vs. 1 Regular Battle. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Foe Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 0 0.60x 1.75x
Easy 2 0.85x 1.20x
Normal 4 1.00x 1.00x
Hard 7 1.00x 1.00x
Very Hard 9 1.20x 0.90x

Stage 2[edit]

This stage is a 2 vs. 2 Team Battle, similar to the Mario Bros. battle from the original game. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Ally Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 8 0.80x 0.90x
Easy 7 0.80x 1.00x
Normal 6 0.80x 1.15x
Hard 4 0.80x 1.30x
Very Hard 3 0.80x 1.50x
Foe 1 Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 1 0.70x 1.60x
Easy 3 0.85x 1.20x
Normal 5 1.00x 1.00x
Hard 6 1.00x 0.90x
Very Hard 8 1.15x 0.80x
Foe 2 Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 2 0.70x 1.60x
Easy 3 0.85x 1.20x
Normal 4 1.00x 1.00x
Hard 6 1.00x 0.90x
Very Hard 8 1.15x 0.80x

Stage 3[edit]

The first bonus stage is Target Test, where the player is tasked with breaking all ten targets in their character's target test within two minutes. Failing to break all ten targets will not cost the player any stock, though they will lose out on potential end-of-game bonuses.

Stage 4[edit]

This stage is a 1 vs. 1 Regular Battle. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Foe Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 2 0.75x 1.40x
Easy 5 0.90x 1.10x
Normal 8 1.00x 1.00x
Hard 9 1.15x 0.85x
Very Hard 9 1.34x 0.70x

Stage 5[edit]

This stage is a 3 vs. 1 Giant Battle, similar to the Giant Donkey Kong battle from the original game. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Ally 1 Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 6 1.00x 1.00x
Easy 5 1.00x 0.90x
Normal 2 1.00x 0.80x
Hard 1 1.00x 0.80x
Very Hard 0 1.00x 0.80x
Ally 2 Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 6 1.00x 1.00x
Easy 5 1.00x 0.90x
Normal 2 1.00x 0.80x
Hard 1 1.00x 0.80x
Very Hard 0 1.00x 0.80x
Giant Foe Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 2 0.70x 3.60x
Easy 3 0.80x 2.40x
Normal 5 0.90x 1.80x
Hard 7 1.00x 1.40x
Very Hard 8 1.20x 1.00x

Stage 6[edit]

The second bonus stage is Snag the Trophies, where players are tasked with preventing three trophies from falling off the stage. The player is awarded any trophy they rescue, and getting all three yields an end-of-game bonus. The stage ends in failure if none of the trophies are saved, if players fall of the stage, or if the two minute time limit expires.

Stage 7[edit]

This stage is a 1 vs. 1 Regular Battle. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Foe Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 3 0.85x 1.30x
Easy 6 1.00x 1.10x
Normal 5 0.90x 1.30x
Hard 6 1.00x 1.10x
Very Hard 8 1.10x 0.90x

Stage 8[edit]

This stage is a 1 vs. 10 Multi-Character Battle, similar to the Yoshi Team and Kirby Team battles from the original game. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Foes Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 1 0.60x 4.00x
Easy 3 0.70x 2.60x
Normal 4 0.80x 2.00x
Hard 5 0.90x 1.55x
Very Hard 7 1.10x 1.20x

Stage 9[edit]

The final bonus stage is Race to the Finish, where players have to race through an obstacle course within a varied time limit. The farther the player makes it through Race to the Finish, the more points and coins they receive; getting KO'd at any point, however, prevents them from gaining either.

Stage 10[edit]

This stage is a 1 vs. 1 Metal Battle, similar to the Metal Mario battle from the original game. There is a 5 minute time limit.

Metal Foe Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 1 0.80x 1.80x
Easy 3 0.90x 1.30x
Normal 5 1.00x 1.00x
Hard 8 1.10x 0.85x
Very Hard 9 1.25x 0.68x

The battle always takes place on Battlefield, and no items appear in this stage.

Stage 11[edit]

Classic Mode's final battle takes place on Final Destination, against Master Hand.

Master Hand Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy 5 0.50x
Easy 6 0.75x
Normal 7 1.00x
Hard 8 1.50x
Very Hard 9 2.00x
Crazy Hand Level Knockback given Knockback taken
Very Easy
Easy
Normal 7 1.00x
Hard 8 1.50x
Very Hard 9 2.00x

Unlike all other foes previously fought, the player has to defeat Master Hand by lowering his HP to 0, instead of knocking him off the ledge of the stage.

Master Hand's HP varies on the difficulty selected by the player, with higher difficulties causing him to have higher HP values.

Difficulty level Master Hand's HP
Very Easy 150 HP
Easy 250 HP
Normal 300 HP
Hard 330 HP
Very Hard 360 HP

If the player is playing on Normal difficulty or higher and has made it to the final stage within 5 minutes and 50 seconds, then Crazy Hand will spawn when half of Master Hand's HP has been depleted. Crazy Hand's starting HP also depends on the difficulty, matching what Master Hand's was at the start of the match.

Beating Master Hand and, if applicable, Crazy Hand, finishes the mode. After the screen fades to white and the final results screen is shown to the player, a small cinematic plays, showing their selected character dropping into the Collection room turning into a trophy and displaying all other character trophies they have attained in the mode. The credits then play, followed by a small cinematic and Congratulations image for the player's selected character.

Types of battles[edit]

Regular battle[edit]

All characters except Ganondorf, Roy, and Mr. Game & Watch are eligible to fight the player throughout the mode's three 1-on-1 battles, with their home stages listed below. In this mode, neither Poké Floats nor any Past Stages are used. In Stage 1 on Very Hard Difficulty, the opponent will wear its third alternative costume. In Stage 7 on Hard or Very hard, the computer will usually try to avoid the player at all costs, sometimes by walking off the screen. During the fight with Mewtwo, the theme for Poké Floats will play. During the fight with Marth, the Fire Emblem theme will play. As for the fight with Yoshi, the Yoshi's Story stage has the theme for the Yoshi's Island 64 stage as its alternate music.

Character Stage(s)
Bowser Princess Peach's Castle Battlefield (if unlocked)
Captain Falcon Mute City Big Blue (if unlocked)
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle Jungle Japes
Dr. Mario Mushroom Kingdom
Falco Corneria Venom
Fox Corneria Venom
Ice Climbers Icicle Mountain
Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium
Kirby Fountain of Dreams Green Greens
Link Great Bay Temple
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom II (if unlocked)
Mario Princess Peach's Castle Rainbow Cruise
Marth Great Bay
Mewtwo Pokémon Stadium Final Destination (if unlocked)
Ness Onett Fourside (if unlocked)
Peach Princess Peach's Castle Mushroom Kingdom II (if unlocked)
Pichu Pokémon Stadium
Pikachu Pokémon Stadium
Samus Brinstar Brinstar Depths (if unlocked)
Yoshi Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Island
Young Link Great Bay Temple
Zelda/Sheik Temple

2 vs. 2 teams[edit]

Below is the list of all the teams the player can fight in Classic Mode. Both the characters for each team and the stage fought on is listed. There are a total of 29 teams. All playable characters aside from Zelda/Sheik and Roy can fight alongside the player. Allies all use their first alternate costume. On Very Hard Difficulty, the first opponent wears its third alternative costume. When fighting a team of Mario and Bowser on Battlefield, the theme for Princess Peach's Castle plays.

Stage Teams
Battlefield Bowser + Mewtwo Bowser + Peach Bowser + Zelda Mario + Bowser
Big Blue Captain Falcon + Falco Samus + Captain Falcon
Brinstar Samus + Fox
Corneria Fox + Falco
Fountain of Dreams Kirby + Pichu
Fourside Ness + Mewtwo
Great Bay Link + Young Link Marth + Link Zelda + Young Link
Green Greens Kirby + Jigglypuff Kirby + Pikachu
Icicle Mountain Kirby + Ice Climbers
Kongo Jungle Donkey Kong + Fox
Mushroom Kingdom Link + Luigi Luigi + Dr. Mario
Mushroom Kingdom II Mario + Peach
Mute City Fox + Captain Falcon
Onett Ness + Peach
Pokémon Stadium Pikachu + Jigglypuff Pikachu + Pichu
Temple Link + Zelda Peach + Zelda Zelda + Marth
Yoshi's Island Yoshi + Ness
Yoshi's Story Yoshi + Luigi

Giant battle[edit]

Just like the teams, the giant characters the player fights are picked randomly from a group that has already been predetermined by the game. All playable characters aside from Zelda/Sheik and Roy can fight alongside the player. The first ally uses the second alternate costume, while the second uses the first alternate costume. Interestingly, this list includes every single Mario character overall, including sub-series (but oddly, not Peach). During the battle against Giant Young Link, Saria's Song plays.

Giant Character Stage
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle
Mario Princess Peach's Castle
Dr. Mario Mushroom Kingdom
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom II
Bowser Fountain of Dreams
Captain Falcon Mute City
Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium
Link Great Bay
Yoshi Yoshi's Story
Young Link Temple

Multi-character battle[edit]

Just like the teams, and the giant characters the player fights, the multiple-character fight is picked randomly from a group that has already been predetermined by the game. This level consists of 10 multiples of 1 of 9 different characters. During the battle against 10 Donkey Kongs at Jungle Japes, the theme for Kongo Jungle plays.

Character (× 10) Stage
Donkey Kong Jungle Japes
Mario Rainbow Cruise
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom II
Captain Falcon Mute City
Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium
Pichu Pokémon Stadium
Kirby Fountain of Dreams
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone
Ness Onett

Metal battle[edit]

All characters except Ganondorf, Roy, and Mr. Game and Watch are eligible to appear as a metal character in this 1-on-1 battle against the player. The stage will always be Battlefield, with the track Metal Battle playing.


Rewards[edit]

  • Clearing as Mario without using any continues will challenge the player to defeat Dr. Mario, where victory results in unlocking him.
  • Clearing with any character on any difficulty will challenge the player to defeat Jigglypuff, and beating it results in unlocking it.
  • Clearing with 10 characters will challenge the player to defeat Young Link, and beating him will unlock him.
  • Clearing with all starter characters will challenge the player to defeat Marth from the Fire Emblem series, beating him will unlock him.
  • Clearing with Marth will challenge the player to defeat Roy, and beating him will unlock him.
  • Clearing with all 24 characters will challenge the player to defeat Mr. Game & Watch. Beating him will unlock him.
  • Clearing with Mr. Game & Watch will unlock the Flat Zone stage.
  • Clearing with all characters gives the player the Donkey Kong Junior Trophy.
  • Clearing on Hard or Very Hard without using any continues gives the player a trophy of Master Hand.
  • Clearing on any difficulty with any character will give the player a trophy of the character used based on their appearance in one of their games. Both Zelda and Sheik's trophies are obtained simultaneously.

Trivia[edit]

  • Unusually, some characters do not appear in Classic Mode, despite having the required poses in the game's data.
    • Ganondorf can never appear as an enemy fighter, though he can potentially be an ally in stages 2 and 5.
    • Mr. Game & Watch can only appear as an enemy in the multi-character fight for stage 8.
    • Sheik never initially appears, and can only appear if Zelda transforms into her.
    • Zelda herself cannot appear as an ally in stages 2 and 5.
    • Roy is completely absent and never spawns as an enemy or an ally.

See also[edit]


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