Delfino Plaza (ドルピックタウン, Dolphic Town) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl based on the 2002 game Super Mario Sunshine released for Nintendo GameCube. It returns as a familiar stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Players battle on a floating platform, which then drops the characters off at a certain location before picking them up again and transporting them to another location, essentially touring them around the area.
The battle begins on a main platform that uses propeller-propulsion with two small transparent platforms above it and another large arching transparent platform above them. However, the arrangement of the platforms on changes each time the main platform picks characters up to move them to a different location. The formats are:
The stage hovers toward Isle Delfino, which resides in the background and drops players off at numerous landmarks around the island. All of these variants make Delfino Plaza the stage with the most individual fighting arenas in SSBB. The locales are landed on in a random order and they are as follows:
Differences from Super Mario Sunshine
The Omega form uses the base platform with an extra bottom layer. Like many touring stages, the stage does not stop at any places of interest. Star KOs are enabled.
Delfino Plaza, the main town on Isle Delfino, was the central hub for Super Mario Sunshine and was linked to other areas on the island in various ways.
In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario, Toadsworth, a group of Toads and Princess Peach flew to the Pianta-inhabited area for vacation. Upon arrival, the entire island was covered in graffiti and goop. Mario was blamed for the situation and was sentenced to clean up Delfino Plaza and other locations on the island with the help of F.L.U.D.D.. Due to heavy reuse of the Super Mario Sunshine models, the stage is very close to how it is presented in Sunshine, with the primary difference being scale - the stage is much smaller in Smash than it was in Super Mario Sunshine.
Mario and company arrived on Isle Delfino at a small airport built on three small islands, known as the Delfino Airstrip, which can be seen in the far background of his stage.
Areas Mario visited included Ricco Harbor, a commercial fishing area which can be seen in the stage to the west of Delfino Plaza, the music for which is used in Brawl, Pinna Park, is an amusement park built on an island, which Mario had to be shot from a cannon to reach in Sunshine (while the cannon Mario uses is missing, in this stage, Pinna Park can still be seen); and an active volcano named Corona Mountain, where Mario and Bowser fight. Both the entrance to Corona Mountain and the volcano itself are retained.
In the Italian language, "Delfino" means "dolphin" (many names of characters and places in the Mario series are named in an Italian manner as Mario himself is of Italian descent). In Super Mario Sunshine, Isle Delfino was, in fact, shaped like a dolphin, with Delfino Plaza located at the nose. This was a reference to the fact that dolphin was the codename for the Gamecube when it was still in development.
This stage is usually a counterpick, as while the stage is fairly unintrusive, the ability to shark on the main hovering platform, and some parts of the stage having walls and walk-offs, give a fairly large advantage to certain characters (most infamously Meta Knight and King Dedede).
While usually legal, this stage is often banned in stage conservative rulesets, such as the Japanese ruleset. The aforementioned reasons for why it's a counterpick are seen as too much for a legal stage by those with a conservative mindset. Such players also usually see Meta Knight as too powerful on the stage, thus use the rationale that they must ban the stage to prevent Meta Knight players from getting a "free win" on their counterpick.
In Smash 4
Defino Plaza was once again legal as a counterpick in the early stages of the Smash 4 metagame. However, as many characters were able to KO early on the top blast line, which drastically shifts downward during the transitions, it was seen as too powerful for characters with great vertical KO moves (such as Donkey Kong or R.O.B.) and against particularly floaty or light characters (such as Jigglypuff or Rosalina, who would also benefit from the blast line shift due to Luma's strong up aerial). Since Smash 4's release, there have been more stages to choose from over Delfino Plaza (such as Dream Land), and it has been banned in major rulesets as of GENESIS 3.