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Electroplankton (universe)

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Electroplankton (universe)
Developer(s) indieszero
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Toshio Iwai
Genre(s) Music
Console/platform of origin Nintendo DS
First installment Electroplankton (2005)
Latest installment Electroplankton: Marine Snow and Volvoice (2009)

The Electroplankton universe (エレクトロプランクトン, Electroplankton) is one of the many unique universes represented in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The universe consists of only a single title.

Franchise Description[edit]

Electroplankton initially released for the Nintendo DS on April 7, 2005 in Japan and early 2006 worldwide. Satoru Iwata explained in a 2005 interview that the game was the idea of Toshio Iwai, who developed the entire game by himself. This is why his name is printed on all packaging and marketing. [1] It is less of a game and more of a music creation tool. There are ten different stages, or "instruments", in the game: Tracy, Hanenbow, Nanocarp, Beatnes, Rec Rec, Lumiloop, Luminaria, Sun Animalcule, Marine Snow and Volvoice. Each instrument uses different sounds that the player can experiment with. The game is split into two main modes: Performance and Audience. Performance mode involves the player directly interacting with the stage and the plankton to make various noises and music. Audience mode cause the plankton in the stage to act on their own for the player to watch and listen, though they can still be interacted with.

The game was indirectly rereleased in 2009 for DSiWare. All ten instruments were split up and sold separately for 200 Nintendo Points each. This was a cheap alternative for those that only wanted a portion of the game.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


  • Icon-hanenbow.gif
    Hanenbow (Unlockable): A secret stage in Brawl representing the Electroplankton universe. It is unlocked by finishing Event 28: Flower Blooms in the Echoes. Hanenbow is the only stage where My Music does not work; the music is generated by the actions of the players and the Hanenbow that fly around the stage. The leaves change color and angle when struck.


Name Game Effect Characters
Electroplankton Electroplankton AttackElectric+012EffectIcon(Electric).png Attack +12 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Hanenbow Electroplankton AttackElectric+012EffectIcon(Electric).png Attack +12 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Nanocarp Electroplankton AttackElectric+012EffectIcon(Electric).png Attack +12 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Volvoice Electroplankton AttackElectric+012EffectIcon(Electric).png Attack +10 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Electroplankton.png
Brawl Sticker Hanenbow (Electroplankton).png
Brawl Sticker Nanocarp (Electroplankton).png
Brawl Sticker Volvoice (Electroplankton).png

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]



Original Track[edit]

Source Track[edit]

  • Electroplankton: The ambience sounds that are heard in Electroplankton and used in the Hanenbow stage. This track was previously in Brawl but was unavailable in that game's Sound Test.


A Hanenbow appears as a spirit.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability
★★ 1 Jump ↑


  • Electroplankton, Metal Gear, and Miiverse are the only primary universes to be entirely dropped from a Smash game, with Metal Gear and Electroplankton having no content whatsoever in SSB4 and Miiverse having no content in Ultimate. Ice Climber, while having its sole playable character(s) not returning and not having any stages in the same game, is still represented by trophies, two music tracks and the Polar Bear's appearance in Smash Run. However, both Metal Gear and Electroplankton made a return in Ultimate.