Final Destination (SSB)
Final Destination (終点 Endpoint), also referred to as Master Hand's Residence, is a stage in Super Smash Bros. exclusive to its 1P Game and thus, unlike its successors' Final Destination stages, is not normally playable in Versus Mode. This stage was featured as the final level of 1P Mode, where the player fights Master Hand.
When played in 1P Game, the background changes depending on Master Hand's HP. The background starts out in space with stars visible, then changes into a cloudy area when HP is depleted to 210, then to a wormhole at 120 HP, and finally the wormhole drastically accelerates when HP is depleted to 30.
If the stage is hacked to act like VS Mode, then the background will change depending on how much damage player 1 has taken. If player 1 takes 90% damage, the background changes to the clouds; however, if player 1 is KO'd (and thus reset to 0% damage), the background doesn't change back to the stars, it just stays as it was when player 1 was KO'd. If player 1 takes 90% damage again, the background won't change to the wormhole, as the background is set to change when the character reaches a certain point of damage. If Final Destination is loaded in VS Mode, then the background won't change—it will just stay on the first background without shooting stars. This is because the hack that needs to load a featureless stage's index to prevent the game from crashing (Battlefield's index is used with the publicly released hack), while Final Destination is the actual stage index. The fix code works by loading the value 0x0E when the actual level index is 0x10. If 0x10 is in the level index variable, the instruction at 0x80104C14 can be replaced so that the level can load properly (since Nintendo 64 games tend to load code into RAM and execute from there). The reason Final Destination crashes when accessed like the other stages is unknown, but it is most likely because the background changes when damage is reached by a defined character.
The player is transported to this stage after defeating the Fighting Polygon Team in the 1P Game.
It is not accessible in VS Mode, but it can be accessed with cheating devices. Formally, one needed to enable the code that makes this stage the only one fought in 1P Game, as the game will freeze if it is accessed normally through the debug menu, or with a code to load this stage on the VS Mode stage select menu. Normally there can only be 2 players fighting on it at once, as the stage is only designed for the player's character and Master Hand to be used simultaneously upon it. However, there are cheats that modify the 1P mode to only play this stage and act like VS Mode, which is started up by choosing 1P mode. The game will show that the player is entering the first stage, but starts the match on Final Destination. Using additional cheats, it is possible to allow up to 4 players, and using a stock modifier, the amount of lives can be set for everyone. Using a character modifier cheat, it is possible to choose the players' characters.
If Player 1 wins, the game shows the 1P results screen; if another player wins, the game displays the continue screen. Even among hacked stages, this is the only stage for which this occurs.
There is also a hack that allows the stage to be accessed directly in VS Mode. Normally the stage uses the Master Hand intro music by default, but the hack makes the level load the Master Hand battle music instead. Additionally, the background never changes when accessed this way.
The name "Final Destination" is retroactively applied to this stage, as redesigns of this stage that have appeared in later games in the series share that name. This stage's official Japanese name, 終点 Shūten, is also shared with the Japanese name of all other incarnations of Final Destination, so it can be inferred that this stage's official English name is Final Destination as well.