Flat Zone 2
Not to be confused with Flat Zone X.
Flat Zone 2 (フラットゾーン2, Flat Zone 2) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. It is the second Game & Watch stage in the Super Smash Bros. series, the first being Flat Zone in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Like its predecessor, Flat Zone, it is set on a standard Widescreen Game & Watch titled "Super Smash Bros." Unlike Flat Zone, however, this stage shifts between different Game and Watch scenarios, with every change being signaled by the appearance of a specific element.
Fire (1981 version): This scenario is the main area of the stage - the match always begins here and the other games have to revert back to Fire before the stage can change again. People jump out of a burning building as firemen with a trampoline attempt to catch them. The levels of the building can be stood on, and the trampoline that the firemen use can be bounced off of like a spring. When the firefighters aren't present, the randomly moving platforms from Manhole appear, similar to those in SSBM's Flat Zone. The treasure diver from Octopus sometimes appears, collecting items lying on the ground.
The upcoming shift to Fire is signaled by a fireman who appears in the top right of the screen, ringing a bell.
Oil Panic's bottom screen (1982): A multi-tiered gas station building can be stood on. Customers standing below attack if attacked by players; the man will attack immediately when he receives damage, while the woman will delay for almost a second after being damaged before attacking.
The upcoming shift to Oil Panic is signaled by a policeman who appears in the top right of the screen, ringing a bell.
Lion (1981): The center of the stage is a three cage on three levels with a semisoft top. Two Lion Tamers holding chairs flank either side, moving up and down. Being hit by a chair deals high damage and horizontal knockback, often resulting in being knocked into the Lion Tamer at the other side of the cage with the same effect, or even beyond the side blast lines.
The upcoming shift to Lion is signaled by a panther who appears in the top left corner of the screen, ringing a bell.
Chef (1981): Two sets of platforms hover in midair, and a chef throws damaging food around with his pan. If the chef is hit with a strong enough attack, he will fly off screen and the game will return to Fire.
The upcoming shift to Chef is signalled by a kettle which appears in the left side of the screen, with steam in shape of a bell coming out of it.
The Omega form features a brick platform above the normal ground. and blast lines are moved further back. The stage is only set in the "Oil Panic" portion and uses the same design as Flat Zone X.
Like its predecessor, Flat Zone 2 is banned in competitive play, due to the variety of damaging hazards (such as the falling food items in the Chef scenario), the small size of the stage, the camera's refusal to zoom in at any point, the constantly changing stage setup, and the removal of the lower blast line (which makes techniques that require it, such as meteor smashes and edge-hogging, virtually useless). Furthermore, the walk-off edges allow characters to throw or spit others off the side blast lines.
This stage layout is based off the "Widescreen" re-release of Fire for the Game & Watch handheld gaming devices, first released in 1981, but the original model for Fire was released in 1980 as part of the "Silver" series. The only indication of which game the device that surrounds the stage supports is the blue outline, as Fire was the only Game & Watch device from the "Widescreen" series to have a blue outline. The stage transformations are based off of the Fire, Lion, Oil Panic, and Chef models of Game & Watch devices. The platforms that periodically change positions during the Fire and Chef stage elements are based off of the Manhole Game & Watch device.
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