Home stage

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Flat Zone is Mr. Game & Watch's home stage.

A home stage is a stage or set of stages associated with a character by certain game modes.

Characters' home stages are normally from the same universe as the character. However, in all the Super Smash Bros. games there are playable characters who do not have a stage belonging to their universe; such characters are instead assigned a home stage from another universe.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

In Super Smash Bros., a character's home stage is the stage on which they are fought in 1P Game.

Each of the eight starter characters has their own home stage, while the four unlockable characters share stages with starter characters. All starter characters and two of the unlockable characters have home stages from their own universes; the other two unlockable characters, Captain Falcon and Ness, have home stages (Planet Zebes and Dream Land) from different universes as they are fought there in their unlocking battles, due to there being no stages from their own universes (F-Zero and EarthBound, respectively).

Mushroom Kingdom, a stage from the Mario universe, is not the home stage of any character.

Character Home stage
Mario
Luigi
Peach's Castle
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle
Link Hyrule Castle
Samus
Captain Falcon
Planet Zebes
Kirby
Ness
Dream Land
Fox Sector Z
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Saffron City

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, characters have different home stages in different game modes. All characters have a home stage for All-Star Mode, most have one or two home stages for Classic Mode, and unlockable characters have a stage for their unlock challenge fight.

All universes with playable characters have at least one stage, except Fire Emblem. However, even for characters that have a stage from the same universe, in some game modes they will use a stage from a different universe as their home stage.

  • In All-Star Mode, every stage serves as the home stage for at least one character, except Past Stages and Big Blue. This results in several characters (Bowser, Ganondorf, Young Link, Mewtwo, and Pichu), in addition to the Fire Emblem characters, having their All-Star home stage be from a different universe.
  • In Classic Mode, in addition to the Fire Emblem characters, Bowser and Mewtwo each have a stage from a different universe as one of their home stages.
  • In character unlock challenges, in addition to the Fire Emblem characters, Ganondorf, Falco, and Mewtwo have a stage from a different universe as their home stage.
Character Classic Mode Home stages All-Star Mode Home stage Challenge Home stage
Mario Princess Peach's Castle
Rainbow Cruise
Rainbow Cruise
Luigi Mushroom Kingdom
Mushroom Kingdom II
Mushroom Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom II
Peach Princess Peach's Castle
Mushroom Kingdom II
Princess Peach's Castle
Bowser Princess Peach's Castle
Battlefield
Yoshi's Island
Dr. Mario Mushroom Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom II Princess Peach's Castle
Yoshi Yoshi's Story
Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Story
Donkey Kong Kongo Jungle
Jungle Japes
Kongo Jungle
Link Great Bay
Temple
Great Bay
Zelda/Sheik Temple Temple
Ganondorf Brinstar Depths Final Destination
Young Link Great Bay
Temple
Jungle Japes Great Bay
Samus Brinstar
Brinstar Depths
Brinstar
Kirby Fountain of Dreams
Green Greens
Green Greens
Fox Corneria
Venom
Corneria
Falco Corneria
Venom
Venom Battlefield
Pikachu Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Stadium
Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium Poké Floats Pokémon Stadium
Mewtwo Pokémon Stadium
Final Destination
Battlefield Final Destination
Pichu Pokémon Stadium Fourside Pokémon Stadium
Captain Falcon Mute City
Big Blue
Mute City
Ness Onett
Fourside
Onett
Ice Climbers Icicle Mountain Icicle Mountain
Marth Great Bay Fountain of Dreams Fountain of Dreams
Roy Final Destination Temple
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone Flat Zone

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, home stages are used in Classic Mode and All-Star Mode. Each character can have multiple home stages.

All characters' home stages are all of the Brawl stages from their own universe (Melee stages are not used as home stages), with the exception of R.O.B. and the stage Mario Bros. There are no stages from R.O.B.'s universe, so he instead has Mario Bros. as his home stage (and it is not available as a home stage for the Mario universe).

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Mushroomy Kingdom
Delfino Plaza
Luigi's Mansion
Mario Circuit
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Wario WarioWare, Inc.
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Rumble Falls
75m
Link
Zelda/Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Bridge of Eldin
Pirate Ship
Samus/Zero Suit Samus Norfair
Frigate Orpheon
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Halberd
Fox
Falco
Wolf
Lylat Cruise
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard)
Lucario
Pokémon Stadium 2
Spear Pillar
Captain Falcon Port Town Aero Dive
Ness
Lucas
New Pork City
Ice Climbers Summit
Marth
Ike
Castle Siege
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone 2
Pit Skyworld
Olimar Distant Planet
R.O.B. Mario Bros.
Delfino Plaza[note 1]
Snake Shadow Moses Island
Sonic Green Hill Zone
  1. R.O.B.'s home stage is Delfino Plaza in Classic Mode and All-Star Mode when Mario Bros. is not unlocked.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, home stages are used in Classic Mode. Each character can have multiple home stages.

Unlike in previous games, Past Stages also serve as home stages. All characters' home stages are all of the stages from their own universe, unless there are no stages from their own universe. Characters from universes without stages have all of the stages whose universes lack characters as their home stages. The Mii Fighters' home stage is considered to be Battlefield, as they are part of the Super Smash Bros. universe and are only fought in Classic Mode as enemy teams.

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Dr. Mario
Rosalina & Luma
Bowser Jr.
3D Land
Golden Plains
Rainbow Road
Paper Mario
Mushroomy Kingdom
Peach's Castle (64) (DLC)
Super Mario Maker (DLC)
Yoshi Yoshi's Island
Wario WarioWare, Inc.
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Jungle Japes
Link
Zelda
Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Gerudo Valley
Spirit Train
Hyrule Castle (64) (DLC)
Samus
Zero Suit Samus
Brinstar
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Dream Land
Dream Land (64) (DLC)
Fox
Falco
Corneria
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Mewtwo (DLC)
Charizard
Lucario
Greninja
Unova Pokémon League
Prism Tower
Captain Falcon Mute City
Ness
Lucas (DLC)
Magicant
Marth
Roy (DLC)
Ike
Robin
Lucina
Corrin (DLC)
Arena Ferox
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone 2
Pit
Palutena
Dark Pit
Reset Bomb Forest
Olimar Distant Planet
Villager Tortimer Island
Little Mac Boxing Ring
Shulk Gaur Plain
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt (DLC)[note 1]
Sonic Green Hill Zone
Mega Man Wily Castle
Pac-Man Pac-Maze
Ryu (DLC) Suzaku Castle (DLC)
Cloud (DLC) Midgar (DLC)
Bayonetta (DLC) Umbra Clock Tower (DLC)
R.O.B.
Wii Fit Trainer
PictoChat 2
Balloon Fight
Living Room
Find Mii
Tomodachi Life
Mii Fighter Battlefield
  1. This stage was added as a free stage in the 1.1.1 update. When playing an older version, the "miscellaneous" stages used by R.O.B. and Wii Fit Trainer are used instead. When trying to unlock Duck Hunt, they will be fought on Battlefield regardless of which version of the game is being played.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Character(s) Home stage(s)
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Dr. Mario
Rosalina & Luma
Bowser Jr.
Mario Galaxy
Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit (Brawl)
Delfino Plaza
Luigi's Mansion
Peach's Castle (64) (DLC)
Super Mario Maker (DLC)
Yoshi Woolly World
Yoshi's Island
Wario Gamer
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
Jungle Hijinxs
Kongo Jungle (64)
75m
Link
Zelda
Sheik
Ganondorf
Toon Link
Skyloft
Temple
Bridge of Eldin
Hyrule Castle (64) (DLC)
Pirate Ship (DLC)
Samus
Zero Suit Samus
Pyrosphere
Norfair
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
The Great Cave Offensive
Halberd
Dream Land (64) (DLC)
Fox
Falco
Orbital Gate Assault
Lylat Cruise
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Mewtwo (DLC)
Charizard
Lucario
Greninja
Kalos Pokémon League
Pokémon Stadium 2
Captain Falcon Port Town Aero Dive
Ness
Lucas (DLC)
Onett
Marth
Roy (DLC)
Ike
Robin
Lucina
Corrin (DLC)
Coliseum
Castle Siege
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone X
Pit
Palutena
Dark Pit
Palutena's Temple
Skyworld
Olimar Garden of Hope
R.O.B. Wrecking Crew[note 1]
Villager Town and City
Smashville
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit Studio
Little Mac Boxing Ring
Shulk Gaur Plain
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
Sonic Windy Hill Zone
Mega Man Wily Castle
Pac-Man Pac-Land
Ryu (DLC) Suzaku Castle (DLC)
Cloud (DLC) Midgar (DLC)
Bayonetta (DLC) Umbra Clock Tower (DLC)
Mii Fighter Battlefield
  1. As R.O.B. doesn't have a stage from his own universe, Wrecking Crew is considered to be his home stage as he is fought here in his unlocking battle.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, home stages are treated the same as they are in Smash 4.

Character Home stage
Mario
Luigi
Peach
Bowser
Dr. Mario
Rosalina & Luma
Bowser Jr.
Daisy
Piranha Plant (DLC)
Peach's Castle
Mushroom Kingdom
Princess Peach's Castle
Rainbow Cruise
Mushroom Kingdom II
Delfino Plaza
Luigi's Mansion
Mushroomy Kingdom
Figure-8 Circuit
Mario Bros.
3D Land
Golden Plains
Paper Mario
Mushroom Kingdom U
Mario Galaxy
Mario Circuit
Super Mario Maker
New Donk City Hall
Yoshi Super Happy Tree
Yoshi's Island (Melee)
Yoshi's Story
Yoshi's Island
Donkey Kong
Diddy Kong
King K. Rool
Kongo Jungle
Kongo Falls
Jungle Japes
75m
Link
Zelda
Sheik
Ganondorf
Young Link
Toon Link
Hyrule Castle
Great Bay
Temple
Bridge of Eldin
Pirate Ship
Gerudo Valley
Spirit Train
Skyloft
Great Plateau Tower
Samus
Zero Suit Samus
Ridley
Dark Samus
Brinstar
Brinstar Depths
Norfair
Frigate Orpheon
Kirby
Meta Knight
King Dedede
Dream Land
Fountain of Dreams
Green Greens
Halberd
Dream Land GB
The Great Cave Offensive
Fox
Falco
Wolf
Corneria
Venom
Lylat Cruise
Pikachu
Jigglypuff
Mewtwo
Pichu
Pokémon Trainer
(Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard)
Lucario
Greninja
Incineroar[note 1]
Saffron City
Pokémon Stadium
Pokémon Stadium 2
Spear Pillar
Unova Pokémon League
Prism Tower
Kalos Pokémon League
Captain Falcon Big Blue
Port Town Aero Dive
Mute City SNES
Ness
Lucas
Onett
Fourside
New Pork City
Magicant
Ice Climbers Summit
Marth
Roy
Ike
Robin
Lucina
Corrin
Chrom
Castle Siege
Arena Ferox
Coliseum
Mr. Game & Watch Flat Zone X
Pit
Palutena
Dark Pit
Skyworld
Reset Bomb Forest
Palutena's Temple
Wario WarioWare, Inc.
Gamer
Olimar Distant Planet
Garden of Hope
R.O.B. Wrecking Crew[note 2]
Villager
Isabelle
Smashville
Tortimer Island
Town and City
Little Mac Boxing Ring
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit Studio
Shulk Gaur Plain
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
Inkling Moray Towers
Snake Shadow Moses Island
Sonic Green Hill Zone
Windy Hill Zone
Mega Man Wily Castle
Pac-Man Pac-Land
Ryu
Ken[note 3]
Suzaku Castle
Cloud Midgar
Bayonetta Umbra Clock Tower
Simon
Richter
Dracula's Castle
  1. While Incineroar is fought on Pokémon stages in Classic Mode, its unlock battle takes place on Boxing Ring.
  2. As R.O.B. doesn't have a stage from his own universe, Wrecking Crew is considered to be his home stage as he is fought here in his unlocking battle.
  3. While Ryu and Ken are fought on Suzaku Castle in Classic Mode, their unlock battles take place on Battlefield and Boxing Ring respectively.

Hypothesis of "home advantage"[edit]

There is no clear or consistent benefit to a character fighting on their "home stage." Any advantages that certain characters have over others on stages happen across the entire stage list and are situational; they are not affected by the universes in which the characters originate from (for example, Fox and Pikachu dominate on Temple, even though they do not originate from the Zelda universe). In some cases, it may be to a character's disadvantage to be fighting on their home stage; for example, Ness is unable to use his recovery move when knocked between buildings in Fourside. Additionally, Final Destination, which acts as the home stage for Roy, is disadvantageous for him against nearly every character (except for arguably Fox and Falco) as he is much more vulnerable to combos without any platforms to escape to. In Brawl, the ledges of the Lylat Cruise stage are thinner than most other stages, causing Fox, Falco, and most notably Wolf to curve underneath the stage more frequently when using their respective recovery moves instead of directly grabbing the edge. Additionally, in Skyworld, Pit's Centurions in his Final Smash will crash into the breakable platforms when they aim for opponents, quickly destroying the stage and temporarily removing all ledges; this consequently removes Pit's ability to plank and makes him much easier to gimp.

However, in contrast, some stages do offer advantages to some characters; as mentioned before, any such advantages are non-circumstantial, but these certain stages may have been the origination for the "home advantage" hypothesis. In Melee, Fountain of Dreams serves as Marth's home stage, and is frequently cited as one of his best stages in the entire game, even at high-level tournament play. The stage's small size allows him to control space more efficiently, and the extended bottom blast line allows him more room to recover with Dolphin Slash, which travels purely vertically. In Brawl, on Bridge of Eldin, Zelda and Sheik's Light Arrow, Ganondorf's Beast Ganon, and Toon Link and Link's Triforce Slash are much easier to use, and harder to dodge; the frequent absence of a lower blast-line also acts as a benefit to Link, Ganondorf, and Sheik, who normally have relatively poor recoveries. The low blastline of Shadow Moses Island acts as a benefit to Snake, as most of his attacks (especially his special moves) have mostly upward knockback; his high weight and falling speed make him more resistant to vertical KOs, so he is not as affected.

On other stages, characters can receive neither a clear advantage nor disadvantage. On Summit, for instance, all the characters slide around, except for the Ice Climbers, who experience no change in their friction when walking on the stage. Like other characters, however, they are still unable to grab onto the ledges in the stage; this trait causes Belay to more frequently cause Nana to be KO'd, thanks to Belay giving Popo more height than Nana when there is no ledge to tether to. Another example is Little Mac on Boxing Ring: the stage gives no access to the bottom blast line, which remedies Mac's poor recovery, but also has plenty of verticality, making it difficult for him to traverse the stage. The Ω form of Boxing Ring takes this even further in Mac's favor — while being based off of Final Destination means it has a lower blast line, the walls of the actual stage reach all the way down to it, allowing Mac to make full use of his uncharacteristically superb wall jump.

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