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The masterpieces as seen in Brawl.

Masterpieces (名作トライアル, Masterpiece Trial) are free time-limited trial versions of classic Nintendo titles which the characters of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U have appeared in. The full versions can be purchased for the Virtual Console. To save the player time, Masterpieces skip the title and opening of a game. Certain Masterpieces start at specific points of the game that are relevant to the Smash game they appear in, such as the Donkey Kong Masterpiece starting at the 75m level, while games that supported saving have some built-in saves set to various points of the game. The time limit varies from game to game.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Starting Masterpieces[edit]

Icon Name Platform Duration Notes
Masterpiece-SuperMarioBros-Brawl.png Super Mario Bros. NES 60 seconds Starts in World 1-1
Masterpiece-IceClimber-Brawl.png Ice Climber NES 40 seconds Starts on first level, with Popo.
Masterpiece-TheLegendOfZelda-Brawl.png The Legend of Zelda NES 120 seconds Immediately starts from the beginning of the game and skips the title screen.
Masterpiece-KidIcarus-Brawl.png Kid Icarus NES 90 seconds Starts on first section of Underworld stage.
Masterpiece-KirbysAdventure-Brawl.png Kirby's Adventure NES 120 seconds Starts in Vegetable Valley
Masterpiece-SuperMetroid-Brawl.png Super Metroid SNES 180 seconds Includes saves for battles against Ridley
Masterpiece-StarFox64-Brawl.png Star Fox 64 N64 180 seconds Has access to all menu features including the Main Game, Training Mode, and VS. mode.
Masterpiece-FireEmblem-Brawl.png Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo SFC 180 seconds Japan only
Masterpiece-EarthBound-Brawl.png Earthbound SFC 300 seconds Japan only

Unlockable Masterpieces[edit]

Icon Name Platform Duration Unlock Criteria Notes
Masterpiece-DonkeyKong-Brawl.png Donkey Kong NES 30 seconds 10 hours of play time Starts at the second level, 75m.
Masterpiece-SuperMarioBros2-Brawl.png Super Mario Bros. 2 NES 90 seconds Win five brawls with Peach. Starts at World 1-1 with Peach.
Masterpiece-SuperMarioWorld-Brawl.png Super Mario World SNES 120 seconds Play on Yoshi's Island three times Starts at Yoshi's Island 2 with Mario
Masterpiece-FZero-Brawl.png F-Zero SNES 40 seconds Unlock Captain Falcon in The Subspace Emissary Starts at first Mute City race, with Blue Falcon.
Masterpiece-OcarinaOfTime-Brawl.png The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 300 seconds Use Toon Link in ten brawls. Has save files for beginning of Young Link and Adult Link sections.


  • A Donkey Kong Country masterpiece was planned, but it was scrapped. [1]
  • The Masterpieces for EarthBound and Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo, while not accessible in international versions of Brawl, still exist in the data; the reason Mother 2 is not included is unknown, while Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo is due to being a Japan-only game.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Masterpieces return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. New features include a timer displayed on the right side of the screen, the ability to buy a Masterpiece directly from the game without having to access the Nintendo eShop, the ability to pause the Masterpiece without using the HOME button, and the ability to stop the Masterpiece without the reset button, as the Wii U does not have a reset button. There is also less lag than there was in Brawl. The games featured include:

Starting Masterpieces[edit]

Icon Name Platform Duration Notes
Masterpiece-BalloonFight-WiiU.png Balloon Fight NES 120 seconds Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-DonkeyKong-WiiU.png Donkey Kong NES 120 seconds Begins in the 75m level
Masterpiece-FZero-WiiU.png F-Zero SNES 180 seconds Starts in Mute City I, playing as the Blue Falcon
Masterpiece-FireEmblem-WiiU.png Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light FC More than 123 seconds Japan only
Masterpiece-KidIcarus-WiiU.png Kid Icarus NES 180 seconds Starts at the beginning of the first level
Masterpiece-KirbySuperStar-WiiU.png Kirby Super Star SNES 180 seconds Begins in The Great Cave Offensive
Masterpiece-KirbyDreamLand-WiiU.png Kirby's Dream Land GB 180 seconds Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-MegaMan-WiiU.png Mega Man 2 NES 180 seconds Begins in the first section of Wily Castle
Masterpiece-Metroid-WiiU.png Metroid NES 180 seconds Starts in Brinstar
Masterpiece-PacMan-WiiU.png Pac-Man NES 120 seconds Starts at title screen.
Masterpiece-Pilotwings-WiiU.png Pilotwings SNES 120 seconds Starts in the Light Plane certification training level
Masterpiece-SuperMarioBros-WiiU.png Super Mario Bros. NES 180 seconds Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-LostLevels-WiiU.png Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels NES 180 seconds Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-SuperMarioKart-WiiU.png Super Mario Kart SNES 180 seconds Starts in Mario Circuit 1 in the Grand Prix, playing as Mario
Masterpiece-SuperMarioWorld-WiiU.png Super Mario World SNES 180 seconds Starts on the world map of Yoshi's Island
Masterpiece-SuperMetroid-WiiU.png Super Metroid SNES 240 seconds Has two save files: one at the beginning of the game and one in Norfair
Masterpiece-TheLegendOfZelda-WiiU.png The Legend of Zelda NES 240 seconds Starts on the spawn tile
Masterpiece-WreckingCrew-WiiU.png Wrecking Crew NES 120 seconds Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-AdventureOfLink-WiiU.png Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES 240 seconds Starts in Zelda's castle

Unlockable Masterpieces[edit]

Icon Name Platform Duration Unlock Criteria Notes
Masterpiece-DrMario-WiiU.png Dr. Mario GB 180 seconds Clear 10-Man Smash alone with Dr. Mario without taking any damage Starts on the "1 Player Game" set-up screen.
Masterpiece-PunchOut-WiiU.png Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream NES 180 seconds Clear the "No Mere Sparring Match" event on normal difficulty or higher Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-EarthBound-WiiU.png EarthBound SNES 300 seconds Get 1968 ft. or more in Home-Run Contest Starts at the opening cutscene
Masterpiece-Yoshi-WiiU.png Yoshi NES 180 seconds Clear Solo Classic with Yoshi Starts at title screen
Masterpiece-KirbysAdventure-WiiU.png Kirby's Adventure NES 180 seconds Clear Solo Classic with Kirby on intensity 5.5 or higher Has two save files: one at the beginning of the game and the other at the final Dedede/Nightmare fight.


  • Unused text in Smash Wii U implies the original Super Smash Bros. was supposed to appear as a Masterpiece. This would have made it the only N64 Masterpiece in Smash Wii U; however, at the time of Smash Wii U's release, N64 emulation wasn't possible on the Wii U, likely resulting in the Masterpiece being scrapped.


  • Although EarthBound was released in 1994 in Japan, the PAL version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lists its release date as 2013, which is the year EarthBound was first released in Europe, on the Nintendo eShop.
  • Despite Super Smash Bros. Brawl being the first game in the series to introduce third-party elements, third-party masterpieces were not included before Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • The NES masterpieces are actually in much higher quality than the Virtual Console versions of the same games, likely due to the fact that NES emulation was done early in the Wii U's lifetime, as opposed to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's 2014 release.[1]

External links[edit]

Announcement of Masterpieces on the DOJO!!.


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