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Movies, referred to as Archives in Melee, is a category within the main menu of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The Archives menu found in Data in the NTSC versions of Melee

The Archives, found in the Data submenu, allows players to view two videos:

  • How to Play: A small instructional video intended to teach beginners how to play Melee.
  • Special Movie: A video showing off much of the gameplay in Melee; it features a roll call of the starting 15 characters, as well as multiple aspects of the game, such as various items, trophies, and single-player modes.

The Archives menu is only available in the NTSC versions of Melee. The PAL versions replace it with a dedicated menu selection for the How to Play video, removing the Special Movie, speculated to be due to the inability to fit all translated languages of the movie onto the disc.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

This area, found in the Data submenu as well, allows the player to watch a video from the following options:

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

See also: List of Super Smash Bros. 4 character trailers
Newcomer trailers in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Character endings in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

The fourth game features "introduction" clips for various characters. All of them were initially released online by Nintendo, either individually or in a Nintendo Direct. A list of videos that are available in the game follows:

Character trailers for downloadable content fighters are not included in-game.

Additionally, the short fighter-specific videos that are shown after one beats Classic Mode or All-Star Mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be re-watched after completing the mode with a character.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Movies menu, with all movies unlocked.

The Vault contains a sub-menu for viewing movies in Ultimate, including the cutscenes seen in Adventure Mode: World of Light. Each cutscene becomes available after first viewing it in Adventure Mode.

World of Light Cutscenes

  • World of Light (nearly identical to the trailer from November 1, 2018 Nintendo Direct)
  • Army of Puppets
  • From Light to Dark
  • The Final Battle
  • Consumed by Light (Galeem Bad Ending)
  • Swallowed by Darkness (Dharkon Bad Ending)
  • Restoration (True Ending)

Oddly, Ultimate does not continue the tradition of adding trailers and character introductions. This on top of Classic Mode no longer having character endings leaves this sub-menu with significantly fewer entries than Smash 4.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ムービー, Movies
UK English Archives Super Smash Bros. Melee
Movies Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
France French Films
Germany German Filme
Spain Spanish Secuencias
Italy Italian Filmati
China Chinese (Simplified) 视频
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 影片
South Korea Korean 무비, Movies
Netherlands Dutch Filmpjes
Russia Russian Видео