New Pork City
New Pork City (ニューポークシティ, New Pork City) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl based on the location of the same name in Mother 3.
New Pork City presents itself as a massive stage, being by far the biggest stage in Brawl. It is composed of dozens of buildings, giving the impression of a large city (hence the name), though the battle area consists of a series of platforms that seem to have no connection to the city itself.
On the very right side of the stage, there are a series of thin platforms vertically arranged on top of each other, from which it is possible to do a stage jump with some characters. The top of these is the highest point on the stage, being about 3/4 of the way up to the upper blast line. To the left of these platforms is a swinging "pendulum" platform, resembling the swinging ship ride seen in the city's original appearance in the game. Directly below this is a large, sloped platform. The left edge of this drops down to a small cardboard layout of a building laying flat. This platform is breakable, and can result in early deaths if one is not careful. The left side of this platform is connected to another bumpy platform, connected to a slope facing downwards to the left. Directly above this are two very thick, floating cubical platforms connected to each other. The rightmost point of this is slightly to the left of the rightmost point of the slope. Directly left of the sloped platform is a small floating slope. This is between the large cubical platforms and a small, thin platform connected to a larger, cube-shaped one. To the left of this is the left-most point on the stage, a flat, small platform with medium thickness. The bottom-most point of the stage is a small limousine that flies from the left to the right of the stage, though this only appears sometimes. Far into the background is a silhouette of an actual city, despite the fact that New Pork City itself is floating and unconnected to it. Interestingly, the camera does not zoom in very much, even if all characters are near each other, even though it zooms in when the game is paused.
The Ultimate Chimera appears a major hazard in this stage. Appearing randomly on the large right platform, the bottom platform with the breakable floor, or the two large leftmost platforms, it walks slowly and its bite attack results in a one-hit KO.
In tournament play
New Pork City has been banned universally in tournament play since the beginning of Brawl's competitive scene. The most significant of its problems is its extreme size and extreme amount of empty space; characters can live to absurd damage percents without the aid of a cave of life, and can easily outcamp slower characters just by running away. Besides being able to cause game breaking camping, this can make it impossible for matches here to finish without going to time, and greatly prevents matches from flowing smoothly. The stage is additionally difficult to traverse due to irregular floor design and platform placement and the aforementioned extreme amount of empty space, and the camera has issues with being able to zoom in properly, which further disrupts gameplay within the stage. The stage also has several walls, allowing for wall infinites and zero deaths, as well as places to tech against to extend survival even farther. The final major problem is the Ultimate Chimera, which while can be reasonably (and arguably easily) avoided, still has guaranteed OHKO power if a player is bitten by it in a stage where characters can realistically approach sudden death damage percents consistently, making it an overly powerful stage hazard that can have too large of an impact in a match regardless.
New Pork City is a location in Mother 3. Porky Minch ruled this city and gathered various people from different times to live in it, and eventually managed to get all of the Nowhere Islanders to move here too, sometimes by force. Porky Minch gathered various scientists from different times to work in a laboratory called the Chimera Lab, which is not located in New Pork City itself. He gave orders to create creatures called Chimeras, which were hybrids of multiple different animals or plants, or mechanized versions of animals. The Ultimate Chimera was the most powerful one, feared even by its creators. Porky also built a statue of a younger version himself in the city, which can be seen in the background of the stage. If Lucas were to observe the statue three times it would attack.
The Empire Porky Building, a 100 story building, can be seen in the background, and it expands all the way up to the upper boundary line, being visible even when Olimar uses End of Day. Sprites of some of the Mother 3 characters can also be seen. There is a destructible platform towards the bottom of the stage that is made out of wood and is painted to look like a building. In Mother 3, there is a small theme park in New Pork City that has a pirate themed swinging ship ride, from which the swinging platform on the right side of the stage takes inspiration from. The actual arrangement of platforms used here (disregarding the limousine) was never a part of the city in Mother 3. In Mother 3, the only way to get to New Pork City was by a flying limousine. When unloading passengers into New Pork City, the flying limousine would park in a parking lot in the west side of the city. In this stage, the limousine can be seen flying across the stage. The parking lot on the west side of the city has been retained.
The overall layout of the city looks very similar to how it appeared in Mother 3 with only a few buildings being out of place, but the size of the city has been greatly increased which has given room for more buildings that were not originally there. Also, the majority of the "buildings" in Mother 3's New Pork City were not real buildings, but rather billboards of buildings, as is the case in Brawl. The stage is depicted as "floating" above the ground under it, even though in the original game there is a long elevator shaft in the Empire Porky Building that goes deep underground to a cave system that leads to the final Needle.
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