Norfair as it appears in Smash.
SSB4 (Wii U)
|Crate type||Futuristic (Brawl and Ultimate)|
Normal (Wii U)
|Maximum players||4 (Brawl)|
8 (Wii U and Ultimate)
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
|Brawl||Main Theme (Metroid) (100%)|
Ending (Metroid) (20%)
Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior (20%)
Battle Scene / Final Boss (Golden Sun) (10%)
Marionation Gear (10%)
|for Wii U||Main Theme (Metroid)|
Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior
The Burning Lava Fish
Battle Scene / Final Boss (Golden Sun)
|Ultimate||Metroid series music|
Main: Vs. Ridley
Alternate: Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior
|Smash 4||Singles: Banned|
|Article on Metroid Wiki||Norfair|
Norfair (ノルフェア, Norfair) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed by Masahiro Sakurai on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! on November 9, 2007. However, it was selectable for play in the Brawl demo available during many events in Q4 2007, being the only stage with this distinction. Ridley is fought here for his unlocking battle in Ultimate.
Norfair has five small platforms in the air, arranged in a V formation, with a volatile sea of magma at the bottom of the stage. The pass-through platforms are ideal for characters with far-reaching ground attacks or for characters with a good air game/up special.
As the player fights on Norfair, magma will rise every so often and cover the platforms, similar to the acid in Planet Zebes in Super Smash Bros. and Brinstar in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It can rise to three different levels and causes strong fire damage, but prevents KOs via the lower blast line. Magma sometimes falls from the sides too - this hazard covers over half of the stage. A wave of magma will also appear from time to time, slowly approaching the stage from the background. When this wave forms, a safety hatch will pop up on a random platform, with the design based on the bubble doors from the Metroid universe. It is unnecessary to fight for this safe haven as all magma hazards can be dodged, air dodged, shielded, and perfect shielded with decent timing; players can also take advantage of invincibility frames from edge-grabbing the numerous platforms. The safe zone can also be a hindrance since characters can still be hit through the refuge by those on the outside. It is also possible with characters with many jumps such as King Dedede, Kirby, Meta Knight, Pit and Jigglypuff or great recovery moves like Isabelle, Villager and R.O.B. to completely avoid the wave by jumping over it. If items are turned on, an item will always spawn in the safe zone after appearing. Sometimes, the safe zone won't open until after the magma wave hits. The final stage hazard of Norfair are the occasional showers of magma that spurt in an arc and land on the middle platforms, which are better avoided than shielded given the difficulty in determining where they will hit.
In Ultimate, magma hazards can no longer be shielded or perfect shielded, though players can still dodge or air dodge them.
Ω forms and Battlefield form
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Ω form is the lower platform stretched out. Magma will not engulf the stage, the magma also does not rise, and safety areas do not appear.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the main platform of the Ω form and Battlefield form is slightly redesigned from SSB4 and is also resized and reshaped to match Final Destination and Battlefield, respectively. The three soft platforms of the Battlefield form resemble the ones in the normal form.
With stage hazards disabled in Ultimate, all of the magma obstacles are absent, along with the safe zone that appears when a magma wave occurs.
Although Norfair first appeared in Metroid, aesthetically this stage is based on how the area appears in Super Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission. Located deep below the surface of Zebes, Norfair is one of the most dangerous areas Samus ventures through; it includes caverns and tunnels full of magma, and intense heat that damages Samus by just being in the area. It is not until she acquires the Varia Suit that she can safely venture through the super-heated area, and it is not until she acquires the Gravity Suit that she can venture underneath the magma. Norfair is also where Samus gets notable upgrades to her Power Suit, such as the Wave Beam and Screw Attack.
In Super Metroid's Norfair, there is a room which features magma rising continuously, and Samus must get to the other side of the room, climb up platforms, and enter another room before the magma kills her. In this stage, the concept is retained by the safe room with Blue Doors, which appears for fighters to take refuge from the magma. The Blue Doors themselves are also based on how they appear in Metroid and Super Metroid, and they can also be seen in the background.
The deepest portion of Norfair is where Ridley, leader of the Space Pirates, resides in his lair, and is also where Samus ultimately kills him in Super Metroid. In the background of this stage, a large brick structure that bears resemblance to Ridley's lair in Super Metroid and Zero Mission can be seen.
A pair of column-like Chozo statues can be seen far in the background of the Norfair stage, which originate from Crateria in Zero Mission. After Samus acquires the Power Grip upgrade, one of these statues rises from the floor, providing platforms that Samus can use to exit Crateria's Chozo Ruins.
Currently, Norfair is considered nearly universally banned in tournament play. Proponents of banning the stage claim that the increased number of edges promotes stalling the game by constantly alternating between edges for invincibility, and that the magma plumes provide an unnecessary degree of unpredictability. Those who believe the stage should be a counterpick insist that ledge-stalling is not that effective, and that the uniqueness of the stage is not brought down by the hazards, which can be defended against fairly easily. Regardless, the stage can assist characters who are easily gimped, since they are given more opportunities to grab an edge (especially tethers). In later Brawl tournaments, the stage has been banned much more frequently. It is also jokingly referred to as "not fun, Norfair", regarding its legality.
In Smash 4, Norfair has seen no use at all in tournaments for the aforementioned reasons, with every major since Smash 4's inception banning the stage.
Just like with Smash 4, Norfair has seen no use in tournaments in Ultimate, although the latter issue with the stage is made redundant thanks to the hazard toggle.
- Added 8-player mode version of the stage (already had an 8-player Ω form). For performance reasons, lava waves no longer appear while in this mode.
Names in other languages
- Due to the nature of the hazards, it is possible for only one of the platforms to be safe to stand on, with the other four being covered by a combination of high magma tide and the magma fall from the left or right.
- A new platform is created in the background for the Pokémon Trainer to move around on if he is selected. In Brawl, the Pokémon Trainer's platform occasionally moves up to avoid the rising magma and goes off-screen to avoid the magma wave. This does not happen in Ultimate, as all magma-based stage hazards will simply pass through them unharmed.
- Using Ultimate's updated camera controls, it is possible to rotate the camera far enough to see the lava walls which occasionally flow towards the stage are constantly present beyond the blast zones when not being used.
- If the player uses Zelda/Sheik's Transform move just before they touch the magma at the bottom when the stage lowers, it is possible to either take a few hits from the magma until they rise again from it, or get KO'd.
- With proper timing, it is possible to avoid damage from the large magma wave by sidestepping and, prior to Ultimate, by shielding or countering. Certain characters can also avoid it by going high enough over the wave, and any move which provides full body intangibility or invincibility can be used to dodge it as well.
- This is the only stage in Brawl in which the music track of the same name has to be unlocked.
- When the stage was updated to support 8-Player Smash in Wii U, the Facebook page posted, "Good luck fitting everyone into the safe zone on Norfair." However, no stage hazards (including the safe zone) appear on Norfair during an 8-Player Smash.
- In Ultimate, the following Assist Trophies can only appear on this stage's Battlefield and Omega forms: Waluigi, Knuckle Joe, Samurai Goroh, Kapp'n, Color TV-Game 15, Devil, Takamaru, Flies & Hand, Squid Sisters, and the Ghosts. Additionally, Lunala can only be summoned on the Battlefield and Omega forms of this stage. The Moon, and Nikki (due to the dark background obscuring her drawings) cannot be summoned on this stage at all.
- Norfair appears in more Ultimate Classic Mode routes than any other stage, appearing in 14 different routes within 15 rounds.
|Fighters||Samus (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · Zero Suit Samus (SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · Ridley (SSBU) · Dark Samus (SSBU)|
|Assist Trophies||Metroid · Dark Samus · Mother Brain|
|Bosses||Ridley · Meta Ridley|
|Stages||Planet Zebes · Brinstar · Brinstar Depths · Frigate Orpheon · Norfair · Pyrosphere|
Brinstar Escape Shaft (Adventure Mode)
|Item||Screw Attack · Power Suit Piece|
|Enemies||Geemer · Kihunter · Metroid · Reo · FG II-Graham · Joulion · Zero|
|Other||Gunship · Kraid|
|Trophies, Stickers and Spirits||Trophies (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Stickers · Spirits|
|Music||Brawl · SSB4 · Ultimate|
|Masterpieces||Metroid · Super Metroid|