Opening movie

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The opening movie is a movie that is shown after the game is turned on. It is present in every game of the series save Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

A shot from the opening of Super Smash Bros.

The opening movie starts, panning from the HAL Laboratory vanity card into a bedroom, where Master Hand flies about picking up toy versions of a random starter character, which he places over a dresser, whereupon a lamp shines on it like a spotlight. Master Hand, then, goes about rearranging various other objects to make it look like a stage, while dropping another toy character upon it. Master Hand then takes to the center of screen, counts down from three to one and snaps his fingers. The desk morphs into a full stage, and the camera zooms into the first character picked, which comes to life and strikes a pose. After quick flashes of the starting characters, scenes of each character performing a quick move in their home stages are shown, followed by a full scene of all eight of them running together. The opening then cuts to show each character again:

  • Link is seen standing by a cliff playing the Ocarina of Time while the camera pans around him. He turns to face the camera once it closes in on him;
  • Pikachu balances on a Poké Ball while a Pokémon Trainer passes by;
  • A scene of Donkey Kong and Samus fighting appears. Donkey Kong is having no problems, until Samus hits him with a fully-charged Charge Shot, sending him flying into the sky;
  • Four Yoshis appear guarding some Yoshi eggs in a nest;
  • Finally the Star Fox team's Arwings fly through space escorting the Great Fox, which is shown to be commandeered by Fox.

After these scenes, the scene cuts to Mario and Kirby facing off against a dark, thunderous backdrop. They jump and cross-counter each other with aerial attacks, followed by the other six starter characters doing the same: Link vs. Pikachu, Fox vs. Samus and Donkey Kong vs. Yoshi, followed by a white splash in which the four unlockable characters are rapidly shown (or their silhouettes, if they have not yet been unlocked). Finally, the title screen appears as the announcer shouts the game's name.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

A shot from the opening of Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee largely uses the FMV scenes in its E3 trailer for its opening, with some changes.

The opening movie starts with a trophy of Mario that is thrown in the air by a hand. As soon as the trophy lands, Mario revives from it and faces Link. Pikachu and Kirby also join the battle. Then, a shot of Peach is shown and Mario performs some of his moves. After that, Bowser rises from a fire sea and then Donkey Kong is seen swinging through a jungle and Samus fights Ridley. Some shots of Link are shown with a moving background with Zelda characters and many different coloured Yoshis pass by. Then, the Ice Climbers climb a ice mountain. Popo slips and almost falls off, but Nana saves him. After that, some gameplay shots are shown. Mario's eye quickly flashes onscreen as the transition to the next scene, in which Sheik plays on a harp and Kirby flies around on a Warp Star. When Kirby disappears, an Arwing controlled by Fox and a Wolfen controlled by Wolf O'Donnell are fighting and Ness warps into Onett. Then, all Pokémon in Melee appear and Captain Falcon and Samurai Goroh are bumping into each other with their Blue Falcon and Fire Stingray and Goroh's vehicle explodes. A vortex appears, sucking in images of all the starter characters. Then, Bowser roars as he appears in a flash of lightning, while Mario, Yoshi, and Peach struggle to hold their ground. Some shots of Melee characters are shown, the Great Fox, Falcon Flyer, and Samus' Gunship fly by, trophies of four fighters are blasted away by a Bob-omb, and the title screen appears while the announcer gives the game's name.

The music that plays during this opening movie is Opening.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A shot from the opening of Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. Brawl's intro uses scenes from the Subspace Emissary, along with a few selections of Vs. Mode matches.

The movie starts with a view of all the characters (except for Zero Suit Samus and Sheik) gazing at an "X" in the sky that was formerly the Isle of the Ancients. This also appears as the last scene in the SSE. This is followed by scenes of Mario, Link, Kirby, Pit, Zelda, Peach, Meta Knight, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Fox, and King Dedede. Then, a scene of Sheik in a VS match is shown, followed by Pikachu using its down smash on Bowser, Samus, and Lucas, followed by a VS match shot of Ike and a SSE shot of Zero Suit Samus and her Power Suit. After this comes SSE cutscenes of Wario, Olimar and his Red Pikmin, Yoshi, the Ice Climbers, Ness and Lucas, Pokémon Trainer, Lucas, and Bowser. The next series of clips shows Sonic, Snake, Wario, Lucas, the Ice Climbers, King Dedede, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Peach, Meta Knight in VS matches. This is followed by SSE cutscenes of Mario, Pit, Yoshi, Link, and Kirby, an Arwing flying towards the Halberd, Kirby and Zelda, The Great Maze being assembled, Charizard, Pokémon Trainer, and Lucas, as well as VS clips of Olimar and his Pikmin, Ivysaur attacking Pikachu with Pokémon Trainer in the background, Zero Suit Samus, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Mario picking up a Super Mushroom, Kirby, Fox, and Zelda brawling. The movie continues with SSE shots of Samus and Pikachu, Zelda, Diddy Kong, Ike, Squirtle and Pokémon Trainer, an Arwing flying towards the Halberd, Fox piloting, Kirby and Peach riding on a Warp Star, Bowser and his minions, Mario and Link dodging lasers fired by the Ancient Minister, Pit, Samus and Pikachu, Marth, Ike, and Meta Knight, and shots of the Halberd. The movie ends with the Title screen being shown.

The music that plays during this opening music is the Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

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The beginning cinematic of the opening movie. This cinematic is used in many Smash 4 promotional videos and media.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS does not include an opening movie, but there is one in the Wii U version. It consists of footage from both gameplay and character introduction trailers shown prior to the game's reveal, barring Duck Hunt's.

It begins with a black background, with two slices forming a fiery Smash logo. The intro starts with a portion of Shulk's reveal trailer with Link and Marth, followed by Mega Man's trailer, Shulk's again with a shot of Bowser, a shot of Rosalina & Luma's trailer with Kirby, several shots from the first trailer of Super Smash Bros. 4, a screen of Greninja in his reveal trailer, Samus's shot from the first trailer, Charizard flying around in Greninja's trailer, Wii Fit Trainer in their trailer, Bowser Jr. driving in his Koopa Car in his trailer, and a shot of Lucina fighting Captain Falcon in Robin's trailer, finishing it off with Mario in Greninja's trailer, as the Super Smash Bros. logo appears.

Gameplay footage soon follow, with a fight between Donkey Kong, Samus, Mario, and Link. Donkey Kong uses his side special while a Bob-omb blows up behind him, followed by Fox brawling with Yoshi, Luigi avoiding Ganondorf's neutral special attack by taunting, Pikachu landing on the ground, Mario using his side special on Samus, Link charging up his bow before firing, Ness using his side special on Diddy Kong and his side smash against Toon Link, with the latter later taunting his side taunt, Kirby standing up to find a Luma, and Samus taunting in Orbital Gate Assault. We then get trailer footage intercutting with gameplay of the following newcomers: Villager, Greninja, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, Palutena, Shulk, Rosalina & Luma, Robin, and Bowser Jr. The next following shots include Sheik taunting, Pit using his neutral special, Ike hitting Little Mac, Olimar and Alph using their up special with 3 different Pikman, Zero Suit Samus entering, King Dedede taunting behind Meta Knight, Marth using his counter against Link, Ganondorf using his side special on Pit, Diddy Kong's on-screen appearance, Bowser using his down throw on a Villager, Zelda removing her Phantom, Charizard landing, Peach taunting, Captain Falcon activating his side-special on Fox, and Lucario doing a recovery. After this, we're given the final smashes of Jigglypuff, Pit, a Mii Swordfighter, Donkey Kong, Bowser Jr., Fox, Robin, Ganondorf, Shulk, Lucario, Wii Fit Trainer, Greninja, Peach, Zero Suit Samus, Little Mac, Luigi, Captain Falcon, and ending it off with Mario and Charizard.

We're later given the following shots for the third-party characters, which includes Pac-Man, Sonic, and Mega Man. It ends with more shots of the character trailers and gameplay footage, followed by scrolling through various colored panels with character art before concluding with the game's title logo.

The music that plays during this opening cinematic is a variation of the Battlefield theme with a different intro.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A shot from the opening of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The opening movie of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mostly uses clips from Vs. Mode spliced between segments of cutscenes from Adventure Mode: World of Light.

The music that plays during the opening is a slightly shortened version of the game's theme, Lifelight.



  • There is at least one unlockable character shown in each movie:
    • SSB: The four hidden characters appear as a flash near the end, in shadows if not unlocked.
    • Melee: Young Link and Ganondorf appear in the Ocarina of Time segment, and Jigglypuff and Pichu are in the Pokémon segment. Additionally, Mewtwo's Shadow Ball can be seen charging and shocking Donkey Kong.
    • Brawl: Not counting the lineup at the beginning, the clips shown contain Ness, Marth, Sonic, and Snake.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: Lucina appears in a clip from her and Robin's trailer.
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Every base game character appears in the opening movie.
  • A part of the music for the opening movie for Super Smash Bros. is similar to the main theme of Star Fox 64.
  • The opening in Brawl only contains content seen in regular play making it the only game with this distinction.
  • In the lineup at the beginning of Brawl's opening movie, more characters will appear once they are unlocked.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is the first and so far only game in the series not to have an opening movie.
  • Prior to v1.0.6 in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there was a 1/10 chance that the opening movie would not play and instead bring the player directly to the start screen.
  • If counting the lineup in the beginning of Brawl's opening, Luigi is the only one of the original 12 characters to not appear in every opening movie, as he doesn't appear in the Melee opening.
    • Additionally, if not counting the lineup in the beginning of Brawl's opening, Ness is the only one of the original 4 unlockable characters to appear in every opening movie.
  • Only SSB and Melee's openings are the only ones that contain original content made specifically for it. Wii U does not count as the original content in it were of characters' reveal trailers prior to the game release.
  • Yoshi's Final Smash in Ultimate is based on the Yoshis scene from Melee's opening.
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