Orbital Gate Assault
Orbital Gate Assault (オービタルゲート周域, Orbital Gate Area) is an exclusive stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U based on Star Fox: Assault. It is partially set aboard the Great Fox, as with the previous Star Fox stages Sector Z, Corneria, and Venom. There are also sections set on top of missiles and on Arwings. It was confirmed as a stage on October 1, 2014, although a Pic of the Day teased it more than two months prior. Falco is fought here for his unlock battle.
The stage goes in a sequence of events as follows:
Having every player hold what is usually the shield button upon choosing the stage will result in conversations taking place via various characters while the battle is going on as long as no player is Fox or Falco.
The Ω form features a platform with the design of the orbital gate. It takes a different path than the normal version. The Great Fox and the fights between Cornerians and Aparoids are absent. When playing with less than 5 players, Arwings can still be seen flying in the background, but they do not affect the play area.
This stage is based on the eighth story mission in Star Fox: Assault. This mission sees the parasitic Aparoid race mount a direct attack on the Star Fox team's homeworld, Corneria, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the deployment of an Aparoid-eradicating virus. In an Arwing-only battle within the planet's orbit, the team works with rival unit Star Wolf along with the Cornerian Defense Force to repel the Aparoid forces and destroy several missiles targeting the space station on which the virus is being developed. The line "Missile approaching. It is targeting the gate." which is said by ROB 64 is taken from Star Fox: Assault.
The stage is universally banned in all rulesets. The multiple phases of the stage and the hazards disrupt gameplay. In addition, characters with good mobility can easily stall and camp due to being able to easily jump from Arwing to Arwing.