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Perfect Dark (universe)

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Perfect Dark (universe)
Via Wikipedia
Developer(s) Rare
4J Studios
The Initiative
Publisher(s) Rare
Xbox Game Studios
Designer(s) Martin Hollis
David Doak
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Console/platform of origin Nintendo 64
First installment Perfect Dark (N64) (2000)
Latest installment Perfect Dark (XBLA) (2010)
Article on Wikipedia Perfect Dark (universe)

The Perfect Dark universe (パーフェクトダーク, Perfect Dark) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of properties that hail from the Perfect Dark series of first-person shooters developed by Rare. Due to Rare's sale to Microsoft and resulting lack of presence on Nintendo platforms afterwards, Perfect Dark only received limited representation in the Smash series.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The Cloaking Device item is based on Perfect Dark. Additionally, the Motion-Sensor Bomb in the Japanese release of Melee is based directly on its Perfect Dark appearance. The international releases of Melee redesigned the item to resemble its appearance from an earlier Rare game, GoldenEye 007, which was the game Perfect Dark had been based on in terms of gameplay and engine. Both items' references to Rare properties are minimized, with their games of origin listed as "TOP SECRET" in the Western releases, and the references to Perfect Dark in the trophy description removed entirely in the American version. All versions still list the game in the credits sequence, however.

Later Smash games redesigned the Motion-Sensor Bomb and treat it as an original Super Smash Bros. series property. The Cloaking Device was removed entirely, although invisibility is still present in certain modes such as Special Smash or by using a Boo in Smash Tour.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Perfect Dark is mentioned among the titles listed in the Chronicle in PAL versions of Brawl. However, no other content from the series is seen anywhere else in the game.


  • Perfect Dark is the newest major universe (represented by a character, stage, item, or Assist Trophy) to be represented in Super Smash Bros. Melee, with an initial date of May 2000.