Spectator Mode

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This article is about the online mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Smash 4. For information about the spectators during a match, see Crowd.
Betting in the Spectator mode in Brawl.

Spectator Mode is an online mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4, allowing players to remotely view replays of online fights between other players. The matches that can be viewed are selected at random to avoid problems with the betting mechanics.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Spectator Mode was available within the With Anyone sub-menu. When viewing a match, only the characters used and stage was shown, with the names being omitted.

Before the match started, players could optionally bet up to 100 coins on possible winning players or teams. Once the match starts, the coins are immediately deducted from the players, so no attempts could be made to retrieve them if the bet was lost. Players would receive stickers regardless of if they won or lost the bet. However, should their bet be correct, the player would win the "Jackpot," which is their original bet multiplied by a multiplier contingent on the number of players in the match:

Players Payout Chance of Winning Expected Value
2 (or Team Battle) 1.8x 50% 0.9x
3 2.8x 33% 0.93x
4 3.8x 25% 0.95x

Assuming the player has no information about the match and so bets at random, the spectator will statistically lose coins in the long run.

Occasionally, spectators were offered a "Bonus Chance". If the bet was correct, the spectator would also win one of the following:

  • Small sticker bundle, consisting of 10 stickers.
  • Medium sticker bundle, consisting of 20 stickers.
  • Large sticker bundle, consisting of around 45 stickers.
  • A relatively rare trophy.
  • A CD, provided there were still random songs left to unlock.
  • Doubled winnings from the bet.
  • Tripled winnings from the bet, with a maximum of 999 coins.

As betting is done at a loss in the long run, Bonus Chances are the only way to viably get a profit.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Spectator Mode returns in Super Smash Bros. 4. The Nintendo Network ID of the players is displayed, alongside the character used, and their win percentage. A multiplier between 2 and 10 is calculated (displayed rounded to 1 decimal point) based on this win percentage (or a combination of two in Team Battles). The multiplier is lower for those with higher win percentages and higher for those with lower win percentages.

Prior to the match starting, spectators may optionally bet up to 100 coins (shortened to "G") on possible winning players or teams .Should the chosen player win the bet, they will receive the Jackpot, which is their wager multiplied by the winning combatant's multiplier. Afterwards, the player is given the option to go for a "Winning Streak" - betting with winnings from the previous game instead. This obviously results in a much larger potential for payouts. However, after the third consecutive win, the winnings are automatically paid out (which may result in the unlikely, but achievable 100,000G theoretical cap).

In four-player matches, should the chosen character come second, called a "Near-Win," then the spectator will be rewarded with an automatic and much smaller "Nice!" payout.

Bonus Chances also return, awarding extra gold, trophies, and other rewards, though only in the case of a "Jackpot" outcome.

As a result of new bet multipliers and "Near-Win" payouts, betting is much more profitable in SSB4 compared to Brawl, due to an almost guaranteed long-term payout.

Trivia[edit]

  • In the NTSC version of Brawl, if a match was a free-for-all, the top-right corner would incorrectly read "Quick Brawl", as opposed to the correct term, "Basic Brawl". This error was later fixed for the PAL regions.

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