Temple (神殿, Temple) is a stage introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee, which returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Melee Stage, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a familiar stage. It is commonly known as Hyrule Temple (this name appears in Melee's instruction booklet at page 49), though its proper name is Temple (since "Hyrule" denotes Temple's location). Temple was first announced at E3 2001.
Temple is one of the eighteen default stages available in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is a Legend of Zelda stage on which characters from that franchise (along with the characters from the Fire Emblem franchise) will usually battle the player in the single player modes. The layout is based on the palaces from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
In Melee's All-Star mode, this stage is played on when Zelda and her teammates are fought. It is also where Zelda will fight in Classic Mode and will sometimes play the song "Lost Woods", from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the stage no longer has a chance of playing the "Fire Emblem" medley theme from Melee, because the track has moved to the Fire Emblem-themed Castle Siege stage. A remix of the "The Great Temple" theme from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link can be obtained to play on this stage in My Music, making it the only Melee stage that has a new piece of music available to play on it. In Brawl, the ledge on the right hand side can no longer be grabbed on the larger bottom platform as it could in Melee.
The underground area on the stage is referred to by Nintendo Power as the "Fight Club". It is termed so because battles there tend to produce disproportionately high damage totals because the surrounding environment has walls on all sides that can be teched on, which keeps characters from leaving the stage and greatly increasing the difficulty of KOing them. The ease in which a high damaged character can survive in the Fight Club can often lead to players turtling inside. The area is also known by a variety of other nicknames by players.
Main article: Hyrule Jump
Due to its immense size and its structure, Temple is a stage where notable feats involving the traversing of large area are performable, such as the Hyrule Jump and, as of Brawl, gliding completely around the stage.
As an extremely large stage, it is banned in all serious tournaments in every game it is featured in because its size and build provides opportunities for what is perceived broken camping and stalling. The many walls allow for wall infinites, and the underground section creates a large cave of life, allowing characters to live to extremely high damages that are effectively impossible to reach in normal conditions. The geometry of the stage also allows players to circle camp endlessly with characters such as Meta Knight or Jigglypuff, encouraging extremely slow hit-and-run matches, as well as favoring stalling. As a result of having areas where the upper blast line is much closer to the stage than the horizontal blast lines, this stage also gives characters with powerful vertical finishers a benefit over those with powerful horizontal finishers.
The Omega form is set on a much smaller stage retaining some of the designs from the original stage. The original stage can be seen in the background, split up.
This stage is from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the name of the dungeons is based off of the type of environment around it or the location with "Temple" at the end. However, in Zelda II, these dungeons are called "Palaces". Hyrule is where the Temple is located, hence Hyrule Temple. In Zelda II every palace begins with two high steps with a statue standing on the top platform. There are also some columns on the floor that hold the ceiling up. Shortly after going past the columns is an elevator that takes the player down to the level below. This stage features a rounded platform on the left and there are also columns that holds a platform up, with a route that goes down to the level below. However, there is no elevator going down to the area below. The palaces in Zelda II are notorious for their many levels and the length of the levels themselves. This stage being by far the largest stage in Melee is similar to the immense size of Zelda II's palaces. In the overworld map of Zelda II there is an icon that represents the palaces. The icon is a building supported by columns. In the far background of this stage can be seen a small building that is supported by columns. The platforms on this stage has Hylian writing on them. In Melee, the writing looks similar to the Hylian language in Ocarina of Time.  In Brawl and Wii U, it is the language from The Wind Waker.
A structure behind the top right segment of Temple looks similar to the Temple of Time from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, without the open door and the Triforce symbol.
Temple Race is a method of gameplay in Super Smash Bros. Melee that could be considered as a Special Melee, though it must be set up through manual means. The mode features no specific data within Melee, but gameplay of the mode is explained in the instruction booklet. The mode would only be possible with human players, as there are no CPU commands to co-operate with this type of Melee.
How to Play
The suggested way to play Temple Race is to first set up a timed match on the Temple stage, with any time limit being allowed. The players must then choose the layout of a course, some of which may require usage of the Hyrule Jump, and then the player that can complete most laps of this chosen layout within the designated time limit is declared the winner.
Description in the Instruction Booklet
Play a MELEE battle in Time Mode. Set the time and choose the HYRULE TEMPLE stage. Choose a particular route, then see who can complete the most laps within the time limit.
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