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The Ruined Zoo

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The Ruined Zoo
Ness battles Porky Minch in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
EarthboundSymbol.svgSymbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Ness faces Porky Minch.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in Brawl
Availability Subspace Emissary and
Boss Battles only
Preceding SSE stage The Lake
Following SSE stage The Battlefield Fortress

The Ruined Zoo (荒廃した動物園, Ruined Zoo) is the seventh stage of the Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


Lucas is seen dejectedly walking through an old and broken-down zoo. Before too long, Shadow Bugs fall from the sky, and form Primids. Lucas gets scared, when suddenly, a giant Porky statue crashes down and chases after Lucas.

The Ruined Zoo is a side scrolling area in which Lucas must run away from the Pig King Statue before he knocks him out. The camera scrolls forward (to the right) as the statue walks on. The higher the difficulty, the faster the statue will go. At one point, the statue will fall into the water; however, the statue respawns shortly thereafter by falling from the sky. When Lucas reaches the end, he trips and gets caught on a branch. Just when the Pig King Statue almost has him, Ness arrives and destroys the statue, revealing Porky Minch. The two fight and defeat Porky, but Wario appears and attempts to turn Ness into a trophy with his Dark Cannon. However, when Ness proves to be too difficult to hit, Wario sets his sights on Lucas instead. Noticing this, Ness sacrifices himself, pushing Lucas out of the way while he himself turns into a trophy. When Wario leaps from his perch to claim his prize, Lucas runs away in fear.

He eventually runs into the Pokémon Trainer, who uses his Squirtle to fight off oncoming Primids. Afterward, Lucas decides to stick with the Pokémon Trainer in order to save Ness and get revenge against Wario.


Podunk Zoo as it appears in EarthBound Beginnings. From the Starmen.Net guide.
Ninten in front of the Choucream Zoo in Mother.

The concept of characters from the Mother/EarthBound series exploring a ruined zoo may be based on the Choucream Zoo thrown into chaos in Mother by the forces of a Starman Jr. until the game's protagonist, Ninten, stops the Starman Jr. and restores order to the zoo.

Playable characters[edit]

Playable for the full level:

  • Lucas (Joins team after level)

Only playable for the Porky battle:

Playable after the Porky battle:

Returning enemies[edit]

Enemies introduced[edit]




  • This is one of three levels (alongside Midair Stadium with Mario and one of Peach or Zelda alongside The Jungle with Donkey Kong) in the Subspace Emissary where the player can play as a character (in this case, Ness) during the level and not unlock them at the end. As Ness is the only one of these to be an unlockable character in general, completing this level does not unlock him for other modes.