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The following unused content is known from the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Characters[edit]

Discovered in Brawl's files[edit]

Multiple unused character data files were found in the disc. Sometimes colloquially referred to as "The Forbidden Seven", they consist of:

Masahiro Sakurai himself stated that there were several more characters planned to be included in Brawl, but were cut due to time constraints, though he did not state which characters specifically were cut or the reasons for their exclusions. The commonly accepted theory is that these characters were meant for inclusion, but were later scrapped when time constraints caused by the development demands of the Subspace Emissary necessitated the cutting of expendable characters. As the files themselves are empty, the identities of these characters can only be inferred from the filenames. Despite this, it can be argued that there is little ambiguity over the identities of these characters:

  • "dixie" refers to Dixie Kong, a major character from the Donkey Kong Country series. According to Sakurai, Dixie Kong was intended to be teamed with Diddy Kong, where the two could be tagged out for each other in the midst of battle, similar to how they played in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest; the idea, however, was cut after he ran into technical issues with implementation of the idea, and only Diddy Kong appeared as a solo fighter in Brawl.[1] No other data for the character has been found, with the exception of her associated trophy.
  • "dr_mario" can be reasonably assumed to be Dr. Mario, who appeared in Melee. However, compared to files for "mewtwo" and "roy", "dr_mario" has the least data available, having only one unused character file (ef_dr_mario.pac). Dr. Mario later returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character.
    • Upon release of said game, it was discovered that several of his data files are named "mariod"; this name matches a set of files found in Brawl's data. They mostly containing either duplicates of Mario's data or blank space, and were originally assumed to be a debug version of Mario. Along with the fact Dr. Mario's moveset is derived from Mario in both his playable appearances, this suggests that early in Brawl's development Mario's data was replicated to recreate Dr. Mario, but no differentiation was done at all.
  • "mewtwo" can be reasonably assumed to be Mewtwo, who appeared in Melee. "mewtwo" has the most unused data out of the other scrapped characters, all of which are empty: an unused fanfare, a graphics effect file (ef_mewtwo.pac), and a Wii Remote selection sound. As Mewtwo is an arguably unjustified cut for being the only removed character to not be a clone, this suggests it was strongly intended for inclusion in Brawl, but later made the final cut to the roster. Mewtwo later made a reappearance in Smash 4, as a downloadable character.
  • "roy" can be reasonably assumed to be Roy, who appeared in Melee. While lacking some data compared to "mewtwo", "roy" has an unused fanfare, suggesting the character was also strongly intended for inclusion in Brawl. Roy later made a reappearance in Smash 4, as a downloadable character.
  • The identity of "Pra_Mai" is unknown. Many theorize the file represents the Pokémon characters Plusle and Minun, as their Japanese names are Prasule and Mainun. It is highly unikely, however. This is because the tag team character of the Ice Climbers have separate character files for the two characters, and all Pokémon in the game use their official romanizations by Game Freak for their filenames (as seen with Mewtwo's name being written as "mewtwo" instead of "myuutsuu").
  • "toon_zelda" and "toon_sheik" can be reasonably assumed to refer to a cel-shaded Zelda that appeared in games such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, much like the character of Toon Link. There has never been a cel-shaded variant of Sheik that appeared in the Zelda series prior to or after Brawl's release; it is commonly theorized that "Toon Sheik" may have been another name for Tetra, Zelda's alter-ego in The Wind Waker. The name "Toon Zelda" would be first used officially years later in Hyrule Warriors Legends, referring to the similarly-designed Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

The inclusion of the character files led to the formation of a rumor that was later proven false.

Considered[edit]

  • Pac-Man: Shigeru Miyamoto once requested Pac-Man to be the third third-party character in Brawl, but Masahiro Sakurai rejected that request because his pizza shaped design was a little too far-fetched.[2] Pac-Man was later confirmed to be a newcomer to Super Smash Bros. 4 on June 10, 2014.
  • Villager: Villager was considered as a character in the planning stages of Brawl, but dropped because "he wasn't suited for battle".[3] At E3 2013, he was the first announced newcomer for the newly-revealed SSB4.
  • Miis: During E3 2014, when introducing the Mii Fighters to SSB4, Sakurai claimed that Miis were considered as potential playable characters in Brawl, but were ultimately not included because "it didn't seem right at the time for Miis to be punching and kicking".[4]
  • Geno: Masahiro Sakurai claimed in a Nintendo Dream interview that he wanted to include Geno in Brawl because of his popularity and how fitting he thought he was for Super Smash Bros., but that did not come to fruition.[5] On December 16, 2015, a Mii Gunner outfit based on him was released as part of Wave 5 of the downloadable Mii Fighter costumes.

Stages[edit]

  • Similar to some Melee early screenshots, the initial Pokémon Stadium 2 had no graphics on the jumbotron in the background.
  • Shadow Moses Island also had an outdoors area; while Snake can briefly be seen in it from the Nintendo World Report 2007 trailer, it can only be seen via hacked cameras in the final game.
  • In the E3 2006 trailer, Snake's cardboard box can be seen in the background of the stage when the Nintendog appears; this does not occur under normal circumstances in the final game.

Gameplay[edit]

  • Some of the series symbols were initially the same as in the previous two games, but they were revised as time went on; the Mario series mushroom icon was refined and given spots, the Poké Ball icon has the top half colored in to properly represent how it is usually red, the Screw Attack icon was given more bends and another outline, and the Yoshi egg's angle was changed, with a slightly different arrangement of spots.
  • Pit, Zero Suit Samus and Snake had different game renders than the ones in the final product. The former have their poses remain identical, but with emphasis on the shading of his design; meanwhile, Snake's pose is from a different angle and has slightly different coloration.
  • Multiple characters had their attacks changed between the game's development and release:
    • Kirby, in the E3 2006 trailer, is showing attacking in midair with his Hammer as he did in Melee. However, the final build instead shows Kirby spinning horizontally. Kirby also has unused animations of him walking with his hammer, along with releasing it with full force; this suggests Kirby's hammer was to have a mechanic that allowed it to be charged. In the final build, King Dedede has a similar ability with his Jet Hammer. This option was finally given to Kirby in Super Smash Bros. 4, with the ability named Hammer Flip.
    • In the Nintendo World 2007 trailer, when Fox appears, he has his Blaster in his hand during the whole battle despite the fact in the final release he only uses the blaster when using his standard special move. Additionally, animations left in the game data show both Fox and Falco inspecting the environment before putting their blasters away; they appear to have been intended for a mechanic where overusing the Blaster would cause it to overload or misfire.
    • Link's Spin Attack was also changed over time. In the first and second trailers, it is given the appearance that there are two strikes on top of each other; in the final game, however, there is only one strike. The early Spin Attack also lacked the red overlay on the slashes.
    • Pikachu's Quick Attack was also altered; in the first trailer it is shown making 2 "bip" sounds, one with each teleport as in Melee. However, in the final version, the sound was altered significantly, and it only makes one sound, on the first teleport.
    • Wolf was found to have a unused animation that matches the infinite rapid kick of Fox's jab, suggesting that Wolf was originally intended to be more of a clone of Fox, before being decloned later in development to the point of not even being a semi-clone.
    • Snake, in particular, had many differences from the final product. In early screenshots, he is shown grabbing some characters with more accuracy. One picture shows Snake grabbing Ike from his right arm and mouth (similarly to how he can kill enemies from behind in the Metal Gear series), but in the final version every character gets grabbed by the head. Snake's mines also were considerably more realistic-looking, sporting a drab, dark grey-green look instead of the light grey seen in the final game.
  • In trailers, characters were also shown to be Blast KO'd after they crossed the upper blast line. In the final game, normal characters can only be KO'd this way in the Subspace Emissary. This idea would later be implemented into Super Smash Bros. 4, where all characters can be Blast KO'd via the upper blast line.
  • E for All 2007 had a playable demo of Brawl available. This demo was lacking several starter characters: Kirby, Zelda/Sheik, Pokémon Trainer, Ice Climbers, King Dedede, Wario, Olimar, and Lucas are all starters in the final game, but were unavailable in the demo. The demo did, however, allow Sonic to be playable from the start.
  • The character Perry from Super Princess Peach was intended to appear as part of Peach's moveset, where she would use him as a parasol rather than her own in the final game. His trophy textures (PeachTexC through PeachTexF) are named after Peach's textures, and Peach's parasol model (WpnPeachKassar) contains his Japanese name, (カッサー, Kassā).
  • Certain characters (specifically, those equipped with weapons or armor) have unused textures that depict physical damage done to them. By examining said textures, it is shown that visible battle damage was at one point planned to be in the game. Meta Knight has a mask texture with large gashes over his helmet, and Captain Falcon has a cracked visor that would've revealed his face (as evident by the unused eye texture he has). Other textures suggest that even swords would've been breakable.
    • In an article released shortly after Brawl,[6] Sakurai stated the cracks and gashes were originally planned to be part of a much larger game mechanic, one that involved the breaking of character equipment. While the mechanic was never implemented, the textures incorporated for them were, as seen in the Final Smash trophies of certain characters and the false characters of the Subspace Emissary (however, the glow around them makes it barely noticeable). Visual damage would later be incorporated in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as seen in Little Mac when he sustains enough damage and gets Screen KO'd.
  • There also exists some unused Palette swaps for characters on the game's disc. One such unused costume was a blue-colored Luigi, under the name FitLuigi02.pac/.pcs. Unusually, this costume has its shadow model integrated into the primary model, rather then having it as a separate model.
  • An unfinished Assist Trophy file with Ridley's name exists, meaning Ridley was originally planned to be an Assist Trophy; it is likely that this idea was scrapped in favor of making him into a boss. [7]

Solo[edit]

  • Multiple scenes in the Subspace Emissary were cut due to time constraints, which leaves some parts of the story out; however, an update on the DOJO!! explained these removed cut scenes. Among the explanations include how the Subspace Army takes over the Halberd and King Dedede unintentionally stalls Meta Knight from preventing it from happening.
  • A TV spot for Brawl also shows Mario instead of Kirby fighting Petey Piranha.
  • The font for enemies in the developing Subspace Emissary was slightly different and considerably more spaced out. Additionally, a early screenshot of "The Battlefield Fortress" shows a considerably less overcast and brighter sky.
  • An early classic mode screen appears in the ISO file as well. Unusually, it uses a sound effect from Melee.
  • In a screenshot of Brawl's Classic Mode on the DOJO!!, a battle against giant Meta Knight is depicted with two allies, whereas in the released version of Brawl, there is only one ally on the Kirby stage in a giant battle there. Additionally, no giant battles past stage two give the player two allies.
  • The Pokémon Trainer has unused jumping, falling, and landing animations that one can presume were intended to be used for traversing stages. In the final game, he simply Space Jumps when his Pokémon gets too far offscreen.
  • A file inferred to be part of controlling menu and display elements for the Subspace Emissary has been discovered to contain an unused display element, labelled "InfAdvLevel0000", which appears to display a level number and a bar labelled "pp" which is animated from full to empty in 50 frames. Based on other filenames its purpose appears to have been to display a level number before beginning the stage.

Names[edit]

  • Wario Bike, Drill Rush, Summit, Halberd, Rainbow Cruise, and "Flower Blooms in the Echoes" were originally called Wario Chopper, Triple Dash, The Summit, Battleship Halberd, Rainbow Ride, and, "Flowers Bloom on the Notes" respectively. It is unknown why the names were changed, although Rainbow Ride was likely changed because it was a Melee stage that had been misnamed "Rainbow Cruise" in that game (although it remains "Rainbow Ride" in the PAL regions, again because it was called "Rainbow Ride" on the PAL version of Melee).
  • The description for the My Music options originally said, "Adjust how often a song will appear on this stage." It has since been revised in a general tone to say, "Adjust how often songs appear on stages." Along with this, one piece of music that was planned for the Delfino Plaza stage was later moved to Luigi's Mansion, that track being Castle / Boss Fortress (Super Mario World / SMB 3).
  • One minor change was made to the Friend roster before release. In a pre-release version of Brawl, the friend roster would display friends as "on-line" and "off-line", but in the final release, the hyphen was removed. This meant that the friend roster would instead display friends as "online" and "offline".

Masterpieces[edit]

  • In all versions of the game, a Masterpiece of Donkey Kong Country was intended to be in included.
  • In the American and PAL versions, Masterpieces featuring Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo and EarthBound are believed to have been planned to be included, as their data is found on the disc. Another theory, however, is that the games were simply leftover data from importing the data of the Japanese version.

Music[edit]

Within Brawl's game data, many unused and empty music files have been found on the disc. The reason that they were removed is unknown, though it is commonly believed that some tracks were removed due to copyright issues, limited space, or simply personal preference by the developers.

All track files in this list are "empty"; that is, they do not produce any sound when played back. Much like the unused character files in the game, this leaves only the filename to determine what the music track was intended to be. However, the more equivocal filenames make it more difficult to determine exactly what the songs were supposed to be.

It should be noted that the songs in this section, as all the songs used in the final product, follow a chronological trend.

File Title in Brawl's code Category (based on prefix) Song Identity Theories
snd_bgm_A11_MLRPG02 Mario Unknown track assumed to be from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Some speculate it to be the Boss Battle theme.
snd_bgm_A12_MORINOKINOKO Mario Translates to "Mushroom Forest"; this track is likely the theme for Toadwood Forest (also from Partners in Time) as the Japanese name of Toadwood Forest is Mushroom Forest. The song's dark tone suggests it was meant to play on the underground version of Mushroomy Kingdom.
snd_bgm_C06_KAZENOSAKANA The Legend of Zelda Japanese translates to "Ballad of the Wind Fish", a notable track from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, as well as an unrelated track from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
snd_bgm_E04_COCKIE Yoshi Unknown track assumed to be from Yoshi's Cookie.
snd_bgm_G06_COMMAND Star Fox Unknown track assumed to be from Star Fox: Command. Some believe it is either "Great Leader, Star Fox" or "The Loner, Falco".
snd_bgm_J01_STAGECHANGE Fire Emblem Assumed to be used for the stage transitions for Castle Siege. Others assume that it may have been a stage transition theme from a Fire Emblem series game, similar to "Preparing to Advance".
snd_bgm_J05_ERABARESHI Fire Emblem Assumed to be a shortened form of the Japanese word "Erabareshimono", meaning "Chosen Ones". This track comes from Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo.
snd_bgm_K02_SENTOUONIISAN EarthBound "Sentouonii-san" is the Japanese name for the New Age Retro Hippie, an enemy from EarthBound whose battle theme is similar to one from Mother, where a similar enemy also appeared.
snd_bgm_K03_EIGHTMELODIES EarthBound "Eight Melodies", a term describing two different tracks: one from Mother and one from EarthBound.
snd_bgm_K04_SMILEANDTEARS EarthBound "Smiles and Tears", the ending theme from EarthBound, which is based on the game's "Eight Melodies". "Smiles and Tears" was later included in Super Smash Bros. 4.
snd_bgm_K06_BECAUSE EarthBound Assumed to be "Because I Love You", a track from EarthBound. It should be noted a part of "Because I Love You" and a part of Earthbound's "Eight Melodies" is heard on the Earthbound track.
snd_bgm_M14_WARIOSTAGE Wario Track of unclear origin in the Wario universe. It could be either from "WarioWare", "Wario Touch" or the "Wario Land" series.
snd_bgm_N04_RADIOTAISO Animal Crossing The Japanese "Radio Taisou" translates to "Radio Exercises," a track from Animal Crossing.
snd_bgm_Q03_SPORTSMEDLEY Miscellaneous songs Assumed to be a medley of tracks from the generic sports titles on the NES, such as Soccer.
snd_bgm_R01_WILDTRACKS Miscellaneous songs Japanese name for the game Stunt Race FX; assumed to be a track from that game.
snd_bgm_S01_MAINTHEME Metal Gear "Main Theme" most likely refers this track as the main theme of a Metal Gear Solid game.
snd_bgm_S09_BEATMANIA Metal Gear Hypothesized to be Metal Gear universe music from Beatmania, most likely METAL GEAR SOLID ~Main Theme~ as heard in Beatmania Append YebisuMIX.
snd_bgm_T04_HOWTOPLAY Super Smash Bros. Assumed to be a duplicate file of the "How to Play" music.
snd_bgm_U05_UCANDO Sonic the Hedgehog Assumed to be "You Can Do Anything", a track from non-North American releases of Sonic CD.
snd_bgm_W22_DX55 Super Smash Bros. A removed track from Super Smash Bros. Melee -- the 55 may suggest that it was a rip of the Melee version of "Menu 2," track #55 in that game's Sound Test. Another hypothesis is that it was to be one of the other tracks from Melee to not be present in Brawl, such as EarthBound or Yoshi's Story (Yoshi's Story would have later returned in SSB4 as "Yoshi's Story Ver. 2").
snd_bgm_W32_DX81 Super Smash Bros. Assumed to be another removed track from Melee.
snd_bgm_X12_SIMPLEINTRO Super Smash Bros. Assumed to be used in the intros for Classic Mode
snd_bgm_X14_ENDING Super Smash Bros. Assumed to be used in the endings for Classic Mode.
snd_bgm_X24_HOW2PLAY Super Smash Bros. Assumed to be another track for the How to Play video.

Along with the above music files, the following unused songs were also found in the data, intended for use in the Subspace Emissary:

  • snd_bgm_Y06_ADV06
  • snd_bgm_Y12_ADV12
  • snd_bgm_Y18_ADV18
  • snd_bgm_Y19_ADV19
  • snd_bgm_Y20_ADV20
  • snd_bgm_Y21_ADV21
  • snd_bgm_Y22_ADV22
  • snd_bgm_Y23_ADV23
  • snd_bgm_Y24_ADV24
  • snd_bgm_Y25_ADV25
  • snd_bgm_Y26_ADV26
  • snd_bgm_Y27_ADV27
  • snd_bgm_Y28_ADV28
  • snd_bgm_Y29_ADV29
  • snd_bgm_Y30_ADV30

The files could either have been background music (mainly because there few tracks that are exclusive to the Subspace Emissary), or as fanfares. It is unknown what they were meant to be used for.

Victory Themes[edit]

Among the unused music files are various victory themes that are specifically attributed to one character, suggesting that characters were supposed to have their own victory theme independent of their series. In the final product, only Meta Knight has a different fanfare than other characters of his universe; Super Smash Bros. 4 would eventually add alternative fanfares to more characters.

Of note is that two of these unused fanfares, snd_bgm_Z38_FMYU2 and snd_bgm_Z39_FROY, refer to two unused character files in the game, those characters being Mewtwo and Roy, respectively. Furthermore, Star Fox is the only series to not have one victory theme file for each of their characters, indicating that one of its characters was the last one from a series featured in Melee to be added.

The files are as follows:

  • snd_bgm_Z09_FLUIGI
  • snd_bgm_Z12_FKUOPA
  • snd_bgm_Z13_FPEACH
  • snd_bgm_Z14_FZELDA
  • snd_bgm_Z15_FSHEIK
  • snd_bgm_Z19_FFALCO
  • snd_bgm_Z20_FGANON
  • snd_bgm_Z24_FZEROSAMUS
  • snd_bgm_Z26_FLUCAS
  • snd_bgm_Z27_FDIDDY
  • snd_bgm_Z28_FPOKETRAINER
  • snd_bgm_Z32_FDEDEDE
  • snd_bgm_Z33_FLUCARIO
  • snd_bgm_Z34_FIKE
  • snd_bgm_Z37_FPURIN
  • snd_bgm_Z38_FMYU2
  • snd_bgm_Z39_FROY
  • snd_bgm_Z41_FTOONLINK

Along with this, there are two other unused fanfares, snd_bgm_Z52_JCLEAR1 and snd_bgm_Z53_JCLEAR2. Their intended use is unknown, though it is believed they could have been used as stage clear themes.

Trophies[edit]

Some characters have unused trophies with "R2" in the filename, showing them in various poses (most in possible gameplay poses, some not). It is possible that these were intended to be a third trophy for each character, similar to how every character in Melee has three trophies, and the concept was scrapped for an unknown reason. Some trophies are carried over from Melee.

Scrapped Enemies[edit]

The game's effects files show names for enemies initially planned to appear in the Subspace Emmisary:

  • ef_arrians
  • ef_bladeknight
  • ef_blossa
  • ef_blowm
  • ef_bonkers
  • ef_brontoburt
  • ef_bubot
  • ef_byushi
  • ef_dyeburn
  • ef_gunnatter
  • ef_karon
  • ef_kyan
  • ef_met
  • ef_mizuo
  • ef_ploum
  • ef_torista
  • ef_waddledee
  • ef_waddledoo
  • ef_whauel
  • ef_wiiems


Only seven of those enemies were dubbed in the English version. Those are:

  • Aliian
  • Allians
  • Blowm
  • Bublit
  • Mechaboom
  • Melorin
  • Plowm

"Allian" could have been either entirely unique alien-like creatures, or an early name for the Primids.


Notes:

  • Five of the known cut enemies come from the Kirby series.
    • The textures for Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo fall in line with the naming convention for enemy data, further suggesting this. As King Dedede can summon both of them, and they function identically as in the Kirby series, it is effectively possible their data became incorporated into his moveset during development.
  • Two of the known cut enemies come from the Mario series; Karon and Met are the Japanese names of Dry Bones and Buzzy Beetle, respectively.
  • Mizzo, Waddle Dee and Waddle Doo are the only cut enemies that appear in Brawl through other means.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.geocities.jp/bgrtype/gsl/words2/dairantosmabrax/smashbrothersx.html
  2. https://mynintendonews.com/2014/07/03/miyamoto-requested-pac-man-in-smash-bros-brawl/
  3. http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/26/4465706/masahiro-sakurai-discusses-mega-man-smash-bros-s-other-new-characters
  4. http://youtu.be/GisRY6h100U?t=4m
  5. http://sourcegaming.info/2016/02/21/nintendodream3/
  6. http://sourcegaming.info/2015/08/17/sakuraibrawlquestions/
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