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Wrecking Crew (universe)

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Wrecking Crew (universe)
Wrecking Crew title screen/logo without "TM"
WreckingCrewSymbol.svg
Developer(s) Nintendo
Hamster Corporation
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Hamster Corporation
Genre(s) Action
Console/platform of origin Arcade
First installment VS. Wrecking Crew (1984)
Latest installment Arcade Archives VS. Wrecking Crew (2020)
The cover of Wrecking Crew for the NES (1985)

The Wrecking Crew universe (レッキングクルー, Wrecking Crew) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of stages and properties that hail from the Wrecking Crew series of games. It is a sub-universe of the Mario series, and has no characters that hail from it, making it the only Mario sub-universe with this distinction.

Franchise description[edit]

Before Mario had cemented his occupation or abilities, Mario and Luigi would have numerous jobs from game to game. In the Wrecking Crew sub-series, their role is that of demolition workers. Wrecking Crew was initially released in arcades as part of the Nintendo Vs. System line in 1984 before being ported to the Famicom and NES in 1985. In this game Mario (and Luigi in Co-op) could not jump, so he had to approach levels methodically, demolishing them in the right order all while avoiding enemies like sentient wrenches and Foreman Spike. It is notable for being one of the first games with a custom level editor. This game has been re-released several times, including an updated version on Famicom Disk System, a port for Game Boy Advance as part of the Famicom mini collection, and on Virtual Console.

An official sequel was released exclusively in Japan in 1998 on Super Famicom titled Wrecking Crew '98. Initially released as a downloadable only title as part of the Nintendo Power download game service, it was released on a standard cartridge later that year. While gameplay is largely similar to the original, updates include new features like story mode, versus mode and tournament mode.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

One of Mario's palette swaps resembles Foreman Spike; this costume reappears in all future Smash titles.

One of Luigi's palette swaps resembles his outfit from Wrecking Crew. This costume reappears in all future Smash titles.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Trophy[edit]

  • Eggplant Man

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Item[edit]

Music[edit]

Source Track[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Item[edit]

Music[edit]

Source Track[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

The Wrecking Crew universe is given greater representation in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with a stage, two music tracks and a masterpiece unlike Melee.

Stage[edit]

Item[edit]

Music[edit]

Original Track[edit]

Source Track[edit]

Masterpiece[edit]

Main article: Masterpieces

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Stage[edit]

Item[edit]

Music[edit]

Original Track[edit]

Returning Track[edit]

Source Track[edit]

Spirit[edit]

An Eggplant Man appears as a spirit.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability
115
SSBU spirit Eggplant Man.png
Eggplant Man
Shield
1 954 4773 434 2172 520 2601 No Effect

Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Wrecking Crew[edit]

  • Playable Characters:
    • Super Smash Bros. Mario's brown costume in Smash 64 is a reference to Foreman Spike.
    • Super Smash Bros. Mario's green alternate costume in all Smash games is based on his outfit on the Japanese box art of Wrecking Crew.
    • Super Smash Bros. Luigi's pink alternate costume in all Smash games is based on his outfit in Wrecking Crew.
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wario's brown alternate costume in Brawl is based on Foreman Spike; arguably a more accurate take in comparison to Mario's black and white costume.
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Warios's green overalls costume in Brawl, Smash 4, and Ultimate is based on Mario's appearance in this game.
  • Stages:
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Wrecking Crew: A stage based on the game appears in Smash for Wii U and Ultimate.
  • Items:
  • Trophies:
  • Spirits:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Eggplant Man appears as a Spirit.
  • Music:
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl "Power-Up Music": The music played when Mario/Luigi picks up a Golden Hammer sourced from this game.
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U "Wrecking Crew Medley": A medley of "Game Start", "BGM A", "Bonus Round", and "Power-Up".
    • Super Smash Bros. 4 "Wrecking Crew Retro Medley": A medley of tracks sourced from this game including "Game Start", "BGM A", "Round Clear", "Bonus Round", "Power-Up", and "Game Over".
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Wrecking Crew Medley": A medley of tracks from this game including "BGM A" and "Power-Up".
  • Other:
    • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U This game appears as a Masterpiece in Smash for Wii U.

Wrecking Crew '98[edit]

  • Playable Characters:
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee Mario's brown costume in 64 was changed to black in Melee onwards, more closely resembling the design of Foreman Spike from this game.

Trivia[edit]