Super Smash Bros. Melee is well over ten years old, but its community is very much alive. Its competitive metagame really picked up after the game’s inclusion in EVO 2013’s tournament lineup. Simply put, Melee is still relevant to this very day. For players who decide to get in on the action, there are a number of unlockables to obtain.
Super Smash Bros. Melee boasts a large number of unlockable characters! Unfortunately, some of their criteria are annoying or tedious to fulfill. Mewtwo and Mr. Game & Watch come to mind as the best examples, but their tough unlock criteria give the game additional longevity.
- Jigglypuff is unlocked by completing Classic Mode or Adventure Mode as any character. Alternatively, you can play 50 versus matches.
- Dr. Mario is unlocked by completing Classic Mode or Adventure Mode as Mario without using any continues. Alternatively, you can play 100 versus matches.
- Pichu is unlocked by completing Event Match #37: Legendary Pokémon. Alternatively, you can play 200 versus matches.
- Falco is unlocked by completing 100-Man Melee. Alternatively, you can play 300 versus matches.
- Marth is unlocked by using all fourteen starter characters (Mario, Pikachu, Bowser, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Fox, Ness, Ice Climbers, Kirby, Samus, Zelda, and Link) in versus matches or Solo Modes. Alternatively, you can play 400 versus matches.
- Young Link is unlocked by completing Classic Mode with ten characters, two of which must be Link and Zelda. Alternatively, you can play 500 versus matches.
- Ganondorf is unlocked by completing Event Match #29: Triforce Gathering. Alternatively, you can play 600 versus matches.
- Mewtwo is unlocked by playing 20 hours’ worth of versus matches. Alternatively, you can play 700 versus matches.
- Luigi is kind of complicated to unlock. First, complete stage one of Adventure Mode with the time counter’s seconds slot ending in a “2” (ex. 03:52:84). Then, defeat Luigi and Peach in under a minute and complete the rest of Adventure Mode. Alternatively, you can play 800 versus matches.
- Roy is unlocked by completing Classic Mode or Adventure Mode as Marth without using any continues. Alternatively, you can play 900 versus matches.
- Mr. Game & Watch is unlocked by completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, or Target Test as every other character. Alternatively, you can play 1,000 versus matches.
There are a lot of stages to unlock here, and each one is interesting in its own way! At the time of writing, Poké Floats (and Icicle Mountain, which isn’t unlockable) only appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, so be sure to give it a go!
- Brinstar Depths is unlocked by playing 50 versus matches.
- Fourside is unlocked by playing 100 versus matches.
- Big Blue is unlocked by playing 150 versus matches.
- Poké Floats is unlocked by playing 200 versus matches.
- Mushroom Kingdom II is unlocked by obtaining the Birdo trophy, which is collected at random from single-player modes or the lottery.
- Battlefield is unlocked by completing All-Star Mode as any character.
- Final Destination is unlocked by completing Event Match #51: The Showdown.
- Flat Zone is unlocked by completing Classic Mode as Mr. Game & Watch.
- Dream Land (64) is unlocked by completing Target Test with all 25 characters.
- Kongo Jungle (64) is unlocked by clearing 15-Minute Melee as any character.
- Yoshi’s Island (64) is unlocked by hitting Sandbag over 400m in the Home-Run Contest.
Unlike the previous title, Super Smash Bros. Melee’s Item Switch is unlocked from the very beginning. It’s about time. Strangely enough, now it’s the score display that needs to be unlocked, and its unlock criteria… is going to take some time to fulfill, to say the least.
- All-Star Mode is obtained by unlocking every character.
- The Score Display is unlocked by getting 5,000 KOs in Versus Mode.
- Both the Sound Test and the Random Stage Switch are obtained by unlocking all of the game’s stages.
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