Super Smash Bros. Melee Hints & Cheats
Unlock All-Star ModeTo unlock All-Star mode, simply unlock all the hidden characters (including Mr. Game & Watch).
Stage unlocksFollow the methods given to unlock extra levels.
How to Unlock Unlockable To unlock the Battlefield stage, complete the All-Star 1-P mode for the first time. Stage Unlock: Battlefield Stage To unlock the Poké Floats stage, you must play at least 200 matches in VS. mode (without quitting). Stage Unlock: Poké Floats Stage To unlock the Big Blue stage, you must play at least 150 matches in VS. mode (without quitting). Stage Unlock: Big Blue Stage To unlock the Brinstar Depths stage, you must play at least 50 matches in VS. mode. Stage Unlock: Brinstar Depths Stage To unlock the Dream Land stage of the past, beat Target Test with all characters, regular and hidden. Stage Unlock: Dream Land Past Stage To unlock the Final Destination stage, you must complete all 51 Event Matches. Stage Unlock: Final Destination Stage To unlock the Flat Zone stage, you must complete 1-P Classic mode at any difficulty/stock with Mr. Game & Watch. Stage Unlock: Flat Zone Stage To unlock the Fourside stage, you must play at least 100 matches in VS. mode (without quitting). Stage Unlock: Fourside Stage To unlock the Mushroom Kingdom II stage, which is from Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES, simply collect a Birdo trophy. The trophy is random, but when you find/win it, you get this stage. Stage Unlock: Mushroom Kingdom II Stage To unlock the Kongo Jungle from the N64 version of this game, complete the 15-Minute Melee. I'd recommend using Donkey Kong and constantly use his Down + B move the entire time (thanks to DEngel's Secrets guide, for I used that strategy to unlock this) Stage Unlock: Kongo Jungle Stage
Character UnlocksFollow the given methods.
How to Unlock Unlockable To unlock Roy, also from the Fire Emblem series, complete Classic Mode using Marth at any difficulty/stock. Roy will challenge you; defeat him and you can play as him. Character Unlock: Roy To unlock Pichu, complete Event 37 (Legendary Pokémon). Pichu will challenge you; win and you'll be able to play as Pichu! Character Unlock: Pichu To unlock Mr. Game & Watch, you must complete both Classic or Adventure 1-P mode or the Target Test with ALL characters at any difficulty/stock, regular and hidden (that includes Mewtwo). After you do that, you'll be challenged; win this battle. Character Unlock: Mr. Game & Watch To unlock Mewtwo, play in VS. Mode for either 20 hours (Combined VS. Play Time total), or play 700 matches in that mode. After either requirement is met, Mewtwo will challenge you; beat him. Character Unlock: Mewtwo To unlock Young Link, complete Classic mode with 10 different characters at any difficulty/stock. You'll then be challenged by Young Link; defeat him. Character Unlock: Young Link Alternatively, you can simply use every character as a human player in VS. Mode, and get a challenge from Marth that way. Character Unlock: Marth - method 2 To unlock Marth from the Fire Emblem series, play Classic mode with all 14 regular characters (not ones you've unlocked). Marth will then challenge you; beat him to gain him as a selectable character. Character Unlock: Marth To unlock Luigi, in Adventure Mode, complete the stage with a 2 in the seconds meter (03:12:43 for example). You'll then view a scene where Luigi comes and kicks Mario away so he can fight you with Peach. Defeat them both, finish the game. Defeat luigi Character Unlock: Luigi To unlock Jigglypuff, simply complete the game in 1-P Mode at any difficulty/stock (Adventure or Classic). Character Unlock: Jigglypuff To unlock the evil Ganondorf, complete Event 29. You will then be challenged by Ganondorf; defeat him and you can play as him from then on. Character Unlock: Ganondorf To unlock Falco, you must complete the 100-Man Melee mode. Defeat Falco after you complete that, and you can play as him. Character Unlock: Falco To unlock Dr. Mario, you must complete 1-P Classic Mode using Mario at any difficulty/stock and without continuing. Character Unlock: Dr. Mario
Unlock Event #51To unlock Event 51, The Showdown, you must complete Events 1-50 first.
Stage Unlock: Yoshi's Island Past StageTo unlock the original Yoshi's Island stage from the N64 version of the game, use Yoshi and hit over 1,350 ft. (400m in the JP version) in the Home-Run Contest. To do such, stand next to the Sandbag and TAP the X or Y buttons to jump, then use the Down + A move to hit the bag for around 30% damage each time. Do that about 4 times to get the bag up to around 100-110% damage. Since you won't have much time left, get the bat and use a Smash hit to send the bag flying. If you did it all well enough, you should make it well over the required distance.
Unlock events #40 through #50To unlock events #40 through #50, you must unlock all of the secret characters.
Unlock Sound TestTo unlock the Sound Test, you must open all secret stages. This means you must also beat all 51 Events (since you get Final Destination from the 51st), and unlock all secret characters (since you need them to access the higher number events).
Hidden TrophiesSome trophies are hidden and can't be won through the Lottery/Snag Trophy mini-game/etc. Here is the complete list of trophies and how to get them:
How to Unlock Unlockable (All characters' KOs total more than 1000) Landmaster Tank (Complete Event 47) Majora's Mask (Unlock the Sound Test) Marin (Clear All-Star without continuing) Wario (Set a record of 1,476 ft (450 meters) in Home-Run Contest) Paper Mario (Complete Event 14) Goomba (Complete Event 51) Final Destination (Clear All-Star) Battlefield (Set a record of over 984 ft (300 meters) in Home-Run Contest) Sandbag (Clear Target Test with all 25 characters) Target (Complete Event 45) Game & Watch (Play 100 VS matches) UFO (Play 50 VS matches) Kraid (Total distance walked by characters is over 10,000 meters) Mute City (Complete Adventure mode with all 25 characters) F-Zero Racers (Play 150 VS matches) Falcon Flyer (Unlock all 11 secret characters) Kirby Hat 5 (Play 100 Coin Battle matches) Kirby Hat 4 (Combined clear time in Target Test is less than 26 minutes) Lon Lon Milk (Complete Event 26) Entei (See Celebi in your Poké Ball) Celebi (Set a combined Home-Run Contest record of 16,404 ft (5,000 meters)) Unown (Play 200 VS matches) Sudowoodo (You get three trophies per playable character; one for completing each 1-P Regular Match mode (Classic, Adventure, All-Star)) Character Trophies (Complete 100-Man Melee within 240 seconds) Male Wire Frame (Get 100+ KOs in Endless Melee) Female Wire Frame (Complete 15-Minute Melee) Fighting Wire Frames (Complete All-Star on Hard or higher) Mew (Play 100 Coin Battle matches) Smash Coins (Perform 125+ combos with all characters combined in Training) Bunny Hood (Perform a 10+ combo in Training) Metal Box (Complete Event 3) Motion-Sensor Bomb (Perform a 20+ combo in Training) Lip's Stick (Play 100 VS matches) Heart Container (Play 10 VS matches) Maxim Tomato (Play 1,000 VS matches) Food (Complete Adventure on Hard or higher without continuing) Crazy Hand (Collect over 1,000 Coins (spent coins don't subtract)) Tom Nook (Complete All-Star with all 25 characters) Meowth (Clear Adventure in less than 18 minutes) Wolfen (Defeat Giga Bowser in Adventure Mode without continuing) Giga Bowser (Complete Classic on Hard or higher without continuing) Master Hand (Load SSBM with a Pikmin save on your memory card) Captain Olimar (KO more than 5 opponents in Cruel Melee) Mr. Resetti (Complete Classic with all 25 characters) Donkey Kong Junior (Complete Classic in less than 5 minutes) Mach Rider (Combined Target Test time less than 750 seconds) Sheriff (Get every end-of-level bonus and penalty) Diskun Beat the game in all three modes as every character and then get them in the Lottery Gamecube, Waluigi, and Koopa Clown Cart Nintendo Event Caped Mario & Yoshi Trophy Nintendo Event Helmet-less Samus Trophy
Mode Unlock: Random StageUnlock every stage except for Battlefield, Final Destination, Dream Land N64, Yoshi's Island N64, and Kongo Jungle N64. This option appears in Additional Rules under Custom Rules in VS mode and allows you to exclude stages you don't want to go to when you use the Random stage select option.
Unlock Events 30-39Unlock Luigi, Falco, and Young Link and beat Trophy Tussle 2 to get Events 30-39 in the Event Mode.
Unlock Score DisplayTo do this get a total of 5000 KOs. This will allow to see your score during the match instead of afterwards!
Alternate Character UnlocksTo unlock characters a different way, you must must play a certain number of Vs. matches.
How to Unlock Unlockable 100 vs. matches Dr. Mario 50 vs. matches Jigglypuff 200 vs. matches Pichu 300 vs. matches Falco 400 vs. matches Marth 500 vs. matches Young Link 600 vs. matches Ganondorf 700 vs. matches Mewtwo 800 vs. matches Luigi 900 vs. matches Roy 1,000 vs. matches Mr. Game & Watch
Fight big KirbyIn adventure mode, if you beat the Kirby team in less than half a minute, you will fight a bigger, fatter version of Kirby.
New Background Music for Gallery ModeOnce you have unlocked the Music Test, choose a song you would like to hear in the Gallery mode by pressing A. Now exit by pressing B, and then go to Gallery mode. Now you can look at trophies while listening to your favourite SSB: Melee song;)
Peach's Secret TurnipsWhen Peach uses her Turnip attack, there is a rare chance that she will pull a hidden item out of the ground. These items include the Beam Sword, Bob-Bomb, Mr. Saturn, and a very sick-looking Turnip that deals obscene amounts of damage and can deal instant death at rather low percentages.
Transform with Zelda before battleIn Classic Mode, if you pick Zelda, you can transform into Sheik (or vice versa if you're already playing as Sheik) before the battle starts. On the match-up screen, hold A until the battle starts. You'll automatically transform before it begins.
Different Music in Adventure modeWhen you are on the screen which it shows the stage you are going to, press and hold L R and START at the same time and release once the music starts.
Different Music for Break the TargetsWhen you're practicing the Target bonus round, hold, L or R while choosing the character, and loading to change the music. If you retry, hold L or R again.
Face Giga Bowser in Adventure ModePlay Adventure Mode with any character on Normal difficulty or higher, and get to Bowser without continuing in under 18 minutes. If you beat Bowser without continuation, his trophy will come back from the dead and transform into Giga Bowser. If you manage to defeat him again without continuing, you will get the Giga Bowser trophy.
Crazy Hand and his TrophyIf you can manage to complete Classic Mode in less than 15 minutes without continuing on Normal or higher, you will battle both the Master Hand and Crazy Hand at the end. To get the Crazy Hand trophy, complete Adventure Mode on Hard or Very Hard difficulty without continuing.
Alternate Japanese systemsTo see several Japanese versions of the Nintendo systems in the trophy room, as well as a bonus Virtual Boy, switch the language on the game to Japanese.
Alternate Multiplayer MusicAfter unlocking the Sound Test (portions of this trick can be done before unlocking the Sound Test, however), you can change the music that plays on some of the stages. When selecting them, hold L or R until the stage loads. Each human player competing in the match must also hold L or R. The stage's music will change. This trick works on the following stages:
- Infinite Glacier: Icicle Mountain (Retro theme from Balloon Fight for NES)
- Termina: Great Bay (The theme of Lost Woods from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for N64)
- Hyrule: Temple (A remix of various themes from Fire Emblem titles)
- Yoshi's Island: Yoshi's Island (Stage 1-1 and world 1 map remix from Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES)
- Kanto: Pokémon Stadium (The Trainer Battle theme from Pokémon Gold & Silver for GBC)
- F-Zero Grand Prix: Big Blue (A theme from Mach Rider for NES)
- Eagle Land: Onett (The theme of EarthBound)
- Mushroom Kingdom OR Mushroom Kingdom II (The Fever theme from Dr. Mario)
- Special Stages: Battlefield (The theme used in Multi-Man Melee fights)
- Special Stages: Final Destination (The theme used in Event 51, The Showdown)
Sometimes, the music will change automatically (12% chance).
Random Character SelectThe vacant spots in each bottom corner of the character select screen (left of Pichu and right of Roy) will randomly select a character for you if you place your token there and press ''A.'' This will only work if all characters have been unlocked.
Fox and Falco's Secret TauntsFox and Falco each have secret taunts that can only be performed on their respective stages (Corneria or Venom). It can be done only once per match. As either Fox or Falco, press down on the Control Pad for one frame. If done correctly, Fox/Falco will shake for a few moments. Then, the StarFox crew will say some humorous lines and the taunt is over. Its merely for entertainment means. You can list to the StarFox crew's sayings through the Sound Test.
Choose your Victory Pose in Melee ModeAs soon as the match ends in multiplayer matches, hold X or Y (or A and B for characters with more than two victory poses) and you can select which victory pose your character performs, that is if your character won the match.
Random Character in Winner Out/Loser Out Tournament MeleeWhen playing in the Winner Out and Loser Out variations of Tournament Melee, hold L & R while selecting any character. Your character portrait will show the Pokemon Ditto, and every match you will use a randomly selected character and color. Note: This does NOT work in the standard Tournament mode.
ResurrectionMust be in 'Team Melee' with at least two human players on one team. After one of the human player loses all his lives, simply press start and the living human player will sacrifice one of his lives to the dead player, and the dead player will come back to life. NOTE: this can be done countless times until both players reach 1 life each.
Charging Up the C-Stick SmashesWhen you play a match in Vs. Mode, you can use the Gamecube controller's C-Stick to perform smash attacks (as opposed to using the Control Stick and the A Button). Normally, these C-Stick smashes only do a minimal amount of damage. However, they can also be charged up, just as if you were using the Control Stick & A Button method. As soon as you tap the C-Stick in whichever direction you want your smash, quickly press and hold the Z Button. Instead of performing the smash attack quickly, it'll start charging up. The smash attack will then be performed after a few seconds, or until you release the Z Button, whichever comes first.
Automatic Zelda/Shiek transformation in Event ModeNormally, the trick in which you hold down A button while a stage is loading so you turn Zelda into Shiek doesn't work in Event Matches. There's an easy way around this, which is pausing the game after the Event Match has begun, holding A button down, and pressing Z (don't stop holding it down.) If done correctly, this'll reset the Match with you as Shiek. If you reset again, you'll turn back to Zelda unless you do the trick again.
Bigger Homerun Contest PlatformIf you put the language to Japenese and go into the homerun contest, you will see that the platform is bigger than the platform with any other language.
Get KO's/Vs matches quickly and easilyTo get lots of KO's and VS matches under your belt in a shorter amount of time, play a ''1 Stock Survival Test'' against the CPU. Make sure that you are player one (you can use any character) and Ness is in the 2nd slot. Set his CPU level to 9. Select ''Jungle Japes'' as your battlefield. When the fight begins, dont move. Ness will go up, over, and right into the river everytime. This is handy for quickly unlocking some of the secret characters and stages.
Game and Watch Kamikaze glitchIn a multiplayer game that features both Ness and Game & Watch, there is a glitch that turns Game & Watch into an unhittable projectile. To begin, have Game & Watch use the Bucket to absorb three full-powered PK Flash attacks from Ness. After three attacks, the Bucket will be full. From there, have Game & Watch unload the Bucket onto a shielded Ness. Ness's shield will break, and Game & Watch will fly away from the impact at blinding speed.Not only is it a glitch for Game & Watch to fly away from the impact in the first place, but he turns into a projectile that deals instant death to any other character he touches; furthermore, Game & Watch travels so fast that it's nearly impossible for an opponent to react to the glitch if they don't know that it's coming in advance.
Peach Turnip GlitchIf two Peaches throw the exact same type of Turnip at each other at the exact same time, the turnips will hit each other, go straight up in the air, the hit each other and go straight up in the air again. This will continue until both Turnips fly off the top of the screen.
Daisy's third eyeIf you go zoom into the back of the head of the Daisy trophy, you will notice that she has the third eye on the back of her head. This only exists in the Japanese and early North American releases.
Computer Gets Extra Lives After DeathIf you have a computer player on your team (so that means atleast 1 human and atleast 1 computer) then when the computer player losses all of the lives, press start on any controller in a slot. Then take out any controller and stick it in the slot of where the computer player is and press start on that controller. Switch the controller back and press start. Viola the computer person "stole" one of your teammates lives or one of your lives. It goes by whoever has the highest amount of lives gets a life taken away.
Infinite Scope Gun AmmoYou need to shoot 15 single shots. Then shoot 2 fully charged shots. Charge the third one, but make sure someone hits you before you release the shot. Test it out. Works anywhere.
Play as Master HandFirst, you will need 2 controllers, and one of them must be plugged as Player 3. Go to Melee mode. Pick a character for the 1st player, but don't pick any for the one playing as player 3. Move one of the cursor/hands at the "BACK" arrow, top right of the screen. With the second cursor (I used Player 3 here) click the name selection and highlight NAME ENTRY. This is the tricky part. You have to press A Simultaneously on both controllers. if it works, you'll be sent to stage selection. Pick any stage. Player 3 will be Master Hand. It is recommended that you use Final Destination, because Master Hand will not adapt to the other landscapes. Also, Master Hand cannot die if you do not play in Stamina mode, and the game will glitch out if Master Hand is declared the victor. Master Hand's moves are done in a different way than any other characters. Instead of the analog, you must use the control pad for directions. (any combination of A,B,L,R,Z + pad direction works.)
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