Monday, March 25, 2013

The Secret Characters of Super Smash Bros. Melee

Most people know that the number of unique playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. Melee is twenty-five, and that can be bumped to twenty-six if you count Sheik as her own fighter, but did you know there are actually more playable characters hidden in the game? I'm not going to try telling you that Toad can be unlocked by blasting all of the credits or that Sonic can be unlocked by defeating 100 guys in Cruel Melee, but there are a few super hidden characters who aren't exactly acknowledged by name or even trophy. Among the hundreds of alternate color palettes available to each fighter are a few more unique ones which go a long way toward representing whole different characters in their own right. Let's take a look at who you might have missed the first dozen times around!

#1: Princess Daisy

Princess Peach's royal rival is also available in a much more detailed manner than Wario above. While Wario is a simple change of outfit for the portly plumber, Princess Daisy's costume features all the finery worn by her royal flowerness. A pink crown and blooming petals sprout up to seal the deal, bringing classic Daisy to life in the stadiums of Super Smash Bros. Melee.



#'s2-6: Yoshi Rainbow

Yoshi is unique in the regard that each individual color is actually a unique member of the species. While the Red, Yellow, and Blue Yoshis don't have their unique powers from Super Mario World, they do accurately represent their representations in Yoshi's Island. Additionally, Pink and Light Blue Yoshi show up as well, again with green-egg-regardless-of-Yoshi-color motif. To really show off that these are the unique Yoshis of games past, each one has their respective and unique boot color from Nintendo 64's Yoshi's Story.



#7: Blood Falcon

Blood Falcon is the murderous clone of F-Zero's bounty hunting crusader, Captain Falcon. While both characters typically spend their time racing at mach speeds throughout the racetracks of the not-so-distant future, they do sometimes take time off to enjoy a little sparring with the rest of the Nintendo crew. Like with Princess Daisy above, Captain Falcon's alternate costume changes the smaller details of the character to perfectly represent Blood, even warping the falcon insignia into a grim skull. Although, the one on his helmet appears to be unchanged.



#8: Keeby

Keeby is a little-known second player character whose only credited role was as the P2 in Kirby's Dream Course. A member of Kirby's species, Keeby has appeared uncredited in a number of other Kirby titles, often as the P2. In a way he's the Luigi to Kirby's Mario. He shows up in Melee perfectly depicted as one of Kirby's alternate attires.



#9: Shiny Mewtwo

Like Yoshi, Pokémon are species with a multitude of varieties for each one. While Mewtwo as a species (although canonically there is only one, the gameplay says otherwise) are typically purple in color, their ultra rare shiny counterparts are green. Not missing an opportunity, Shiny Mewtwo shows up for the party.



If you aren't squeamish about calling clones unique characters, there's at least nine more fighters waiting for you in the depths of Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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