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All-Star Mode in Super Smash Bros. is a History Lesson Available From the Start

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Unlock the full roster to complete the mode

It should surprise no one that Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will feature an All-Star Mode, as it's been a staple of the series since Super Smash Bros. Melee. Masahiro Sakurai has now outlined how it'll work in the upcoming entries, focusing on the 3DS version.

As before characters will appear in chronological order — based on their appearances in Japan — though the 3DS (and probably the Wii U) will utilise the second screen to give a visual history lesson. The bottom screen will also indicate whether the mode is full unlocked; you can see Sakurai-san's two latest Miiverse posts below.

Pic of the day. This time, you can challenge every fighter in All-Star Mode from the moment you turn on the game!! This is a survival battle with limited recovery items and no option to continue. However, this mode will be incomplete until you've unlocked every fighter... Until then, you can only play against characters that are already available. This is a picture of the bottom-screen menu, with a padlock indicating that the mode is still incomplete.

In these battles, multiple opponents appear in one stage, and you clear the battle by defeating a number of them. The rest area that appears between battles displays the next opponents and the year the characters made their first appearances, and it also holds recovery items and an occasional reward. The characters you fight against appear pretty much in chronological order. Behold, the history of Nintendo games!!

Are you looking forward to All-Star Mode in the new games, and pleased with how it's shaping up on 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.


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3dcaleb said:

im so torn on deciding if i want this game or not. every time they announce something else cool for it i want it, but i think i should save for pokemon, and maybe the new 3ds if theres a game that only works with the new one that i have to have.



Undead_terror said:

And I'm here hoping that Mr. Game & watch is the last character you fight or that he isn't unlocked yet during those pics...



Porky said:

@Undead_terror I believe that these characters are all available at the start of the game. This picture confirms it is my guess XP.



Sentinator said:

I hope that doggie isn't there just because he is locked and not because he isn't in it. That leak dashed my hopes for some of my favorites but when I saw the dog I got extremely curious. I hope they were legit



NintyMan said:

I really like this, being a history fan as well as a Nintendo fan. I also find in interesting that the mode is available from the start. The starting roster must be pretty big to allow that.



MegaStoneSmash91 said:

I love the way the rest area looks. I wonder if the recovery items you get are random this time, or you just don't get three Heart Containers. A Maxim Tomato, Fairy Bottle, and possibly a Heart Container? Interesting.

I'm still not convinced this is the starting roster. Characters like Pac-Man and Mega Man are almost certainly unlockable, as well as a few others shown here.



Giygas_95 said:

My hype keeps on growing! Glad I have this pre-ordered!

I'm most likely going to be playing primarily as the Fire Emblem characters (especially Ike).



ueI said:

I don't believe All-Star has ever been in chronological order.



alLabouTandroiD said:

you can challenge every fighter in All-Star Mode from the moment you turn on the game!!

this mode will be incomplete until you've unlocked every fighter

Come again?



Yosher said:

@eviLaTtenDant I'm sure the first comment should be read as 'You can challenge every unlocked fighter from the moment you turn on the game'.

@ueI Brawl's All-Star Mode did that. When counting series debuts anyway, not actual character debuts (which is why Ness was fought earlier, since the first Mother appeared in 1989, and Wario is fought later, since his own series didn't start until 1994).



ricklongo said:

@eviLaTtenDant Probably Sakurai's sketchy English at play. What I think he means to say is that you can start the All-Star mode from the beginning, but you'll have to unlock characters to complete it.



ikki5 said:

"though the 3DS (and probably the Wii U) "

I don't like that bracket. Like come on, why can't they just confirm or give some info on the Wii U version. This is getting pathetic.



LtAldoRaine said:

I actually really dislike All-Star having a set order of opponents, like in Brawl. It's cute that it is on chronological order, but to me it's pretty dull knowing who your opponents are before you play it, especially when you have to play the whole thing with each character to unlock trophies and stuff. I liked it better random, like in Melee. That's just me, though.



crzysortagamer said:

You have to get it! I believe this will be the most extensively developed game the 3ds will ever see. I love love Zelda, but if I couldnt afford a zelda game and smash, i would get this hands down! I am rooting for you to get it lol



Kasplat said:

I was always bothered that Mario came before DK in All-Star Mode, considering in Donkey Kong the protagonist was technically Jumpman and he wasn't Mario until DK Jr. It looks like they won't fix that in this game either ;(



Mr-DNA said:

So you're saying that Jumpman is a whole different mustachioed man in a cap and overalls? If we're going to split hairs, then DK shouldn't show up until 1994, since he's the current DK from DKC.



Gridatttack said:

Yes, its incomplete. Theres no G&W in the picture :>

But I wont play AS until I unlocked everyone. I dont see a point now to just battle the default unlocked characters.



UnseatingKDawg said:

This is much more refined compared to the last All-Star Mode, considering that grouped characters by series in a rough chronilogical order. I like it!



AJere said:

This is shaping up to be a great game! Hopefully someone will buy it for me as a birthday gift on October 3



Jason723 said:

DK is actually, 1982, because the Donkey Kong now was Donkey Kong Jr, and the DK back in the 1981 game is now Cranky Kong



Henmii said:

I am confused: So you can unlock every character one after another, but it gets harder the further you get? And when you die you have to start from the beginning, but can keep all the characters you unlocked thus far? Am I right?



IceClimbers said:

@Henmii No. All-Star Mode will available from the beginning, but you will only be able to fight the characters you have unlocked. The padlock won't go away until you have unlocked every character. There are indeed no continues.



LtAldoRaine said:

@RaphaBoss Eh, it ain't the same thing, in Classic you fight 12 enemies or so (unless they changed it up on this one) and All-Star you fight every single character in the game, it's kind of the ultimate challenge on harder difficulties. And to me, who tries to get at least all the character trophies in the game, having always a set order makes things get tiring much faster. To each its own, I guess.

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