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Super Smash Bros. Arena
SSBArena 2
The logo for the game.
Developer(s) Gemini Games, Inc.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U, 3DS
Genre(s) Fighting, Platforming

Super Smash Bros. Arena is the sixth game in the Super Smash Bros. series. It was developed by Gemini Games, Inc. for the Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U version's major decisions are decided by Fortanono, and the 3DS's major decisions are decided by Steerage. 

Game Modes

Arena Smash

The basic fighting mode of the game. Instead of health meters, there are damage precentages, and to KO someone, you have to knock them out of the stage. The damage percentages will make the character get knocked back more easily. The speed of the game is about the same as Smash 4, but wavedashing and L-cancelling are back. There are 3 options on how to play: Time, Stock, and Coin.

A new feature is the Ultra Smash. Ultra Smashes become available when a character fills up their Super Meter by performing combos. These do not replace Final Smashes, but they exist so compteitive players can use a super move of a certain kind.


In Time, you have a time limit, and the person with the most points wins. If you KO someone, you gain a point, if you get KO'd, you lose a point.


In Stock, each person has a set amount of lives, and you're out if you lose all your lives.


In Coin, Smash Coins fly out of people when they get attacked, and you have to collect these. The person with the most coins when time runs out wins.

Special Arena

Special Arena is a highly customizable version of Arena Smash. Most of the customizations are a bit silly, but are still fun to play with. No options are confirmed yet, though, but it is assumed that they will be about the same as Brawl.


Basically a normal Arena Smash, but with 6 players, and the 3DS and Wii U can play together.

All-Star Mode

All-Star Mode is a mode that pits you against every character in the game with only 1 life. Characters will be in waves depending on their series, and the order depends on how many characters are in that series. In the end, you fight every main character of their series (not the supporting characters) for one last epic brawl!

Classic Mode

In Classic Mode, you have to endure 15 stages of hard enemies with an ally that depends on the stage, which is controlled by a second player or a CPU. You decide where you wanna go on a world map, and at the end, you must fight Tabuu, taking Master Hand's place since the Story Mode have him and Crazy Hand as the antagonists.

Smash Run

In Smash Run, you traverse across a huge arena, collecting powerups and defeating enemies. The powerups you get will boost your stats in a round that follows against 3 other people who were traversing the same arena! This mode is exclusive to the 3DS.

Stadium Minigames

There are 3 minigames in the Stadium modes. Each one is unrelated, but does not go anywhere else.

Home Run Contest

Using the powerful Home-Run Bat, you must knock a Sandbag as far as you can.

Target Blast

Target Blast is a minigame where players must attack targets with a bomb. It can cause a chain reaction, blowing up as many targets as possible.

Button Press

New to the Stadium Minigames line-up, Button Press is a minigame where you have to land on platforms with buttons on them and step on the buttons to push them in a certain amount of time. However, if you press an already pressed button, it will become unpressed and you will need to press it again, wasting time.

Multi-Man Arena

You must defeat a certain number of the Fighting Polygon Team, or you must defeat as many of them as you can in a timed match. The FPT mimics a certain character, custom special moves included.

Story Mode (Trophies of War)

Main Article: Super Smash Bros. Arena/Trophies of War

Not much is known about the Story Mode yet, but we do know the general premise because of the opening cutscene. Gameplay is very similar to Brawl's Subspace Emissary. There will still be no voice acting, but there will be dialogue boxes. It will be exclusive to the Wii U, but Steerage will help out a lot. The opening cutscene's dialogue boxes are as follows:

"Good vs. Evil.

A never-ending fight.

Some evil people choose to control what is not theirs, and others choose to create endless destruction.

But deep in the cosmos, another endless battle goes on.

Order vs. Chaos.

These 2 battles may seem the same at first, but they are very different.

Order vs. Chaos is simply a battle between the two KINDS of evil.

But it is what shapes our universe.

The two gods of this world, Master Hand and Crazy Hand, fight this battle.

The battle is what regulates good and keeps both evils intact.

Without the fight, we would either all be trophies in the cosmic collection of Master Hand, or be plunged into eternal disorder by the chaos magics of Crazy Hand.

But when it gets too close to our world, we may all get obliterated.

We, the Council of Shadow, are calling the greatest heroes everywhere to destroy the fight and merge the two hands into one forever.

It is our only hope."

Confirmed Characters


Newcomers will be revealed over time, and will be completely different depending on the game. The only shared newcomer is the Shadow Bugs

Image Name Version Special Moves
382px-Shadow Bugs - Brawl Trophy
Shadow Bugs Both
  • B: Bytan Throw
  • Side B: Shurjyken
  • Up B: Roturret Rocket
  • Down B: Bombed Head
  • Ultra Smash: False Character
  • Final Smash: Subspace Bomb
Inkling250 Inkling 3DS
  • B: Ink Shot
  • Side B: Squid Slide
  • Up B: Ink Jet
  • Down B: Paint Roller
  • Ultra Smash: Super Jump
  • Final Smash: Giant Squid
Daisy and Mach Bike Wii U
  • B: Item Box
  • Side B: Wheelie
  • Up B: Glider Ramp
  • Down B: Spark Drift
  • Ultra Smash: Crystal Smash
  • Final Smash: Blue Shell


The veterans will be the same for both versions.

Image Name Special Moves
200px-Mario Artwork - Super Mario 3D World-1-
  • B: Fireball
  • Side B: Cape
  • Up B: Super Jump Punch
  • Down B: Luma Spin
  • Ultra Smash: Mega Mario
  • Final Smash: White Tanooki
150px-Luigi Artwork (alt) - Super Mario 3D World Luigi
  • B: Ice Ball
  • Side B: Green Missile
  • Up B: Super Jump Punch
  • Down B: Polterpup
  • Ultra Smash: Luiginary Ball
  • Final Smash: Poltergust 5000
Donkey Kong DKCTF
Donkey Kong
  • B: Giant Punch
  • Side B: Headbutt
  • Up B: Spinning Kong
  • Down B: Hand Slap
  • Ultra Smash: Konga Beat
  • Final Smash: Kong POW!
  • B: Bow
  • Side B: Gale Boomerang
  • Up B: Spin Attack
  • Down B: Bomb
  • Ultra Smash: Triforce Slash
  • Final Smash: Fire Rod
Samus SSB4 Samus
  • B: Charge Shot
  • Side B: Missile
  • Up B: Screw Attack
  • Down B: Ice Beam
  • Ultra Smash: Boost Ball
  • Final Smash: Zero Laser
KTD Kirby artwork
  • B: Inhale
  • Side B: Hammer
  • Up B: Beam Whip
  • Down B: Stone
  • Ultra Smash: Flare Beam
  • Final Smash: Ultra Sword
Pit SSB4
  • B: Palutena's Arrow
  • Side B: Violet Palm
  • Up B: Power of Flight
  • Down B: Guardian Orbitars
  • Ultra Smash: Tiger's Claw
  • Final Smash: Three Sacred Treasures
Fox SSB4 Fox
  • B: Blaster
  • Side B: Fox Illusion
  • Up B: Barrel Roll
  • Down B: Reflector
  • Ultra Smash: Arwing
  • Final Smash: Landmaster
  • B: Electro Ball
  • Side B: Skull Bash
  • Up B: Quick Attack
  • Down B: Thunderbolt
  • Ultra Smash: Iron Tail
  • Final Smash: Volt Tackle
JigglypuffSSB4 Jigglypuff
  • B: Sing
  • Side B: Rollout
  • Up B: Pound
  • Down B: Rest
  • Ultra Smash: Dazzling Gleam
  • Final Smash: Moonblast

Confirmed Stages

Both games will have a separate stage selection, however, many stages are the same. This is for the Inter-Match mode. The Wii U will have 8 pieces of music (but as of now, only 4 are confirmed), and the 3DS will only have 2 pieces.

Shared Stages

Image Name Description Music
BattlefieldDay-SSB43D Battlefield A simple stage with a main platform and 3 other platforms. It takes place in the sky, with huge mountains in the background. There is a huge waterfall in the center now that does not affect gameplay. The two lower platforms now look like the tops of acacia trees, and the top one is the base of the waterfall.
  • Battlefield (SSBA)
  • Menu (SSB4) (Only on Wii U)
  • Menu (SSBB)
  • Battlefield (SSB4) (Only on Wii U)
640px-SSB4 WiiU FinalDestination
Final Destination A stage with no secondary platforms and the template for all Omega stages. It is a red-and-blue platform that starts above Earth, but flies through the Solar System until it reaches a black hole that transports it back to the beginning.
  • Final Destination (SSBA)
  • Melee Menu V2 (SSB4) (Only on Wii U)
  • Multi-Man Smash
  • Menu (SSB64) (Only on Wii U)
Meta Crystal Meta Crystal used to have a curvy main platform and 1 other platform. Now, it still has the same layout, but the main platform is now a jagged zigzag made of a translucent crystal. The secondary platform will also be changed so you cannot jump through it and it looks like a cut, polished diamond.
  • Meta Crystal (SSBA)
  • Cap Theme Medley (Super Mario 64) (Only on Wii U)
  • Metal Mario Battle (SSB64) (Only on Wii U)
  • File Select/Merry-go-Round (Super Mario 64) (Only on Wii U)
  • Melee Menu V2 (SSB4) (Only on this stage in 3DS)
Ssb4boxingring1 Boxing Ring Boxing Ring is now purely an SSB series stage, though it does have some Punch-Out music. The layout and aesthetics are the same, there's a boxing ring with bouncy ropes, a walkway on either side, and a platform made up of the lights above.
  • Boxing Ring (SSBA)
  • Battlefield (SSBB) (Only on Wii U)
  • Minor Circuit (Punch-Out!!)
  • Jogging/Countdown (Punch-Out!!) (Only on Wii U)

Wii U Exclusive

Image Name Description Music
Falling Upside Down
Upside Dizzy Galaxy Upside Dizzy Galaxy takes place in a group of 4 differently-oriented platforms. There are Gravity Walls which switch the usable platform. This whole complex is floating through space.
  • Gusty Garden Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)
  • Good Egg Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)
  • Beach Bowl Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 Medley (Sky Station, Puzzle Plank, Melty Monster)
Mario Kart Stadium course
Mario Kart Stadium Mario Kart Stadium takes place in the track of the same name, which is a lot like Big Blue as you fight on the race cars. However, there are items that knock opponents off the stage, and Lakitu sometimes comes in and drops a new car. When in the anti-gravity section, you fight with the camera sideways, and in the gliding section, you can use the gliders as platforms.
  • Mario Kart Stadium (Mario Kart 8)
  • Mushroom Bridge/Toad's Turnpike (Mario Kart: Double Dash/Mario Kart 64)
  • Rainbow Road Series Medley (Console) (Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart 8)
  • Rainbow Road Series Medley (Handheld) (SSB4) (Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Link in Clock Town Clock Town Clock Town is a wide-open stage where the Moon falls in the background. Because of this, various natural disasters happen, including earthquakes, meteors, tornadoes and tsunamis.
  • Clock Town (LoZ: Majora's Mask)
  • Ocarina of Time Medley (Brawl)
  • Ballad of the Goddess/Zelda's Lullaby (Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time)
  • Gerudo Valley (SSB4)
1000px-Mom bottleship
Bottle Ship You start on the outside of the Bottle Ship, but then you go through a hall to the Biosphere, then to the Cryosphere, and finally to the Pyrosphere and back to the outside. There are 3 bosses in the stage, which you fight to go into the next Sector. The 3 bosses are King Kihunter, Groganch, and Vorash.
  • Vs. Ridley (Metroid: Other M)
  • King Kihunter's Theme (Metroid: Other M
  • Vorash Boss Theme (Metroid: Other M)
  • Groganch Fight (Metroid: Other M)
Whispy woods
Whispy Woods Whispy Woods is a stage that takes place in the branches of its namesake, as well as the platform he stands on that extends a while to the left, where Whispy blows wind. The branches have flowers, leaves and apples.
  • Green Greens (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
  • Green Greens 2 (SSB4)
  • Mount Dedede (Kirby's Dream Land)
  • Gourmet Race (Kirby Super Star)
640px-PalutenasTempleWiiUFull Palutena's Temple A returning stage from SSB4 for the Wii U. It is the largest stage in the game. Unknown as of now.
Battle Subway in the anime
Battle Subway Battle Subway is a stage that takes place on a moving train. The mechanics of the train track when you fall onto it are like Big Blue or Spirit Train. However, 4 Pokémon also appear as stage bosses. These Pokémon are Volcarona, Eelektross, Bouffalant and Seismitoad.
  • Subway Trainer Battle (Pokémon Black and White)
  • Castelia City/Nimbasa City (Pokémon Black and White)
  • Driftveil City (Pokémon Black and White)
  • Wild Battle (Pokémon Black and White)
PictoChat 2 Road
PictoChat 2 Another returning stage, this time from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, this stage is a flat surface where pictures are drawn.
  • PictoChat (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
  • Fever/Chill (Dr. Mario)
  • Drowsy (Dr. Luigi)
  • Tetris Theme Medley (A/B) (Tetris)

3DS Exclusive

Image Name Description Music
Bowser's Castle Bowser's Castle has the layout from the original Super Mario Bros, with the bridge, but the aesthetics are based on the one from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The axe will sometimes pop up, and it you pick it up, the bridge will break and you can use it as a throwing weapon.
  • Bowser's Castle (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!)
  • Overworld Theme (New Super Mario Bros.)
75m Brawl 75m The first returning stage in the 3DS version, this one from Brawl. It takes place in the original Donkey Kong arcade game, where there are ladders, moving platforms, living Fire and jacks. An 8-bit Donkey Kong and Pauline's stuff also appear.
  • Donkey Kong
  • Opening (Donkey Kong)
Lost Woods
Lost Woods In the Lost Woods, it is an open field where there are 2 logs on either side of the stage where one teleports you to the one opposing it and vice versa. Also, there is a stone in the center that a Master Sword sometimes comes out of. If you get it, you can perform a 1-hit KO attack that makes the sword break afterwards.
  • Saria's Song (LoZ: Ocarina of Time)
  • Ballad of the Goddess/Zelda's Lullaby (Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time)
Master Ball Stadium This is similar to the other Pokémon Stadium stages, where it cycles between 4 layouts based on 4 Pokémon types. In this case, these types are Psychic, Steel, Ghost and Fighting
  • Pokémon Main Theme
  • Pokémon Center (Pokémon Red & Blue)
Pokémon Stadium This version of Pokémon Stadium says that it's returning from Melee, but it has both Melee's and Brawl's transformations, which are Grass, Fire, Water, Rock, Electric, Flying, Ground and Ice.
  • Road to Viridian City (Pokémon Red and Blue)
  • Trainer Battle (Pokémon X and Y) (SSB4)





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