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Adventure Mode from Brawl makes a return in Super Smash Bros. Resolution except it is now called Story Mode due to Melee's Adventure Mode returning. The story for Resolution is known as "The Reign of Darkness." Story mode is playable with 1-2 players.
The story begins in a dark area, where a shadowy figure tells his minions to start searching for the "gems". They tell him that they're on it and leave. The shadowy figure says that the "power" shall soon be his. In the distance, three other shadowy figures watch in the distance. Two of them decide to follow the minions, while the other stays behind.
The scene cuts to the Mushroom Kingdom, where Mario and Luigi are heading to Peach's castle for the centennial Star Festival. (Level 1: Mushroom Kingdom.) (Playable Characters: Mario, Luigi). When they arrive at the Castle Gardens, Luigi sees a shooting star which turns out to be Kirby riding a warp star. The three begin to head to Peach's castle when suddenly a dark cloud forms above the castle and Bowser his army begins to attack. Mario and Luigi decide to head to the castle while Kirby stays behind.
The scene cuts to Skyworld, where Pit watches the attack through a fountain. With the help of Palutena, Pit begins to soar through the sky and fights Underworld monster that begin to invade. (Level 2: Skyworld.) (Playable Characters: Pit). Eventually, he finds a mysterious portal which takes him to the Mushroom Kingdom which is still being attacked. He then comes across a broken down mushroom shaped spaceship and sees Captain Toad wandering around wondering where the rest of his crew went. The two decide to team up and head towards Toad Town. (Level 3: Toad Town) (Playable Characters: Pit, Captain Toad). They then reach the center of the town and catch up with Kirby, who leads them to Peach's castle which is surrounded by a dark barrier. All three attack the barrier and destroy it. They then enter the castle and catch up to Mario and Luigi. (Level 4: Peach's Castle) (Playable Characters: Mario, Luigi, Kirby, Pit, Captain Toad). They eventually reach the top of the castle and confront Bowser. After destroying his airship, he destroys a pillar, which drops a strange gem. Bowser takes the gem and disappears in a dark cloud taking the gem and Peach with him. Mario tries to chase after him, but suddenly two dark portals open and tries to suck the heroes in. They try to hold on for dear life, but another airship shoots it's cannon at the castle, causing them to loose grip and Mario and Luigi are sucked into one portal and Pit, Kirby, and Captain Toad are sucked into the other. The portals disappear and Peach's castle begins to become enveloped in darkness.
Mario is awoken in a field as Yoshi and Pikachu watch over him. He looks around and sees that Luigi is nowhere to be seen. Mario begins to wonder where he is and where Luigi is. Yoshi and Pikachu decide to help him and begin to go through the field (Level 5: The Field) (Playable Characters: Mario, Yoshi, Pikachu). The three then reach a clearing where Mario and Luigi are reunited. Mario then begins to wonder how he will get back to the Mushroom Kingdom. They then see a strange figure heading towards a canyon. The four decide to chase after it (Level 6: The Plateau) (Playable Characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Pikachu). Once they reach the end of the plateau, the find the mysterious figure at the canyon not so far away. Suddenly they are attacked by a wave of enemies. They prepare to attack when suddenly a strange shaped sword cuts through a bunch of the enemies. It is Shulk who then helps the others defeat the other enemies. They then continue to chase after the mysterious being. (Level 7: The Canyon) (Playable Characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Pikachu, Shulk). Once they reach the end of the canyon, they find that the mysterious person is Wario, who is looking for a "power gem". Suddenly, the ground starts to shake and a giant Black Jewel with a giant eye begins to attack. (Boss 1: Black Jewel) (Playable Characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Pikachu, Shulk). After defeating the Black Jewel, it explodes into pieces and disintegrates into a strange dark substance, leaving a small purple gem behind. Wario takes the gem, then flies away in a small rocket-like machine. The heroes then follow him.
The scene then cuts to some ruins where Pit, Kirby, and Captain Toad awake. They begin to wonder where they are, then begin the navigate the ruins. (Level 8: The Ruins) (Playable Characters: Pit, Kirby, Captain Toad). Once they arrive outside the ruins, they see someone examining the relics. The person is Isaac, and the three begin to ask him where they are. Suddenly, they see a giant ship fly over them. They then decide to follow it. (Level 9: The Hill) (Playable Characters: Pit, Kirby, Captain Toad, Isaac). They manage to reach the top of the hill as the ship flies over, but it is to high for them to reach. They find a way to reach the ship as Pit uses the Power of Flight and Kirby, Isaac, and Captain Toad ride a warp star. They then find an opening and fly in the ship. They then begin to navigate the ship (Level 10: The Dark Battleship) (Playable Characters: Pit, Kirby, Captain Toad, Isaac). They come across a room that is storing strange missiles and overhear that the Dark World Army is planning to launch them to their worlds and will envelop them in eternal darkness. They then reach the cockpit and find Wolf piloting the ship. They prepare to fight but Wolf stops them and begins to launch all of the missiles. He then sets the ship to self-destruct and escapes into a Wolfen. Realizing that they have no other choice, Pit, Isaac, Kirby, and Captain Toad jump off the ship just as it explodes and briefly cuts to a forest where one of the shadowy figures from earlier watches the explosion and then disappears into the forest. Pit, Isaac, Kirby, and Captain Toad continue to fall towards earth, but then a familiar spaceship appears and saves them. They are saved by Zero Suit Samus, who lets them in her gunship and flies off into the distance.
The scene then cuts to a dark missile flying through the sky. It then cuts to Spiral Mountain where Banjo and Kazooie are sleeping in their house. They are then awoken by a loud boom noise. Banjo looks outside his house and sees a cloud of smoke coming from a faraway mountain. Banjo and Kazooie decide to head of to the mountain (Level 11: Spiral Mountain) (Playable Characters: Banjo and Kazooie). Eventually, they reach a jungle where they see King K. Rool and his Kremlings stealing a hoard of bananas. they then see a very angry Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong chasing after them. Banjo and Kazooie then follow them and all three of them meet up and then fight King. K Rool and his minions (Level 12: The Jungle) (Playable Characters: Banjo and Kazooie, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong). After they defeat them, King K. Rool and his minions retreat and Banjo and Kazooie, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong head to the mountain, which turns out to be a volcano (Level 13: The Volcano) (Playable Characters: Banjo and Kazooie, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong). While climbing the volcano, they come across a chamber of magma pools when a huge pillar of fire appears and a Typhlosion appears and attacks them. After they defeat it and revive it as a trophy, the Typhlosion joins them as they continue to climb up the volcano. When they reach the peak, they see that the cloud of smoke is coming from a dark missile that was launched towards the mountain. The missile then releases a strange dark substance, which forms into Shadow Lugia, who then attacks them (Boss 2: Shadow Lugia) (Playable Characters: Banjo and Kazooie, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Typlosion). After they defeat it, Shadow Lugia dissolves into the dark substance and flies off into the distance to a lake. The heroes then decide to follow it.
The scene then cuts as another missile is flying across the sky as a group of troops from the Dark World Army are marching towards a seemingly abandoned castle. But little do they know that the castle is inhabited by Shovel Knight, who sees the troops heading towards the castle and goes to defend it (Level 14a: The Abandoned Castle) (Playable Characters: Shovel Knight). When he reaches the front of the castle, the Dark World Army begins to invade. Shovel Knight then see the human mercenary Magnus attacking the troops. The two decide to team up and attack the rest of the troops. (Level 14b: Defeat 50 enemies) (Playable Characters: Shovel Knight, Magnus).
Later, after they defeat all of the troops, Shovel Knight and Magnus begin to walk away from the abandoned castle. They begin to talk but are interrupted by another loud boom noise. They then see that another dark missile has been launched at a nearby town. Shovel Knight and Magnus prepare their weapons and begin to investigate (Level 15: The Lost Town) (Playable Characters: Shovel Knight, Magnus). Eventually, they reach the center of the town and encounter more dark troops and two other swordsmen Marth and Meta Knight fighting theme. All four of them team up and defeat the troops (Level 15b: Defeat 20 enemies) (Playable Characters: Shovel Knight, Magnus, Marth, Meta Knight).