The Super Smash Bros. series is a classic — a collection of the greatest Nintendo characters, turned into the greatest fighters. But where do these great fighters fight? Why, the greatest stages, of course! We’ve collected here what are inarguably the 16 most glorious stages from all five Smash Bros. games. Read on, smash brother, read on!
Hyrule – Super Smash Bros. Melee
Do you like your stages expansive but manageable? Gigantic but easy to understand? Hyrule in Super Smash Bros. Melee is for you! Hyrule remains an all-time classic for strategic four player battles, as everyone has enough room to maneuver, hide, and recover from devastating blows.
Brinstar Depths – Super Smash Bros. Melee
One of the first transforming stages in the Super Smash Bros franchise is one of the series’ most exciting. Watch as Kraid, a gigantic creature from the Metroid universe, swivels the stage around, leaving players struggling to catch up!
Fourside – Super Smash Bros. Melee
Do you want to play Super Smash Bros but also pretend that you’re a gigantic kaiju crushing a building? Turn on giant mode and have your monster battle in the middle of Earthbound’s enormous city!
Big Blue – Super Smash Bros. Melee
Being flung around through moving traffic — which is normally very stressful — is quite an experience in the kinetic universe of F-Zero’s Big Blue stage.
Rainbow Cruise – Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl
Stages that double as platform games tend to be tough, but Rainbow Cruise is something special. The ship offers you a traditional battle ground, while the clouds in the sky challenge players in short bursts. It’s a perfect mix, and the sunny whimsical energy is nothing to sneeze at either!
Mushroom Kingdom 2 – Super Smash Bros. Melee
Playing through the nostalgia-influenced levels in Super Smash Bros. is fun, but none are as beautifully odd as Mushroom Kingdom 2, which see Birdo perpetually spitting eggs in your direction.
Luigi’s Mansion – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The sleepy, spooky music in this stage makes it feel like you’re in a Guillermo Del Toro film.
Wario Ware Inc. – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
WarioWare is a series that keeps you quick on your feet with odd and unexpected challenges, and Brawl‘s WarioWare stage does the same. Do you stop fighting your opponent when the game tells you to keep still, or do you take the risk and accept a prize? The WarioWare stage is full of challenges that even the most experienced player cannot anticipate.
New Pork City – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A beautiful expansive stage with a haunting score, New Pork City is wonderful for long battles that look like they take place in a terrifying candy-coated dream.
75m – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Hey, do you wanna play Donkey Kong in the middle of Super Smash Bros.? Well now you can! Watch out for the giant ape himself though — even touching him blows you out of the stage.
Delfino Plaza – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
This free-flowing, ever changing and frantic ride took players through Super Mario Sunshine’s many locales. What’s odd is that Sunshine was such a sleepy entry into the Mario franchise, yet this stage is anything but!
Castle Siege – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Castle Siege, a Fire Emblem stage, features dramatic music and exploding ancient locales. Going from outside to inside the attacked fortress gives your battles that extra air of importance.
Kalos Pokémon League Match – Super Smash Bros. For Wii U
The transformations in this well-designed stage are challenging but worth it if you’re a Pokémon fan excited to see as many of them as possible.
Dr. Wily’s Castle – Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/ Wii U
One of the more strenuous stage in the Smash Bros. games, Dr. Wily’s Castle sees the evil robot Yellow Devil from the 8-bit Mega Man series attack the battle, and he does not leave until someone defeats him!
Magicant – Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
This haunting stage, complete with a rip through reality, is made all the more exciting with the addition of a mysterious “Flying Man” — a griffin who fights on behalf of whichever fighter reaches him first.
The Great Cave Offensive – Super Smash Bros. For Wii U
If you’re looking for a stage to make your battles feel like absolute epic journeys, few are better than the Great Cave Offensive. Find eight opponents, carve out a good half hour and fight to the long and arduous finish. Will you be the true Smash Bros. king? This stage is the ultimate test.
Are there any obvious Smash Bros. stages we missed? Let me know on Twitter @AlexFirer!