Melee Stages: A Different Perspective

Messing around with debug mode and camera hacks, I found that it made for some interesting finds. The stages are quite large and some hidden items can be explored that normally cannot be seen in the game. Apologies to whoever reads the text because I have not played any of the Nintendo games that make cameo appearances or references here!

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The very big test stage. The picture fills the entire camera. This means if you look behind the stage you would see a different part of the picture. Similarly, if you look up or down you would see different parts of the picture. It is isn’t very interesting though so I will not post it.
Melee TEST stage


Fountain of Dreams

Fountain of Dreams is home to two large flowery star-like items that grow and move in the sky above the stage. The purple mist below the stage looks very cool and reminds me of documentaries which demonstrate the beginning of the universe :-p
Main area of Fountain of Dreams: ssbm
The stage is more or less circular.
melee fountain of dreams wide angle view
Behind the action.
Fountain of Dreams:


Pokemon Stadium

The actual stadium is big compared to the stage. The city of Kanto dwarfs this though.
Melee Pokemon Stadium
The transition which contains the windmill.
Pokemon Stadium: Windmill
Bird’s Eye-view of the main stage area.
Pokemon Stadium: birds eye view
Bird’s Eye-view of the windmill transition main area.
Pokemon Stadium: birds eye windmill
Birds Eye-view of the entire stadium with parts of the surrounding city of Kanto.
Pokemon Stadium: Birds eye far ssbm
The entire Pokemon stadium stage surrounded by the city of Kanto. The stage is octagonal in shape. You will see that most stages contain octagons. Pokemon Stadium: city of kanto in ssbm
Behind the stadium looking at the main stage area.Behind Pokemon Stadium in ssbm
Behind the windmill transition.
Pokemon Stadium: behind the windmill in ssbm
Behind the forest transition.
Pokemon Stadium: behind the forest transition in ssbm
Looking up. Underneath the main stage area.Looking up underneath Pokemon Stadium: ssbm

Peach’s Castle

The entire stage of Peach’s Castle. Complete with waterfall background, and the three paths to the castle in the foreground.
Peach's Castle: SSBM stage list
Boundary of the foreground area.
Peach's Castle: green grass, waterfall and the castle
Looking up at Bullet Bill.
Peach's Castle: Bullet bill flying down in ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view of the castle with bullet bill in the middle.
Peach's Castle: looking down at bullet bill and the castle
Far away Bird’s Eye-view.
Peach's Castle: far away birds eye view in ssbm stage
Underneath a floating platform. Nice lighting and detail, although you will rarely see it in-game.
Peach's Castle: underneath a spiral red and blue platform in ssbm
Behind the castle. The developers didn’t bother to complete the back of Peach’s castle. You’ll see this a lot in other stages.
Behind Peach's Castle: super smash bros melee stage pictures


Kongo Jungle
Kongo Jungle sports the classic waterfall and a rainbow effect. I always wondered what is inside the cabin in the background. It turns out it is empty!

Kongo Jungle: ssbm stage
Red Klaptrap crocodile enemy in the rapids.
Kongo Jungle: red klap trap in water in ssbm
Behind the main stage area.
Kongo Jungle: behind the scenes in ssbm stage



Brinstar far away view.
Brinstar: far stage view in ssbm
Entire stage. The stage is inside a cave area.
Brinstar: very far away in ssbm
Monster faces on the blocks in the background.
Angry faces in Brinstar: ssbm
Hiding alien character.
Brinstar: alien character face
Side view of alien character.
Hiding metroid alien in brinstar ssbm
Behind the main stage.
behind brinstar ssbm
Under the stage.
Underneath Brinstar: ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view of the main stage.
Bird's eye view of Brinstar: ssbm
Far away Bird’s Eye-view.
far awayin brinstar lava in ssbm


Far away view.
Corneria: far view in ssbm lylat
Behind Great Fox ship. The separate parts of the scenery can be seen here. The left most panel is blank.
behind greatfox in ssbm Corneria
Front View. Looks like the Venom stage.
front view of great fox
Small jet plane.
small plane in great fox in Corneria: ssbm
High angled view. The buildings are present on the ground below.
high view of Corneria: ssbm
The other side of the ship.
other side of the great fox: Corneria: ssbm
Yoshi’s Island

Yoshi’s Island takes place in a room and the stage appears to be hand-made from cardboard and other household items.

wide view Yoshi's Story: with shy guys in ssbm
The walls of the room can be seen as well as the ‘taped’ string. The main column is also unfinished and the raw cardboard type material is exposed.
almost entire stage of Yoshi's Story: ssbm
Entire stage.
entire stage of Yoshi's Story: ssbm
One of the islands in the background.
hidden island in Yoshi's Story: ssbm
Another island in the background.
island in background Yoshi's Story: ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view of the main area. The shy-guys are 2D.
birds eye view Yoshi's Story:
Side view of the main stage. The cardboard and openings for Randall are exposed.
side view of yoshi's island Yoshi's Story: ssbm

Wide view of the Onett neighbourhood.

main onett area wide view Onett: ssbm
Onett Signpost.
Onett sign post hidden secret ssbm
Taxi license plate.
license plate in Onett: ssbm
Game building.
game building in Onett: ssbm
Hospital building.
hospital in Onett: ssbm
meteorite Onett: ssbm
Transparent buildings.
behind onett stage ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view of main area.
birds eye view Onett: ssbm


Mute City

Not much here.
Mute City: cars ssbm


Rainbow Cruise
Main ship area.

Main ship Rainbow Cruise: ssbm
Wide view.
Rainbow Cruise: wide ssbm

Full stage view.
rainbow cruise ssbm wide

Village in background.
village Rainbow Cruise: ssbm

Front of cruise ship.
front Rainbow Cruise: ssbm

Bird’s-eye view angled. Checker board pattern is present.
cruise ship Rainbow Cruise: ssbm

High Bird’s-eye view. More checker board patterns.
Rainbow Cruise: ssbm high birds eye

Kongo Jungle

Wide stage view. This stage is super wide. It goes farther but the details of the main begin to disappear.
Jungle Japes: entire stage ssbm
Far view of main stage.
Wide view Jungle Japes: ssbm

Cranky Kong inside the cabin.
cranky kong inside cabin Jungle Japes: ssbm

Klaptrap attacking.
Jungle Japes: klaptrap in water ssbm

Behind the stage.
behind Jungle Japes: cabin in ssbm

Klaptrap at a different angle.
Jungle Japes: Klaptrap in water

Bird’s eye view of the main area with Klaptrap jumping out of the water.
birds eye view of Jungle Japes: ssbm


Home to the Four Giants and a turtle.
Termina: wide ssbm
The flooring of the inside the building.
inside Termina: ssbm
Behind main area. Birds can be clearly seen.
behind Termina: ssbm
The Four Giants wait behind the scenery.
Termina: Four Giants ssbm
Four Giants catch the evil moon and push it back to the sky.
Termina: Four giants catch moon and push away ssbm


Hyrule Temple

Behind the stage. Unfinished as usual.
Behind Hyrule Temple: ssbm
Small building on top of the temple. I’ve never played Zelda so I don’t know what this place is!
small building on top of Hyrule Temple: ssbm
Wide view.
temple wide view ssbm



Wide view with monster in lava in the background.

Very wide view.
Zebes: very wide ssbm
Side view. Three nipples?
Zebes: ssbm side view
Behind the monster.
Zebes: behind monster in lava ssbm
Hiding under the lava.
monster waits under Zebes: ssbm


Yoshi’s Story

Very wide view.
yoshi's story wide ssbm
Lakitu in the background flying around.
Yoshi's Story: lakitu cloud in background ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view.
birds eye view of Yoshi's Story: ssbm


Green Greens

Wide view.
Green Greens: very wide ssbm
Behind the main stage area.

Bird’s Eye-view of main area.
birds eye view of Green Greens: in ssbm

high birds eye Green Greens:  ssbm

Entire stage view. It looks as if Green Greens is inside a bubble.
Entire stage of Green Greens: ssbm



Wide view.
wide Fourside: ssbm
Behind the buildings. The UFO is also present this time.
fourside behind the buildings ssbm
Bird’s Eye-view. Some other buildings in the background.
Fourside: from above in ssbm stage list


Mushroom Kingdom

Wide view.
wide view of mushroom kingdom ssbm
Danger sign at the horizontal extremes of the stage.
Danger signs at the far ends of the stage in Mushroom Kingdom: ssbm
Angled bird’s-eye view.
birds eye view of Mushroom Kingdom: super smash bros melee



Wide view. This stage is fully rendered. It’s also massive. Interestingly, that light-brown rectangle in the top-right corner is actually a prop. It’s just a huge light-brown rectangle that acts to ‘fill’ the scene.
wide view of venom great fox ship: ssbm
Other side of the ship.
Hidden side of the great fox ship in venom ssbm stage
Behind the ship.
behind the great fox in venom in ssbm stage


Big Blue

Wide view. The blue rectangle is the scene filler type object that was present in a light-brown colour in Venom. The track is loaded piece-by-piece as the vehicles progress forward.
wide view of Big Blue: ssbm stage
Wide view of up-hill track.
wide view Big Blue: ssbm
Bird’s-eye view.
birds eye view of big blue: ssbm


Icicle Mountain

Quite interesting. This stage uses two different types of blizzard to create the ‘thick blizzard’ that appears in the main area. You can see the the boundaries of the two different blizzard layers.
entire icicle mountain stage with snow
Entire top region.
icicle mountain entire top stage: ssbm


Flat Zone

Wide view.
flatzone wide view: ssbm stage
Flat Zone doesn’t have a back layer. It is just solid black. Interestingly, the Brawl version does have a back layer. The grey rectangle is present in the background for some reason.
flat zone side view stage secret: ssbm


Dreamland 64

Entire stage. Strange that the background is a perfect rectangle 2D layer.
whole stage view camera of Dreamland 64: ssbm
Bird’s-eye view.
birds eye camera angle of Dreamland 64: ssbm


Yoshi’s Island 64

Entire stage. It’s also a room-like stage with 3 sides.
whole stage of Yoshi's Island 64: ssbm


Congo Jungle

Entire stage.
DK64: whole stage hidden camera ssbm
Bird’s-eye view.
Congo Jungle: looking down on ssbm secret stages
Behind the main area. Hollow tree trunks.
Behind DK64: stage in ssbm



Entire stage. It’s also circular.
whole stage of Battlefield: ssbm
Orb at the bottom-center of the stage.
Battlefield: orb in the middle of the stage ssbm
Underneath the main stage. The patterns on the transparent platforms are quite cool looking. You have to view the full-size image to see these details.
underneath Battlefield: ssbm
Bird’s-eye view. Symmetrical.
Looking down using bird's eye view of Battlefield: in ssbm


Final Destination

Black-hole at the bottom of the stage.
black hole at Final Destination: ssbm
Underneath the main stage. It reminds me of a clock or a wheel of a boat.
underneath Final Destination: ssbm secret stage
Bird’s-eye view. Octagonal like Kanto (Pokemon Stadium).
Bird's-eye view of Final Destination: ssbm

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