Smash Remix (v0.9)

Smash Remix is a ROM hack of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 64 made by a large team of modelers, musicians, stage designers and testers. The latest version as of this post is v0.9 (Oct 28 2019), with four new characters and too many new stages to count.

To play the game, you need to download the xdelta patch from the official github or from a mirror on n64squid by using the password “drlinkganonfalco”. Then apply the patch onto a ROM called Super Smash Bros. (U) [!].z64 using delta patcher.

New Characters

There are four new playable characters. Everyone is unlocked from the very start, even the hidden characters from the base game. There are 8 spaces for unlockable characters, but that’s reserved for future editions of Smash Remix.

All the new characters are clones of already available ones, somewhat like in Smash Bros Melee. However they are not identical to their parent character and not just a model swap like in other mods.

Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario plays similarly to his counterparts from future games. Her’s basically just a varied version of Mario with different animations and stats. The biggest difference is that his neutral special is a microvitamin that is affected by terrain more than a fireball, and his up special is a mix of Mario (moves diagonally) and Luigi’s (hits only once)

Young Link

Young link is very similar to adult link, but has a few difference. Most notably is his Up B special which hits several times to make a combo compared to adult link who hits only once.

Since Young Link only uses the Kokiri Sword (compared to Adult’s Master Sword), it also feels as though his attacks are more difficult to connect.

Ganondorf

Ganondorf is one of the most impressive updates to come to Smash Remix. He’s still a clone of Captain Falcon, but so much has been redone to make him feel unique.

The special attacks have his distinctive purple flare and electic effects compared to Falcon’s red explosive attacks.

His smash attacks are also different. He uses what looks like the trident that Phantom Ganon uses in Ocarina of Time.

Another unique thing about Ganondorf is that his icon is the Triforce, but cracked.

Falco

Falco’s basic move set is identical to Fox’s with one major difference: his Neutral B. Fox keeps his Blaster attack like normal, but Falco uses Falco Phantasm which is his (and Fox’s) Side B attack in Melee onwards.

I also think that his Air Down attack has only one hit where Fox’s hits several times. Other than that, they’re pretty similar.

New Stages

There are 33 new stages in Smash Remix as of v0.9. They come in a variety of different flavours, but each one has at least something unique about it. While the original Super Smash Bros stages had some sort of interactivity, most of these are more like a series of stylised platforms.

Meta Crystal

This is the stage where you fight Metal Mario in the 1-player ‘classic’ mode. The music that plays is the same.

Meta Crystal is a bit too small for four players, I think it’s just meant to be for a classic 2-player combat.

Duel Zone

Duel zone is the stage where you combat the Fighting Polygon Team in the classic campaign. It’s essentially this game’s version of Battlefield.

Final Destination

“1v1 Final Destination, no items” is the classic Smash Bros challenge of wits and skill. In the first Smash Bros this stage was only used for fighting Master Hand, but is now available in multiplayer mode.

This stage has the original intro music, but it doesn’t transition to the normal track.

Mini Yoshi’s Island

Mini Yoshi’s Island is identical to the classic one, but without the clouds floating about.

First Destination

Ever wanted to play on the table from the intro sequence? Well now you can. It’s pretty much a Final Destination clone with a different style.

Showdown

Didn’t get enough of the intro with First Destination? Finish the battle in the Showdown between Mario and Kirby.

This stage is huge, making it very hard to get a KO so get ready for a long battle.

Battlefield

Battlefield is identical to Duel Zone. It just has a lighter tone and a different background, copying the style of the Smash Bros Brawl.

Ganon’s Tower

The first original stage, Ganondorf’s home stage is based off of the final level of Ocarina of Time. It’s a battlefield-style level with a narrower bottom platform.

Spiral Mountain

N64 fans have been rejoicing since Banjo and Kazooie have been joining the fight in Smash Bros Ultimate. This stage doesn’t rotate like the one on the Switch, but it does have a Battlefield layout with a narrow bottom platform.

Cool Cool Mountain

Cool Cool mountain is based off of the Super Mario 64 stage of the same name. This level is unique in that it has a central pit where you can fall to your doom, and which tends to make CPU players commit suicide.

Deku Tree

Young Link’s native stage is a Battlefield variant with a Kokiri Forest motif to it. The way the Great Deku Tree stares in the background makes it look like he’s going to blow wind like in Kirby’s stage.

Dr Mario’s Stage

Of course Dr. Mario needs to have a native stage. It’s similar to Battlefield, but without a top platform.

The contrasting bright colours make me feel a little bit sick but I do love the platforms made out of three megavitamins that you can jump on to.

N64 Stage

The N64 Stage is one of the most difficult stages to play since there aren’t any ledges around the logo, and it tricks you into thinking that you can stand on the middle ‘tops’ of it.

It’s still quite fun to play on a stage where you can barely keep your balance, let alone land a hit.

Mad Monster Mansion

Mad Monster Mansion is based off of the Banjo Kazooie level of the same name. This stage is one of the most interesting in that it has a solid window block in the middle that separates the stage into more or less two halves.

What becomes a bit confusing is that it looks like you can jump onto the wooden section below, but it’s just a beginner’s trap.

Muda Kingdom

Muda Kingdom is a stage based off of levels 4-6 of Super Mario Land on the Game Boy. It has a very unique platform configuration and a pipe on the left hand side.

This is one of my favourite stages since I have a soft spot for Super Mario Land and the weird platform placement makes for an interesting battle.

The pipe doesn’t take you anywhere, it’s just an obstacle to fight on.

F-zero

Captain Falcon never had a stage in Super Smash bros, but now in Smash Remix he does! It’s a Battlefield clone, but unlike its more modern counterparts, the background is static.

How to Play

If you stay on the title screen long enough, you get a little animated tutorial where they show ou the basics of playing Super Smash Bros. Never in a million years did I think that it would ever be playable, but here it is.

It’s just a flat stage with one platform off to the side.

Dragon King

Dragon king was the game that came before Super Smash Bros, a fighting game developed by HAL Labs but was cancelled and retooled into the Smash Bros we know and love.

The stage itself is based off of footage from Dragon King and is a Battlefield Clone that extends till the edge of the map.

Fray’s Stage

Fray is one of the people who worked on Smash remix, they worked as a designer and gameplay developer.

The stage itself is a Battlefield clone made of white clouds with a sunset in the background.

Dream Land Beta 1 & 2

Dream Land Beta 1 is a simple Battlefield stage which thematically is very similar to the original Dream land stage in vanilla Smash Bros.

This stage is quite hard to play because you grab on to every platform there is. It’s almost impossible to do any air attacks because of this.

Dream Land Beta 2 on the other hand is the only stage in Smash Remix to have moving parts. There is a little log on the left that moves along a U-shaped path on the left, and two vertical logs that move side to side on the right side of the stage.

Unfortunately, Beta 2 is very buggy and causes some frame skips and even crashes.

Warioware Inc

Warioware Inc is based on Wario’s home stage from Smash Bros Brawl. This version doesn’t have the microgames, but it does have the same style and platform configuration.

Kalos Pokémon League

This is a remake of the stage from Smash 4 and Ultimate, which is based on the final bosses from Pokémon Gen 6. Kalos League doesn’t have any moving parts, so it’s just the theme that you’re getting.

It’s still very detailed and very faithful to the original.

Pokémon Stadium II

Based on the stage from Melee, this stage has two platforms on the same level and the big Pokéball drawing in the middle.

Skyloft

This stage is based off of Skyloft from Skyward Sword. The stage is almost a Battlefield clone, but its outer platforms are slightly slanted.

Smashville

Smashville is Smash Remix’s Animal Crossing stage. It’s Battlefield-esque, but without the two outer platforms and just one in the middle. In that way, it’s kind of like a flat Meta Crystal.

Mementos

Mementos is a remake of the stage of the same name in the Smash Bros Ultimate DLC package for Persona. It’s also a bit light battlefield, but with an uneven bottom platform and a missing right-side platform.

Corneria City

This is one of the most impressive looking stages in the hack. It follows the footsteps of the stage from later Smash Bros games with three almost-equal platforms atop a space ship.

Be careful though – the bottom platform looks like you can go through from below, but you can’t!

Great Bay

Great Bay is based off of the Melee stage of the same name, and it’s great to see it playable on the same console that brought us Majora’s Mask.

The strange platforms do confuse the AI and it did crash on me a couple of times.

Fountain of Dreams

This stage is the same as the one from Melee, minus the shifting platforms. The music also seems to be like a MIDI rendition of the original.

Tower of Heaven

This level is based on a stage from Super Smash Land, a demake of Smash bros in a gameboy style.

Mushroom Kingdom Battlefield and Final Destination

These two levels are simply Battlefield and Final Destination with a coat of paint to make them look like the unlockable Mushroom Kingdom level in the original.

Final Thoughts on Smash Remix

Smash remix is one of the best hacks of Super Smash Bros there is. It has new characters, new maps… enough to keep you coming back for a while.

If anything could be improved, I’d say they could put a bit more variety to all the Battlefield clones, even just shifting the platforms a bit makes a big difference. Also putting a bit of interactivity would be great, Dream Land Beta 2 managed to do this a little bit, but more work needs to be done. Even if it’s just for aesthetic purposes.

Also, every character has a home stage now except Ness. Surely we can have Onett somewhere?

Though to be honest these are just minor complaints. I can’t wait for V1.0 to be released.

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Smash Remix is a ROM hack of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 64 made by a large team of modelers, musicians, stage designers and testers. The latest version as of this post is v0.9 (Oct 28 2019), with four new characters and too many new stages to count. To play the game, you need […]
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