Super Smash Bros. Melee Cheats - Unlockable Characters and More

All unlockables in Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Nintendo Gamecube

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Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube has dozens of secret stages and fighters in additional to alternate music tracks. Here's how to unlock all characters in Melee and battle in the hidden arenas.

Most secret characters must be defeated in battle before you can play as them. If you fail, they will challenge the winner of the next verses mode match.

Unlock Dr. Mario 

Successfully complete classic mode as Mario without losing a life. Alternately, play 100 versus mode matches. The winner of the 100th match will fight Dr. Mario. Defeat him and he will become a playable character.

Unlock Falco Lombardi 

Successfully complete the 100 man melee to unlock Falco Lombardi. Alternately, play 300 versus mode matches.

Unlock Ganondorf 

Successfully complete event 29 (Triforce Gathering) to unlock Ganondorf. Alternately, play 600 versus mode matches.

Unlock Jigglypuff (Purin) 

Successfully complete adventure mode on any difficulty setting to unlock Jigglypuff (Purin). Alternately, fight 50 multiplayer battles.

Unlock Luigi 

Successfully complete the first stage of adventure mode with a time of xx:x2:xx (2 must be in the seconds place). You will then have to battle Luigi and defeat him in under one minute. At the end of adventure mode, you will fight Luigi again. Defeat him and he will become a playable character. Alternately, play 800 versus mode battles.

Unlock Mewtwo 

Mewtwo will appear at random at the end of a multiplayer match and challenge the winner. He will be unlocked as a selectable character after he is defeated.

Alternately, play 20 hours in versus mode to trigger a fight with him. The combined number of human players times the number of hours played must equal 20 or greater. For example, if you play with two human players against two CPU players, you must play for 10 hours. For an easy way to get Mewtwo, try this strategy:

  1. Go into Custom Rules Melee and make the following changes:

    • Set Stock to 3
    • Set Item Flow to None
    • Set Stock Time Limit to Off
  2. Choose two of your best characters (for fighting Mewtwo) and start a match in the Pokemon Stadium level.

  3. Place both fighters on the Pokeball in the center of the arena.

  4. Unplug the controllers and leave the system on overnight to accumulate game time. Do not pause the game.

  5. After enough time has passed, plug in the controllers again, and have one of the fighters die three times.

  6. If enough hours have been accumulated, Mewtwo will challenge you. Defeat him to unlock him as a playable character.

Unlock Mr. Game & Watch 

Successfully complete classic mode with all other 24 characters, or complete target test mode with all other 24 characters to unlock Mr. Game & Watch. Alternately, play over 1,000 versus mode matches.

Unlock Pichu 

Complete event 37. Alternately, play 200 matches in versus mode.

Unlock Marth

Finish classic mode without continuing using all 14 default characters to unlock Prince Marth. Alternately, play versus mode more than 400 times, or play versus mode with all of the 14 default characters.

Unlock Roy

Successfully complete the game with Marth in classic mode to unlock Roy. Alternately, play over 900 versus mode matches.

Unlock Young Link

Successfully complete classic mode ten times with different characters each time. One time must be with Link. Alternately, complete adventure mode with Ganondorf, or play 500 versus mode matches.

Unlockable Stages

You can fight in the secret arenas after you meet the following criteria:

  • Battlefield Stage: Successfully complete All-Star mode.
  • Big Blue Stage: Play 50 multiplayer matches. Either the Big Blue, Brinstar Depths, Fourside, or Poke Floats stage will be randomly unlocked every 50 matches. Play another 50 matches to unlock the next stage until all are unlocked.
  • Brinstar Depths Stage: Play 50 multiplayer matches. Either the Big Blue, Brinstar Depths, Fourside, or Poke Floats stage will be randomly unlocked every 50 matches. Play another 50 matches to unlock the next stage until all are unlocked.
  • Dream Land Stage: Successfully complete Break The Targets mode with all fighters to unlock the Dream Land stage.
  • Final Destination Stage: Successfully complete event 51 to unlock the Final Destination stage.
  • Flatzone Stage: Successfully complete classic mode using Mr. Game & Watch without losing a life to unlock the Flatzone stage.
  • Fourside Stage: Play 50 multiplayer matches. Either the Big Blue, Brinstar Depths, Fourside, or Poke Floats stage will be randomly unlocked every 50 matches. Play another 50 matches to unlock the next stage until all are unlocked.
  • Kongo Jungle Stage: Successfully complete 15 Minute Spar mode to unlock the Kongo Jungle stage.
  • Mushroom Kingdom II Stage: Win a Birdo trophy to unlock the Mushroom Kingdom II stage from Super Mario Bros. 2. Try putting a lot of coins in the lottery to get it. Alternately, successfully complete adventure mode with five characters.
  • Poke Floats Stage: Play 50 multiplayer matches. Either the Big Blue, Brinstar Depths, Fourside, or Poke Floats stage will be randomly unlocked every 50 matches. Play another 50 matches to unlock the next stage until all are unlocked.
  • Yoshi's Island Stage: Hit over 1300 feet in home run derby mode with Yoshi to unlock the Yoshi's Island stage. To hit a long home run as Yoshi, grab the bat as soon as you can start. Turn around and walk up close to the bag. Tap the jump button as lightly as possible so that Yoshi jumps no more than the size of the bag, then quickly tap Down + A to make him do his downward multi-kick. You will notice the multi-kick will bump the bag's percentage up 30+. Keep doing the multi-kick until the countdown is at one, then blast him with the bat. It is possible to get over 1700+ feet with this trick.
  • Random Stage Select: Unlock all of the stages except Battlefield, Final Destination, and the three Past Stages. Alternately, successfully complete classic mode with all characters.

Unlock Score Display Option

To unlock the Score Display option in Additional Melee Rules, accumulate more than 5,000 KOs in melee matches. This enables you to show or hide the score during melee matches.

Unlock Extra Events

Here's how to unlock the secret events:

  • Extra Events #31-#39: Successfully complete the first 30 events and unlock Jigglypuff, Luigi, Dr. Mario, Falco, and Young Link.
  • Extra Events #40-#50: Unlock all the characters in the game.
  • Event #51: Clear all other events.

Trophy Arrangements

Hold L and enter the Collection screen to arrange your trophies in rows. Hold R and enter the Collection screen to arrange trophies in a circle. Hold Y and enter the Collection screen to arrange the trophies in a triangle.

Secret Trophies

Here's a list of hidden achievements and other trophy secrets:

  • Luigi's Mansion Trophy: Insert a memory card with a saved game from Luigi's Mansion to get a trophy featuring Luigi with a vacuum.
  • Paper Mario Trophy: Hit over 1500 feet in home run derby mode to get a Paper Mario trophy.
  • Pikmin Trophy: Insert a memory card with a saved game from Pikmin. Begin the game and a Pikmin trophy will be available.
  • Wave Race Blue Storm Trophy: Insert a memory card with a saved game from Wave Race: Blue Storm. Begin the game and a Wave Race: Blue Storm trophy will be available.
  • Barrel Cannon Trophy Message: Look at the bottom of the Barrel Cannon trophy. You will see the message "2L84ME" (too late for me).
  • Alternate Trophy Background: Zoom in on a trophy, then press Start to change the background.

Nintendo Game Systems

Go to the trophy section to see most of the Nintendo game systems. Open the Collection screen and zoom in on the background to the right of the television.

Sound Test

Unlock all stages, all characters, and all 51 events to unlock the sound test option.

All-Star Mode

Unlock all bonus fighters to unlock the single player All-Star mode. This mode allows you to fight all game characters, but with less health items.

All-Star Mode Stages

Every character in All-Star mode has a specific stage you fight them in, even if it is not their stage. Eventually, you will fight two opponents at a time, and then three opponents at a time.

On the little path with the three hearts and the teleporter to the next fight, there are small TV screens that appear behind the teleporter. These screens show you which opponent(s) you are fighting next. When it shows two opponents, you will be in the stage of the opponent on the left. When it shows three opponents, you will be in the stage of the opponent in the middle. Use the following list to find out which stage you are going fight in:

  • Mario: Rainbow Cruise
  • Peach: Princess Peach's Castle
  • Donkey Kong: Kongo Jungle
  • Yoshi: Yoshi's Story
  • Link: Great Bay
  • Zelda: Temple
  • Captain Falcon: Mute City
  • Bowser: Yoshi's Island
  • Fox: Corneria
  • Samus: Brinstar
  • Pikachu: Pokemon Stadium
  • Ice Climbers: Icicle Mountain
  • Kirby: Green Greens
  • Ness: Onett
  • Dr. Mario: Mushroom Kingdom II (Subcon)
  • Falco: Venom
  • Pichu: Fourside City
  • Luigi: Mushroom Kingdom
  • Jigglypuff: Poke Floats
  • Mewtwo: Battlefield
  • Mr. Game & Watch: Flat Zone
  • Marth: Fountain of Dreams
  • Roy: Final Destination
  • Young Link: Jungle Japes
  • Ganondorf: Brinstar Depths

Alternate Menu Music

At the title screen, hold A and press Start. Different music will play at the main menu. It's also possible to hear different music in the gallery of trophies. After unlocking the sound test, press A to play a song you like, then press B to exit. When you go to the trophy gallery, that song will be playing instead of the usual one.

Alternate Stage Music List

Hold down A or L + R as you select a stage to have different music play rather than the default track.

Infinite Glacier: Icicle Mountain

  • A: Ice Climber's Music
  • L + R: Ice Climber NES Music

Mushroom Kingdom: Princess Peach's Castle

  • A: Super Mario Bros. Music (revised)
  • L + R: Super Mario Bros. Music (revised)

Mushroom Kingdom: Rainbow Cruise

  • A: Rainbow Cruise Music
  • L + R: Rainbow Cruise Music

DK Island: Kongo Jungle

  • A: DK Rap
  • L + R: DK Rap

DK Island: Jungle Japes

  • A: Donkey Kong Music
  • L + R: Donkey Kong Music

Termina: Great Bay

  • A: Legend of Zelda Music
  • L + R: Saria's Song

Hyrule: Temple

  • A: Zelda's Music
  • L + R: Fire Emblem Music

Yoshi's Island: Yoshi's Story

  • A: Yoshi's Island Music
  • L + R: Yoshi's Island Music

Yoshi's Island: Yoshi's Island

  • A: Super Mario World Music
  • L + R: Super Mario Bros. 3 Music

Dream Land: Fountain of Dreams

  • A: Kirby Music (revised)
  • L + R: Kirby Music (revised)

Dream Land: Green Greens

  • A: Kirby Music
  • L + R: Kirby Music

Lylat System: Corneria

  • A: Starfox Music
  • L + R: Starfox Music

Lylat System: Venom

  • A: Fox's Music
  • L + R: Fox's Music

Superflat World: Flat Zone

  • A: Game and Watch Music
  • L + R: Game and Watch Music

Planet Zebes: Brinstar

  • A: Super Metroid Music
  • L + R: Super Metroid Music

Planet Zebes: Brinstar Depths

  • A: Metroid Music
  • L + R: Metroid Music

Eagleland: Onett

  • A: EarthBound Music (Inside Ness's House)
  • L + R: Mother Music

Eagleland: Fourside

  • A: Fourside Music
  • L + R: Fourside Music

F-Zero Frand Prix: Mute City

  • A: Capt. Falcon's Music
  • L + R: Capt. Falcon's Music

F-Zero Grand Prix: Big Blue

  • A: F-Zero Race Music
  • L + R: F-Zero Music

Kanto: Pokemon Stadium

  • A: Pokemon Theme Music
  • L + R: Pokemon Red and Blue Battle Music

Mushroom Kingdom

  • A: Super Mario Bros. Music
  • L + R: Dr. Mario Music

Mushroom Kingdom II

  • A: Super Mario Bros. 2 Music
  • L + R: Dr. Mario Music

Special Stages: Battlefield

  • A: Melee
  • L + R: Melee

Past Stages: Dream Land

  • A: Kirby Superstar Music
  • L + R: Kirby Superstar Music

Past Stages: Yoshi's Island

  • A: Yoshi's Island Music
  • L + R: Yoshi's Island Music