| Planet Zebes|
|Home stage to||Samus Aran|
|Tournament legal (SSB)|
|Singles||Banned (Occasionally Counterpick)|
|Doubles||Banned (Occasionally Counterpick)|
Planet Zebes (惑星ゼーベス Wakusei Zēbesu?) serves as the lone Metroid installment stage for the original Smash Bros. Like most other stages, it did not return in Melee, and is often banned in standard tournaments for its interference with gameplay though in a few tournaments it is allowed as the size of the stage is perfect for aerial combos while not being too large.
It is the home stage of Samus Aran. This is also the stage where Captain Falcon is fought when being unlocked (this could be because both characters are bounty hunters and come from science fiction game series).
Planet Zebes consists of a rough, jagged base, three main platforms (two of which are sloped at an angle), and one smaller platform ascending and descending at the far right of the stage. Hazardous acid rises from below, submerging most of the base and occasionally two of the three platforms, though it never rises high enough to reach the topmost platform.
Touching the acid results in damage and major knockback, and can KO if the player's damage meter is high enough. Contradictorily, it can also be used strategically as a means of salvage if the acid rises high enough. In the event of a player being knocked off of the stage and into the acid, it will launch him or her skyward, allowing them to reuse their recovery or simply fall back onto the stage. Obtaining a Starman (or any form of invincibility) grants invulnerability to the acid, allowing the player to walk through it. However, if, while invincible, the player falls off the stage and through the acid, he or she will self-destruct. It will not "bump" the player up, as they are immune to its burn.
Relationship with BrinstarEdit
Some stages in the original Smash Bros. were recycled or heavily modified for Melee and can easily be identified for their use of inspiration, including Planet Zebes (Brinstar).
The two stages share much common ground in that
- both have rising and falling pools of acid.
- Brinstar's acid moves in the same pattern as Zebes'.
- Planet Zebes uses Brinstar's music, but Brinstar uses a remix of it.
Despite their similarities, however, Zebes and Brinstar seem more to differ from one another. For example,
- Brinstar, in retrospect, is much smaller than Zebes.
- the two platforms adorning either side of Brinstar are constrained by fleshy stalks that can be broken if attacked, causing the platforms to slope at sharp angles.
- the small ascending and descending platform in Zebes has been removed in Brinstar.
- Brinstar's acid has significantly less knockback compared to Zebes'.
There are several other minuter details. A cluster of organic material conjoins the base of Brinstar and splits the stage in two when destroyed. Also, Ridley is no longer seen flying in the background, but is instead replaced with a giant throbbing alien organism, as well as a Chozo Statue that occasionally gets up and roams about.
Strengths/weaknesses in Super Smash Bros.Edit
This stage is based of the area Brinstar that is on the Planet Zebes from Metroid. However, the only significant reference to Metroid is the yellow acid. In Metroid's Brinstar there are some rooms which feature yellow acid on the ground. If the player goes in the acid it does some damage. In Metroid II: The Return of Samus there are times where acid is in the way of the player's path. If the player kills enough Metroids an earthquake occurs and the acid goes down. Towards the end of Super Metroid, in Mother Brain's room an earthquake occurs and acid starts rising up. While the acid in this stage originated in Metroid, the acid going up and down after an earthquake could be a reference to either Metroid II or Super Metroid (perhaps more likely Super Metroid as Metroid II is set on planet SR388 while Super Metroid is set on Planet Zebes).
Enemies from Metroid such as wavers and Ridley can occasionally be seen flying in the background.
The song that plays on this stage is from Metroid. This song plays when in the area Brinstar.