Masterpieces (名作トライアル, Masterpiece Trial) are free time-limited trial versions of classic Nintendo titles which the characters of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. have appeared in. The full versions can be purchased for the Virtual Console. To save the player time, Masterpieces skip the title and opening of a game. Certain Masterpieces start at specific points of the game that are relevant to the Smash game they appear in, such as the Donkey Kong Masterpiece starting at the 75m level, while games that supported saving have some built-in saves set to various points of the game.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Starting Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Notes
Super Mario Bros. NES 1:00 Starts in World 1-1
Ice Climber NES 0:40 Starts on first level, with Popo
The Legend of Zelda NES 2:00 Immediately starts from the beginning of the game
Kid Icarus NES 1:30 Starts on first section of Underworld stage
Kirby's Adventure NES 2:00 Starts in Vegetable Valley
Super Metroid SNES 3:00 Includes saves for battles against Ridley
Star Fox 64 N64 3:00 Has access to all menu features including the Main Game, Training Mode, and VS. mode
Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo SFC 3:00 Japan only
Earthbound SFC 5:00 Japan only

Unlockable Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Unlock criteria Notes
Donkey Kong NES 0:30 10 hours of play time Starts at the second level, 75m
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES 1:30 Win five brawls with Peach Starts at World 1-1 with Peach
Super Mario World SNES 2:00 Play on Yoshi's Island three times Starts at Yoshi's Island 2 with Mario
F-Zero SNES 0:40 Unlock Captain Falcon in The Subspace Emissary Starts at first Mute City race, with Blue Falcon
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time N64 5:00 Use Toon Link in ten brawls Has save files for beginning of Young Link and Adult Link sections

Scrapped

  • A Donkey Kong Country masterpiece was planned, but it was scrapped. [1]
  • The Masterpieces for EarthBound and Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo, while not accessible in international versions of Brawl, still exist in the data; the reason EarthBound is not included is unknown, while Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo is due to being a Japan-only game.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Masterpieces return in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. New features include a timer displayed on the right side of the screen, the ability to buy a Masterpiece directly from the game without having to access the Nintendo eShop, the ability to pause the Masterpiece without using the HOME button, and the ability to stop the Masterpiece without the reset button, as the Wii U does not have a reset button. There is also less lag than there was in Brawl. The games featured include:

Starting Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Notes
Balloon Fight NES 2:00 Starts at title screen
Donkey Kong NES 2:00 Begins in the 75m level
F-Zero SNES 3:00 Starts in Mute City I, playing as the Blue Falcon
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light FC ≈2:03 Japan only
Kid Icarus NES 3:00 Starts at the beginning of the first level
Kirby Super Star SNES 3:00 Begins in The Great Cave Offensive
Kirby's Dream Land GB 3:00 Starts at title screen
Mega Man 2 NES 3:00 Begins in the first section of Wily Castle
Metroid NES 3:00 Starts in Brinstar
Pac-Man NES 2:00 Starts at title screen
Pilotwings SNES 2:00 Starts in the Light Plane certification training level
Super Mario Bros. NES 3:00 Starts at title screen
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels NES 3:00 Starts at title screen
Super Mario Kart SNES 3:00 Starts in Mario Circuit 1 in the Grand Prix, playing as Mario
Super Mario World SNES 3:00 Starts on the world map of Yoshi's Island
Super Metroid SNES 4:00 Has two save files: one at the beginning of the game and one in Norfair
The Legend of Zelda NES 4:00 Starts on the spawn tile
Wrecking Crew NES 2:00 Starts at title screen
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link NES 4:00 Starts in Zelda's castle

Unlockable Masterpieces

Name Platform Duration Unlock Criteria Notes
Dr. Mario GB 3:00 Clear 10-Man Smash alone with Dr. Mario without taking any damage Starts on the "1 Player Game" set-up screen
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream NES 3:00 Clear the "No Mere Sparring Match" event on normal difficulty or higher Starts at title screen
EarthBound SNES 5:00 Get 1968 ft. or more in Home-Run Contest Starts at the opening cutscene
Yoshi NES 3:00 Clear Solo Classic with Yoshi Starts at title screen
Kirby's Adventure NES 2:00 Clear Solo Classic with Kirby on intensity 5.5 or higher Has two save files: one at the beginning of the game and the other at the final King Dedede/Nightmare fight

Scrapped

  • Unused text in Smash Wii U implies the original Super Smash Bros. was supposed to appear as a Masterpiece. This would have made it the only N64 Masterpiece in Smash Wii U; however, at the time of Smash Wii U's release, N64 emulation wasn't possible on the Wii U, likely resulting in the Masterpiece being scrapped.

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