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Super Smash Bros. Melee added additional alternate costume options to characters by using the X and Y buttons to cycle through the available list instead of using four C buttons to pick a specific color; this removes the limit as to how many are selectable, so there are no longer any costumes exclusive to Team Battles or computer opponents. As a result, many characters now have five different color schemes, with some having as many as six, though some still only have four.

In Team Melee, if members of the same team use the same character, the second player would have a lighter tint applied to their character. A third player uses a darker tint. If a fourth player is forcibly added to a team with the Name Entry glitch, then the fourth character will be completely black; the game's data suggests that a fifth player, if possible, would be completely grey. A sixth player and afterword, would crash the game.

Bowser

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Bowser's alternate costumes in SSBM

Green G Resembles his appearance from Super Mario 64.
Red R Resembles a Spiny or red Koopa Troopa. It also resembles Roy Koopa's early in-game sprites without the sunglasses, as well as Bowser's second player costume in Mario Golf. Unusually, while the artwork depicts Bowser with red eyes, they are green in-game.
Blue B Came from Bowser's international artwork for Super Mario Bros. Also resembles Iggy Koopa's early in-game sprites. Sometimes referred to as the "fake Bowser".
Black B N/A

Captain Falcon

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Captain Falcon's alternate costumes in SSBM

Indigo I Based on his appearance from F-Zero X.
Black B Resembles Captain Falcon’s appearance in a Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.
Red R Based on Falcon's rival, Blood Falcon's outfit, even altering the logo on his back to say "Blood Hawk". Betas for the game show that it was originally intended to read "Hell Hawk", the Japanese name of Blood Falcon's F-Zero machine.
White W Based on the colors of Jody Summer's outfit. Commonly known as "Captain Fabulous" in the community.
Green G Based on the colors of Pico's outfit.
Blue B Based on the original, lighter colors of Captain Falcon in F-Zero.

Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong's alternate costumes in SSBM

Brown B Resembles his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era and Donkey Kong 64.
Black B Resembles Donkey Kong's coloration when Donkey Kong '94 and Donkey Kong Land were played under the black-and-white palette on the Game Boy Color and Super Game Boy. "Monkey Smash" mode in Donkey Kong 64 also featured Donkey Kong with blue-black fur and a blue tie.
Red R Resembles Donkey Kong's sprite in the original Donkey Kong.
Blue B Similar to the second player coloration in Mario Golf.
Green G Resembles the green palette of Donkey Kong '94 and Donkey Kong Land, due to the Game Boy's native colour palette.

Dr. Mario

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Dr. Mario's alternate costumes in SSBM

White W Resembles his appearance from Dr. Mario 64. Despite wearing white pants in his own game, Dr. Mario wears indigo jeans in Melee.
Red R Resembles Nurse Toadstool's color scheme.
Blue B Resembles the traditional color of scrubs worn in real-life hospitals, while his violet gloves resemble standard nitrile gloves used by most physicians.
Green G Resembles the traditional color of scrubs worn in by real-life surgeons.
Black B Referred to as "Unlicensed Dr. Mario" by the official Melee website.

Falco

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Falco's alternate costumes in SSBM

Tan T Based on his appearance from Star Fox 64.
Red R Resembles Peppy Hare's flight suit from Star Fox 64
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's flight suit from Star Fox 64.
Green G Resembles Fox's flight suit.

Fox

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Fox's alternate costumes in SSBM

White W Based on his appearance from Star Fox 64.
Red R Resembles Falco's flight suit.
Blue B Resembles Slippy Toad's flight suit from Star Fox 64.
Green G Possibly based off a concept art from the original Star Fox.

Ganondorf

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Ganondorf's alternate costumes in SSBM

Brown B Based off his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R N/A
Blue B N/A
Green G N/A
Purple P N/A

Ice Climbers

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Ice Climbers' alternate costumes in SSBM

As can be seen in the image, the Ice Climbers' orange and red costumes will place Nana in the lead, making Popo follow.

Blue B Based on their appearance from the original Ice Climber.
Green G N/A
Orange O Could resemble a brief color change that happens when Popo dies in Ice Climber.
Red R While Nana's parka is purely red on their portrait in the character selection screen, it is actually maroon in-game. Popo's white parka could also resemble a brief color change that happens when Popo and Nana die in Ice Climber.

Jigglypuff

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Jigglypuff's alternate costumes in SSBM

Pink P Based on it's appearance from the Pokemon games.
Red R A small umbrella which she wears on her back left.
Blue B Similar to the bows from the original Super Smash Bros.
Green G A green hachimaki.
Yellow Y The crown that Jigglypuff wears in this costume is identical to that worn by Peach.

Kirby

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Kirby's alternate costumes in SSBM

Pink P Based on his appearance from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Yellow Y This color swap is Keeby, who was Kirby's companion in games that featured co-op mode. It is also the same as when he is Beam Kirby or Needle Kirby, without the hat. It was also an alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Developer Shigeru Miyamoto also reportedly believed Kirby should be yellow in his debut game, while Masahiro Sakurai believed the character should be pink.
Blue B The same as when he is Ice Kirby, without the hat. It is also an alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
Red R The same as when he is Fire Kirby, without the hat.
Green G An alternative palette for Kirby in the multiplayer for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
White W A reference to his monochrome appearance from the original Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy. It is also similar to the colors of Kirby's depiction on the North American box cover of Kirby's Dream Land.

Link

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Link's alternate costumes in SSBM

Green G Based on his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It also resembles Link with the Red Ring from the original The Legend of Zelda.
Blue B Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Black B Based off a color tunic hack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
White W Resembles the use of the Blue Ring in The Legend of Zelda.

Luigi

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Luigi's alternate costumes in SSBM

Green G Based on his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era and in Luigi's Mansion.
White W A reference to Luigi's appearance in Super Mario Bros. and the NES port of Mario Bros. It also resembles Fire Luigi. It is the only one to change the color of his gloves and skin tone.
Blue B Resembles the artwork for Mario on the cover for the NES version of Mario Bros., though his sprite does not actually feature such coloring.
Red R Comes from the game Wrecking Crew, where Luigi wears pink.

Mario

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Mario's alternate costumes in SSBM

Red R Based on his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era and Super Mario 64.
Yellow Y Based on Wario, the same as his yellow costume in the previous game. Unlike the original (and every other iteration in the series), the colored "M" is blue instead of yellow and the buttons are white instead of yellow, as to make him more closely resemble Wario. Additionally, Mario's hat gains a white accent on its edge.
Black B A reference to Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew '98. Updated from the original version of this swap to be closer to black and white than brown and yellow. It is the only costume where the hat and overalls are changed to be the same color.
Blue B A reversal of his traditional colors. This is seen as a partial reference to Mario's varying appearances in games prior to Nintendo's official establishment of Mario's outfit consisting of a red shirt, blue overalls, and red hat. In various earlier games, Mario occasionally also appeared with a blue hat, red shirt with blue overalls, or a red hat with a blue shirt with red overalls. Interestingly, though, Mario never appeared in any game with the particular combination of a blue hat, blue shirt, with red overalls as it appears here, but this color scheme does resemble the Balloon Fighter and it also resembles Mario's outfit from the three DIC cartoons.
Green G Complimentary colors of his normal outfit. Resembles Mario's appearance on Japanese and European box arts for Wrecking Crew. A similar arrangement of colors also appears as part of the flashing animation from a Starman in Super Mario Bros. Updated from the original version of this swap to be more brown than orange.

Marth

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Marth's alternate costumes in SSBM

Blue B Resembles his appearance from Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. Also based on the standard color for player units in the Fire Emblem games.
Red R Based on the standard color for enemy units in Fire Emblem games. This is the only costume in Melee to change the color of his tiara.
Green G Based on the standard color for NPC units in Fire Emblem.
Black B N/A
White W Based on Leif, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Mewtwo

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Mewtwo's alternate costumes in SSBM

Purple P Based on its appearance from the Pokémon series.
Red R Resembles one of Mewtwo's possible alternate color shades in the Pokémon Stadium games.
Blue B Resembles Mewtwo's in-game sprite colors for Pokémon Red & Blue. Also used as an Easter egg in Pokémon Stadium.Grab.
Green G Based on Mewtwo's shiny color in the Pokémon games.

Mr. Game & Watch

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Mr. Game & Watch's alternate costumes in SSBM

Black B Based on the Game & Watch characters from the games Fire and Parachute.
Red R Based on depictions of objects and characters on the Virtual Boy.
Blue B Resemble the blue crab from Crab Grab.
Green G It might also be based on the green tint of the Game Boy's screen, but this is more of a stretch, since the Game Boy screen is kind of oliveish greenish. It could also resemble the green crab from Crab Grab.

Ness

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Ness's alternate costumes in SSBM

Red R Based on his appearance from EarthBound.
Yellow Y The yellow/black color scheme resembles that of the Hanshin Tigers, a Japanese baseball team. The shirt also bears a very similar color scheme to the Gigantic Ant enemy from EarthBound.
Blue B Is based off of Ness's younger self that he encounters briefly in EarthBound, who was wearing a blue hat.
Green G This costume very closely resembles the character, Everdred, from Earthbound, who was dress in green and orange. However, Ness wheres a green hat instead of black, which is the color of Everdred's hat. The shorts, also with a color change, are orange instead of green.

Peach

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Peach's alternate costumes in SSBM

Pink P Resembles her appearance from the Nintendo 64 era.
Yellow Y This costume changes Peach's entire appearance to that of Daisy, including her hair color, earrings, dress style, gloves, tiara, and even skin color. However, later games in the Mario series changed Daisy's design, resulting in the costume only matching games before Melee. When the inside of her dress is looking at the camera, her underwear is light blue which matches her jewelry instead of her dress.
White W Represents how she appeared in her first appearance in Super Mario Bros, without the red hair and red trim. Peach uniquely wears pantyhose with this costume, she also wears this costume in the event "Time for a checkup!", even though Nurse Toadstool wears pink.
Blue B Based on a swap from Mario Golf, and Daisy's appearance in NES Open. Its color appears more indigo.
Green G Based on a swap from Mario Golf, and NES Open.

Pichu

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Pichu's alternate costumes in SSBM

Yellow Y Based on it's appearance from the Pokémon series.
Red R N/A
Blue B Gives Pichu goggles similar to the "Swimmer" class of the Pokémon series.
Green G Gives Pichu a backpack that resembles Ness's. Similar to the backpacks worn by most Pokémon Trainers throughout the Pokémon series.

Pikachu

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Pikachu's alternate costumes in SSBM

Yellow Y Based on it's appearance from the Pokémon series.
Red R Has Pikachu wearing the hat of Red, the protagonist of the Generation I Pokémon games. The fur color also resembles that of Pikachu's shiny coloration in the Pokémon games.
Blue B Has Pikachu wearing a party hat similar to the party hats from the previous game.
Green G N/A

Roy

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Roy's alternate costumes in SSBM

Purple P Resembles his appearance from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
Red R Based on the standard color for enemy units in Fire Emblem games.
Blue B Based on the standard color for player units in the Fire Emblem games. It is the only alternate costume to change Roy's golden trim color.
Green G Based on the standard color for NPC units in Fire Emblem.
Yellow Y N/A

Samus

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Samus's alternate costumes in SSBM

Orange R Based on her appearance from Super Metroid.
Pink P Based off the appearance of the Varia Suit when missiles are selected in the original NES Metroid game.
Black B N/A
Green G In Japan, the original Smash 64 website referred to this alternate costume as "Production Model Samus", often referred to as "Mass Produced Samus" in the community.
Purple P Based on the Gravity Suit.

Sheik

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Sheik's alternate costumes in SSBM

All of these colors go with Zelda's costume and come from the same game as Zelda's.

Navy N Based on their appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Corresponds with Zelda's pink colour, hence why it isn't used for team battles.
Red R Corresponds with Zelda's red color.
Blue B Corresponds with Zelda's blue color.
Green G Corresponds with Zelda's green color.
White W Corresponds with Zelda's white color. This costume is the only one which changes Sheik's skin tone.

Yoshi

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Yoshi's alternate costumes in SSBM

All of Yoshi's costumes appear as different variations of the Yoshi species in many of his games, such as Yoshi's Story and Super Mario World.

Green G Resembles his appearance from the Nintendo 64 era and Yoshi's Story.
Red R Based on the Fire-breathing Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Blue B Based on the Flying Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Yellow Y Based on the Stomping Yoshi in Super Mario World.
Pink P Based on the Pink Yoshi from Yoshi's Story.
Cyan C Based on the Light-Blue Yoshi from Yoshi's Story.

Young Link

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Young Link's alternate costumes in SSBM

All of Young Link's colors are exactly the same as Link's, except ordered where the black and white costumes are switched.

Green G Based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
Red R Based on the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Blue B Based on the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
White W Resembles the use of the Blue Ring in The Legend of Zelda.
Black B Based off a color tunic hack from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Zelda

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Zelda's alternate costumes in SSBM

Pink P Based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Red R Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses the red ring, but not the blue ring. Also resembles Zelda's appearance in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Blue B Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses the blue ring but not the red ring. Also resembles Zelda's maiden outfit in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Green G Resembles Zelda's first appearance in The Legend of Zelda if Link possesses neither the blue ring nor the red ring.
White W Resembles Zelda's field sprite in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

N/A: Color that is original to Super Smash Bros. and doesn't have any particular reference.

Stats

  • There is a total of 123 alternate costumes.
  • The average number of costumes per character is 5.
  • Captain Falcon, Kirby, and Yoshi share the highest amount of color swaps: 6.
  • There are 10 fighters with only 4 color swaps, and 13 fighters with only 5.
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