Super Smash Bros. Melee used the X and Y buttons on the Gamecube controller to change costumes.

Mario

Mario's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Mario's yellow costume is based on Wario, the same as his previous yellow costume.
  • Mario's blue costume is a red/blue reversal of his traditional colors. This is seen as a partial reference to Mario's varying appearances in games prior to Nintendo's officially establishment of Mario's outfit of consisting of a red shirt, blue overalls and red hat. In various earlier games, Mario occasionally also appeared with sometimes a blue hat, red shirt with blue overalls or a red hat, blue shirt with red overalls. Interestingly however, Mario never appeared in any game with the particular combination of a blue hat, blue shirt, with red overalls as it appears here.
  • Mario's brown and white costume is a reference to Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew.
  • Mario's green costume is a color inverse of his traditional colors. Contrary to popular belief it is not a reference to Luigi, however it does coincidentally resemble Luigi's colors from the arcade version of Mario Bros.

Luigi

Luigi's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Luigi's white costume is a reference to Fire Luigi from Super Mario Bros. and subsequent games after.
  • His red costume comes from the game, Wrecking Crew, in which Luigi wears pink.

Peach

Peach's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Peach's yellow costume changes nearly her entire appearance to that of Daisy, including her hair color, hair style, earrings, dress style, gloves, crown and even skin color.
  • Her blue & green costumes imitates Mario & Luigi's caddies in NES Open Tournament Golf.
  • Peach's white costume imitates her Nurse Toadstool costume from Dr. Mario.

Bowser

Bowser's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Bowser's blue costume came from the international artwork for Super Mario Bros.

Yoshi

Yoshi's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • All of Yoshi's costumes appear as different variations of the Yoshi species in many of his games.
  • Yoshi's pink costume resembles Birdo.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Two of his costumes came from Donkey Kong 64's "Monkey Smash".

Captain Falcon

Captain Falcon's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Captain Falcon's red costume is based off his rival Blood Falcon's outfit, even altering the logo on his back.
  • Captain Falcon's white costume is based off the colors of Jody Summers's outfit.
  • His black costume possibly came from the Japanese commercial for F-Zero X.
  • Captain Falcon's green costume is based off the colors of Pico's outfit.

Ness

Ness's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • It is possible his blue costume came from the Devil Machine's eye for the color of Ness's hat.

Ice Climbers

The Ice Climbers' alternate costumes in SSBM

  • The Ice Climbers' orange and red costumes will place Nana in the lead, making Popo follow. The voice samples are swapped to match up with the change.

Kirby

Kirby's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Kirby's yellow costume is Keeby. It is also the same as when he is Beam Kirby, sans the hat.
  • Kirby's red costume is the same as when he is Fire Kirby, sans the hat.
  • Kirby's blue costume is the same as when he is Ice Kirby, sans the hat.
  • Kirby's white costume is a reference to his monochrome appearance from the original Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy. Coincidentally, it is also similar to the colors of Kirby's depiction on the North American box cover of Kirby's Dream Land.

Samus

Samus's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Samus's default costume is her Varia Suit.
  • Samus's pink costume is based off the appearance of the Varia Suit when missiles are selected in the original NES Metroid game. It is also the color of the Gravity Suit in iterations prior to Metroid Prime.
  • Samus' purple costume is based on the Gravity Suit from Metroid Prime & subsequent games after

Link

Link's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Link's red costume is based on the the Goron Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Link's blue costume is based on the the Zora Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Link's violet costume resembles the use of the Blue Ring in The Legend of Zelda, this color would later be used in The Four Swords series.
  • Link's black costume is a homage to Dark Link. However, unlike the Brawl version, it is only his tunic.

Mewtwo

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Mario's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Mewtwo's green costume is its "shiny" variation in from the Pokémon series.

Mr. Game & Watch

Mr. Game & Watch's alternate costumes in SSBM

Some of his alternate costumes came from the colored LCD screens.

Marth

Marth's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Marth's white costume is based on Leaf, the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.

Pikachu

Pikachu's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Pikachu's red costume has it wearing the hat of Red, the protagonist of the original Pokémon installment. It's also based on a "shiny" Pikachu.
  • Pikachu's blue costume has it wearing a blue party hat (like the one in the original).
  • Pikachu's green costume has it wearing a green cowboy hat.

Pichu

Pichu's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Pichu's green costume gives it a backback similar to the one worn by Ash in the Pokémon anime.
  • Pichu's blue costume gives it goggles similar to the "Swimmer" class of the Pokémon series.

Roy

Roy's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Roy's red, blue and green costume came from the colored units from Fire Emblem ga

Ganondorf

Ganondorf's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Ganondorf's purple costume possibly represents one of his beast forms' attire.

Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Dr. Mario's green clothes are possibly a reference to Rudy the Clown, Dr. Mario's main rival in the series.

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Jigglypuff's yellow palette swap is that of a crown, which has the exact same design as Peach's.

Fox

Fox's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Fox's green outfit is possibly modeled after his father, James McCloud.

Falco

Falco's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • Falco's green outfit is assumed to be what he wore when he was not a member of the Star Fox team.

Zelda

Zelda's alternate costumes in SSBM

Young Link

Young Link's alternate costumes in SSBM

  • All of Young Link's colors are exactly the same as Link's, except ordered differently.
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