How to Unlock Characters in "Super Smash Brothers Melee"


The second of its series, "Super Smash Bros. Melee" is perhaps best known for selling the most copies of any GameCube title at 7.09 million units. This installment makes 14 of its 25 characters available the moment you load the game, but that means you must meet the prerequisites to unlock the remaining 11. Depending on your preferences, you have two paths to unlock a given character. For example, you could either complete the story or play a certain number of matches to unlock Jigglypuff.

Unlockable Characters

  • The 11 unlockable characters are Jigglypuff, Pichu and Mewtwo from "Pokemon," Dr. Mario, Luigi, Falco Lombardi of "Star Fox," Marth and Roy of "Fire Emblem," Young Link as depicted in "Ocarina of Time," Ganondorf from the Zelda series, and Mr. Game & Watch from his self-titled game. None of these characters depend on completing difficult goals to unlock them, meaning a player of any skill level can unlock the full roster.


  • The first mode to complete is either Classic Mode or Adventure Mode. Completing one of these modes immediately rewards you with Jigglypuff and Dr. Mario. Playing through with 10 characters, including teenage Link and Zelda, will unlock Young Link. Finish with four other characters to unlock Marth, and finish with him without using a continue to get Roy. If you complete this mode with every character, you'll unlock Mr. Game & Watch. Completing certain events also unlocks other characters, such as Ganondorf if you succeed in the 29th event match. Finally, Mewtwo becomes available after you've logged 20 total hours of versus matches.


  • If you're not keen on story mode, you can still unlock all characters in the game just by playing versus matches. The first unlock, Jigglypuff, won't happen until you've completed 50 versus matches. After this, you'll unlock the remainder of the characters after every 100 matches in the following order: Dr. Mario, Pichu, Falco Lombardi, Marth, Young Link, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Luigi, Roy and Mr. Game & Watch. These unlocks are not conditional upon wins and losses, simply total matches played.

Other Unlockables

  • Besides characters, "Super Smash Bros. Melee" offers its players many other unlockables to achieve. For example, in addition to getting Pichu with 200 versus matches, you'll also get the Poke Floats stage to battle on. You can also unlock 290 trophies, many of which are randomly awarded as part of your rewards. There are 293 trophies in all, but three are exclusive to Japan. The first 20 unlockable events require you to complete most of the 10 initially available events, in addition to what you unlocked. Events 31 through 39 open once you finish the 26th event and acquire Falco, Young Link and Luigi. Events 40 through 50 become available when you unlock the full roster. Finally, finishing the first 50 events reveals a final one.

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