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This article is about the Super Smash Bros. Melee/Brawl/Nintendo 3DS stage. For the area in the Metroid games, see Brinstar. For the other Metroid stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee see Planet Zebes: Brinstar Depths.

It's the dreaded, legendary ocean of acid!
The rising and falling ocean of acid changes the field of play greatly.

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Brinstar Melee

Brinstar in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Brinstar is a stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that depicts Zebes's deep caverns, and is based on the area of the same name. The stage is available from the start, and the player fights Samus Aran there in most of her appearances. In Adventure Mode, after fighting Samus, the player must evacuate Zebes in one minute and traverse a tall escape shaft.

Its return in Ultimate was confirmed via the assets in the background of Ridley's character page.

Brinstar is arguably a hard stage to battle on. Acid constantly surges up and down from the core, dealing damage, but when the acid level is high it serves as a "cushion" that prevents you from being knocked out by falling off of the main platform. Two of the three floating platforms are held up by fleshy stalks; these can be destroyed to tilt the platforms. Also, if one attacks the vulnerable part of the floor, it will split into two parts, making it harder for people to fight.

This stage is essentially a redesign of the Planet Zebes stage from Super Smash Bros.


Brain-like creatureEdit

There is an alien organism attached to the ceiling in the far background of the stage that resembles a brain with a wiggling tentacle, or "tail", which is actually a spinal cord. It is a common misconception that this organism is Mother Brain, but it lacks several of the Space Pirate leader's characteristic features, such as the single eye, spikes protruding from the brain and wrinkles. The Fumbleye creature in the later-released Metroid: Other M is similar to this organism. It shares the articulated "tail" and is also attached to the ceiling. However the Fumbleye has an eye and more features, which are lacking in this organism.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Official Game GuideEdit

"Inspired by: Metroid
This stage contains a cluster of platforms suspended within a cavern. Over the course of a battle, the cavern occasionally fills with acid, rendering any submerged platforms unusable. Any fighters who touch the acid will be launched into the air with a damaging attack, so move as needed to keep clear of this environmental hazard. There’s a weak spot near the center of the lowest platform - destroying this spot will temporarily split the platform in half.

The platforms tremble each time the acid level rises or lowers. At its highest point, the acid covers the three lower platforms, leaving a single platform as the only safe perch."


  • This stage is called "4-1ZEBES" in the Melee debug menu.
  • The Torizo from Super Metroid can be seen standing up and walking around in the background.
  • Near the Torizo are bricks with angry faces, these appeared in the blue-rock part of Brinstar in Metroid.
  • The fleshy stalks of biomatter holding the stage together is similar to the Zebetites that protected Mother Brain in her appearances. Like the Zebetites, the stalks must be hit repeatedly before they break, and they will regenerate if left alone. However, they still regenerate if destroyed, after some time.