Super Smash Bros. Melee was released on Nintendo GameCube in November 2001 and serves as the second entry in the series. This title brought 14 new characters ranging from very obscure characters like Mr. Game & Watch to characters that were only known in Japan like Marth. Melee is known for being one of the most popular competitive fighting games featured at tournaments like the Evolution Championship Series, or Evo for short. In this article, we’re taking a look at the amiibo for the characters that were introduced in this game.
If you happened to miss out on our coverage on the amiibo for the characters that were introduced in the first title on Nintendo 64, you can check that out here!
Mario’s damsel in distress, though she’s perfectly capable of handling herself based on her move set in Super Smash Bros. This amiibo was released as part of the first wave. Detailing on these figures have increased in quality with later releases as you’ll see with the Daisy amiibo who has a very similar build. Over time, paint transfer has become one of the main issues with this figure with the jewels in her crown giving her hair some extra color.
The King of Koopas, Bowser, is probably one of the most known villains in video games. Bowser was considered for the first title, but he didn’t end up making it and was put into the roster for the second entry. This amiibo was released in February 2015 as part of wave 3. Not using any plastic supports, this amiibo is nicely sculpted and detailed. If your amiibo is like mine, Bowser might look like he has a lazy eye when looking at his face straight on. Bowser is one of the heaviest amiibo weighing in at 105 grams.
When considering characters for the second entry, Sakurai used a fighter poll to help decide who should be added to the roster. There was a category for characters who had titles on NES and SNES and Ice Climbers happened to be requested. Ice Climbers are a unique set of characters being a duo fighter, having the second character to mimic and allow additional hits. Not being able to include this character in the 4th entry due to technical limitations delayed this amiibo to be released in February 2019 after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release. Rather than using clear plastic supports, this amiibo adds what looks like ice to hold up Nana and not distract from the figure.
A Sheikah with a secret, Sheik made their debut in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and has been a very popular character although only appearing in one mainline Zelda title. When considering characters for the franchise, it’s important to Masahiro Sakurai that there’s something significant about the gameplay of the fighter. Due to Sheik’s unique situation, it was clear for them to be included. This amiibo was released in February 2015 as part of wave 3 and was one of the earlier amiibo that has a lot of detail, even including the hidden eye under their hair.
Nintendo’s second lady, Zelda first graced us with her presence in 1986 in The Legend of Zelda. While Zelda is a very important character, she caught Masahiro Sakurai’s attention due to the transformation she had in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This amiibo was released in December 2014 as part of wave 2. Comparable to the Marth amiibo, her face isn’t as detailed as more recently released amiibo. Her fingers are very “chunky” and parts of her tiara is painted on her head rather than being molded. Zelda characters in each Super Smash Bros. title have received updates to their character designs, so it would be nice to see a new amiibo for the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom.
Dr. Mario launched the attack of the clone fighters on the roster. Clone fighters share a similar move set with another character, but vary slightly in order to stand as their own. The addition of a clone does not take up the space of a unique character on the roster. These characters take less time to develop as they require less resources. This amiibo was released in September 2015 as part of the 6th wave. Even though this is just Mario in a doctor’s coat, a completely new sculpt was made to reflect this unique identity.
Pichu, the tiny mouse Pokémon, is referred to as what’s known as a joke character in the fighting game genre. Pichu was a relevant addition with the recent release of Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver at the time. This Pokémon represented the baby Pokémon, a new addition to the franchise along with being able to breed Pokémon. This amiibo was released in July 2019 as part of wave 14 and accurately represents the cuteness of Pichu. It appears that the ears are glued onto its head as there is a bit of clear dried residue dripping down the sides of their head.
Falco could probably be an alternate costume for Fox because he has also received the clone character treatment. Falco’s amiibo was released after the whole base roster in the fourth entry received their figures in November 2015. For a character who has been around since 2001, you would think he would get represented a bit earlier. The wait was worth it because it’s one of the best looking amiibo. His tail is detailed to look like actual bird feathers and his reflector on his hip looks like you could take it off and use it yourself.
Back in 2001, not many people outside of Japan were familiar with the Fire Emblem series as the games were not localized until the 7th entry. Marth was initially considered for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, but was ultimately rejected because he wouldn’t have been recognizable. This is the reason that he was added to Melee though, to make people more aware of the Fire Emblem series. This amiibo was released as part of the first wave. Detailed human-like faces were something that the early amiibo struggled with, and Marth represents the bottom of that barrel. Luckily, amiibo quality has improved with each release.
Another Link? Don’t be surprised because you’ll be seeing another one in the next article, too. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time featured a time travel mechanic where Link would go 7 years into the future and also appear 7 years older. Both Link and Young Link appear together in Melee with Young Link being a clone character, though having a slight variation in using fire arrows as their side special. Young Link didn’t appear in a Super Smash Bros. title again until Ultimate and had an amiibo release in April 2019. This amiibo almost looks like we pulled this character out of the game and is an example of how much they’ve improved since 2014.
Ganondorf is famously known as a clone character by the Super Smash Bros. community, having a very similar move set to Captain Falcon. Ganondorf was a very late addition to the roster of Super Smash Bros. Melee and he wouldn’t have secured a spot if he didn’t have a similar build to his clone counterpart. This amiibo was released as part of wave 6 in September 2015. Detailing had greatly improved within just a year of amiibo releases as can be seen with the intricate paint details and a more accurate face, though human eyes still seemed to be a struggle to get right.
Like Pichu, Mewtwo was also added to this game due to their relevance and popularity. Pokémon: The First Movie saw great success in theaters and Mewtwo continues to be recognizable to even people who aren’t fans of Pokémon. While this occurred in the fourth entry, Mewtwo has played a bigger role in this series as they were the first DLC fighter to ever be released, creating more opportunities for fan favorites to receive a spot on the iconic roster. This amiibo was released in November 2015 as part of wave 7. Pokémon amiibo have never had glaring issues in terms of production and Mewtwo continued that trend.
Roy’s first game was technically Super Smash Bros. Melee because his debut Fire Emblem title wasn’t released prior to Melee’s launch. His addition to the roster served as an advertisement for those outside of Japan as this was the first localized Fire Emblem title. Roy is another clone character and was ultimately cut from the roster in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he saw a return as a DLC fighter in the 4th entry. This amiibo was released in March 2016 as part of the 9th wave. The detailing of human-like faces drastically improved and Roy’s shines in comparison to Marth.
Mr. Game & Watch represents more of a platform than a specific character. Nintendo’s Game & Watch was a series of handheld games that served as Nintendo’s first major success within the video game industry. While an obscure character, it’s humbling to see them pay respect to where they got their start in the market. This amiibo saw a release in September 2015 as part of wave 6. It’s a unique amiibo as Mr. Game & Watch can be removed from the stand and be replaced with three other sculpts that were included in the box.
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Last modified: November 8, 2020