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Incredible Super Smash Bros Melee mod turns graphics N64 style

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new mod for Super Smash Bros Melee takes the Nintendo GameCube classic and morphs it into looking like the N64 original. 

The mod, appropriately named Super Smash Bros Melee 64, is available using the Dolphin Emulator. But the new old graphics can actually help with the game’s performance. 

According to a FAQ on the mod’s website, “Super Smash Bros. Melee 64 not only uses lower quality character models, but also has fewer polygons on many stages as well as simpler (and often lower resolution) textures.” 

They claim that in many instances, this mod of the game will run smoother than other versions of Melee.

It’s cool to see what characters introduced in Melee would have looked like back on the Nintendo 64. Those characters include Peach, Ice Climbers, Zelda/Shiek, Young Link, Falco, Bowser, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Pichu, Roy, Marth, and Mr Game & Watch and Dr Mario. 

The mod even gets its own new Fire Emblem character in the form of Leif. Leif is the protagonist from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He is only a visual change from Marth, however, and does not have an original moveset or his own stats.

Additionally, the game features 29 playable stages, along with balanced and giant changes for some variety. 

Super Smash Bros Melee 64
Super Smash Bros Melee 64
The character select screen in the mod features all of Melee's finest

Super Smash Bros Melee was released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube and has become of the most popular fighting games of all time. It has sold more than seven million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling GameCube game of all time. 

While other Smash Bros games have been released since such as Brawl and Smash for Wii U, Melee’s competitive scene has outlived that of both titles. The most recent game in the series, Ultimate, is still going strong and has the most entrants out of any game at Evo 2019 in Las Vegas. 

Super Smash Bros Melee 64
Super Smash Bros Melee 64
Bowser did not appear in the Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64

You can download Super Smash Bros Melee 64 now. Let us know what you think about the mod on Twitter.