Colbert Bump: Thanks to the star power of the more well-known Nintendo franchises like Mario and Zelda, more obscure Nintendo properties like Ice Climber, MOTHER, and Fire Emblem get a lot of exposure through representation in Smash. The Fire Emblem representation even led to every game from Blazing Sword and onward to be localized internationally.note Except for New Mystery of the Emblem
Development Gag: Brawl Shiek is actually based off some early Twilight Princess concept art. Though Sheik didn't reappear in Twilight Princess the design, including the braided hair and thigh wrappings were all used in Brawl.
The most relevant in competitive play is "shine," the down-special move of Fox and Falco. This term is much more accepted in the community because it implies its usage as an attack, rather than as a reflector (the official name).
Randall, the cloud from Melee Yoshi's Story, is considered the god of fate in competitive play. Expect to see a lot of incredible wins and defeats thanks to him.
Captain Falcon's KNEE OF JUSTICE!!!
Peach's vegetables are known as "turnips" in the competitive community.
Pokemon Trainer is referred to as Red heavily often due to various factors. The biggest one is that it's Red's design in Firered/Leafgreen. Trainer's voice is also extremely similar to Ash's, giving him that natural nickname(this doesn't include the fact that he has the same Pokemon as Ash's outside of Ivysaur).
Naturally, David Hayter, Christopher Randolph, Paul Eiding, Rob Paulsen and Kim Mai Guest reprising their Metal Gear Solid roles.
Lucas (and Pit in the English version) is voiced by Lani Minella, known as the current Ivy and the former Rouge the Bat (the latter role makes it quite amusing considering Sonic's presence). Also Luke in the American dub of Professor Layton.
And if you at all find the announcer in Brawl's voice familiar, chances are you watched Bill Nye as a kid or lived in Seattle during the 80's or 90's since that's Pat Cashman, announcer for Bill Nye and the Seattle-only Almost Live.
The voice over in the commercial for the original game (linked above) is none other than Mr. Movie Trailer himself, the late great Don LaFontaine.
Game Mod: The community has an extensive collection of codes for Brawl that can change everything from the mobility of the picture camera to default versus mode settings. Also, several full-on codesets were created to greatly modify Brawl, essentially turning it into different games:
''Brawl+'' changes everything from characters to game physics. It's no longer being worked on because of its decentralized development, over-frequent patching, lack of a strong idea on what the mod is supposed to be and the fact that it's still not Melee. It wasn't at all a waste of time, however, because Plus became the starting point for the mod team's next mod: Project M, which unlike Plus, specifically modifies Brawl to play like Melee.
''Balanced Brawl'' mostly balances the characters by buffing all of them and only nerfing a select few, while keeping the core gameplay and physics as close to regularBrawl as possible. Also, there's no random tripping.
''Brawl-'' might be considered a parody of the above; whereas Plus and Balanced try to balance the characters by making them stronger and weaker in essential, Minus makes balance by breakingeveryone. Its physics and attacks also make it much faster-paced than Brawl.
''Melee: SD Remix'' is a fan-made patch for Melee that balances the cast by emphasizing the characters' inherent strengths (much like the more minimalistic designs used in Project M) and provides more tourney-viable stages.
Now seriously, who didn't expect Mega Man to join the cast?
An early screenshot for the fourth game showed Kirby in the middle of a starry sky. Several people predicted that this starry sky was a Super Mario Galaxy stage. Sometime after the stage was revealed, a lot of people were speculating that this confirmed that Rosalina would be playable. One month later, the Nintendo Direct proved this to be true.
A few people guessed that, given the stage with the boxing ring in the new game, we'd get a Punch-Out!! character. February 13, 2014 confirmed that Little Mac was joining the fight.
Killer App: The Super Smash Bros. series reached the point that its arrival on a new console is almost as anticipated, if not more so, than Mario's.
Melee sold over 7 million units, making it the biggest system seller for the Gamecube. It's also the killer app of the series because it created the tournament scene for the series, and it still has its own tournaments ten years after its release.
A lot of hope is pinned on Smash 4 to be this for the Wii U.
Lying Creator: A marquee at the top of the Punch-Out!! boxing arena stage has the text "Punch-Out!!" scrolling past and a similarly themed icon on the mat. Prior to Little Mac's reveal, these items instead displayed "Smash Bros." and the series' logo. The reasons for this are completely unknown.
Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: The Trope Namer. Marth's debut game (technically a remake thereof) did not appear in American and European markets until 2010, almost nine years after his first exposure to Western audiences. Lip's Stick also has yet to be seen in its natural habitat.
No Budget: It's sometimes hard to notice, but the original N64 title, which was a mere side project for Sakurai to work on during weekends. The sequels have a proper budget.
The situation was originally even worse than most people know; Nintendo didn't want Smash to be at EVO at all, and the news that the broadcast was canceled came after a compromise with the EVO officials to at least allow the tournament to take place without the stream.
Sleeper Hit: The original Super Smash Bros. started a side project by Masahiro Sakurai that Satoru Iwata allowed him to do on the weekends at HAL Laboratory. Eventually Iwata became interested in this "King of the Hill"-like fighter, and the company asked Nintendo if they could use some of their characters. Nintendo was iffy on the entire thing: keeping the budget on the game incredibly small and planning on a Japan-only release. Despite little promotion, the game took off in Japan and was brought to the United States and Europe later that year, becoming a Killer App for the Nintendo 64.
Ur Example: Contrary to popular belief, the original Super Smash Bros for the N64 wasn't the first Platform Fighter game. That title goes to an obscure game released back in 1994 by Namco (now known as Namco Bandai) called The Outfoxies, though the aforementioned game and the SSB games have a lot of differing quirks. On a side note, Namco Bandai just happens to be the company that Nintendo hired to develop the upcoming 4th SSB installment. Of all the companies to choose from...
Rumors of Sonic and Tails being unlockable characters in Melee. In Brawl, the very same rumors actually came to fruition this time around — at least for Sonic. (Tails is just randomly-occurring stage decor, along with Knuckles and Silver.)
The announcement that Solid Snake would be joining the roster led to dozens of rumors about other possible characters, including Simon Belmont and Mega Man. In a repeat of the Sonic incident, the latter of these characters actually did make it into the WiiU and 3DS games.
There were also some rumors (or at least wishful thinking) that Bomberman would make it into the roster.
There was an infamous rumor that Toad was unlockable in Melee by shooting every credit at the end of the game.
Quite a few supposed "leaks" of the fourth game's roster have surfaced. Rather tellingly, many of these are contradictory or include fan-favorite(though not entirely outside the realm of possibility) characters like K. Rool and Takamaru.
There were plans to include real time damage in Brawl as well, with characters looking noticeably damaged if they received too much of a beatdown. Captain Falcon's helmet would become chipped, and Meta Knight's mask would have started to crack.
Melee had Ditto as a Poké Ball Pokémon. It would copy the summoner and attack everyone else. It was taken out because it crashed the console.
Had Mother 3 not been delayed at the time, Ness might have been replaced by Lucas in Melee (and presumably Brawl.)
Bowser, Peach, Mewtwo, Meowth, King Dedede, and Lip, among others, were considered for 64.
According to an official post on the series's Miiverse community, the Villager was considered to be included in Brawl, but was scrapped due to being unsuited to battle. However, Nintendo later changed their mind, thinking he would be a unique character and make the game more interesting.
Ridley was not always intended to be a boss in the Subspace Emissary. In-game data suggests that he was originally going to be an Assist Trophy, but this was changed presumably to spruce up the game's story mode by adding in more name power.