By far the biggest mod
for a console game ever.
Please secure your wrist strap to safely contain hype.Project M
is a mod of the popular Nintendo Mascot
Fighter Super Smash Bros Brawl
, inspired by competitive-style Super Smash Bros. Melee
and designed to add rich, fast-paced, and technical gameplay to a well-balanced cast of characters. It's created by a group of tournament-style Smash Bros.
enthusiasts known as the Project M
Development Team (PMDT) (previously known as the Project M Back Room, PMBR), some of whom were involved in Brawl+
, the previous attempt to modify Brawl
into a better-balanced and competitively-oriented game. Importantly, it isn't just a copy of Melee
; the goal is to tweak all 39 characters in Brawl
's roster (and Melee fan favorites Roy and Mewtwo) to be viable yet fair fighters against the likes of the best characters Melee
has to offer. Ultimately, the project is meant to create the ideal version of Super Smash Bros.
: one that is well-balanced, is energetic, and supports a dynamic balance between offensive and defensive playstyles, yet overall slightly favors offense. Simply put, it's a fan-made sequel/remake/improvement/conceptual expansion of Melee
So far, public reception has been extremely
positive, landing Project M
front-page coverage and wiki support
from the major gaming news website IGN
was released in January 2014, while Version 3.5 was released on November 14th
For information on the characters, see the character sheets: Melee Veterans
and Brawl Newcomers
Compare to Air Dash Online
, which was another game project inspired by competitive-style Melee
. Not to be confused with Metroid: Other M
. Read our Forum discussion about it here
.Download the mod here.
You will need a copy of Brawl
and a 2 GB SD card (it has
to be 2 GB or smaller) for the hackless method to work.
This game has examples of:
- Adaptation Decay: The Custom Stage menu in Vanilla Brawl has been disabled, as the StackSmash exploit (which enables Wii hacking) requires the stage list to be empty. Thankfully, though, if you have the Homebrew Channel version and thus only needed the exploit once, the small line in the code disabling it is easy to seek and eliminate.
- April Fools' Day: The PMDT made a trailer that demonstrates the supposed new, over-the-top direction the game will take in Demo 3.0. However, "Turbo Mode" was later confirmed to be an actual bonus mode in the update. Spiky-Eared Pichu still probably won't be in the game, though.
- Artificial Brilliance: There have been slight tweaks to the characters' AI, including all CPU-controlled characters being able to wavedash, some characters being able to recover more efficiently, and all characters being capable of L-cancelling.
- Artificial Stupidity: Since it's largely Brawl AI, the CPUs are incapable of fully utilizing the advanced techniques and technical potential of the game (e.g. chaingrabbing and DACUSnote ). This has largely been fixed with 3.0, although there are still some issues (such as an extremely suicidal A.I. prior to the 3.02 patch).
- Ascended Glitch: Wavedashing, though technically not a glitch, has a similar case in that it was an odd side effect of mechanics in Melee, and is now a fully intentional mechanic in Project M, meaning the game is actually designed and balanced around it.
- Attack Reflector: Everyone can achieve this if they perfect shield, though it's much harder than using a relevant special move to do so.
- Backstory: The project has two Game Mod precursors: Brawl+ (which is generally considered a failure), and a subsequent small project to replicate Falco's Melee functionality as a custom character for regular Brawl (which soon expanded to the goal of making the entirety of Brawl like Melee, but better).
- Battle Aura: Every character has this in Turbo Mode.
- Beta Test: Aside from maintaining public interest and support, the purpose of the public demos is to beta test P:M on a large scale, thus making bug-searching easier and character-balancing decisions statistically reasonable.
- Combos: Although comboing is a mainstay of the Fighting Game genre, this is the first time in Smash that combos of such complexity are intentional and integral to the gameplay.
- The infamous Turbo Mode grants on-hit-cancel to every attack in the game, a mechanic usually exclusive to most of Lucario's attacks. note Turbo Mode makes it possible to cancel any attack... into any other attacknote , allowing the most extensive combos ever seen in a Smash game. The result is gameplay that looks like it's from Marvel vs. Capcom, and it is glorious.
- The Bus Came Back: This was the first use of the Clone Engine — bringing back characters that had been cut out of Brawl.
- Call Back: The game loves to do this, adding a number of references to older games; aside from the classic stages and classic characters, most of the alternate costumes give characters their appearances from specific games, even if said appearances have never been officially rendered in 3D before, such as Wolf's Star Fox 2 inspired costume (which was just a communicator headshot sprite in its original appearance).
- Color-Coded Multiplayer: Sonic, Lucario, and Pokémon Trainer's team were given more obvious recolors, as the ones in Brawl were too close to each other to be considered fair in hectic tournament play.
- Competitive Balance: It's one of the fundamental ideas of the game.
- Composite Character: Most fighters are based on their Melee incarnation (if they have one), but anything interesting from their 64 and/or Brawl incarnations, where applicable, are implemented as well.
- Mario is stated to combine the best of Mario and Dr. Marionote .
- Toon Link is a combination of elements from his incarnation in Brawl, Young Link from Melee, and Link's incarnation from the original game.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
- If an outside modder tried to access the unfinished characters in Demo 2.6 and earlier by adding and using a fully-unlocked character select screen, the game simply loads Mario instead, both to prevent access to said characters and to prevent potential crashes. (Compare to Copy Protection.) Back then, the game wasn't close to complete, so the PMDT wanted to keep its work generally proprietary.
- If Classic or All-Star mode is completed with Roy or Mewtwo, then Mario's trophies are rewarded.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Zigzagged to accomodate whatever is necessary: Lucas has had his special moves overhauled to make him more different from Ness, but many changes made in Brawl, like Falco's kicked reflector and Mario's FLUDD, have been undone. Ganondorf has been reverted back to his Melee playstyle, but keeps the Brawl Ganondorf's Flame Choke.
- Fan Remake: Though with occasional tweaks, P:M contains stages, physics, and character mechanics derived from Smash 64 and Melee.
- Some character aspects that were in the characters' source material games, but not native to the official Smash Bros. games, such as animations, were remade and implemented.
- In general, the purpose of this mod is to recreate the technical and fast-paced experience of Melee, and then make the game even better, technically and aesthetically.
- Fan Sequel: To Melee, since Smash as a series has general subsequent installments rather than direct sequels (in terms of gameplay)note - unlike Brawl, P:M was created with the intent of playing like an actual sequel.
- Game-Breaking Bug: As a side-effect of the first Subspace Emissary cutscene replacing the generic "Congratulations montage" to prevent crashing when one beat Classic Mode with a character that's not supposed to be there, it's not possible to start a new file on the Emissary — the game crashes when the time comes to select your character. Can be worked around, though, by loading a previous save made in Vanilla Brawl.
- Game Mod: And there is even room for Game Mods for this Game Mod.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Roy has his golden costume from Melee once again, and Mewtwo has this as a bonus recolor for his armor.
- House Rules: Averted in that the conventional competitive set (which was previously customized from Smash's options) is now default, which saves players the trouble of ever needing to set the rules manually. 4 stock, 8 minutes, and team attack turned on.
- Same goes with the crew mode; what was once house rules is now a basic feature.
- Iconic Outfit: Expanded thanks to the Alt. Costume Engine: Now, Wario isn't the only character to have a second outfit with its own set of palette swaps. See the character pages for details.
- I Shall Taunt You: Smash 64's Taunt Canceling was brought back.note
- Knockback: Restored to Melee standards thanks to the Knockback Stacking fix. Suppose a player is knocked more than once in a row. If the player is hit within 10 frames after an initial attack, the second hit's knockback would completely replace the knockback and hitstun of the first attack. However, if a player is hit after those 10 frames (yet still in knockback), the hitstun would still be replaced, but the knockback vectors for the two moves would be added together when they are in opposing directions (and the greater of the two is used when they are not). This huge breakthrough adds to the "Meleesque" feel of many combos.
- Knockback Evasion: Teching, which has always been a mainstay of the Smash Bros. series.
- Letter Motif: The letter "M", obviously.
- Characters are often referred to with the letter "M" to distinguish them from their other Smash incarnations. For example, Mario:M, as opposed to Melee Mario.
- Stages occasionally get this treatment. The stage that's essentially the upper-left chunk of Temple was referred to as Temple:M before being reskinned as Skyloft.
- There's also the reskin of Pokémon Stadium 2 with a Master Ball motif.
- Level Editor: Disabled out of technological necessity — the custom stage list needs to be empty to run the game due to the nature of the exploit that allows Wii hacking. However, a patch exists for those who run the Homebrew Channel version (and thus only needed to use said exploit once).
- Manipulative Editing: Inverted. You might think it had to be done to get the announcer to say "Mewtwo" and "Roy", but surprisingly, voice clips of the announcer saying those characters' names already existed.
- Meteor Move: Footstool jump is one of the few techniques retained from Brawl. Essentially, it gives every character a downward-pushing movenote . Unlike in Brawl, where it's executed by pressing a jump button while on an opponent, it's done with a separate input from the regular jump, so it can be mapped to a different button on the controller (up on the d-pad by default), and it can't be done accidentally.
- Spikes have returned, greater in number. In Brawl, the Melee veterans' spikes were nerfed to be meteor smashes.
- Moveset Clone: Some of the moves introduced in Brawl to differentiate clone characters from their sources were swapped with their Melee counterparts. However, Falco is the only clone character that was completely functionally reverted to his Melee movesetnote . Characters like Ganondorf and Roy have entirely new moves.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The team's trailer makers are known for using gimmicks that aren't in the official release builds:
- Mario's Turbo Tuesday video makes it look as if Mario could switch between being Plumber Mario and Dr. Mario instantly. This isn't mechanically possiblenote and is simply clever editing of splicing two variations of the same clip via Brawl's replay feature.note
- Mewtwo's Turbo Tuesday video shows Pokémon Trainer throwing a Poké Ball at Mewtwo. Pokémon Trainer is not playable.note
- Contrary to Diddy Kong's demonstration video, the boombox victory animation can't be used during a battle.
- No Sell: Characters that relied on tether recovery in Brawl suffered from extremely easy ledge-hogging; when a character was occupying the ledge, the tether couldn't detect the ledge, so the user wouldn't be able to recover. In PM, tethers are no longer dependent on ledge occupation, so the tethers can work without being blocked off. Therefore, multiple characters could grapple to the same ledge at once, with an additional character occupying the ledge. When a tethering character pulls up while the ledge is occupied, he/she ledge-jumps instead.
- Nostalgia Level: Project M brings back Metal Cavern/Meta Crystal, Dreamland, Kongo Jungle, Saffron City, and Hyrule Castle from 64, and Yoshi's Story, Fountain of Dreams, and Fourside from Melee.
- Obvious Beta: Not really a beta, but the first demo fits this trope. Compared to the more recent developers' builds and the second demo, the first demo is very outdated, and it inversely shows how much "Melee-ifying" the team has accomplished in months.
- One-Letter Title
- Our Fairies Are Different: Jigglypuff's bonus costume gives her cute little fairy wings. Fitting of her new Fairy typing.
- Power-Up: Along with the ones present in Brawl, a new item (replacing the Superspicy Curry) has been added in 3.0 that activates Turbo Mode upon being picked up.
- Region Coding: For now, this mod requires an NTSC Brawl copy and a Wii that could play it. (A Wii with a disabled region lock works.)
- Scenery Porn: Skyloft and the updated Melee Final Destination.
- Scunthorpe Problem: To prevent discussion of this mod on Miiverse, Nintendo issues bans for any post containing "PM" in it, even if you're using it to refer to the time or Paper Mario.
- Many; see the character sheet.
- A stage-based one: Dracula's Castle from Castlevania was created for this game; a third-party franchise not even represented in any of the official Smash games so far.
- Shown Their Work: Many characters were given both functional and aesthetic changes that reflect their incarnations in their previous games. A good example is Wario, who was given several new attacks and animations to make him more of a Wario Land Wario.
- Stylistic Callback: Several of the alternate costumes.
- Tournament Play: This game is made especially for the competitive Smash enthusiasts, so several features were added to give competitive play more professional tools.
- The game has an idle mode; if the game is left on without input for three minutes, the audio will fade, thus making tournaments less hectic with unoccupied game setups.
- The Crew Mode was added to facilitate the process of setting up a crew battle, specifically by making the game automatically detract stock so that suiciding before a match starts is no longer necessary.note
- The stage select screen has been redesigned to be more systematized, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. The stage picture is much larger, and is backed with the Project M logo. The stage icons are grouped by their properties (such as platform layout, hazards, and series franchise), and arranged in tier rows to reflect how complex their layouts are, as well as to separate the starter stages (which occupy the entire bottom row) from the counter-pick stages (for example, Dracula's Castle is on the top, Lylat Cruise is in the middle, and Final Destination is on the bottom). Stages can now be crossed out. Crossing out stages will remove them from the random select as well.note Also, the stage pages can be switched by pressing the L or R button.