Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Developer(s) Sora, Game Arts
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Super Smash Bros.
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP January 31, 2008
NA March 9, 2008
EU June 27, 2008
Genre(s) Fighting, Action
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (4), Co-op (4), Online (4)
Input methods Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
GameIDs RSBP01, RSBE01, RSBJ01, RSBK01
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl, known in Japan as Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Ekkusu (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズX), often abbreviated as SSBB or simply as Brawl, is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros. series crossover fighting games, developed by an ad hoc development team consisting of Sora, Game Arts, and staff from other developers, and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console.

Like its predecessors, the object of Brawl is to knock an opponent off the screen. It features a greatly expanded single-player mode known as The Subspace Emissary (SSE). This mode is a plot-driven, side-scrolling beat 'em up featuring FMV cut scenes and playable characters from the game. Like all Smash games, Brawl supports multiplayer battles with up to four combatants, but it is the first game of its franchise to feature online battles, via the Nintendo WiFi Connection.


Accessing "With Friends" menu Causes FPS Drop and AlphaRead Warnings

After connecting to the Nintendo WiFi Connection, when you enter into "Brawl", "Friend roster", "Team Multi-Man Brawl" or "Home-Run Contest" sub-menus the game will suddenly drop to 1-5 FPS and display "Src\PixelEngine.cpp:193 W[PE]: (r16) ALPHAREAD" errors in the Log. This is due to a known slow/problematic codepath, and can be avoided by enabling "Skip EFB access from CPU". This error only appears when interacting with Nintendo WiFi Connection menus. See issue 6553.

Classic Mode Rectangle

After winning a stage in classic mode, the game is supposed to zoom in on the character, and then partition them off into a rectangle with the game stats around them. Depending on what backend and settings are used, the rectangle either shows nothing but a green box (issue 2828) or shows a partial view of the character. Enabling Real XFB fixes the issue, but results in low resolution and distorted graphics.

Master Pieces

Prior to 4.0-1953, attempting to load a Master Piece will freeze the emulator, showing nothing but a black screen with FPS 0, VPS 60, and Speed 100%. As of 4.0-1953 and later, Masterpieces will try to load but they will kick you back to the menu instantly. Attempting to use a cheatcode to disable the timer doesn't work since the masterpiece doesn't actually load. There is no solution at this time, but a fix is in development.

Saving Screenshots

With EFB to Texture, taking a screenshot with the in-game tools will no longer crash the game; but all that will be saved to the album is a garbled mess. You can fix this enabling EFB Copy to RAM. Or you could just use Dolphin's screenshot tool instead (default F9).


Brawl is capable of using both GameCube controllers and Wii Remotes at the same time. If you have a physical controller set to emulate both a GC Pad and a Wii Remote concurrently, the game will use both inputs and the physical controller will operate both player 1 and player 2 at the same time. To fix, disable one of the emulated controllers or move one of them to a second physical controller.

Subspace Emissary Videos

Many disc images of this game are DVD5 (4.7 GB) altered versions of the original DVD9 (8.5 GB) release. In these most of the videos are removed, resulting in black screens or the same video being repeated all the time when playing the Subspace Emissary. Following these videos, the character select screen may appear; however the names represent the characters for the next level. Dolphin cannot fix this problem; the only solution is to rip a full unaltered ISO.

Saves Not Working

On rare occasions the game will create a save but be unable to read or write to it, the exact reason why this happens is unknown. A fix for this:

  • Create a save in-game, then exit emulation
  • Right click on the game and select "Open Wii save folder"
  • Delete the contents of the folder "C:\Users\[YOUR NAME]\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\Wii\title\00010000\52534xxx\data"
  • Launch the game again and when given the option to create a save file, say yes. This should take longer than when you did it the first time, and a confirmation message will also be shown after if it was successful.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Skip EFB Access from CPU On Prevents sudden FPS drops when you are in the Nintendo WFC Menu

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Super Smash Bros. Brawl since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-14095 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

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Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r4341 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz Intel GMA 945G Broken, freeze with the message "Please Insert Super Smash Bros. Game Disc" Jhonn
r4598 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz Intel GMA 945G Broken, freeze with the message "Please Insert Super Smash Bros. Game Disc" Jhonn
2.0 Windows Vista x86 Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2GHz Intel 82945G Very good speed. Even low end CPUs can run this at 40+ FPS. Wiigeek336
r6515 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7 @ 2.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6750M Constant 60 FPS at 1080p. A few minor graphical glitches, but still completely playable onebitwonder
r6815 Windows XP x86 AMD Athlon II X4 @ 3GHz ATI Radeon HD 5450 Good, 55-60 FPS
r7045 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 nVidia GeForce 9800 GT OpenGL Good, 60+ FPS, DirectX 55-60 less texture glitches
r7063 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz Intel GMA 945G Slower, 25-35 FPS in game Jhonn
r7335 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II 720 BE @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 4850 Working good at 50 FPS (Frame limiter on) or around 100 FPS (Framelimiter off). Corrupt (green) Results Display. Using DX11 Plugin ultramann
r7473 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 5750 Perfect: 60 FPS in game and menus, Dual Core Mode enabled, resolution 1680x1050 full-screen, x16 Anisotropic filtering, x3 scale, EFB Copy: Texture, OpenCL enabled, 64 bits mode. Juliannb
r7477 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 910 @ 3GHz AMD Radeon HD 6970 Broken, freeze with the message "Please Insert Super Smash Bros. Game Disc" FHaze
r7490 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3GHz ATI Radeon HD 4870 Working at 45-60 FPS. Occasional crashes. However, results screens in all modes are broken. Ragnar.Kon
r7546 Mac OS X 10.6.7 Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2Ghz nVidia GeForce 9400 Works really fast; had to enable frame rate limiting. However, all character names in battle, and all the names in the Classic "credits" coin shoot are broken/appear as bar codes.
r7598 Windows 7 x64 Intel Quad Core Xeon @ 2.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Various Audio Bugs: Cutout, Feedback, etc. SephirothFanatic
3.0 Windows 7 x86 Intel Pentium E6600 @ 3.06GHz nVidia GeForce G210 A few sound issues, 40-60 FPS
3.0 Linux x86_64 (Ubuntu 11.04) Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4GHz nVidia GeForce 8600 GT Very Good individuo7
r7623 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-870 @ 2.9GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Very Good! algeerian
r7714 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2600k @ 3.4GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 580 Perfect emulation! Only tried a few matches though. YouHaveRROD
r7716 Linux x86_64 (Gentoo) Intel Core 2 Due T8300 @ 2.4GHz nVidia GeForce 8600M GT Almost perfect, no visible lags. Settings = 960x792, skip EFB from CPU, EFB virtual only and disabled : external frame buffer, fog, per-pixel depth, dest. alpha pass. Tested on EUR version (RSBP01) Yuusha-sama
^3.0 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II 1100T Black 3.3GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Perfect, 60 FPS all times just some random crashes and minor audio issues Aldaris
^3.0 Arch Linux x86_64 AMD Phenom II X6 @ 3.3GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 460 PAL version tested; everything works perfect except for small graphical glitches in the scores at the end of the battle. Istar Eldritch
^3.0 Mac OS X 10.6.8 Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @ 1.87GHz nVidia GeForce 9400 GT USA region play fluently till a match starts then game seems to lock up or if it loads has major graphical tears/issues. Zekisu
^3.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.8GHz nVidia GeForce 9600 GT Perfect at 1080p 2.5x native. In the Spear Pillar Stage, there's a bug when the stage goes "mirrored". The 2.5x internal resolution goes to the native resolution but only when Palkia "mirrors" the stage. The rest of the stuff is perfect. (PAL VERSION) Vicarcan93
3.0-178 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz nVidia GeForce GT 440 Constant 60 FPS, except in bigger stages (such as Delfino Plaza) Jhonn
3.0-201 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti DX11, 1920x1080, 3x Native, 2x AA. 60 FPS at all times. Absolutely perfect except for the name/result box glitches. Would be easy to forget the game is being emulated if it weren't for the beautiful high resolution graphics. Helvetica
3.0-204 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2670QM @ 2.2GHz nVidia GeForce GT 525M Very smooth at 1600x900 on DirectX 11 at 2x Native (55-60 FPS in-game). Results screen in Vs. Mode is garbled though and the screenshot tool is broken. Setting EFB Copies to RAM fixes them, but causes massive slowdown (slows to 25-30 FPS in-game). Marioman1
3.0-377 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2600k @ 3.4GHz & 4.2GHz nVidia GeForce 560 Ti GTX @ 3.4GHz DX11 Resolution: 1900x1200 Internal Resolution: X3 1920x1584, AA 8 samples, Quality Level 32, AF 16x, Always 60 FPS.@4.2GHz R: 1900x1200 IR: X4 AA 8 QL32, AF 16x, 60 FPS as well. Note: DX11 (vsync off) Yumiyoyo
^3.0-201 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2410M @ 2.3GHz nVidia GeForce GT 525M Graphics and character textures are perfect. 4 players lower the FPS, but 2 players work fine. Cut-scenes play awfully slowly and they seem to be lower-pitched. I've tried everything to correct that, but it doesn't fix it. Doubled-revolutions
^r7283 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3 @ 2.1GHz Intel HD Graphics Constant 45-60 FPS A few minor graphical glitches, but still completely playable Honguito98
3.0-458 Mac OS X 10.7.3 Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.26GHz nVidia GeForce 9400M 40-60 FPS in game, slower with more players, runs well for the most part. SSE works perfectly so far but for a few audio glitches Ub3rRoy
3.0-735 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.20GHz ATI Radeon HD 5800 Perfect, 60 FPS in-game (up to two human player tested), 55-60 sometimes in menu; Backend:Direct3D9, V-Sync:on (minor slowdown with this off), Fullscreen resolution: 1920x1080, Internal Resolution: 4x Native, Anti-Aliasing: 4x SSAA, Anisotropic Filtering: 2x, DSP Emulator Engine: DSP LLE. Mazza
3.0-758 Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) x86_64 Intel Core i7-2670QM nVidia GeForce GT540M Perfect, with FPS ~60 during gameplay (2X Native) and limit FPS in 65 or off.
3.0-804 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-3570K nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti Perfect, 60 FPS (even with 4 players); DX9, 2x native, EFB to RAM, AA off, AF 16x, and LLE audio. soren121
3.5-1154 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 275 New-AX-HLE 2.0 merger. HLE works like a charm. And thanks to previous updates, so does EFB to Texture :D. MaJoR
3.5-1387 Windows 8 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Okay. 50-60 FPS, stable.
^3.5-367 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1GHz ATI Radeon HD 5450 Perfect, 60 FPS and 100% speed.
^3.5-367 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-650 @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 5570 Near perfect with mostly 100% speed. Rare sound problems with Directsound can occur (scratchy sound and sound distortion), which are disappearing after the match is over. Changing the Audio Backend to XAudio2 seems to fix this problem. Those sound issues should be extremely rare then. But XAudio2 seemed to be the reason, why the game may crash during Single-player (Classic Mode). Would recommend using Directsound. Newer revisions of Dolphin 3.5 (like 3.5-1769 or 3.5-2381) do not fix the problems and the game runs less flawless with those tested revisions. There are also some slowdowns on curtain stages and in some videos of the Adventure Mode. DARK
4.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-3770K nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Graphic Settings altered, still full speed Zcair
4.0.1 Windows 7 X64 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.4GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 460 @ 850MHz Game works fine and is fully playable but there are graphical bugs and slowdowns. Using EFB to RAM causes major slowdowns. Changing texture accuracy to safe causes major slowdowns. Changing AA setting causes major slowdowns. Most games 4X SSAA isn't slow for me but this game has some kind of problem with it. Kilobytez95
4.0.2 Windows 8.1 x64 AMD FX-8350 AMD Radeon R9 270X some bugs but full speed,with altered graphics options it slows downs a little (55 FPS) Zcair
4.0.2 Windows 8 x64 Intel Core i5-4200u Intel HD Graphics 4400 Minimal settings, stable FPS Zcair
4.0.2 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 560M Runs fair enough. 47-60 FPS, depending on settings. BillyAlt
4.0.2 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.6GHz nVidia GeForce 780 Ti Constant 100%, works beautifully. Green rectangle appears after a battle but doesn't make any difference to gameplay. Completed SSE without any problems + tested for around 6 hours otherwise without finding any issues. Using Dolphin Recommended Settings, 4 x Internal, OpenGL, 16 x CSAA himalayan
4.0-1492 Windows 8 x64 Intel Core i5-3350P AMD Radeon HD 7770 Perfectly at 60 FPS, full speed, 2.5x resolution, tested on adventure mode TheReduxPL
4.0-1767 Windows 8.1 x64 AMD A8-5600K AMD Radeon HD 6770 Perfectly at 60 FPS, full speed, 4x resolution, tested on battle mode LordShadowWolf
4.0-2005 Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) x64 AMD A10-5800K AMD Radeon HD 7660D Full Speed! ( 50FPS/50FPS cutscenes don't show correctly for some reason SimonStreakio
4.0-2496 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3 nVidia GeForce 210 Full speed except in character select screen where if fall from 50 to 40 or when there are many particles on screen Flamerion
^4.0.2 Arch Linux x64 Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.4 GHz nVidia GeForce GTS 450 Perfect. 10n45

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