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Board Strategies

The following lists the strategies for each board, the distinctions of each one, and who excels and who is at a disadvantage on each board.

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Yoshi's Island Link's Castle of Hyrule Pikachu's Saffron City
Sector Z (The Great Fox) Peach's Castle Kirby's Dream Land
Samus' Planet Zebes Donkey Kong's Congo Jungle Classic Mario Brothers

Definitions

KO ceiling
The area on each stage "above" the screen where, if you pass through, you will die.  So, for example, if you get launched very high by Fox' flip kick, you will go off the screen, pass through the KO ceiling and die.

KO walls
Similar to KO ceiling, these barriers exist to the left and right of each stage off the screen.  The classic Mario Brothers stage has KO walls that are very close to the edges of the board.

Ledges and Platforms
A platform is anything that you can stand on which is distinguishable from the rest of the board.  A ledge is an edge of a platform that you can hang from.

Yoshi's Island

Description

Yoshi's Island is a relatively small board whose distinction is the existence of clouds to the right and left of the main board.  There is one low cloud to the left of the board and two clouds--one high, one low--to the right of the board.  Obviously, these clouds can be jumped on and this adds a dimension to the strategy of the board.  Another twist is the fact that standing on a cloud for a couple of seconds will cause it to disappear; it won't reappear for a couple of seconds after that.  The rest of the board is rather simplistic with 3 platforms above a larger main platform.

Ledges?  Two: Left and right side of main platform.
Platforms?  Seven: Main platform, top, middle left, and middle right platforms, and the three clouds.
Can you jump through the bottom?  No.

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Link's Castle of Hyrule
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Pikachu's Saffron City

Description

Saffron City consists of a number of buildings and two moving platforms.  The lower left building is close to the KO floor and the left moving platform is close to the left KO wall.  On the other side, there is a good amount of room between the rightmost building and the right KO wall.  Periodically, Pokemon appear from the wall of the main platform.  Among the Pokemon are one that shoots lasers and one that throws out item eggs (a complete list yet to come).  The many alleys between the buildings are the biggest danger in this board because they are easy to fall into.

Platforms?  Five: The three buildings and the two moving platforms on the left half of the board.  The main building in the middle has a high and a low section.
Ledges?  Seven: The left and right of the three buildings and the wall which separates the high and low section of the main building.
Can you jump through the bottom?  No, since there is no true bottom to this board.

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Sector Z

Description

The Great Fox is probably the largest board from left to right.  There is a long upper level and smaller lower level.  At the very right of the upper level is the top of what we will call the fin.  Periodically, Arwings will fly by and shoot lasers at you--these are very deadly and, though they can be blocked, can really only be blocked once because then, either your block shield will be destroyed or it will be so small that it won't block a second shot anyway.

Ledges?  Three: Far left, top of fin, far right.
Platforms?  Just the huge Great Fox itself.
Can you jump through the bottom?  No.

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Peach's Castle

Description

Peach's Castle is a pretty big board that likes to steal a lot of launches from you. There are three platforms. The main platform is the bridge where you start every game. Then there is a smaller platform centered below the bridge. Finally, inside of the lower platform is a platform that slides all the way to the left, then all the way to the right, and repeats this cycle throughout the duration of the battle.  Above the bridge is a bumper that remains constantly during the battle as well. It bounces you around in much the same fashion that a bumper item does. Finally, there are two triangular solids on each side above the bridge facing towards the center of the stage. They usually deflect outgoing characters after a launching maneuver.

Ledges?  None: There's nowhere to hang from.
Platforms?  Three: The bridge, the lower platform, and the moving platform that slides through the lower platform.
Can you jump through the bottom?  Yes and no: You can jump through the bottom of the moving platform but not through the bottom of the lower platform.

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Kirby's Dream Land

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Samus' Planet Zebes

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Donkey Kong's Congo Jungle

Description

Congo Jungle is a very symmetric board with a few twists: a floating barrel below the main platform which you can jump into and blast yourself out of (a la Donkey Kong Country) and two platforms above the main platform that move around in a circle.  The board is small so it's easy to lose yourself especially with four players duking it out.  Pay close attention because, sometimes, you won't see yourself falling to your death as so much is going on.

Platforms?  Five: The main platform, the two moving platforms, and the stationary platforms above the left and right edges of the main platform.
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Can you jump through the bottom?  Yes.

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Classic Mario Brothers

Description

This stage consists of two sections: the left side has a large platform with a pipe on the top right; the right side has three platforms (one above the other) with a pipe on level ground.  In the middle are two platforms that hang as if from a scale; if you stand on one while the other is empty, it will plummet into the hole below.  Stand with someone on the other and it won't move.  You can warp from one pipe to the other but you must be careful as, occasionally, you will pop out halfway down the hole in the middle.  Finally, POW blocks periodically appear in three different areas on the board: above the left warp pipe, directly in the middle of the board, and above the second platform on the right side of the screen. They can be hit to send everyone on the ground flying.

Ledges?  Three: Two, one above the other on the left and one on the right.

Platforms?  Four: The two in the middle that balance off one another and two more on the right side of the level.

Can you jump through the bottom? No.

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