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SSBU-Spiral Mountain

Spiral Mountain (クルクルやま, Spiral Mountain) is a downloadable stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is bundled with Banjo & Kazooie as part of Challenger Pack 3 and was released on September 4th, 2019.

Stage Overview[]

The main platform is the peak of Spiral Mountain. After a warning signal, the plane of gameplay rotates around the center of the mountain, changing the overall layout of the stage and causing characters and objects on the spiral pathway to be pushed up or down. Wooden platforms and floating patches of ground occasionally appear in the various layouts. Bottles, Mumbo Jumbo, Tooty, Buzzbombs, the Jinjos (which come in groups of one to five), and Gruntilda appear as cameos on this stage, with Gruntilda flying in the background on her broom. Various objects from the original game, such as Extra Honeycomb Pieces and Extra Lives, can be seen in the background, with almost identical placement to that seen around the Mountain in Banjo-Kazooie.

Ω form and Battlefield form[]

The Ω form and Battlefield form are set on top of the mountain similarly to its regular form; however, in both forms, much of the mountain is now gone, with the main platform acting as an island floating high above the moat. The stages are also resized and reshaped to match Final Destination and Battlefield, respectively. The three soft platforms of the Battlefield form are also based on the wooden platforms of the normal form. The background characters still appear and the background still rotates (although the arrows and sound indicating rotation are gone), but since the stage is a flat circle, this does not interfere with gameplay.

Trivia[]

  • While Gruntilda's appearance, the state of various manufactured landmarks around the mountain, and the presence of collectibles imply that this is the Banjo-Kazooie version of Spiral Mountain, several inaccuracies can be found upon scrutiny, such as the presence of Buzzbombs that never appeared in this area (and the absence of the vegetable enemies that did), the locations of Bottles' molehills, and rock formations at the edges of the valley.
    • In Banjo & Kazooie's showcase video, the reason Masahiro Sakurai gives for the Buzzbomb's inclusion is that their wings allow them to float into the stage. Given the humorous tone of his other statements within the video, however, it is likely that he was purely joking. Instead, its appearance on this stage may reference the opening sequence of the game, which features a Buzzbomb flying in the sky before it crashes into the Rareware logo and falls into a lake in an unidentified grassy area somewhat resembling Spiral Mountain.
    • Some rock formations around the edge directly reference Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, implying that said formations were present in the original game but not apparent due to a low level of detail. However, in no game in the series was Banjo's house fully viewable from the peak of the mountain (due to a protruding wall), and a wall behind the stump area, present in every Banjo-Kazooie game, is missing from the Smash version.
  • Though still fairly minor, this stage is Tooty's most prominent appearance since her debut in the original Banjo-Kazooie. While she appears in both Banjo-Tooie and Nuts & Bolts in easy-to-miss cameo photos inside Banjo's house, only this stage and Banjo-Kazooie feature her as an active character.
  • The ink left behind by Inkling's Splat Roller will aesthetically rotate with the stage, but its effects on grounded movement remain in place, which causes a minor visual discrepancy.
  • The following Assist Trophies cannot appear on this stage: JeffAshleyRikiDr. WrightVinceYuri KozukataArcade Bunny and Shadow the Hedgehog. Additionally, Marshadow cannot be summoned from a Poké Ball here.
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