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The Brinstar stage (as seen in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), with the substance and bacteria that can split the stage
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Brinstar as it appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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Brinstar as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Brinstar is a large underground jungle area on Planet Zebes in the Metroid series, of which Samus Aran is the main character. It appears as a stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where it is depicted as a collection of platforms in an enormous acid-filled tunnel. A Chozo Statue rises to life occasionally in Brinstar. A related level is Brinstar Depths. The stage reappears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a past stage; in all four of its appearances, the stage is available by default.

The stage's primary gimmick is the acid, which occasionally rises up and burns any players who do not get to higher ground, with the top platform being the only one that never sinks. The acid can sometimes save falling players if it rises high enough to prevent them falling into the blast zone below. Also, underneath the two side platforms is a bit of sticky substance. If it is hit enough, it snaps, causing the platform to tilt, making it dangerous to walk on. Another example of this is the "bacteria" in the middle of the stage. This needs consecutive attacks and, when broken, splits the whole stage in two, making a dangerous gap for players to fall in.

While it cannot be interacted with, a massive brain occupies the distant background, though it does not appear to be Mother Brain, or any other specific entity from the Metroid franchise. Whenever the acid rises enough to overtake the spinal cord, it will writhe around, seemingly in pain; if it overtakes the brain itself, it sprouts protrusions resembling ulcers or boils in addition to its writhing. Another, smaller, brain can be seen imprisoned in Brinstar Depths.

Brinstar also appears in Adventure Mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where the player must battle Samus. After the battle, the planet begins to self-destruct, and the player must escape by jumping on the platforms above.

The Final Destination variant of Brinstar in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set on a completely flat platform; although the acid still appears below, its level does not change at all.


  • No 8: Hot Date on Brinstar (Melee)
  • No 20: All-Star Match 2 (Samus' fight) (Melee)
  • No 32: Bird in Darkest Night (Brawl)


Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name Source Credits
Brinstar (Melee) Super Smash Bros. Melee Original
Brinstar Depths (Melee) Super Smash Bros. Melee Original

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Name Source Credits
Brinstar Metroid Arrangement Supervisor: Shogo Sakai
Composition: Nintendo
Arrangement: HAL Laboratory
Brinstar Depths

Names in other languages


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリンスタ
Chinese 布林斯塔
German Brinstar Brinstar
Italian Brinstar Brinstar
Korean 브린스타
Russian Бринстар
Spanish Brinstar Brinstar