Home-Run Contest

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshot of Banjo & Kazooie in a game of Home-Run Contest

The Home-Run Contest is a 1-player stadium challenge in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The object of the contest is to hit the Sandbag as far as possible. The player gets a Home-Run Bat to do this, but also can use other methods of hitting the Sandbag within the ten-second time limit. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, if the player manages to hit it over 1,325 feet (400 meters), the N64 Yoshi's Island stage can be unlocked. By getting over 1,476 feet (450 meters), the Paper Mario trophy can be won.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the game can be played the same way as before. The player smashes Sandbag to inflict damage on it, and then they use the Home-Run Bat to knock Sandbag as far as they can. However, there are a few differences from the Melee version and the Brawl version.

In Brawl, the platform is protected by a shield, which will stop Sandbag from falling off when the player attacks it. This allows players to attack the Sandbag even more without having to worry over it falling off, thus, resulting in a Game Over. This increases the amount of combo moves that can be used as well. However, the barrier can be broken if Sandbag hits it too many times, or if the player hits Sandbag with the Home-Run Bat or a powerful attack. When time is up, the barrier disappears and the player can smash Sandbag. Another difference, is that it supports multiplayer play. Players can either work as a team to damage Sandbag as much as possible, or compete against each other in alternating turns. This mode is also supported with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, using the With Friends mode. In Wi-Fi mode, both cooperative play and alternating play are supported.

The contest returns once again in the 3DS and Wii U versions, with the Wii U version including a four-player VS. option.

Although the Home-Run Contest was originally absent from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, on the September 5th, 2019 update that added Banjo and Kazooie as paid DLC, the Home-Run Contest was added for free to the game. Its appearance was updated vastly from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

In-game description

  • 3DS: "You've got 10 seconds to attack Sandbag and raise its damage. Grab the bat before time runs out, and hit Sandbag with a smash attack to send it flying! The higher Sandbag's damage is, the farther it'll fly. Swing hard and aim for the stands!"
  • Wii U: "You have 10 seconds to build up as much damage as possible. Grab the bat before time runs out, and use a smash attack to send Sandbag flying! The higher the damage dealt, the farther Sandbag flies. Send it sailing!"
  • Ultimate (Help): “Hit Sandbag over and over and over! If you deal a ton of damage within 10 seconds, grab the bat and show what a side smash can do! Send Sandbag soaring!”
  • Ultimate (Solo): “Deal as much damage as you can in 10 seconds, then launch Sandbag with the Home-Run Bat!”
  • Ultimate (Co-op): “Work together to send Sandbag sailing!”

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホームランコンテスト
Hōmu Ran Kontesuto
Home-Run Contest
Chinese (Simplified) 全垒打竞赛
Quánlěidǎ jìngsài
Home-Run Contest
Chinese (Traditional) 全壘打競賽
Quánlěidǎ jìngsài
Home-Run Contest
Dutch Honkbalsmash Baseball Smash
French (American) Coup de circuit Smash Home-Run Smash
French (Europe) Home Run Smash -
German Home-Run-Wettkampf Home-Run Contest
Italian Gara di Home-Run Home-Run Race
Korean 홈런 콘테스트
Homleon konteseuteu
Home-Run Contest
Russian Смэш-бейсбол
Smash Baseball
Spanish (Americas) El rey del jonrón Home-Run King
Spanish (Europe) Béisbol Smash Baseball Smash