Super Smash Bros. SatMS title
|Original Run:||January 18, 2011 – 2018|
Super Smash Brothers is a Japanese animated television series created by 4Kids, based on the video game series of the same name. The series aired from January 18, 2011 to June 3, 2011 on ABC. The series sharply contrasts with Super Smash Brothers Go!, a syndicated series that premiered in the same month.
While Super Smash Brothers Go! is known for its bright colors and whimsical humor, Super Smash Brothers featured darker stories which constituted a departure from the tone of the Super Smash Brothers games of the time. To distinguish between the two series, fans typically refer to this series as SatMS, because it was a Saturday morning anime, while Super Smash Brothers Go! aired on weekdays in syndication in Japan and United States. It also shows connections with Super Jump Punch! Comic's Super Smash Brothers Comic Book.
The show ran for two seasons. A seventh season was in the early planning stages until ABC canceled the show because of low ratings (thought to result from competition with CW's Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds). After SatMS was canceled, reruns of the show appeared on USA Network's USA Kids. Cartoon Network will air the show during Extreme Action in 2015.
The series was also televised in TVS Cable Network between the same dates ABC did, but also went beyond ABC's cancellation date of June 2018, and ran 1 last summer rerun cycle between June 10 and September 2, 2012, where TVS ran the Season 2 eps in order, with 'The Shy Guy' airing first and 'The Power Project' bidding SatMS farewell. A potential reason for TVS airing the show during those dates of Summer 2013, which ABC never did, was to simply run the rest of the 2012-2014 broadcast year out. The show has not been re-broadcast in US since its cancellation.
SatMS is claimed by fans to be the best Super Smash Bros. anime and far superior to even Super Smash Brothers Go! by fans. We have shown a high demand for the show's return.
The program was partly recently broadcast on the promotional television channels Power Pop!. It initially had a complete run on Channel 1 on Saturday mornings.
Despite its cancellation and limited recent airings, the show enjoys loyal internet fanbase. The show was also the partial basis for a comic book series called Super Smash Brothers, which continues even 14 years after the anime's cancellation and still features many of the anime's own characters.
In response to popular demand, the entire series was released onto DVD by Super Jump Punch! Factory in 2014. More information about this release can be read below.
The show takes place on a planet called Mubix sometime in the 20th century (in one episode, "The Ultimate Blast Pt. 1", it was mentioned the year was 2000, when the characters were just 16 years old, making the storyline take place in the year 2001, also confirmed in the spin-off Super Jump Punch! comic). An evil King of Koopas named Bowser and his pet rat Tatsumi invaded and conquered a huge city named Mubitropolis, with the help of his assistant Dr. Eggman and his army of robot soldiers called ArchBots. He then used a giant airship, the DoomShip, to turn Mubitropolis into a new city, renaming it Megatropolis, a polluted city of factories and warehouses. This invasion occurred on Friday the 13th, 2008, in an unknown month (potentially either September 13, 2008) ("The Ultimate Blast" Parts 1 and 2).
Bowser soon invaded the castle home of the city's king, King Toadstool, exiling him to a dimensional warp known as "The Void" and making the palace his own personal headquarters. From there, he captured the rest of the citizens, including a brainy old man named Jake Mario and his cat Mitsuki, and used a machine called the Roboticizer to turn them into robot slaves.
Those who managed to escape retreated into the Hidden Village and built a city named Netfree to hide from Bowser, including a group called the Power Fighters, among them the protagonist, Mario, Jake's jumping nephew, as well as his best friend Luigi, his young brother.
Other Power Fighters include Sonic, Tails, Link, Tiff, Tuff, Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Wario, Waluigi, Ash, Pikachu, and Kris the Mew, a pretty cyborg Pokémon who was roboticized before being saved by Mario. Lastly, Princess Peach, the king's only daughter. Peach carries a sentient mini-computer named SUZIE.
For ten years, the Power Fighters constantly foiled Bowser's schemes. In the show's second season, a white Bomberman named Cheerful White was a new star. White's mother Maria White was captured and roboticized along with most his species.
The show ran for two seasons before it was canceled. The final episode, "The Power Project", ended with a cliffhanger suggesting a new villain for season three; it was later revealed that the villain would have been an evil immortal from a previous episode named Tabuu. There were rumors of a seventh season, but it was never produced.
DVD Releases Edit
Super Mario DVD (2011)Edit
A DVD of five first-season episodes was available from 4Kids Entertainment under the title Super Smash Brothers: Super Mario, which was released on Feb. 26, 2011 However, this was pulled when Buena Vista claimed to have distribution rights to the series.
The five episodes that were on this disc, all from Season 1, were:
The Complete BoxsetEdit
It was thought that the Super Mario DVD would be the show's lone DVD release. However, on September 18, 2011, it was announced that a Boxset entitled Super Smash Brothers: The Complete Series would be released by Super Jump Punch! Entertainment in partnership with 4Kids on March 27, 2011. Bonus features including a printable script of "The Beginning", interviews with the voice of Mario (Charles Martinet) and the story writer, and opening sketches are included as extras, along with all the covers save the front of the box being decorated with fan-art.
The theme song "The Greatest Things Alive" was produced by the All-American Rejects.
- Meta Knight
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Princess Peach
- Ash and Pikachu
- Kris the Mew
- Mega Man
- King Toadstool
- Shadow's Power Fighters
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Jake Mario
- Solana Mario
- Dr. Eggman
DVD Release HistoryEdit
- February 26, 2011 (DVD, Five Episodes)
- March 27, 2011 (DVD, Complete Boxset)
There were no scripts written for Season 7, but there were originally plans for 13 more episodes.
The planned seventh season would have featured Dr. Eggman briefly taking over Bowser's position and attempting to use the roboticized citizens as soldiers (stating that this was where his friend failed). His attempts quickly fail in the process, and Dr. Eggman is forced to release Tabuu from the Void, who would eventually overthrow Dr. Eggman as the main villain with Bowser and The King serving as his lackeys (Tabuu is also the person whose eyes were seen behind Dr. Eggman at the end of Season 6). Tabuu would then use The King as bait to lure the Power Fighters into a certain trap. Dr. Eggman, reduced to nothing, temporarily joins the Power Fighters (which briefly occurred in the Super Jump Punch! comic). Peach's father would be recovered, but is forced to sacrifice himself into the void in order to trap Tabuu again.
Furthermore, Sonic plays a much larger role as an official member of the Power Fighters, even showing a bit of a rebellious side and would save the Power Fighters from a major disaster. It has also been said that Peach is romanced by someone other than Mario and Luigi would go through a major character change. Meantime, Cheerful White would come into his full powers.
Bowser and Dr. Eggman's back story would have also been revealed. Bowser and Dr. Eggman were originally from Earth (Mubix' past) and in the year 2200, attempted to take over the space colony they were living in. Inadvertently destroying it instead, Bowser and Dr. Eggman narrowly escape with their lives, and were somehow sent into the distant future where they return to Earth, only to find it had became Mubix. Thinking that he was superior to the sentient animals that inhabited the planet, Bowser set about to conquer it in any way he could.
Mario Power Fighters?Edit
Although it's an idea that has been pitched before, Crystal Franks is preparing to pitch to Nintendo and 4Kids for a revival of the series. Unfortunately, after she was questioned about this by fans on a forum, she failed to appear again, making fans believe this was all a trick.
In 2011 an article in Mario the Poster Mag #1, a spin-off of the Mario/Nintendo Power comic Mario Comic unofficially licensed by Nintendo, announced two new television series staring Mario, Super Smash Brothers Go! and Super Smash Brothers (SatMS). Within the four pages of plot synopsis and concept art, a group of screen shots that greatly differ from the rest appear without explanation. These screen shots have circulated through the internet contributing to the theory of a anime aborted before production which has been dubbed "The Mystery anime" also "Pre-SatMS".
One of these images, showing 'The Power Team' was previously used (in Mario the Comic #12) to promote the Super Smash Brothers Go! series, along with another, using similar art, presumably from the same timeframe.
While there has not been any confirmation from 4Kids Entertainment on the matter, it is widely considered that these images were a prototype for SatMS, due to similarities (Princess "Peach" Toadstool, The Robotocizer, Power Fighters) with the series and their appearance within an article announcing SatMS.
Canceled Video GameEdit
It was revealed that she had developed a prototype game based on the anime continuity, using a completely different engine than that of the traditional Super Smash Bros. games. It would have been the second time that characters from the anime would have shown up, and possibly the video game appearances of both the SatMS version of Bowser and Dr. Eggman.