Jeez Laweez! Falco is now a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 64

by Martin Watts, 21 July 2019

Play as Falco in Super Smash Bros. 64 thanks to the Smash Remix mod.

Fox McCloud’s featured friend joins the original game’s line-up as part of the Smash Remix mod 0.8.1 update.

Falco comes with a brand new stage based on the planet Corneria from Star Fox. This arena accompanies another new stage, Ganon’s Tower, which was added in the last update.

Smash Remix previously added Ganondorf and Young Link to the roster. And this latest update includes some changes to both these characters too.

The good news is that you can play the mod on an original N64 console using a flashcart.

Selecting Falco as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. 64 mod Smash Remix

Falco’s moveset

Currently, it’s only possible to insert new characters into Super Smash Bros. 64 by swapping them with existing ones.

As a result, Falco replaces Fox. But he’s more than just a simple re-skin. The surly pilot comes with his own moves and attributes.

Falco grabs Luigi and prepares to throw him in Smash Remix for N64.

For starters, he has his Falco Phantasm special from Super Smash Bros. Melee and later games in the series.

And much like in those games, the move spikes opponents downwards when it connects in mid air.

It also makes for a great sideways recovery. And given Falco’s up-B special doesn’t travel as far as Fox’s, the Phantasm is a useful alternative.

That said, he can achieve more height than Fox with his standard jumps.

Falco bullies Ness with his combo kick in Super Smash Bros. 64 mod Smash Remix

Unfortunately, the Phantasm comes at the expense of Falco’s laser pistol. That’s because Super Smash Bros. 64 doesn’t have side-B special attacks.

His reflector sends enemies flying upwards, priming them for an upwards double kick.

Falco’s standard moveset includes some notable changes too. His up-tilt is a double-hit attack that launches enemies directly upwards.

Not only that, but his down-air attack hits only once (unlike Fox’s combo) and sends enemies downwards.

Falco and Samus team up against Ganondorf and Young Link in the Super Smash Bros. 64 mod, Smash Remix

We’re entering Corneria City now

Smash Remix 0.8.1 includes a brand new stage: Corneria City. This arena replaces Peach’s Castle.

You battle out aboard the Pleiades, a spaceship that actually originates from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl stage, Lylat Cruise.

Choosing custom stage Corneria City on the Super Smash Bros. 64 Smash Remix stage select screen.

It has three raised platforms, but no hazards – again, a current limitation of Super Smash Bros. 64 modding.

The ship is positioned against a static backdrop of Corneria City. The music from the original Star Fox game on SNES plays in the background.

Falco battles it out against Mario, Pikachu and Jigglypuff on the custom Corneria City stage for Super Smash Bros. 64

On a related note, if you’re interested in more custom stages, be sure to check out Super Smash Bros More Stages Edition.

Two teams battle it out in Super Smash Bros: More Stages Edition's WarioWare Inc stage (added in version 0.4)

How can I play as Falco in Super Smash Bros. 64?

You can download the Smash Remix mod, which includes Falco, from N64 Vault.

The mod comes as an xdelta patch file. Use Delta Patcher to apply this to an unmodified NTSC version of Super Smash Bros. 64.

Falco deflects an incoming boomerang from Young Link in Smash Remix, a Super Smash Bros. 64 mod for N64.

To play this mod on original hardware, you need to use a flashcart such as an EverDrive 64.

I’ve extensively tested the mod on an N64 console and haven’t encountered any major issues.

Falco's victory screen in Smash Remix, a Super Smash Bros. 64 mod for Nintendo 64.

Other Smash Remix 0.8.1 changes

The biggest change besides Falco is Ganondorf’s appearance.

He’s been given a new model. It looks a lot less detailed, yet more in keeping with Super Smash Bros. 64’s style.

Perhaps game performance is the reason for this change? Unfortunately, the mod’s description on N64 Vault doesn’t say.

Otherwise, many of Ganondorf’s moves now have a slower start-up time.

Falco and Ganondorf charge at one another in Smash Remix, a Super Smash Bros. 64 mod.

The hitboxes of Young Link’s spin attack have been adjusted considerably. And some of his aerial attacks now behave differently.

Young Link in Super Smash Bros. 64 (Smash Remix mod)

Will you be taking down foes as Falco?

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