Costumes, also known as palette swaps and color changes, are a feature in Super Smash Flash 2 and Yeah Jam Fury that allows characters to swap between different appearances with different sets of colors and outfits.
In Super Smash Flash 2
Every character in Super Smash Flash 2 will have 12 different costumes, including the default design (listed as costume number 1 below), with the main purpose of distinguishing players that are using the same character or simply customizing the character to the player's preference. This is one of the many features carried over from the Super Smash Bros. games to Super Smash Flash 2 and, as such, was absent from the original Super Smash Flash.
Most costumes recolor certain elements of a character's appearance, such as their clothes, skin, hair, or weapons, with each one meant to represent a separate color or style. However, certain characters also have costumes where they wear different kinds of clothing or accessories, such as hats and bows, which often keep the trend of separate colors.
Players can choose their costumes from the character selection screen. In Free for All matches, players can select any of the costumes their characters have available, and each one can be used by only one player at a time. In Team Battle, characters can only change color by changing teams (which only supports three colors: red, green and blue). If team members choose the same characters, the second will have a lighter tint applied to their character; a third member will have a darker tint.
In online matches, if two players select the same costume, the host is forced to use the default color while the other player keeps the color they have chosen. If both players pick the default color, the host uses the secondary color of the character.
Based on Wario's classic design. Also appears as a costume in Super Smash Bros..
A combination of Mario's third costume from Super Smash Bros. and fifth costume from Super Smash Bros. Melee, which subsequently are based on Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew.
Based on Mario's green costume from Super Smash Bros., which subsequently resembles Mario's appearance on the Japanese box art for Wrecking Crew.
Based on Builder Mario from Super Mario Maker.
Based on Shadow Mario from Super Mario Sunshine.
Based on Mario's original appearance in Donkey Kong in which the shirt and overall colors of Mario's current outfit are reversed. This costume itself is also taken from Mario's Classic Cap and Classic Suit from Super Mario Odyssey.
Based on Mario's sixth filtered costume in SSF2 prior to Beta 1.2.
Based on Ice Mario from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Based on Waluigi's design since Mario Tennis. The Piranha Plant is based on the potted Piranha Plant's appearance from Super Mario 3D World.
Based on the color schemes of Fire Mario and Fire Luigi with purple overalls to match Waluigi, referred to as "Fire Waluigi". The Piranha Plant is based on the Fire Piranha Plant's appearance in Super Mario 3D Land.
Resembles Luigi's fourth costume in Super Smash Bros., with the colors of his shirt and overalls switched. Also resembles Eggplant Man's appearance in Wrecking Crew. The Piranha Plant is based on its seventh costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Resembles Luigi's green costume from Mario Golf. It also resembles one of the students from the Plumber Academy from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, "Plummer's Academy". The Piranha Plant is based on its second costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Resembles Foreman Spike's appearance in Mobile Golf. The Piranha Plant is based on its eighth costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Based on Wario's ninth costume in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which subsequently resembles Mario's appearance on the Japanese box art for Mario Bros..
Based on Wario's tenth costume in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which subsequently resembles resembles Mario's appearance on the Japanese box art for Wrecking Crew and Luigi's appearance on the arcade version of Mario Bros..
Based on Wario's twelfth costume in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which subsequently resembles Wario's in-game sprites from the early Wario Land titles on the Game Boy. Also referred to by developers as "Sailor Wario".
Based on Wario's eleventh costume in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which subsequently resembles Foreman Spike from Wrecking Crew.
Based on Wario's appearance in his biker uniform in the WarioWare series, as well as his default appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Resembles Samus's outfit at the end of Metroid: Zero Mission.
Based on Dark Samus from the Metroid Prime games.
Based on Samus's in-game sprites without her Power Suit from Metroid.
In Yeah Jam Fury
After clearing the final level of Yeah Jam Fury, China Shop, the player unlocks the ability to switch between two sets of costumes, referred to as threads, in the settings menu. The first set of threads is simply the characters' default clothes, whereas the second set has each character wearing a golden hat, a golden jacket, green earmuffs, a white shirt, and black pants. In Style-themed and Desert-themed levels, their colors are unaffected. Much like in SSF2, these changes are purely cosmetic and do not affect gameplay.
Prior to Beta 1.2, all costumes in SSF2 were simple tints and hues applied to the default design of the character. Many of these costumes have garnered strong controversy from the community due to their simple nature, causing them to appear unnatural and unappealing, and improved costumes were one of the most frequently requested features to be included.
Although costumes would be improved with updates to the game, former developerAlex Knowles released a video to his YouTube channel in 2015 to explain the process of making costumes and how the developers are only able to do so much with the limitations of Flash, as more complex costumes would require far more data.
With the release of Beta, most characters' effects were separated from the characters themselves in order to keep their colors consistent across costumes. However, with the updated costumes, this is no longer necessary.
In SSF2, costumes were first presented in v0.4a of the demo as basic tints ranging from red, green and blue, solely for the purpose of Team battles. This remained the same until v0.9a, which incorporated more complex color changes, replacing the old tints.
It was originally planned for Yeah Jam Fury to include additional unlockable costumes, including one that switches the main characters Yeah, Jam, and Fury to female counterparts Yeanna, Jammi, and Furia, respectively, with each having a unique voice. They were intended to be used in the Steam and Wii U release of the game before it was cancelled in favor of the follow-up, Yeah Jam Fury: U, Me, Everybody!.
Although YJF only contains one set of traditional color changes and its follow-up contains none, the physical appearance of the three playable characters automatically changes in certain themes in both games.
Unlocking the costumes in YJF unlocks the Unlocked Cool Clothes!trochieval.