Mastepieces are small demos of games that are available in the Vault. This feature becomes available once you clear Classic Mode on Normal or higher. This is a much-improved version of the mode in the last game.
There aren't any third party masterpiece titles, but they were considered at one point. Also, after finishing up the demo for a game, the game brings up a small menu which can take you to the Wii Shop Channel and purchase the title you played if it is available on the store. (everything except obviously Pokémon Red and Fire Emblem can be bought there)
The main change to this mode from Brawl is that the trials are much longer, letting you get a better feel of the game, and you can place save states on them that will only work if you manually exit the demo through the Super Smash Bros. Clash pause button (Z for Gamecube controllers, - on all others); pressing the start button / + button brings up that game's pause menu. Also, like in Brawl, the game skips the introduction, but Clash titles do go to the title screen.
For Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64 Masterpiece games, the control system is the same as in Virtual Console titles for those titles. Game Boy Advance titles can not be played with a Wiimote; for a Classic Controller or Gamecube Controller there's this:
- Obviously, the Control Stick / Left Control Stick and the D-Pads are to move.
- L is L, R is R, A is A and B is B obviously
- X and Y are both select buttons
Game Boy titles, however, work fine with a Wiimote and use a similar control scheme to NES games across all the controllers.
Several games come back from Brawl, but several series which did not get games in this mode have them now. This is a tentative list. It is planned for the ten series introduced in the original title (except Mother / Earthbound for issues similar to it's Virtual Console release) alongside a couple other games.
|Game||Original Console||Trial Time Limit||How to Unlock||Notes|
|Super Mario Bros.||NES||3:00||Available from the start|
|Donkey Kong Country||SNES||5:00||Available from the start|
|The Legend of Zelda||NES||8:00||Available from the start|
|Super Metroid||SNES||8:00||Unlocked automatically once Ridley is unlocked.||Has a save file for second battle with Ridley|
|Pokémon Red Version||Game Boy||10:00||Win 10 games with Pokémon Trainer.||Game skips opening lecture and starts immediately in your room|
|F-Zero||SNES||3:00||Available from the start|
|Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword (Fire Emblem in the US)||Game Boy Advance||15:00||Unlocked automatically once Roy is unlocked.|
|Super Smash Bros.||Nintendo 64||10:00||Automatically unlocked when all other Masterpieces are unlocked.||Intro can be viewed unlike the other games|
- Earthbound was planned to be included, but was cut for issues similar to it's absence of the Virtual Console as mentioned above.