m-ex Slippi Template Pack

Video Tutorial:

Goal:

The m-ex Slippi Template is designed to extend the number of costumes of every character in Super Smash Bros. Melee for easy replacement and compatibility with Slippi online.

This template is not affiliated with the m-ex Tool devs, Team Akaneia, the Slippi devs, etc. Just something davidvkimball made to try to make things easier for people to setup.

What’s inside the pack:

  • Drag and drop folder with Dynamic Alternate Stage-ready files, with Alt1 versions of the default tourney legal stages, and duplicates of each costume
  • CSPs (Akaneia-sized and half-sized) in .PNG  format
  • Placeholder silhouette CSPs in Black,  Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Light Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, and Yellow for every character in .PNG format
  • README

Dependencies:

1. m-ex Tool: https://github.com/akaneia/mexTool/releases
2. Akaneia Build (works as of v. 0.82): https://github.com/akaneia/akaneia-build/releases

Initial setup steps:

1. Follow the steps in the Akaneia build how-to and create a Akaneia 0.82 ISO.
2. Open m-ex and select “File > Open ISO” and select the Akaneia 0.82 ISO you just generated.
3. After it loads, click “File > Export As > File System” and select a directory you’ll remember.
4. Once it’s completed, close out of m-ex.
5. Go to the “Drag and Drop” folder in this download, and copy the “files” folder. Navigate to your File System and paste that folder over the “files” folder inside the File System. It should add a bunch of files, and ask you to replace 15 of them. Say yes.
6. Open the m-ex Tool again and this time select “File > Open File System” and select the root directory of the file system you created earlier. You should see two folders: “files” and “sys.”
7. Once it loads, click Fighters, and then “Costumes” tab on the right. Every character should have at least 8 costumes, with 1 default set and 1 extended set represented by monochromatic silhouettes.

Replacing a costume:

1. Download or create the costume you want, and identify which costume it is replacing. For example, “PlFxNr” would be a costume over default Fox.
2. Then you’ll want to rename the file with a “2” suffix. In this same example, you’ll want to rename that file to “PlFxNr2.dat” and paste it over the same file in your File System in Windows Explorer.
3. Next, optionally replace the CSP with a silhouette of your choice from the download by clicking the “Replace CSP” button. It can be whatever you’d like. You might download a gray Fox recolor, so you might use a gray silhouette to represent it.
4. Click Save and then export as an ISO to open with Slippi Dolphin.
5. Test it out and play some unranked with your new costume!

Adding an additional costume:

1. Download or create the costume you want, and identify which costume it is replacing. For example, “PlFxNr” would be a costume over default Fox.
2. Rename the file to something unique from the other files, I suggest a standard name with a “3” suffix for example. Let’s say “PlFxNr3.dat”. Then copy and paste it into your File System in Windows Explorer.
3. In m-ex, find the base costume in your list and click “Clone.” This will create a duplicate of that costume. Then under “Filename” under the Costume section on the right, rename it to match whatever you named your file earlier, i.e. PlFxNr3.dat.
4. Next, optionally replace the CSP with a silhouette of your choice from the download by clicking the “Replace CSP” button. It can be whatever you’d like. You might download a gray Fox recolor, so you might use a gray silhouette to represent it.
5. Click Save and then export as an ISO to open with Slippi Dolphin.
6. Test it out and play some unranked with your new costume!

Also included:

Dynamic Alternate Stages Loader is already included in this pack. This means you can add additional Final Destination, Battlefield, Dream Land, Yoshi’s Story, Fountain of Dreams, and Pokemon Stadium alt stages and they will randomly cycle through them once selected. Please see this tutorial if you’d like to learn how to add in your own stages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saWEAtuUcsc An example would be default Dream Land is GrOpAlt1.dat in this template already, so another Dream Land alt would be GrOpAlt2.dat, etc.

Notes:

Modified CSPs are 68 x 94 pixels instead of Akaneia’s 102 x 141 or default Melee’s 136 x 188. This is to save on space and RAM usage to allow for additional costumes to be added. If you’d like, you can try replacing the CSPs with the larger default resolution which are also included in this download if you prefer to use those.

You can also utilize Dolphin texture loading if you’d like to replace the CSPs with higher quality ones, too.

The additional stages including Volleyball are still included so you can go to the Menus > SSS screen and add them back in if you’d like, but I’ve removed them from the menus to make the Slippi experience more straightforward.

This template should be compatible with both Dolphin / Slippi and console although I have not tested on the latter.

I hope you enjoy this template and find it useful!

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Super useful! Thank you as always Mr. Kimball 🙂