Mario (SSB4)

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Mario
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Mario
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Universe Mario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
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Availability Starter
Final Smash Mario Finale
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Mario (マリオ, Mario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. He was confirmed on June 11th, 2013 during the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct.[1] He was also one of the main subjects of the Developer's Direct for Smash Bros. later during E3 2013.[2] He was among the first wave of amiibo figurines for SSB4. Mario is once again voiced by Charles Martinet, who also reprises his long-time role as Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, albeit mostly with the same voice clips from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. [3]

Attributes[edit]

As expected, Mario is the most balanced character in SSB4, possessing no real strength or weaknesses. As such, players are often encouraged to start off as Mario to get a feel of the games' mechanics. Mario's strength, weight, and mobility are average in comparison to a majority of the cast, and aside from wall-jumping, he has no real outstanding trait like most of the others. However, this does not mean Mario is helpless; while he may not boast superior strength found in heavyweights like Bowser, or speed in characters such as Sonic, he is well-equipped to combat all characters and tackle any situations, making him a reliable character at nearly all times.

Mario has decent approach and distancing options; his dashing speed is average and he boasts the sixth fastest air speed in the game, allowing him cover ground and get close to the opponent(s) without much trouble. If he requires space from his opponents, however, Mario can find reliance within his Fireball, Cape, and F.L.U.D.D. specials: his Fireballs have good range, decent speed, and can disrupt opponents at a distance; Cape is quick and can spin his foes around and reflect projectiles, which can ensure safety if his opponents get to close or are taking a long-ranged and/or camping approach; and F.L.U.D.D. can push fighters away or halt them in their track and can cut through projectiles.

Mario possesses quick, low lag attacks that always provide some utility in various situations. With his mobility and attacks, Mario undoubtedly possesses one of the best combo and juggling ability in the game, which are perhaps his greatest strengths. While his damage output is merely average, his approach, combos, and juggles can ensure he can rack up damage on nearly the same level as the fastest characters in the game. His overall knockback is also decent and a number of his attacks, primarily his smashes and aerials, can KO well into the early-to-mid 100s. However, more often than not will players find they need to create set-ups before Mario can get in any kills, which can be quite a challenge as most characters can trump Mario in a specific field (which is where Mario can mainly find trouble). However, this can be remedied by the rage mechanic; Mario is unique from most other non-heavyweights in that he can benefit from the knockback increase induced by rage without nearly any of his combos getting affected thanks to his approach options, allowing for more reliable kills. However, as rage comes from taking damage, Mario is at equal risk of being KOed himself.

Mario also boasts one of the most reliable throwing games; while his grab-range is sub-par (despite being better than in previous installments), his throws are versatile, as his back and forward throw can set up gimp KOs when used from the edge of a stage (and his back throw itself can KO at high percentages from an edge), and his down and up throw can set up combos, especially with his down throw if followed up by his strong up attack.

Despite being a conventional character, Mario has a few gimmicks, all of which help him surprisingly excel at edgeguarding. He has a meteor smash in his forward aerial which becomes an extremely reliable meteor smash when sweetspotted, albeit its high startup and ending lag makes a rather risky move to use offstage. His back aerial can be used for walls of pain and knock fighters farther away from the stage for edgeguarding. Mario's Fireballs can also gimp recoveries; their low knockback makes them effective in that regard. F.L.U.D.D. is also another edgeguarding tool as its ability to stall movement can cause characters in the midst of a recovery that leaves them helpless to have said move end before they can even get near the stage, though this tactic requires considerable timing, and F.L.U.D.D. may not always be strong enough to push them far enough from the edge. Most notably, however, Mario has what is likely the absolute best edgeguarding weapon in all the game: his Cape. When used, it can effectively and quickly gimp almost every recovery in the game, particularly if used after F.L.U.D.D.; it is especially useful against linear recoveries and helpless fighters trying to get to the ledge. His Cape can also be used to save himself from being edgeguarded, as well as give a small aid in his recovery.

Despite all these advantages, however, Mario is not without his faults: as mentioned above, he can be outclassed by characters who excel in a specific field, such as Sonic in speed, Luigi in comboing, Bowser in knockback, etc., which can hinder his approaching options. His approach can also be hindered by characters with long-range or disjointed hitboxes, such as Marth or Shulk. He also suffers from a sub-par range. His recovery is also sub-par, as his Super Jump Punch is predictable and its distance is only slightly above average, making it easy to gimp Mario's recovery. While he can add mix-up to his recovery with his wall-jump, it can be difficult to execute due to most stages not having flat walls to perform it with, making it risky.

All-in-all, Mario is the jack-of-all-trades who can go up against anyone with near-guaranteed reliability, but is not truly a master in any specific fields, though he has a noticeable advantage against fighters with linear recoveries and has one of the best combo capability in the game. Nonetheless, Mario is a choice that most can rely on and easily master.

Changes from Brawl[edit]

Mario has been significantly buffed from Brawl to SSB4, given that he was a low-tier character. He is considerably more nimble and stronger than in past games, as well as being more capable of comboing and KOing. His reach is somewhat greater as well. The only true nerf Mario seems to suffer from is an overall decrease in damage output. However, the large aforementioned buffs to his maneuverability, knockback, and comboing makes this nerf largely negligible. Also, with the general nerf/rebalance to most characters with disjointed hitboxes (such as Marth), who were a large threat to Mario in Brawl, Mario can now handle them more easily and last longer against them, although they are still a potential threat that Mario players should still be wary of. Furthermore, the change to the ledge mechanics makes his linear recovery harder to edgeguard. Lastly, in tournaments and other situations where custom specials are available, his edgeguarding game is improved further with tools such as Fast Fireball Gust Cape, and High-Pressure F.L.U.D.D. Overall, Mario's intended role as the most "well-equipped" character appears to have been restored, and even improved with his excellent aerial mobility and edgeguarding capabilities.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Notice.png Instead of the more realistic look he had in Brawl, Mario has a more cartoonish and sleeker look that more closely resembles his appearances in the Mario games. His clothes are more brightly colored, and the seams in his overalls are much less accentuated. His proportions are more inline with recent 3D Mario games such as Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World. For example, his head is smaller than it was in Brawl to fit with these proportions.
  • Notice.png The sound Mario's up taunt makes is similar to the sound heard when obtaining a power-up in the recent Mario games.
  • Notice.png When a Fireball hits a foe, the sound effect when an enemy is defeated in Super Mario Bros. plays.
  • Notice.png Fireballs looks more realistic, with smoke and ashes coming out of the flames. The same thing applies with the Mario Finale.
  • Notice.png Hitting with the Cape now makes a sound effect akin to Mario spinning his cape in Super Mario World, but at a faster and higher-pitched sound.
  • Notice.png Super Jump Punch makes a slightly higher-pitched ding on the last hit.
  • Notice.png The coins from the Super Jump Punch are now 3D and designed closer to the Star Coins from the New Super Mario Bros. series.
  • Notice.png After using or fully charging F.L.U.D.D., it does not stay on his back.

Attributes[edit]

  • Notice.png Mario's chest faces the foreground regardless of whether he's facing left or right.
  • Buff.png Mario has significantly increased air speed (going from 0.94 to an incredibly fast 1.15), with it now being the sixth fastest in SSB4.
  • Buff.png Mario jumps higher.
  • Buff.png Mario dashes slightly faster (1.5 → 1.6).
  • Notice.png Mario's falling speed has been increased (1.28 → 1.5) making him more vulnerable to juggling but slightly increasing his vertical endurance.
  • Nerf.png Mario's traction has been significantly decreased (0.6 → 0.45), now being tied for the 10th worst instead of being tied for 11th best in Brawl. This makes it harder for him to punish OoS.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf.png Jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and dash attack deal less damage (9%, 8%, 7%, and 9/7% → 8%, 7%, 5%, and 8/6% respectively).
  • Buff.png Down tilt has much less ending lag, allowing it to be a close range spacer and combo move.
  • Buff.png Up tilt has had its knockback severely reduced, increasing its comboing and juggling ability, able to deal around 20% damage on most characters if used repeatedly.
  • Nerf.png Due to its reduced knockback, up tilt is no longer a reliable KO move.
  • Buff.png Forward smash has a larger blast radius, giving it a larger hitbox. It also has slightly more knockback growth (90 → 99).
  • Buff.png Up smash has slightly more knockback growth (90 → 94).
  • Buff.png Down smash's back hit has much stronger knockback growth (75 → 100) but less base knockback (35 → 30) making it overall stronger at K.O. percents.
  • Nerf.png Down smash's front hit deals much less damage (15% → 10%) and can no longer K.O. under 150% unless used near the edge.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png Forward aerial is faster and deals more damage (13% → 14%).
  • Buff.png Forward aerial has increased base knockback (20 base → 32 base).
  • Buff.png Back aerial is much easier to use for a wall of pain due to Mario's much faster air speed and high jump.
  • Buff.png Up aerial angle change from 55 degrees to 75 degrees which makes it a much better combo move.
  • Nerf.png Neutral, down, up and back aerials deal less damage (10%, 12%, 11%, and 12% → 8%, 10%, 7%, and 10% respectively).
  • Nerf.png Back and up aerials have 2 more frames of landing lag (10 -> 12 frames).
  • Buff.png The hits of Mario Tornado link to one another drastically better than in Brawl. The final hit also deals significantly more knockback, being able to KO opponents at over 100% near the upper blast line.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Notice.png Mario now grabs with one hand as opposed to two (he still uses both hands during his pummel, however).
  • Buff.png Mario's grab range is slightly better.
  • Nerf.png All throws deal 1% less damage.
  • Nerf.png Since back throw does 1% less damage this makes it weaker despite its slightly increased growth (63 → 66).
  • Buff.png Down throw has drastically less base knockback (75 → 40), allowing it to combo into other moves more reliably at lower percentages, most infamously up tilt.
  • Nerf.png Down throw angle changed from 80 to 68 degrees and has much more knockback growth (40 → 90) making it send away and followups less reliable at higher percents.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff.png Fireballs have higher falling speed, allowing them to hit the ground faster. They also travel significantly further in the air.
  • Nerf.png Fireballs come out on frame 16 instead of 13, have more ending lag, and its damage relies on distance rather than consistently doing 5%.
  • Nerf.png Cape deals slightly less damage and gives less lift in the air.
  • Nerf.png Mario's means of approach with Cape are hindered by the lack of Cape Gliding.
  • Buff.png Mario can dash over an edge and grab it right after flinging Cape if timed correctly.
  • Buff.png Super Jump Punch gains more recovery distance.
  • Buff.png F.L.U.D.D. has increased range and push force.
  • Buff.png Mario Finale does more damage than in Brawl.
  • Buff.png Mario Finale's startup also dramatically slows opponents down making it much easier to land the attack especially in close range.

Update history[edit]

SSB4-3 Icon.png 1.0.4

  • Nerf.png Up tilt damage: 6.3% → 5.5%

Moveset[edit]

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% Mario jabs with one fist, his other fist, and then finishes with a forward kick. Originates from Super Mario 64.
2.5%
4%
Forward tilt 7% Mario performs a roundhouse kick.
Up tilt 5.5% Mario performs a spinning uppercut from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Infamous for comboing into itself until around 50% and being very hard to escape.
Down tilt 5% (foot), 7% (body) Mario sweeps with his leg low to the ground.
Dash attack 8% (clean), 6% (late) Mario slides forward and kicks with both feet as done in Super Mario 64. Can combo into Up B at low %s.
Forward smash   17.85% (fire), 14.7% (arm) Mario thrusts his arm forward and produces a small blast of fire. It is larger than in previous installments. Angled up it K.O.s at 99% sweetspotted and 118% sour, unangled at 105% sweet and 124% sour, and angled down at 101% sweet and 120% sour.
17% (fire), 14% (arm)
17.51% (fire), 14.42% (arm)
Up smash 14% Mario performs a strong headbutt skyward. K.O.s at 123% and up from the middle of FD.
Down smash 10% (front), 12% (back) Mario performs a breakdance sweep that originated from Super Mario 64. Front hit K.O.s at 162% and up from the middle of FD. Back hit K.O.s at 133% and up from the middle of FD.
Neutral aerial 8% (clean), 5% (late) Mario does a sex kick similar to a move from Super Mario 64. K.O.s at the edge at 163%.
Forward aerial 12% (early), 14% (clean), 10% (late) Mario swings his fist forward and initiates a meteor smash upon impact. Sourspot can also K.O. horizontally near the edge at 140%.
Back aerial 10.5% (clean), 7% (late) Mario spins and kicks backward. It appears to be based on his original forward aerial from Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. K.O.s at 127% near the edge.
Up aerial 7% Mario performs a somersault and kicks backward. Great juggler and combo move, can K.O. near the upper blastline above 140%.
Down aerial Mario Tornado 1% (hits 1-5), 5% (hit 6), 2% (landing) Mario spins with both both fists outward. It was one of Mario's special moves up until Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Good combo and anti juggler move, can K.O. near the upper blastline above 140%.
Grab Mario's grab range is relatively short.
Pummel 3.25% Headbutts opponent.
Forward throw 8% Mario spins his opponent around once and tosses the opponent forward.
Back throw 11% (throw), 8% (collateral) A powerful throw that has Mario spinning the opponent three times and throwing the opponent in the opposite direction grabbed. Originates from Super Mario 64. Can K.O. reliably below 150% near the edge.
Up throw 7% Mario throws his opponent high into the air with both hands. Good throw for fastfallers.
Down throw 5% Mario slams his opponent into the ground. This throw can be followed up with several options, most notably up tilt and up smash.
Floor attack (front) 7% Gets up then kicks behind him, then in front of him.
Floor attack (back) 7% Gets up then punches behind him, then in front of him.
Floor attack (trip) 5% Kicks behind him, then in front of him while getting up.
Edge attack 7% Does a somersault and then kicks upwards from a laying down position.
Neutral special Default Fireball 5% (early), 4% (late) Mario fires a weak, bouncy ball of flames that is shot from his hand as a projectile.
Custom 1 Fast Fireball 3% (early), 2.3% (mid), 1.5% (late) Mario quickly fires a weak ball of flame directly forward, akin to a shot from the Ray Gun. It does not bounce on the ground.
Custom 2 Fire Orb 1.5% per hit A slow but large orb of fire is launched from Mario's hand in an arc. It will damage any opponent it hits in its predetermined path until it fades away, because unlike the other two variants of Fireball it does not disappear upon impact.
Side special Default Cape 7% Mario swings a defensive cape that reflects projectiles and enemies. It can also be used as a brief but continuously available recovery.
Custom 1 Shocking Cape 11.2% An offensive variant of Cape that shoots electricity. It cannot be used to reflect projectiles, although it can destroy them on contact.
Custom 2 Gust Cape 5% Mario shoots a small gust of wind from his cape, pushing his opponent back in addition to turning them around. The cape deals slightly less damage.
Up special Default Super Jump Punch 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-5), 3% (hit 6) Mario performs a rising uppercut that releases aesthetic coins from those it hits.
Custom 1 Super Jump 0% A recovery giving more distance than the standard Super Jump Punch, at the cost of not having a hitbox.
Custom 2 Explosive Punch 8% (hit 1), 13% (hit 2) A much stronger recovery move that causes explosive fire damage instead of releasing star coins. However, it covers far less distance than the standard Super Jump Punch.
Down special Default F.L.U.D.D. 0% Mario pulls out F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine, which will blast jets of water to push back opponents, but not damage them. Mario can change the angle of the stream.
Custom 1 Scalding F.L.U.D.D. 1.2% per hit The jets of water fired are now extremely hot, and hence have steam emitting from them. It deals rapid fire damage that keep the enemy in place rather than pushing them back. It charges 40% faster at the expense of range.
Custom 2 High-Pressure F.L.U.D.D. 0% The water will push back foes further than the normal F.L.U.D.D. and does so with more force, but takes 60% longer to charge.
Final Smash Mario Finale 3% (bigger fireball), 2% (smaller fireball) Mario's final smash from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He shoots a massive, continuous tornado of flames horizontally across the stage.

Taunts[edit]

  • Transforms into Super Mario as if he obtained a Super Mushroom. He immediately shrinks back to normal size afterwards. Based upon Super Mario Bros.
  • Takes off his hat, twirls around, and says "Woo-hoo!" He then puts his hat back on. It may be based upon New Super Mario Bros., where he does the same pose after reaching the top of a level's flag.
  • Spins in the air and falls to the ground with his legs in the air. It is based on the dying animation from Donkey Kong.

On-Screen Appearance[edit]

A green Warp Pipe appears. Mario leaps out in an iconic pose and shouts "Let's-a go!".[4]

Idle Poses[edit]

  • Moves his head from left to right and holds his fist in front of his face.
  • Moves his hat.

Victory Fanfare[edit]

A flourished remix directly from Brawl based on the sound clip that would play when Mario reaches the end of a level in Super Mario Bros. It is shared with Luigi, Peach, and Dr. Mario.

Victory Poses[edit]

  • Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose.
  • Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen.
  • Does a short spin-jump and lands in a strong-man pose. It originates from his "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros..

In Competitive Play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
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Notable players[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Mario
ntsc As iconic as iconic gets, this gaming celebrity is known for saving the world from Bowser. He's got amazing jumping skills and makes use of a wide range of transformations. In his free time, he plays too many sports to count. In Smash Bros., he's a well-rounded fighter you can rely on. Say it with me: "It's-a me, Mario!"
pal It's-a him! Maaario! Whether he's wearing one of his special outfits or just his normal blue dungarees, this running, jumping, Bowser-bashing, princess-saving hero is an all-round superstar. And in this game, he's got enough tricks up his sleeve to deal with anything. If you don't know which fighter to pick, Mario's a solid choice.
NES: Donkey Kong Classics 09/1988
NES: Super Mario Bros. 10/1985
Mario (Alt.)
ntsc SSB4-3 Icon.png Super Jump Punch is an up-special move that lets you leap high into the air, carrying any fighters you strike along with you. You'll be invincible for a moment after you launch this attack. The default side-special move, Cape, will flip a fighter around. Keep a foe from returning with this move!
ntsc SSB4-U Icon.png Super Jump Punch is an up-special move that lets you leap high into the air, carrying any fighters you strike along with you. You'll be invincible for a moment after you launch this attack. The default side-special move, Cape, will flip a fighter around, making it easy to send a foe who's trying to grab the edge of the stage to their doom!
pal Mario's Super Jump Punch takes you high into the air, and if you catch an opponent with it, they'll go up with you. Try to hit them at the very start of the move to do the most damage. His default side special, Cape, can flip fighters around. If you're really crafty, you can even use it to keep someone from getting back on the stage!
NES: Donkey Kong Classics 09/1988
NES: Super Mario Bros. 10/1985
Mario Finale
ntsc Break the Smash Ball and unleash Mario's Final Smash. Mario will fire a devastating blast of fire in the direction he's facing. The attack covers a wide range and travels far, so it's best to fire this from one side of the stage to the other. The damage is impressive, and it can actually carry foes right off the screen!
pal When Mario gets his hands on a Smash Ball, he can activate this Final Smash. Flames spiral outwards in two intertwining stream, catching opponents in the wide blast with ease. It deals plenty of damage, and can also push foes off the screen entirely. Fire it from an elevated position to take full advantage of its vertical range!

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mario Palette (SSB4).png
MarioHeadSSB4-U.png MarioHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png MarioHeadBlueSSB4-U.png MarioHeadYellowSSB4-U.png MarioHeadBlackSSB4-U.png MarioHeadGreenSSB4-U.png MarioHeadStripedSSB4-U.png MarioHeadPurpleSSB4-U.png

Gallery[edit]


Trivia[edit]

  • Based on hitbox data, the Super Jump Punch making a different sound on the final hit seems to have been intended to be in all three previous games.
  • A glitch from 1.0.7 shows when Mario performs his side taunt, his hair is missing when taking off his cap, revealing the inside of his head.

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