Little Mac (SSBU)
Little Mac (リトル・マック, Little Mac) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Little Mac is classified as fighter #49.
Kosuke Toriumi reprises his role as Little Mac in the game, via reused voice clips from Smash 4.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Little Mac must then be defeated on Boxing Ring.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Little Mac has gained a mixed bag of changes during his transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. While he has received notable improvements both directly and from game engine changes, he received more drastic nerfs to his damage and combo potential, with some universal changes harming him more significantly compared to the cast. As a result, Little Mac has been nerfed overall.
His biggest buff involves his notoriously poor recovery: it has been extended and has greater mixup potential due to readdition of directional air dodges, Jolt Haymaker no longer causing helplessness while traveling more distance, and KO Uppercut granting recovery distance in midair. His attributes have also been modified, as he now has a considerably faster air speed which helps him recover easier, higher jumps which no longer make him as vulnerable to platform camping (while also improving his recovery), and the second highest falling speed which makes it easier for him to return to the ground. He also benefits heavily from some universal changes: the readdition of dash dancing grants him one of the game's best dash dances, the universal nerf to grabs and shield grabs makes him more difficult to punish out of shield, and dash cancels give him arguably the biggest benefit of any fighter, as he now has access to all his grounded options at any time. Some of his ground moves have been improved: all versions of forward smash have lost their sourspots, up tilt's already good combo potential has been improved, while Straight Lunge gains damage while charging, can now be shield-canceled and can be turned around if needed, and deals a consistent 30% when fully charged.
However, Little Mac has received significant nerfs. Many engine changes have removed some of his strongest ground advantages: the inability to run past shields make it easier to corner Little Mac and read his fairly linear approach, the removal of perfect pivoting eliminates his extremely strong microspacing tactics, and Straight Lunge's armor can no longer withstand edge attacks due to them now doing more than 8% throughout the cast. He has also been nerfed directly: KO Uppercut KOs very slightly later, his best damage-racking abilities are weaker as neutral attack, neutral infinite and up tilt all deal less damage, while his down tilt is slower, significantly reducing majority of its previously excellent followup potential. As a result, Little Mac's ground game has actually become worse, as he has to deal more hits and has less followup potential, while still lacking useful moves to edgeguard or attack offstage opponents with (apart from Jolt Haymaker and down smash).
In addition, despite some of the universal changes improving Mac, other indirect changes have significantly harmed him. Since defensive options (shielding, air dodges, rolls, and spot dodges) have been nerfed, Little Mac's defense is more exploitable since he is extremely reliant on dodges and shielding, and the limitation to a single air dodge makes him even more susceptible to juggling and gimps despite his improved recovery. His recovery has ironically become less consistent than before, as Jolt Haymaker can now only be used once before landing (making misuse or interception usually fatal for him), and the ending lag of directional air dodges makes it difficult to fully extend his recovery. Finally, the universal reduction of landing lag benefits him far less while strengthening most of the cast's aerial games, making it harder for him to contest against aerial rushdowns.
Overall, despite the abundance of buffs to Little Mac's notorious recovery and the ability to dash cancel moves, Little Mac has indirectly lost many tools that made him effective in the previous game, making him perform worse than his iteration in Smash 4. As a result of this, his reception within the competitive community has been notoriously mediocre, with some professionals such as ZeRo going as far as to consider him the worst character in the game. Regardless, he still has several dedicated mains to his credit, with Sol continuing to attain decent results with him at the regional levels.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: Friendly Sparring
Little Mac fights fighters that are close range martial artists. During the battles, every item except the Sandbag is disabled. As such, the Sandbag can be hit but will only spawn visual confetti.
Role in World of Light
Although Little Mac does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Little Mac can be found near a city area blocked through a door. To reach him, the player must first complete the Power Plant sub-area so the door can open. In the fight against him, he is an Attack spirit and has 3300 power. He is fought on an Omega version of Boxing Ring.
Little Mac's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Little Mac in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, Little Mac makes an appearance as a Primary Spirit as Giga Mac.
Character Showcase Video
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