Little Mac (SSBU)

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Little Mac
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Universe Punch-Out!!
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4


Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Giga Mac Rush
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As a boxer, Little Mac fights with his fists alone—no kicks! When his Power Meter fills up, he can use a special KO Uppercut, which can really turn a battle around. For his Final Smash, he turns into Giga Mac and pummels the opponent with a furious rush of punches!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

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[edit]

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[edit]

Despite being a lower mid-tier character in Smash 4, Little Mac has been drastically nerfed in the transition to Ultimate. While he has received notable improvements both directly and from game engine changes, he received more heavy nerfs to his damage, combo potential, and frame data. He also is mostly harmed by the universal engine changes in Ultimate compared to most of the cast who benefit from said changes.

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 blindspots, 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 (with the latter being less safe at low percents), while his down tilt is slower and can no longer combo reliably, removing most of his damage racking abilities as well as kill confirms. His weaker neutral attack and down tilt also make them less likely to out-prioritize attacks (since they offer anti-rebounding priority). 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. The universal changes to jabs make it so that Little Mac can no longer jab cancel into moves such as KO Uppercut and Rising Uppercut. 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 jumpsquats and landing lag benefits him far less while strengthening most of the cast's aerial games, making it even harder for him to contest against aerial rushdowns.

Overall, despite some changes 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 negative, to the point that he is almost unanimously considered the worst character in the game, including from ex-professionals such as ZeRo. This has been reflected in his tournament representation, as it is almost non-existent at national level tournaments; however, he still has several dedicated mains to his credit, including Sol, who continues to attain respectable results with him at the regional levels.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Little Mac's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing now features simple detailing and his muscles are slightly more pronounced.
  • Change Little Mac no longer has sixteen alternate costumes, only eight. Of the cut costumes, his blue and orange outfits have been removed, while Wire-Frame Mac has notably been reduced to just two outfits: his standard and sweatshirt outfits.
  • Change For certain attacks, the visual trail textures will match the color of Little Mac's boxing gloves.
  • Change Side taunt has been altered to have a significantly more noticeable glove-tightening and arm-swinging animation.
  • Change Air dodge has an altered animation.
  • Change Once KO Uppercut is used or lost, the Power Meter now shows the meter physically draining to zero, rather than cutting immediately to the lowest level.
  • Change Little Mac now winces and frowns while clapping during the results screen.
  • Change Doc Louis' quotes have been shortened in Little Mac's victory poses.
  • Change Doc Louis no longer appears in Little Mac's victory pose during Team Battles.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Little Mac's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Little Mac benefits from the re-addition of directional air dodges, which grant him a new option to mix up his landings.
    • Nerf However, Little Mac's directional airdodge has the shortest distance in the game, preventing him from using it as a conventional recovery option, unlike most other fighters.
  • Buff Little Mac benefits significantly from the ability to dash cancel almost any grounded attack, increasing the versatility of his ground game.
    • Nerf In turn, Little Mac suffers from the removal of perfect pivoting due to his previous heavy reliance on the technique in Smash 4.
  • Buff As characters no longer dash through each other, many of Little Mac's moves now connect consistently better, most notably with forward smash, Straight Lunge, and KO Uppercut.
    • Nerf This change hinders his mixup options, as he can no longer run through opponents for a positional advantage.
  • Buff Little Mac dashes much faster (2.24 → 2.464).
  • Buff Little Mac walks slightly faster (1.32 → 1.386).
  • Buff Little Mac's air speed is much faster (1 → 1.208), going from tied for 31st fastest in Smash 4 to tied for 12th in Ultimate. Among other things, this improves his recovery.
  • Buff Little Mac's max additional air acceleration is slightly higher (0.028 → 0.03).
  • Buff Little Mac jumps higher, now being able to reach the lower platforms of Battlefield with one full hop, and the top platform with both jumps. This improves his offstage survivability and prevents him from being camped as easily.
  • Change Little Mac's falling speed (1.8 → 1.95) and fast falling speed (2.88 → 3.12) are much faster, now tied with King Dedede for the 2nd highest falling speed. This increases his survivability but makes him easier to combo.
  • Change Little Mac is heavier (82 → 87). This increases his survivability but makes him easier to combo.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Like most neutral attacks in the game, the first two hits of Mac's jab can jab lock due to their altered angles (85°/80° → 361°/180°), though it can be difficult to land on smaller characters.
    • Buff Due to the universal improvements to neutral infinites, Little Mac's neutral infinite connects significantly better, as it could be escaped from relatively easily in SSB4.
    • Buff Neutral attack's first and second hit has less ending lag (FAF 21 → 16).
    • Buff Neutral attack's third hit has slightly less ending lag when held (FAF 32 → 30), but if inputted manually it has drastically less endlag (FAF 20), to the point that it can now combo into itself.[1]
    • Nerf All hits of neutral attack deal less damage (2% → 1.5% (hit 1), 2% → 1.5% (hit 2), 7% → 5% (hit 3)).
    • Nerf Neutral infinite deals less damage (0.7% → 0.5% (loop)).
    • Nerf Neutral attack no longer has anti-rebounding priority.
    • Change Holding down the standard attack button causes Little Mac to do his three hit jab, while mashing it causes him to perform his neutral infinite. Previously, the infinite would be initiated by holding down standard attack.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf The removal of perfect pivoting significantly harms up tilt's overall versatility.
    • Nerf Up tilt deals less damage (9% → 6.5%).
    • Nerf Up tilt's base knockback was reduced, while its knockback scaling was increased (50 (base), 80 (scaling) → 25/120). This makes up tilt unsafe on hit at very low percents while still sending opponents too far at higher percents to kill confirm while still being a non viable KO move.
    • Nerf Up tilt is less effective for out-prioritizing attacks with its anti-rebounding priority, due to the move's lowered damage.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has more range.
    • Nerf Down tilt has more ending lag (FAF 22 → 26), significantly reducing its combo ability and followups with a majority of its followups only usable at extremely low percents, while limiting its few consistent followups at higher percents (Jolt Haymaker and Rising Uppercut).
  • Change All smash attacks cause the screen to shake.
  • Change While using any smash attack, Little Mac voices out with his weak knockback voice clip if he takes damage during the move. This allows for a minor mindgame when Mac is hit during his super armor state, but is otherwise a small detail.
  • Change All smash attacks trigger Special Zoom if Little Mac is hit during their startup and lands the move on an opponent.
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Unangled forward smash produces a softer "wind" sound, rather than the sharp punching sound effect used in Smash 4.
    • Nerf Unangled forward smash deals less knockback (31 (base), 91 (scaling) → 29/87).
    • Nerf Downward angled forward smash deals more base knockback (50 → 65), harming its combo potential while still being too weak to KO.
    • Buff Forward smash no longer has a blindspot.
    • Buff Forward smash gains armor at half-charge or greater.
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash's first frame produces a spark akin to a glancing blow, which visualizes its stronger flame sweetspot.
    • Buff Up smash has more super armor (frames 8-11 → frames 8-13).
  • Down smash:
    • Nerf Both hits of down smash have a smaller hitbox.

Aerial attacks[edit]

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Grab range has been increased.
  • Nerf Dash grab and pivot grab have increased startup (Dash grab: frame 10 → 13, Pivot grab: frame 11 → 14).
  • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (Standing: FAF 33 → 39, Dash: FAF 41 → 47, Pivot: FAF 34 → 42).
  • Change Pummel is much faster, but deals less damage (2.1% → 1%).
  • Change Down throw deals less base knockback, but higher knockback scaling (78 (base), 40 (scaling) → 50/88).
    • Buff The lower base knockback allows Mac to combo into moves besides Rising Uppercut at low percents.
    • Nerf The higher knockback scaling combined with Ultimate's knockback and hitstun changes makes down throw combo less reliably at higher percents.
  • Change Little Mac has altered swing animations for battering items like the Beam Sword, no longer performing a stab forward when using a forward smash. This applies to all except his dash attack. Like in Smash 4, he shares this change with Captain Falcon.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Straight Lunge:
    • Buff Straight Lunge can be canceled by shielding.
    • Buff Like with most non-storable charge moves, Straight Lunge can be unleashed in the opposite direction upon releasing the move.
    • Buff Fully-charged Straight Lunge no longer has a blind spot, as characters can no longer pass through each other.
    • Buff Straight Lunge gains power and damage as it is charged; previously, it had fixed damage values for an uncharged and fully-charged attack.
    • Buff Uncharged Straight Lunge has less ending lag (FAF 49 → 44).
      • Nerf Uncharged grounded Straight Lunge deals less damage (14% → 12%) and has lower knockback scaling (90 → 65) siginificantly hindering its KO potential. The aerial version also has lower knockback scaling (95 → 80).
      • Buff Late uncharged aerial Straight Lunge deals more damage (7% → 8%).
      • Buff Fully-charged Straight Lunge deals more damage (25% → 30% (grounded), 15% → 20% (aerial)) without full compensation on its knockback (55 (base), 86 (scaling) → 50/77 (grounded), 25/100 → 25/95 (aerial)), and deals consistent damage throughout the move instead of having a weaker late hit.
    • Nerf Straight Lunge's heavy armor doesn't scale with the 1v1 multiplier, resulting in it becoming less effective in non-doubles gameplay.
    • Nerf Because all edge attacks now do at least 9% damage, Straight Lunge can no longer tank through them as its heavy armor caps at 8%, removing a key ledge trapping option for Mac.
  • KO Uppercut:
    • Change KO Uppercut has a new animation. Little Mac performs a jumping uppercut while facing the screen, making it appear more identical to the Star Punch from Punch-Out!! on the NES.
    • Change The new animation is treated as an actual jump, meaning it is possible to use the grounded variant and end up offstage, especially if the punch is used out of a dash.
    • Change KO Uppercut no longer zooms in on Little Mac in a non-1v1 match due to the new Special Zoom mechanic.
    • Buff KO Uppercut's new animation gives the move more vertical range, allowing it to hit opponents on the lower platforms of Battlefield. It also grants recovery distance if used in midair.
    • Buff KO Uppercut is performed faster in general, making it harder to punish.
    • Buff KO Uppercut no longer has a windbox, making the hitbox connect more consistently.
    • Buff KO Uppercut has less ending lag (FAF 93 → 77).
    • Buff Aerial KO Uppercut deals more knockback (40 (base), 80 (scaling) → 50/95).
    • Nerf Aerial KO Uppercut is no longer unblockable. [2]
  • Jolt Haymaker:
    • Change Grounded Jolt Haymaker makes Little Mac spend less time in the air. He also lands with significantly more traction.
    • Buff Jolt Haymaker has 1 less frame of startup (frame 9 → 8).
    • Buff Grounded Jolt Haymaker has reduced ending lag.
    • Buff Jolt Haymaker deals more base knockback (33 → 75), sending opponents into tumble at 0%.
    • Nerf Jolt Haymaker has less knockback scaling (98 → 63), killing slightly later as its base knockback was not fully compensated.
    • Nerf Grounded Jolt Haymaker travels a shorter distance.
    • Buff Jolt Haymaker no longer renders Little Mac helpless and keeps more forward momentum, thus granting more distance. This significantly improves his recovery and turns what was previously a common suicidal mistake into a potent edge guarding tool.
    • Nerf All versions of Jolt Haymaker can only be used once until Mac touches the ground again, even if he is hit out of it. This makes it less safe to use, especially if at the risk of being sent offstage.
    • Buff Grounded Jolt Haymaker will stop Little Mac from going over the ledge in the last few frames, preventing him from just barely overshooting the ledge and having to get back to the stage.
  • Rising Uppercut:
    • Buff Little Mac no longer suffers from RCO lag if he is hit out of Rising Uppercut.
    • Buff Rising Uppercut travels a higher distance when performed on the ground.
    • Buff Aerial Rising Uppercut snaps to the ledge earlier on during the move, instead of only during startup and after the final hitbox appears.
    • Buff Aerial Rising Uppercut travels slightly higher.
    • Buff Aerial Rising Uppercut keeps a small amount of forward momentum, slightly improving its horizontal distance.
    • Change Rising Uppercut's first hit has a trail to highlight its hitbox.
  • Slip Counter:
    • Buff Slip Counter has less ending lag (FAF 61 → 57).
    • Change Slip Counter grants less momentum after an aerial counter. This lowers its recovery potential, but makes it less likely that Mac gets accidentally sent offstage by a counter.
    • Change Slip Counter produces an aesthetic spark upon retaliating.
    • Change When Slip Counter connects, the opponent's knockback is initially slowed before going to normal speed.
    • Nerf The effectiveness of DI hinders its OHKO potential on certain characters at the center of the stage even at max damage.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Little Mac has a new Final Smash called Giga Mac Rush. Rather than using Giga Mac as a controllable transformation, Little Mac transforms into his Giga Mac form and rushes forward, and if he comes into contact with an opponent, he unleashes a rush of punches before launching them.

Update History[edit]

Likely due to him being considered one of the worst characters in the game, Little Mac has been notably buffed in game updates. Patch 2.0.0's buffs were inconsequential, giving minor ease-of-life changes to his situational aerial attacks; on the other hand, patch 3.1.0 significantly improved his ground game. Neutral attack was heavily improved: its hits connect better due to improvements to its attack range, and its first and second hits had their ending lag reduced significantly. Neutral attack 3 also has less ending lag if inputted manually. This gives neutral attack formidable combo potential, allowing neutral attack 3 to combo into another neutral attack, forward smash, grab or Jolt Haymaker at mid percents. It can also set up a KO combo into Rising Uppercut that works from jab 1 above 95%, and jab 2 above 200%, though these combos are not true since they can be shielded or interrupted by a fast enough move. Forward tilt connects better on aerial opponents, fixing the notorious inconsistency of the second hit, which would often whiff. Down tilt's range was improved, now being on par with Mii Swordfighter's and outranging Ike's. Jolt Haymaker has increased hitbox range, allowing the grounded version to hit opponents on Battlefield's lower platforms. Finally, up smash has a longer super armor duration while KO Uppercut, Slip Counter and uncharged Straight Lunge had their ending lag reduced by various amounts, making Mac less vulnerable after attacking.

Overall, Little Mac's buffs have heavily improved his kit, grant him new potential setups and make his defense slightly better than before; Sol, one of the pioneers of the character, has notably viewed the buffs as good enough to exceed Mac's iteration in Smash 4.[3] However, how these buffs will affect him the long run is yet to be known.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Neutral aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 25 → 16), matching the move's interruptibility.
    • Buff The amount of time Little Mac cannot grab the ledge after performing neutral aerial has been shortened (46 frames → 40).
  • Buff The amount of time Little Mac cannot grab the ledge after performing up aerial has been shortened (73 frames → 66).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 1 has less ending lag (FAF 22 → 17) and connects into neutral attack 2 more reliably.
  • Buff Neutral attack 2 has less ending lag (FAF 22 → 17) and more range.
  • Buff Neutral attack 3 has more range.
  • Buff Neutral attack 3 has less ending lag and a slightly different animation if inputted manually, allowing Mac to act 10 frames earlier. [1]
  • Buff Forward tilt's hits connect more reliably against opponents in the air.
  • Buff Down tilt has more range.
  • Buff Up smash has more super armor (frames 8-11 → 8-13).
  • Buff Straight Lunge has less ending lag when it is grounded and not fully charged (FAF 50 → 45).
  • Buff KO Uppercut has significantly less ending lag when it is grounded (FAF 97 → 77).
  • Buff Jolt Haymaker has more range at the start of the move.
  • Buff Slip Counter has less ending lag (FAF 63 → 57).

Moveset[edit]

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   1.5% A left jab, followed by a right hook, followed by a left uppercut. If the button is mashed, Little Mac will perform an extremely fast flurry of alternating punches, followed by a right uppercut. Holding the attack button will have Little Mac repeat the first hit rapidly. Like in Smash 4, it is one of the fastest attacks in the game, with the first hit coming out on frame 1. As it offers anti-rebounding priority, it can also beat out most weak attacks. As a result, it is an excellent point-blank interrupting tool. The first two hits can lock floored characters, although this is difficult to perform on most characters due to the move's height. The first two hits have very low ending lag, allowing either to jab cancel into Rising Uppercut; this acts as a KO combo at various percents, with hit 2 working past around 145%, and hit 1 working past 200%. However, this combo can be safely shielded. If inputted manually, neutral attack 3 will allow Mac to act 10 frames earlier compared to holding the button, allowing followups into Jolt Haymaker or a grab. It can also lead into another neutral attack multiple times, which is known by the community as the "Dreamland Express" combo.
1.5%
5%
0.5% (loop), 3% (final hit)
Forward tilt   4% (hit 1), 8% (hit 2) A one-two combo. The first hit leads into the second hit, which deals excellent knockback that can KO Mario from the edge of Final Destination at 90%. It also has anti-rebounding priority and the longest range of his tilts, making it useful out of a dash.
Up tilt   6.5% An overhead arcing backfist. It covers the entirety of Little Mac's body, which allows him to use it as a quick option to punish overhead attacks or rolls. It is Little Mac's best combo initiator in general due to its anti-rebounding priority, low knockback and speed. The back hit combos better due to Mac having less endlag after. Combos include itself at low percents, and Rising Uppercut or KO Uppercut at low/mid percents if the opponent is close to him. It can also lead into tilts or smash attacks depending on an opponent's reaction. However, it is unsafe at very low percents, as opponents can act before Little Mac can. It resembles Don Flamenco's Twirling Backhand used during Title Defense Mode in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, albeit performed vertically instead of horizontally.
Down tilt   8% A crouching short straight-punch. Like his neutral attack and tilts, it has anti-rebounding priority and has very fast startup. However, it has lost its formidable combo potential from Smash 4 due to its higher ending lag and altered knockback angle, which sends opponents diagonally in front of Little Mac. As a result, it can only combo into tilts at 0%, and its only consistent combos at higher percents are Jolt Haymaker, forward aerial, dashing Rising Uppercut, or KO Uppercut on heavyweights. Otherwise, it is mainly used to force opponents into a landing situation for Mac to capitalize on. As of patch 3.1.0, down tilt's range now exceeds those of some swordfighters, now being on par with Mii Swordfighter's and longer than Ike's.
Dash attack   10% A lunging overhand. It is extremely fast for a dash attack (frame 7), travels a long distance, and acts as a situational KO option, doing so on Mario at 136% from the edge of Final Destination. However, it is notoriously punishable on shield, and is easily punished with a grab and throw, which puts Little Mac at a severe disadvantage due to his abysmal air game. The first frame has an early hitbox that deals the same damage, but KOs much later.
Forward smash Straight Smash 20% Steps forward and throws one of three right-handed punch variations, depending on which angle the control stick is tilted.

Up: An uppercut. It launches opponents vertically and has the largest hitbox out of all three punch variations, which makes it the easiest to connect while also being a decent anti-air. It deals powerful vertical knockback that KOs Mario at 102%, allowing it to finish off fighters with poor vertical endurance. It also grants super armor on frames 8-15. It resembles Little Mac's Star Punch and One-Star Punch in the NES and Wii versions of Punch-Out!!, respectively.

Forward: A cross. It has the highest knockback scaling out of all three punch variations, KOing Mario from center-stage at 89%. This makes it the most reliable out of the three in regard to KOing. It also grants super armor on frames 8-15. It is based on the cross Little Mac hits King Hippo with during the cutscene in which he defeats Hippo in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!

Down: A body hook. It deals the most damage out of all three punch variations, but its extremely low knockback scaling makes it unusable for KOing. Its high shieldstun makes it safer on shield than the other two punch variations, and it deals heavy shield damage, allowing it to deplete more than half a shield. It also grants super armor on frames 9-15.

20%
24%
Up smash   21% (clean), 16% (late) A wide uppercut. Its first frame is highlighted by a spark, which acts as a sweetspot that possesses a flame effect and deals significant shield damage. Its sourspot also makes it useful for aerial protection, thanks to its respectable damage output, high knockback scaling, and hitbox placement. However, it has the highest amount of ending lag out of his grounded moves. Despite its appearance, it also only hits in front of Little Mac, but it reaches high enough to challenge opponents standing on the bottom platforms of Battlefield, and low enough to reach some opponents on a ledge. It also grants super armor on frames 8-11.
Down smash   13% Spins 180° to throw a quick, downward angled right hook in each direction. It is very fast and acts as a powerful semi-spike which hits on both sides. Coupled with its long range, it is one of Little Mac's only edgeguarding options. Like his other smash attacks, it grants super armor (frames 7-10 and 15-17). Unlike most down smashes, both of its hits have the same damage outputs.
Neutral aerial Weak Jab 2% A downward angled straight jab. Due to it hitting on frame 2, it is the fastest neutral aerial in the game. When coupled with its very minimal ending lag, it can be used as a combo breaker of sorts when in the air. However, it has extremely low range, making it risky and difficult to use.
Forward aerial   5% A hook. It has slight start-up and low damage output, but hits at a semi-spike angle, allowing it to act as a niche gimp. It can combo out of several of Little Mac's moves, though this is offset by its meager damage. It can combo into Jolt Uppercut, though this is extremely situational.
Back aerial   6% A backfist. Like his forward aerial, it has a low damage output and hits at a semi-spike angle, but comes out one frame slower and deals 1% more damage.
Up aerial   5% An upward arcing hook. It is extremely fast for an up aerial (frame 5), though this is significantly offset by its short range, low hitbox duration, and high ending lag. If used while near the ground, it can combo into up tilt and Rising Uppercut at high percents. It appears to be based on the jump Little Mac performs during his victory animation in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
Down aerial   4% A downwards palm thrust. The fist hitbox acts as a meteor smash. It is one of the quickest meteor smashes in the game, but is extremely situational due to its extremely low knockback and damage, with its meteor smash being ineffective against anyone but fast-fallers unless Little Mac footstool jumps on the opponent immediately after. However, it can lock floored opponents, allowing Mac to finish them with any of his strongest attacks. It will only get a meteor smash kill at 247% at the least.
Grab   Clinches the opponent. In addition to having average range, Little Mac possesses one of the slowest non-tether grabs in the game. Its range can be increased by performing a roll cancel boost grab and it can even be used to cross-up opponents, although this is difficult to pull off.
Pummel   1% A body hook.
Forward throw 4% (hit), 4% (throw) Rears his arm back and throws an overhand. Its low knockback scaling and slight endlag makes this move virtually impossible to lead into any combos: its only other utility is dealing damage. Nearby opponents will be launched at a near-perfect vertical trajectory.
Back throw 4% (hit), 5% (throw) Spins the opponent around and throws an uppercut. The most damaging out of all of Little Mac's throws, as well as the highest knockback scaling. This is the only move with any KO potential, although it is unimpressive as a KOing option as it KOs Mario starting at 140% from the very edge of Final Destination. Nearby opponents will be launched at a near-perfect vertical trajectory.
Up throw 4% (hit), 3% (throw) An uppercut. Nearby opponents will be launched at a near-perfect vertical trajectory. Due to Mac's weak aerial presence, this throw has little use apart from mixups involving forcing opponents to land.
Down throw 4% (hit), 3% (throw) A double axe handle. Its knockback was increased from the previous installment, which makes it much more difficult to lead into combos. Nearby opponents will be launched at a near-perfect vertical trajectory.
Floor attack (front)   7% Gets up while throwing a punch behind himself, then in front of himself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Gets up while throwing a punch in front of himself, then behind himself
Floor attack (trip)   5% Gets up while throwing a punch in front of himself, then behind himself
Edge attack   9% Throws a lunging punch while climbing up the ledge.
Neutral special Straight Lunge 12%/10%/8% (uncharged), 10%/8% (uncharged, reversed), 30% (fully charged), 28% (fully charged, reversed), 35% (KO Uppercut), 13% (midair KO Uppercut) Rears his arm back and then throws a dashing cross. It is chargeable, grants 9.6% heavy armor while charging, can be reversed upon release, and moves Little Mac forward. The charge can be cancelled by pressing the shield button. When fully charged, it deals consistent damage throughout the move, lacking a weaker late hit. If the Power Meter is fully charged, it becomes the KO Uppercut, a fast and extremely powerful leaping uppercut, with the ability to pierce shields and also has enough range to reach through the bottom platform of Battlefield. Despite the name, however, it is not a true one-hit KO, but instead KOs at low to mid percentages (KO's the lightest character starting at 12%, and the heaviest starting at 36%), while also granting super armor on frames 8-9. However, KO Uppercut possesses a considerable amount of ending lag, making it punishable regardless if it hits or not, and the Uppercut is immediately lost if Little Mac holds it for 4 seconds and is then hit by any move that causes tumbling. A midair KO Uppercut, although weaker and blockable/counterable, can also be used as a recovery option.
Side special Jolt Haymaker 14% An overhand version of the Superman punch. It can be used almost instantly by pressing the special button immediately after first pressing it. Grants brief intangibility on the ground during startup, and its long hitbox duration allows it to punish moves effectively. It does not render him helpless if used in midair, making it a good horizontal recovery option. However, it can only be used once before landing, making it extremely risky to use predictably due to Little Mac's mediocre recovery. Jolt Haymaker was given more range as of patch 3.1.0, allowing the grounded version to hit opponents on the bottom platforms of Battlefield.
Up special Rising Uppercut 3% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2 - 5), 3% (hit 6) A right-handed, jumping corkscrew uppercut, followed immediately by a left-handed uppercut. The first uppercut hits multiple times, whereas the second uppercut hits once and has extremely high knockback. Thanks to Little Mac's excellent traction, it is a very potent out of shield option, and is also one of his only reliable aerial finishers aside from Jolt Haymaker. It also grants 3 frames of intangibility on start-up, while the grounded version covers a decent amount of vertical distance. Conversely, the aerial version is less effective at covering vertical distance and granting maneuverability compared to the grounded version, which make it extremely ineffective for recovery. It appears to be based on Little Mac's Three-Star Punch in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
Down special Slip Counter 1.3× (minimum 10%) Assumes a full crouch stance and, if hit, immediately counterattacks by slipping inside to throw an uppercut. It shoots Little Mac forward during the counterattack, allowing it to hit distant opponents and act as a recovery extended offstage, albeit with high risk. It has one of the fastest startups of any counter, making it an effective defensive option. It appears to be based on Glass Joe's Delayed Right Hook used during Title Defense Mode in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
Final Smash Giga Mac Rush 3% (beginning), 2% (beginning, late), 59% (entire) Little Mac transforms into his Giga Mac form and rushes forward, attacking any caught opponents with an uppercut. He then proceeds to unleash a rush of punches that concludes with an uppercut. For a Final Smash, it deals a massive amount of damage, and the initial dash can be used as a niche recovery option.

Power Meter and KO Uppercut[edit]

Little Mac performing a KO Uppercut as shown by a Skill Preview in Ultimate.
Deal damage to opponents or receive damage to charge the meter. Charge it to the max to make your neutral special a KO Uppercut.
—Move List Description for the Power Meter.


Unleash a powerful uppercut that launches opponents. You get various perks for using this on the ground.
—Move List Description for the KO Uppercut.

Little Mac has a unique mechanic known as the Power Meter, which is permanently shown above his damage meter. Dealing damage or receiving damage from opponents will charge the meter; when full, Little Mac's neutral special (Straight Lunge) is replaced by the KO Uppercut. KO Uppercut has multiple perks: it can KO almost the entire cast around 35%, has very fast startup, grants super armor right before the hitbox appears, is unblockable, and cannot be countered. This only applies to the grounded version, as the aerial version is significantly weaker and blockable; however, it grants good recovery distance.

KO Uppercut will replace Straight Lunge until it is used, Little Mac is KO'd, or if he is sent tumbling 4 seconds after he gains a KO Uppercut.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Does a fakeout punch against Doc Louis, who stumbles, before they both pose with an arm raised while facing towards the camera.
  • Doc Louis bumps Little Mac with his belly before holding up Mac's arm, like a referee would after a boxing match. Little Mac shows an angry expression at the end, though he will eventually show a more neutral look after some time passes.
  • Runs and turns his back towards the screen, shuffles his feet, then performs a spinning uppercut while Doc Louis cheers him on.
    • Doc Louis can say any of these at random, depending on which costume and pose.
Pose 1 Pose 2 Pose 3
Normal Costumes
"You win, Mac!" "World Circuit's all yours Mac!" "Ahh, winnin' feels good, don't it?"
"Was that a little too easy for ya, son?" "(in tandem with the announcer) And the winner is… Little Mac!" "Way to go, Mac! You're the champ, baby!"
"Nice work, Mac. You got it all figured out." "Ya got what it takes, Mac!" "I think I hear a chocolate bar callin'."
Wireframe Costumes
"I could barely keep my eyes on ya, son." "You making my eyes water, son." "Just like old times, huh?"
A remix of the theme that plays when the player defeats an opponent in the NES and Wii Punch-Out!! games.

Classic Mode: Friendly Sparring[edit]

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.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Incineroar IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Boxing Ring Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala)
2 Ryu RyuHeadSSBU.png Suzaku Castle Ryu Stage
3 Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (x4) Arena Ferox Battlefield - Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mii Brawler costume combinations: No headwear and Tracksuit, Ninja Headband and Fighter Uniform, No headwear and Protective Gear, Flying Man Hat and Flying Man Outfit.
4 Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Port Town Aero Dive Dream Chaser
5 Little Mac LittleMacHeadWireSSBU.png Boxing Ring Jogging / Countdown If playing as Wireframe Mac, he faces the default Little Mac LittleMacHeadSSBU.png instead.
6 Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Boxing Ring (Ω form) Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. Medley
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Little Mac has Jogging / Countdown accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Little Mac 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.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
49
Little Mac SSBU.png
Little Mac Attack 3,300 Boxing Ring (Ω form) Jogging / Countdown


Spirits[edit]

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.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
217
Ricky Spirit.png
Ricky The Legend of Zelda series Little Mac LittleMacHeadYellowSSBU.png
Attack
1,800 Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy loves to jump
•The enemy has increased jump power
Tal Tal Heights
460
Porygonspirit.png
Porygon Pokémon series Little Mac LittleMacHeadWireSSBU.png
Shield
1,700 Pokémon Stadium •Assist Trophy Enemies (Akira) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)
568
Teddy.png
Teddy Earthbound series Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
3,600 Onett N/A •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge
Bein' Friends
933
Giga Mac Spirit.png
Giga Mac Punch-Out!! series •Giant Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlackSSBU.png
Attack
13,900 Boxing Ring N/A •The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
Stamina battle
•The enemy is giant
Title Theme - Punch-Out!! (Wii)
934
Doc louis.png
Doc Louis Punch-Out!! series Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
3,300 Boxing Ring •Attack Power ↑
•Defense ↑
•Move Speed ↑
Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased move speed
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
Jogging / Countdown
936
Bald-Bull.png
Bald Bull Punch-Out!! series •Giant Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
4,400 Boxing Ring N/A •The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
•The enemy has super armor but moves slower
Stamina battle
Jogging / Countdown
945
Piston hondo.png
Piston Hondo Punch-Out!! series •Giant Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
2,000 Boxing Ring N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy favors smash attacks
•The enemy is giant
Jogging / Countdown
986
Balrog.png
Balrog Street Fighter series Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
9,100 Fourside (Ω form) •Jump Power ↓ Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
•The enemy doesn't like to jump
Balrog Stage Type A
1,120
Urbanchampionfighter.png
Urban Champion Fighter Urban Champion series Little Mac LittleMacHeadBlackSSBU.png
Attack
2,100 New Donk City Hall (Ω form) Assist Trophy Enemies (Kapp'n) •Timed battle
•Hostile assist trophies will appear after a little while
•The enemy doesn't like to jump
Wrecking Crew Retro Medley
1,142
Commander X Spirit.png
Commander X Little Mac LittleMacHeadWireSSBU.png
Shield
2,300 Lylat Cruise Assist Trophy Enemies (Andross) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Tunnel Scene - X
1,157
Harry teleroboxer.png
Harry Teleroboxer Little Mac LittleMacHeadWireSSBU.png
Mega Man MegaManHeadRedSSBU.png
Shield
1,900 Boxing Ring N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power Tunnel Scene - X-Scape

Alternate costumes[edit]

Little Mac Palette (SSBU).png
LittleMacHeadSSBU.png LittleMacHeadYellowSSBU.png LittleMacHeadWhiteSSBU.png LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png LittleMacHeadBlackSSBU.png LittleMacHeadPinkSSBU.png LittleMacHeadWireSSBU.png LittleMacHeadGreenSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Little Mac's Showcase Video has him follow Wario's motor bike while wearing his pink sweatsuit. This is a reference to the Punch-Out!! series, where Little Mac runs alongside Doc Louis on his bicycle.
  • Little Mac's pose in his official art resembles the pose he performs while using Slip Counter.
  • Little Mac's Classic Mode has a high spawn rate of Sandbag, as a reference to his reveal video where he has a Sandbag in his training ring, as well as usage of similar punching bags by real boxers.
  • Little Mac's penultimate battle in Classic Mode is against Donkey Kong, which alludes to their previous bout in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!.
    • Also, Little Mac can be unlocked by clearing Classic Mode as Mario which alludes to the latter's cameo as a referee since the very first Punch-Out!! game.
  • There's an animation error in Little Mac's on-screen appearance when facing to the left; before removing his sweatsuit, he will be facing away from the camera. This did not occur in Smash 4.
  • Little Mac, Dr. Mario, Ivysaur, Greninja, Olimar, Ryu, Cloud, Dark Samus, and Ken are the only characters to never appear as minions in any Spirit battles.

References[edit]


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