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This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the character in other contexts, see Mario.
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Mario (マリオ, Mario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was shown at the E3 2006 trailer for the game, alongside Link, Kirby and Pikachu, all of whom also appeared with him in Super Smash Bros. Melee and the original Super Smash Bros.

Charles Martinet reprises his role as Mario in all regions of Brawl; rather than re-purposing his portrayal from Super Mario 64 as in previous games, Martinet provides new voice clips that mimic the ones he recorded for Super Mario Galaxy.

Mario is ranked 31st out of 38 on the current tier list, the top position of F tier. This is a heavy drop from his previous placement in Melee, where he was ranked 15th out of 26, and his worst placement in the series to date. Mario possesses fast, low-lag attacks throughout his moveset, as well as strong comboing capabilities, with his up tilt and up aerial being especially good jugglers on their own that can set up additional attacks well. Additionally, Mario possesses a notable gimping and disrupting tool in his Cape, an effective projectile in his Fireball, and even an effective out of shield option in his Super Jump Punch. However, he inherited problems from his Melee incarnation, which had been exacerbated. Mainly, he has poor reach with nearly every attack, giving him problems dealing with characters who have disjointed hitboxes (such as Marth) and is easily gimped due to his predictable and short recovery. Mario also still possesses poor KO potential: He only has a few mediocre finishers (all being smash attacks), while his back aerial has below-average power, only KOing at very high percents, and his forward aerial, despite being a meteor smash, is slow and too weak for KOing unless sweetspotted. As a result, he has no other effective finishers outside of his forward and up smashes, which combined with the existence of stale-move negation, makes it difficult for him to score a KO, forcing him to not overrely on his forward and up smashes and keeping them fresh to take the stock. Lastly, his rather standard abilities are outshined by the abilities of most characters. This has resulted in poor matchups beyond low tier, and terrible tournament results.

However, on the Japanese tier list, Mario is ranked 25th out of 36 in the middle of D tier, where he is considered to be a mid tier character rather than a low tier.


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Mario is a relatively straightforward, balanced character, with average attributes and a variety of tools designed to tackle any situation. His weight, dashing speed, air speed, and traction all range from average to slightly above average, though his falling speed and gravity both fall within the lower half of the cast.

Despite his low tier list placement, Mario has a few noticeable strengths. He has relatively quick frame data, with fast options across his entire moveset, both on the ground and in the air. He has some decent grounded options, such as his forward smash being his strongest finisher and one of his longest-ranged attacks, up smash with its fast speed and intangibility, and his up tilt setting up for juggles and KOing at very high percentages. His grab game is versatile as well, with his back throw leading to KOs at high percentages, forward throw having the potential to set up for offstage situations, and his up and down throws sending at favorable angles for juggles or combos. However, his grounded moveset does have some negatives. His down smash, despite its very fast speed, is a rather weak finisher, and his down tilt is widely considered one of the worst moves in the entire game.

Mario also has rather good aerials, as they are fairly quick and have decent power. His neutral aerial is a very quick sex kick, up aerial is his main juggling tool and is very useful in combos, forward aerial is a meteor smash that is somewhat useful for edgeguarding, back aerial is a fast and useful KO tool offstage, and down aerial is fast, deals solid damage, and can lead to combos.

His specials are useful, too. Fireball is a projectile that is able to interrupt approaches and can somewhat remedy Mario's short range. Cape is a reflector that can also be used to gimp opponents, and can be used as a option for recovery as it boosts Mario upwards slightly. Super Jump Punch is Mario's main recovery move and his fastest out of shield option. As it deals a reasonable amount of damage, it can also be used as a combo finisher. Lastly, F.L.U.D.D does no damage, but it can be charged to unleash a powerful windbox that can be used to push opponents away, leading to edgeguards or simply blowing them offstage.

Despite his strengths, he has many glaring flaws. Compared to Melee, his already poor KO potential has been further worsened. His forward and up smashes are relatively weak compared to the rest of the cast, his back aerial has short range, his back throw is easy to DI due to its slow startup, and his forward aerial is slow, laggy, and can be meteor cancelled. However, Mario's most glaring flaw is his poor reach. While Mario does have a projectile, the rest of his attacks are very short-ranged, forcing him to get up close to do meaningful damage or land KOs. Coupled with Mario's average speed, he can have difficulty landing hits on enemies who outrange him, such as Marth and Meta Knight. His recovery is also rather mediocre. While Super Jump Punch is fast, it follows a predictable path and doesn't go particularly far, leading to Mario getting gimped rather easily. His grab game, while decent, is rendered less effective by his short grab and hitstun canceling limiting his combo potential.

Overall, Mario's weaknesses overshadow his strengths, resulting in poor matchups and tournament representation.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Mario has received a mixture of nerfs and buffs from Melee to Brawl, but his buffs are flooded over by his more pronounced flaws from his previous incarnation, and the changes to Brawl's mechanics hinder Mario more than they help him. As a result, he was greatly nerfed overall. The removal of wavedashing hinders Mario's already below average mobility and grounded approach, while the introduction of hitstun canceling no longer makes it possible for him to chaingrab with his up and down throws, drastically hindering his combo game. His already mediocre KO power was even further reduced, almost completely removing his back throw's KO potential, and his smash attacks, his main KOing tools in previous games, were weakened significantly as well, with his forward smash's sweetspot being weaker and is now outprioritized by a stronger sourspot, while his up smash and the front hit of his down smash also deal less damage and knockback. Lastly, Mario's new down special move, F.L.U.D.D., doesn't push opponents far and doesn't deal any damage to the opponent, which when combined with losing a vital move for his recovery, makes it a step backward from Mario Tornado.

However, Mario has also seen a few notable buffs. Fireball can now be B-reversed, which improves his neutral game. While his Cape has also seen some useful buffs, as it can now shift the opponent's momentum and can briefly reverse opponents, giving it extreme edgeguarding potential. Super Jump Punch's linking hitboxes connect more reliably, and the final hit deals more knockback, enough for it to be a situational KO move near the upper blast line at high percents. Finally, Mario's aerials have also seen some notable buffs; all of them (with the exception of his forward aerial) now have decreased landing lag, and his back and up aerials can now be performed twice in a short hop thanks to his higher short hop, making them even safer on shield and improving Mario’s ability to shield pressure.

Overall, in spite of the handful of decent buffs, Mario's nerfs weigh him down drastically, and he is considered much less effective than he was in 64 and Melee. He is one of the most severely nerfed characters in the transition from Melee to Brawl.


  • Change Mario has been updated graphically, with his overalls looking more realistic. Additionally, the color of his cap, shirt, and overalls are a darker shade of red and blue, and his skin has become paler, matching his appearance used since Luigi's Mansion and Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Change Mario no longer vocalizes during his first jump. All of his jumps now make variations of the "boing" noise from Super Mario Bros.; the pitch increases with each jump: the short ground and wall jumps make a shortened version, the high ground jump uses the unaltered standard version, and the second jump and Super Jump Punch each make higher-pitched versions.
  • Change Mario shouts at both the start and end instead of saying "Here we go!" at the end during his left- and right-inputted victory poses; he also now vocalizes during his up-inputted victory pose.
  • Change Mario no longer uses his stun voice clip when waking out of sleep status.
  • Change Mario has been given new updated voice clips, rather than reusing his voice clips from Super Mario 64, like in Smash 64 and Melee.
  • Change Mario has a new alternate costume based on Fire Mario.
  • Change Mario now has two new taunts: a side taunt where he spins, removes his hat and puts him back on his head, resembling his level clear animation from New Super Mario Bros., and a down taunt where he spins around in the air, falls to the ground and the gets up, similarly to his dying animation in Donkey Kong.
    • Change Mario's previous taunt has been moved to his up taunt.


  • Change Mario's character model is slightly smaller, more in line with his own games. This makes him harder to hit but it also decreases his already poor reach.
  • Change Mario is slightly lighter (100 → 98), as in the PAL version of Melee.
  • Change As with the returning veterans, Mario's falling speed and fast fall were reduced (1.7 → 1.28 (falling speed), 2.3 → 1.792 (fast fall)). Compared with the returning veterans, however, Mario falls faster. While improving his vertical endurance, it makes him more vulnerable to combos and hinders his already poor recovery.
  • Change Mario's gravity is lower (0.095 → 0.075).
  • Buff Mario jumps higher (29 → 31.755375), going from the 4th lowest out of 26 characters to the 25th highest out of 39.
  • Buff Mario's traction has been unchanged (0.06). Compared with the returning veterans, however, Mario's traction is significantly higher, going from tied for the 16th highest amongst 26 fighters to tied for the 11th highest out of 39, making it easier for him to punish out of shield.
  • Buff Mario's air speed is higher (0.86 → 0.94), improving his recovery and aerial approach.
  • Buff Mario's additional air acceleration is higher (0.025 → 0.08), increasing the total amount (0.045 → 0.09), despite his base air acceleration being lower (0.02 → 0.01). His air acceleration has also gone from being the 5th lowest out of 26 characters in Melee to the 13th highest out of 39 characters in Brawl.
  • Buff Mario's sidestep has a longer duration (frames 2-15 → 2-20).
  • Nerf Sidestep has more ending lag (FAF 23 → 26).
  • Nerf Rolls have more ending lag (FAF 32 → 33).
  • Nerf The removal of wavedashing hinders Mario's mobility and grounded approach.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack
    • Buff Holding down the attack button now makes Mario quickly repeat the first hit of his neutral attack until it connects, improving its punish potential.
    • Buff The second hit has less startup lag (frame 3 → 2).
    • Buff Both the first and second hits have different angles (83°/85° → 361°/80°). This allows the near hits to jab lock opponents.
      • Nerf However, this makes the far hits connect into the later hits less reliably.
    • Nerf The last hit deals less damage (5% → 4%) without full compensation on its knockback (10 (base)/100 (scaling) → 30/95).
    • Nerf The last hit has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 5-9 → 7-10) and more ending lag (FAF 23 → 30).
  • Forward tilt
    • Buff Forward tilt deals more base knockback (6 → 8 (up and non-angled)/13 (down)), and no longer deals minimal set knockback (1 → 0) when angled down.
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 25).
    • Nerf It now deals consistent damage across all angles (10% (up)/9% (non-angled)/8% (down) → 8%), weakening both the up and non-angled versions.
  • Up tilt
    • Nerf Up tilt deals less damage (8% → 7%) without full compensation on its knockback (26 (base)/125/122/120 (scaling) → 28/130).
      • Buff However, this allows it to chain into itself more reliably at lower percents.
      • Buff Also, in spite of its weaker knockback, the lower falling speeds and changes to the knockback formula allow the move to serve as a niche KOing option at 150%.
    • Nerf It has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 4-12 → 5-11).
    • Nerf The introduction of hitstun canceling removes all its combo ability except into itself at low percents.
  • Down tilt
    • Nerf Down tilt deals less damage (8%/9% → 5%/7%), with only a slight increase to its base knockback (10 → 20).
    • Nerf Its has a shorter duration (frames 5-8 → 5-7).
  • Dash attack
    • Change Dash attack no longer has consistent angles (110° → 110°/80° (clean), 120° → 120°/70° (late)).
  • Forward smash
    • Change Forward smash's animation has been slightly changed. Mario rears back more while standing on one leg during the charging animation, while stepping and leaning forward upon unleashing the move and having his right arm positioned lower.
    • Buff Forward smash's sourspot deals consistent damage when not angled (11%/10% → 14%), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Its sourspot has more knockback scaling (96 → 100).
    • Nerf It has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 12-16 → 16-18) and more ending lag (FAF 42 → 48).
    • Nerf Its sweetspot deals less damage across all angles (19% (up)/18% (non-angled)/17% (down) → 18%/17%/16%) and has less knockback scaling (95 → 90), resulting in it KOing about 14% later.
    • Nerf The sweetspot is now placed at the bottom of the ID stack (0 → 2), making it significantly harder to connect with, especially on larger characters.
  • Up smash
    • Change Up smash's animation has been altered, being a mixture of its animations in the original Super Smash Bros. and in Super Smash Bros. Melee: during the headbutt, Mario performs a small jump and does a step forward.
    • Buff The new animation improves its vertical range.
    • Buff The introduction of DACUS improves its approach potential.
    • Buff Up smash has a longer duration (frames 9-11 → 9-14), improving its horizontal range in front of Mario when combined with the new animation.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (15% → 14%) and has decreased knockback scaling (97 → 90), hindering its KO potential even with the universally decreased falling speeds.
  • Down smash
    • Buff Down smash's back hit no longer has a sourspot (10%/12% → 12%), allowing it to KO more consistently.
    • Nerf Its front hit deals less damage (16% → 15%) and has less knockback scaling (75 → 73), hindering its KO potential.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Change All of Mario's aerials except his forward aerial have decreased landing lag (16/8 frames → 10 (neutral), 15/7 frames → 10 (back), 15/7 frames → 10 (up), 23/11 frames → 19 (down)). Due to the removal of L-canceling, however, their landing lag is not fully compensated.
    • Buff Back and up aerials can now be performed twice in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
  • Neutral aerial
    • Buff Neutral aerial auto-cancels slightly earlier (frame 36 → 34) and can now auto-cancel in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
    • Nerf Its deals less damage (12% (clean)/6% (late) → 10%/5%), hindering its KO potential.
    • Nerf It has a shorter duration (frames 3-32 → 3-29).
    • Change The late hit deals less knockback (15 (base)/100 (scaling) → 13/90). However, this enables it to lock opponents for longer.
  • Forward aerial
    • Buff Forward aerial has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 18-22 → 16 (early)/17-19 (clean)/20-21 (late)).
    • Change It now consists of an early hit, a clean hit and a late hit; with the early and late hits launching opponents horizontally (280° → 361°).
      • Buff This makes the early hit more effective at KOing opponents on stage.
      • Nerf However, this makes the move less consistent at edgeguarding overall, as the clean hit has a much shorter duration (frames 18-22 → 17-19).
    • Buff Mario's lower falling speed makes the move safer to use off-stage.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (15% → 12% (early)/13% (clean)/10% (late)), without full compensation on its knockback (30 (base)/70 (scaling) → 30/80 (early), 20/75 (clean), 20/80 (late)).
      • Buff However the changes to meteor canceling makes it more reliable at edeguarding despite its decreased power.
    • Nerf It has increased landing lag (21 → 26 frames).
  • Back aerial
    • Change Back aerial has an altered animation based on Mario's forward aerial from Smash 64, albeit without spinning.
      • Buff This new animation gives the move more range.
      • Nerf However, this new animation is longer (28 frames → 45), increasing the amount of time Mario cannot grab the ledge after using the move.
    • Buff Its clean hit deals more damage (11% → 12%) without full compensation on its knockback scaling (100 → 95).
    • Nerf Its late hit deals less damage (9% → 7%) and has decreased knockback scaling (100 → 90).
      • Buff However, its reduced knockback enables the late hit to lock opponents for longer.
    • Nerf It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 6-17 → 6-13).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 29 → 34).
  • Up aerial
    • Buff Up aerial has increased base knockback (0 → 9) and launches at a lower angle (55° → 45°), improving its safety, edgeguarding and KO potential.
    • Nerf Its lower angle hinders its juggling potential which is further exacerbated with the introduction of hitstun cancelling; removing its combo potential beyond low percents.
  • Down aerial
    • Change Mario has a new down aerial: Mario Tornado, which was previously his down special. As a result, its hitbox timings have been altered (frames 10-11, 13-14, 16-17, 19-20, 22-23, 25-26, 28-29 → 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 25).
      • Nerf Because of this, the move has more ending lag overall.
    • Buff It has much less startup lag (frame 10 → 5).
      • Nerf However, each hit has a shorter duration (2 frames → 1).
    • Buff The loop hits have reduced set knockback (30 → 10) and there is a shorter gap between each hit (2 frames → 1), making them connect more reliably.
    • Buff The last hit deals more damage (2% → 7%) and knockback (30 (set)/100 (scaling) → 80 (base)/80 (scaling)), granting it KO and juggling potential.
    • Buff It can now auto-cancel in a short hop due to Mario's higher short hop.
    • Change The last hit's angle has been altered (94° → 75°).
    • Nerf The loop hits deal less damage (2% → 1%).
    • Nerf Due to hitting only six times instead of seven coupled with the loop hits dealing less damage, the move's maximum damage potential is lower (14.74% → 12%).
    • Nerf There is now a large gap between the last two hits (2 frames → 11) which allows the opponent to either trade with down aerial if they have a frame 3 aerial or they can avoid it (and potentially punish Mario) if they have a fast, intangible special move.
    • Nerf Down aerial's new animation is longer (38 frames → 44), increasing the amount of time Mario cannot grab the ledge after using the move.
    • Nerf With the addition of SDI multipliers in Brawl, the loop hits have received above-average multipliers (1× → 1.5×), allowing opponents to escape them more easily.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing grab has less startup lag (frame 7 → 6), and both his standing and dash grabs have less ending lag (FAF 31 → 30 (standing), frame 41 → 40 (dash).
    • Nerf Dash grab has more startup lag (frame 11 → 12).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel has less ending lag (FAF 25 → 24).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw can now chain grab at low percents, due to DI being changed in Brawl to have no effect if a move doesn't cause tumbling.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw deals less knockback (80 (base)/65 (scaling) → 70/63), hindering its KO potential.
  • Up throw:
    • Nerf Up throw can no longer combo or chaingrab due to the hitstun changes.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw can no longer combo or chaingrab due to the hitstun changes, and has increased knockback scaling (30 → 50), severely reducing its utility.
  • Floor attack:
    • Buff Front floor attack no longer has a hitbox with set knockback.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Both edge attacks have increased set knockback (90 → 110).

Special moves[edit]

  • Fireball:
    • Buff Mario can now B-reverse Fireball.
    • Buff Mario can now auto cancel Fireballs in a short hop due to his lower falling speed.
    • Buff It deals slightly more knockback and has a larger hitbox.
    • Nerf Fireballs deals slightly less damage (6% → 5%).
    • Nerf Fireballs travel a shorter distance.
    • Change Fireballs look more realistic and have a revamped sound effect.
  • Cape:
    • Buff Mario can now B-reverse Cape.
    • Buff It now reverses the opponent's momentum rather than just reversing the direction they're facing, while also temporarily reversing their controls as well, making it drastically more effective as a disrupting tool. Mario also now has access to several new techniques (such as the Cape Glide), greatly improving its utility.
    • Nerf It deals less damage when performed on the ground (10%/8% (ground)/8%/6% (air) → 8/6%).
    • Nerf It has less range.
    • Nerf Its effectiveness as an edgeguarding tool have been reduced due to characters now being able to grab the ledge from both sides.
    • Nerf If Mario hits certain characters out of their recovery moves with Cape (including Sonic's Spring Jump, Mr. Game & Watch's Fire, Snake's Cypher or Diddy Kong's Monkey Flip), they will be able to use that recovery again making Cape a non-viable edgeguarding option against those characters.
    • Change It no longer deals vertical knockback on opponents attempting a grab.
    • Change Mario no longer vocalizes when using Cape. Additionally, Cape has a different sound effect.
    • Bug fix Removed the Cape Teleportation glitch that resulted opponents warping to the opposite side of the stage after being hit during the ledge get up.
  • Super Jump Punch:
    • Buff Super Jump Punch has received several changes to allow it to connect more reliably: the first hit's outermost hitbox has more set knockback (120 → 130), the second to fourth hits have consistent set knockback (110/150 → 150) and a higher angle on their outermost hitbox (78° → 90°), and the fifth and sixth hits use the autolink angle (72°/78° → 365°), in addition to all hits benefiting from the DI changes in Brawl.
    • Buff Its last hit deals more knockback (40 (base)/140 (scaling) → 52/145) and launches at a higher angle (50° → 60°), allowing the move to KO near the upper blast line much more effectively.
    • Nerf It now deals only seven hits instead of nine, with its hitbox timings altered (frames 3-24 → 3-15), shortening its duration and reducing its total damage output (14.1% → 12%).
    • Nerf Super Jump Punch can no longer cancel itself into a wall jump.
    • Change Super Jump Punch has an altered landing animation where Mario lands on his back rather than to his feet.
  • F.L.U.D.D.:
    • Change Mario has a new down special: F.L.U.D.D. This replaces Mario Tornado from Melee. It is a chargeable move that fires water that pushes opponents away.
    • Buff F.L.U.D.D. is a much more effective edgeguarding move due to it pushing opponents away, has extremely more reach than Mario Tornado, and can be angled to adjust its hitbox positioning, improving its safety.
    • Nerf Compared to Mario Tornado, however, F.L.U.D.D. cannot extend Mario's recovery or hit opponents behind him, and does not deal any damage.
    • Change F.L.U.D.D. lacks transcendent priority, unlike Mario Tornado.
  • Mario Finale:
    • Change Mario now has a Final Smash: Mario Finale. Mario fires two large streams of fire that hit multiple times and go full screen. The two streams grow larger vertically as the move progresses, and opponents that are hit get trapped in the attack and are forced to travel with it.


For a visual representation of Mario's attack hitboxes, see this page.
  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Performs a one-two combo and then kicks with his right foot. The attack combo originates from Super Mario 64. The first hit comes out very quickly on frame 2 and it can jab lock characters laying on the ground. It is overall a very solid jab due to its speed and jab locking potential.
Forward tilt   8% Performs a reverse roundhouse kick with his right leg. It has low startup and ending lag along with average damage, knockback and range. Can be angled up or down. It is overall a fairly solid forward tilt.
Up tilt   7% Delivers an uppercut while spinning. The move is similar to an attack in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Low startup and ending lag, average damage and above-average knockback. An excellent juggler that can be comboed into itself at low percents. It can also KO at higher percents, being Mario's his strongest tilt. Overall a useful move.
Down tilt   5% (foot), 7% (leg) Performs a legsweep. Even though this move has low startup lag and overall a decent range, it deals low damage, has high ending lag and low vertical knockback. This means that when Mario connects the move, the opponent almost always has the advantage overall him. The move is flat out punishable on hit all the way up to mid percents or even high percents, depending on the opponent's character. As a result, it is Mario's least effective move and is also considered to be one of the worst moves in the game.
Dash attack   9% (clean), 7% (late) Performs a sliding tackle. Also from Super Mario 64. Has low diagonal knockback behind Mario that is difficult to follow up on. It has low startup lag and a long duration, but it does not cover a ton of distance at a quick speed, making dash attack fairly unspectacular overall.
Forward smash   15% (arm), 18% (fire) Steps back and then forward, causing a blast of fire out of his hand. The attack is derived form Mario's ability to shoot fireballs. One of Mario's best reaching moves (though its reach is only average at best) and he can perform it out of a dash pivot to take a large step forward before using it, allowing it to cover a lot of space. It has decent startup lag for a forward smash but it does have punishable ending lag. Damage and knockback is highest when sweetspotted at the flame. Can be angled. KOs at 94% when uncharged and 59% when fully charged and angled up. This is Mario's most powerful attack and can be considered his best finisher. The sweetspot is a hitbox with transcendent priority.
14% (arm), 17% (fire)
13% (arm), 16% (fire)
Up smash Lead Headbutt (スマッシュヘッドバット, Smash Headbutt) 14% Sends opponents skyward with a headbutt. For an up smash, it has relatively low startup and ending lag. It has serviceable knockback, KOing Mario at around 124% on Final Destination, making it another finisher. Mario's head is intangible while the hitboxes are active. All these factors make his up smash a fairly solid move overall.
Down smash   15% (front), 12% (back) Performs a flare kick. Like Mario's other attacks, it has low startup and ending lag but short reach. Another attack from Super Mario 64. It is Mario's weakest yet fastest smash attack, coming out on frame 5 which is very fast for a down smash. The front hit is much stronger than the back hit. A solid down smash overall.
Neutral aerial   10% (clean), 5% (late) Performs a sex kick in the air. Similar to an attack from Super Mario 64. It comes out very quickly on frame 3, which makes it useful to escape combos combos but it has short reach. Has overall unspectacular power but it has low landing lag and its low power can be used to set up locks from a missed tech.
Forward aerial Meteor Knuckle (メテオナックル) 12% (early), 13% (clean), 10% (late) Performs a delayed overhand. This is a slow meteor smash with low power if it is sweetspotted. If the move is landed early or late, the opponent will be send horizontally with more or less knockback (depending on if it was hit early or late). In addition to its slow startup lag, surprisingly low power and difficulty to land, the move has high ending lag and landing lag and it cannot auto-cancel in a short hop. Altogether, these factors make forward aerial a very difficult move to land in addition to making it very unsafe to use, making it one of the least effective forward aerials and single hitting meteor smashes in the game, especially since there are much faster and safer meteor smashes which are also stronger.
Back aerial   12% (clean), 7% (late) Dropkicks backward. It has very fast startup lag, low ending and landing lag, decent range and serviceable knockback, which makes it one of Mario's most useful moves. Can WoP at low to mid percentages and KO Mario at around 164% from the center of Final Destination.
Up aerial   11% Performs a bicycle kick. Very low startup and ending lag with low knockback. It works very well as a juggler at low to mid percentages, although it has short reach. It can also KO opponents horizontally at very high percents if they are close to the horizontal blast zone. Overall a very useful move.
Down aerial Mario Tornado (マリオトルネード) 1% (hits 1-5), 7% (hit 6), 2% (landing) Performs several discus spinning clotheslines followed by a backfist body stretch. Like his down special in earlier games, it looks somewhat like the Spin Jump from various Mario games, originating in Super Mario World. It is a multi-hit attack with low startup and ending lag, as well as a decent auto-cancel window. The final hit does decent vertical knockback, KOing at very high percents. The first five hits have set knockback and the move has a landing hitbox which deals horizontal set knockback. It is overall a useful move, being a quick move to rack up damage and set up juggles although it has short horizontal range, the multi hits can be SDIed out of and even it the opponent does not SDI out, they can still avoid the final hit if they have a very fast aerial or a move with intangibility during its first few startup frames.
Grab   A clinch grab. Mario's grab range is short.
Pummel   3% Headbutts opponent. One of the slowest pummels in the game.
Forward throw   9% Spins around once then throws his opponent in front of him. It has below average knockback scaling for a throw, KOing Mario at around 167% at the ledge, and completely lacking KO power from further away. It is mostly only used to set up an edgeguard.
Back throw Airplane Swing (ジャイアントスイング, Giant Swing) 12% (throw), 8% (collateral) Spins around three times then throws his opponent backwards. It is similar to when Mario grabs Bowser by the tail, and then swings him around in an attempt to throw him into the bombs in Super Mario 64. While a very slow throw, he can damage other characters with the character he is swinging around. This is by far Mario's strongest throw, and it can KO Mario as low as 111% at the ledge, and at 179% from the center of Final Destination. While powerful for a throw, it is very slow, making it very easy to DI, limiting its KO potential, although as the throw is weight dependent, this is harder for lighter characters to perform. It is Mario's most damaging throw.
Up throw   8% Throws his opponent high into the air. High base knockback but it has low knockback scaling. KOs at 189%. Arguably his least useful throw.
Down throw   6% Slams his opponent into the ground. Mario's weakest throw. Its vertical trajectory allows it to set up an up aerial juggle with a successful read, but the opponent is put into tumble at 0%, which allows them to air dodge any potential followups.
Floor attack (front)   6% Gets up then kicks behind him, then in front of him.
Floor attack (back)   6% 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 (fast)   8% (legs), 6% (body) Does a somersault and then kicks upwards, from a laying down position.
Edge attack (slow)   10% Gets up then does a kick similar to his forward tilt.
Neutral special Fireball 5% Fires a weak, bouncy ball of flames that is shot from his hand as a projectile. The move is not too slow and its trajectory can make it useful to hit opponents from above. Overall a useful projectile which is a key part of Mario's game plan.
Side special Cape 8% (ground), 6% (air) Swings a cape from Super Mario World that reflects projectiles and reverses opponents. Mario has multiple ways to use the move, with it being a particularly useful edgeguarding and ledge camping tool. It is overall a very versatile move, especially if the player knows how to use it and if they know and use all of the techniques which can be abused with it.
Up special Super Jump Punch 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-6), 3% (hit 7) Jumps upwards, dragging opponents along. Mario can slightly alter the trajectory when using it. It comes out very quickly on frame 3, making it the fastest up special and out of shield option by two frames. This allows Mario to punish attacks on shield no other character can (without powershielding). It also has deceptively long range and intangibility while its first hitbox is active, further cementing its effectiveness out of shield, as well as the latter point allowing it to be used in pressure situations. The opponent can fall out of the move however, limiting its effectiveness against strong opponents. As a recovery option, however, it does not go extremely high or far, it is fairly linear and it can easily be edgehogged, making it easily exploitable off stage overall.
Down special F.L.U.D.D. 0% Pulls out F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine, who blasts a water stream that pushes back opponents, although without damaging them. Mario can charge it for longer distance, store the charge, and alter the angle of the stream when it is unleashed. Can be used for edgeguarding, but it is overall not a very strong option as the pushback from the water is often too weak.
Final Smash Mario Finale 3% (larger), 2% (smaller) Shoots a massive, continuous tornado of flames that moves horizontally across the stage.


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Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 98 1.5 – Initial dash
1.5 – Run
1.1 0.06 0.01 0.94 0.01 – Base
0.08 – Additional
0.075 1.28 – Base
5 31.755375 - Base
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Announcer call[edit]

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Wii Remote selection sound[edit]

  • Mario says "Here we go!".
Mario's selection sound

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • A green pipe appears, then Mario pops up and says "Let's-a go!" May be inspired by how Mario gets to Princess Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64.


  • Up taunt: Turns into Super Mario; similar to Super Mario Bros. (Same as in SSB and Melee).
  • Side taunt: Takes off his hat, twirls around with it out, and puts his hat back on; similar to his "level clear" animation from New Super Mario Bros.
  • Down taunt: Spins in the air and falls on his back with his legs up; based on his dying animation from the original Donkey Kong.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
MarioUpTauntBrawl.gif MarioSideTauntBrawl.gif MarioDownTauntBrawl.gif

Idle poses[edit]

  • Moves his head from left to right and holds his fists in front of his face.
  • Adjusts his cap.
Mario Idle Pose 1 Brawl.gif Mario Idle Pose 2 Brawl.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Description Ma-Ri-O! Ma-Ri-O!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Victory poses[edit]

A cover of the "Level Completed" music from Super Mario Bros.
  • Up: Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose.
  • Left: Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen. (Similar to his smash attack in Super Smash Bros.)
  • Right: Does a short spin-jump and lands in a strong-man pose. (His "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.)
Up Left Right
Mario-VictoryUp-SSBB.gif Mario-VictoryLeft-SSBB.gif Mario-VictoryRight-SSBB.gif

In competitive play[edit]

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Mario players (SSBB)
  • USA Boss - While better known for being considered the best Luigi in Brawl, he also frequently used Mario at high-level tournaments and was considered as possibly Mario's best player, too. Boss' 17th placing at Apex 2009 and MLG Columbus 2010 using Mario alongside Luigi are the best major placements anyone has ever achieved playing Mario in any capacity.
  • France Irios - The best Mario player in Europe and possibly the best Mario player in the world during Brawl's competitive life. Irios most notably placed 5th at both Bushido Impact 9 and Bushido Nibaï Impact III using solo Mario, the former being one of the largest European Brawl tournaments, and has defeated Mr. R.
  • USA KirinBlaze - Dual mained Mario with Link, and was one of the very few well-renowned Mario mains in Brawl. KirinBlaze's most notable results were placing 33rd at MLG Raleigh 2010 and Pound V, which are the only times aside from Boss' aforementioned placings that someone has placed top 64 at a Brawl supermajor or major using Mario in any capacity.

Tier placement and history[edit]

Since the very beginning of Brawl competitive play, Mario has always been viewed by competitive players as a non-viable low tier character; as such, he never experienced a period of positive competitive prospects. Although Mario's own attributes were only slightly nerfed from Melee, players immediately noticed that his comparatively standard abilities failed to standout against the many overpowered newcomers added to Brawl. Mario was additionally more severely hindered by the new hitstun cancelling mechanics than most other characters, due to his heavy reliance on combos to compensate for his lackluster damage-per-hit, as well as having very few KO options also making him more relatively hindered by the much more severe staling mechanics. These traits kept Mario from being viable even in the early stages of competitive Brawl.

On the Brawl Back Room's tier lists, Mario was never ranked higher than 27th on the second tier list, and he would then be consistently ranked in 31st place on all subsequent tier lists, remaining eternally in the low tiers. Mario's competitive viability never improved in Brawl, with only a few players maining Mario and even fewer playing him at a high level, resulting in very low representation in tournaments and similarly poor results. In low tier tournaments, however, Mario is one of the most successful characters, as players can easily pick him up due to his low learning curve and play him to a reasonably competent degree. Along with this, Mario performs reasonably well against other low tier characters, including a few positive matchups against those who are lower-tiered than him. This kept Mario from ever dropping further in the tier list, but with his inability to viably compete against the majority of the cast ranked above him, and the lack of any competitive breakthroughs for Mario leading to a stagnant metagame, he could never rise any further on the tier list and never became a relevant character in competitive Brawl.

Role in The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Mario in SSE.

In the beginning, trophies of Mario and Kirby are thrown into the Midair Stadium, where they come to life and have a friendly fight (a reference to the introduction in the first game of the series, where Mario and Kirby prepare to fight each other towards the end). The player chooses the one they want to play as, and the character not chosen is the opponent. After the battle between the two, the winner revives the loser, they shake hands, and wave to the crowd. Suddenly, ominous red clouds appear above the stadium, and the Halberd emerges from them. It releases Shadow Bugs which form into Primids. Peach and Zelda, who were watching the match, come to help, and after defeating all of the enemies, they are all confronted by the Ancient Minister. After seeing two R.O.B.s setting up a Subspace Bomb, Mario runs to try and stop it, only to be blasted out of the stadium and Star KO'd by a cannonball apparently fired by Petey Piranha. During his descent from Skyworld, Pit finds Mario's trophy and revives him. Once Mario recounts what happened, the two proceeded on their journey. When they reach the ground, they fight Primids across the Plain and attempt to stop the Ancient Minister from delivering another Subspace Bomb. Mario attempts to reach the Minister, but falls short; Pit also tries to get him by using a Footstool Jump on Mario, but he also fails. They then continue on their quest.

The Lake Shore[edit]

False Peach[edit]

At the shore, Kirby chases after a menacing noise he heard, unaccompanied by Peach. The abandoned princess is turned into a trophy by Bowser's Dark Cannon. A false character of Bowser appears and dissolves, engulfing Peach's trophy. Brought to life is a cloned Peach which tries to fire a Dark Cannon at Mario and Pit. Luckily, Link destroys the gun using his Master Sword, and fights the princess with Yoshi. Mario notices them standing by Peach's trophy, which disintegrates. Enraged, thinking that it is the real Peach, Mario attempts to attack Link, but he dodges the attack. Link, Yoshi, Mario, and Pit get into a two-on-two fight. Afterward, King Dedede's cargo, stolen from Wario and already loaded with the trophies of Zelda, Ness, and Luigi (the former of which is noticed by Link), grabs Mario and Pit's trophies with its mechanical arm. Fortunately, Kirby appears from behind and severs the arm with Final Cutter while reviving Mario and Pit; Kirby had realized that the noise he heard was Dedede hijacking the cargo from Wario. King Dedede turns around and tries to get away, but Pit blows the cargo's tire with Palutena's Arrow.

The five follow Dedede across some plains and follow him into the Cave, where they see Dedede's castle in ruins from an ambush by Bowser. They pursue Bowser through a hole in the castle wall. Mario and the others then confront Bowser at a cliff. Mario jumps at Bowser, but Bowser uses Zelda's trophy as a shield, forcing him to miss. Pit fires an arrow; Bowser, while sidestepping to dodge the arrow, drops the Dedede Brooch attached to Zelda's arm. He loses footing and falls off the cliff into the Koopa Clown Car with the trophy of Zelda, where he laughs maniacally as he flies up to the Halberd.

False Zelda[edit]

At the shore, Kirby chases after a menacing noise he heard, unaccompanied by Zelda. The abandoned princess is turned into a trophy by Bowser's Dark Cannon. A false character of Bowser appears and dissolves, engulfing Zelda's trophy. Brought to life is a cloned Zelda which tries to fire a Dark Cannon at Link and Yoshi. Luckily, Pit destroys the gun with his Palutena's Bow and fights the princess with Mario. Link notices them standing by Zelda's trophy, which disintegrates. Enraged, thinking it is the real Zelda, Link attempts to attack Mario, but he dodges the attack. Link, Yoshi, Mario, and Pit get into a two-on-two fight. Afterward, King Dedede's cargo, stolen from Wario and already loaded with the trophies of Peach, Ness, and Luigi (the former of which is noticed by Mario), grabs Link and Yoshi's trophies with its mechanical arm. Fortunately, Kirby appears from behind and severs the arm with Final Cutter while reviving Link and Yoshi. King Dedede turns around and tries to get away, but Link blows the cargo's tire with his Hero's Bow.

The five follow Dedede across some plains and follow him into the Cave, where they see Dedede's castle in ruins from an ambush by Bowser. They pursue Bowser through a hole in the castle wall. Mario and the others then confront Bowser at a cliff. Mario jumps at Bowser, but Bowser uses Peach's trophy as a shield, forcing him to miss. Pit fires an arrow; Bowser, while sidestepping to dodge the arrow, drops the Dedede Brooch attached to Peach's chest. He loses footing and falls off the cliff into the Koopa Clown Car with the trophy of Peach, where he laughs maniacally as he flies up to the Halberd.

Story merge[edit]

They later catch up to the Ancient Minister in a desert, and after failing to stop a Subspace Bomb from detonating, barely escape the blast. Mario then leads his team at the Canyon, saving Marth, Ike, Lucas, Pokémon Trainer and Ice Climbers from a horde of Primids. The ten of them camp out for a while, until Mario spots an enormous explosion of Subspace Bombs from the Isle of the Ancients. Shortly afterward the Halberd lands, which has been retaken by Meta Knight, Lucario, Snake, Peach, Zelda, Fox, Falco, and Mr. Game & Watch. Next to it is the Falcon Flyer, containing Samus, Pikachu, Olimar, Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, and R.O.B..

Mario and company destroy the Subspace Gunship, enter Subspace itself and eventually reach Tabuu. Unfortunately, Tabuu turns all of the fighters into trophies using his Off Waves. Mario is later resurrected by King Dedede, Ness, and Luigi and helps the other heroes through the Great Maze. In Tabuu's Residence, Tabuu poises to unleash more Off Waves. However, Sonic appears and impedes this by damaging his wings. Mario joins the battle against Tabuu, eventually defeating him and ending the Subspace invasion.

Playable appearances[edit]

Using stickers[edit]

Since Mario's primary attacks are kicks, Leg stickers have the widest effect, with Arm attacks as a secondary. Using a Head sticker will usually only affect Mario's up smash (since pummels cannot be used against most enemies), while a Flame one will affect both his Fireball and his forward smash's sweetspot. The Mario Tornado is considered a Spin attack, but as it is Mario's only Spin attack, using a Spin sticker will not have a very large effect. This also applies with Weapon stickers and his Cape.

Exclusive stickers[edit]

The following stickers can either only be used by Mario, or can only be used by a select few, including Mario:

  • 1-Up Mushroom: [Leg] Attack +4
  • Bowser (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix): [Throwing] Attack +20
  • Bowser (Mario Kart 64): [Weapon] Attack +13
  • Bowser (Super Paper Mario): [Arm] Attack +23
  • Coin: [Specials: Indirect] Attack +4
  • Dice Block: [Arm] Attack +8
  • Dr. Mario: [Head] Attack +18
  • Koopa: [Body, Spin] Attack +10
  • Lakitu (Mario Kart: Super Circuit): [Leg] Attack +13
  • Mario (Mario Kart DS): [Leg] Attack +22
  • Mario & Yoshi: [Specials: Indirect] Attack +13
  • Mega Rush Badge: [Specials: Direct] Attack +8
  • Mushroom: [Arm, Leg] Attack +5
  • Peach (Super Princess Peach): [Weapon] Attack +23
  • Peach (Mario Superstar Baseball): [Slash] Attack +5
  • Rawk Hawk: [Arm] Attack +5
  • Red Fire: [Flame] Attack +26
  • Super Mario Bros.: [Arm, Leg] Attack +15
  • Toad & Toadette: [Head] Attack +16
  • Waluigi (Super Mario Strikers): [Slash] Attack +15
  • Waluigi (Mario Superstar Baseball): [Specials: Indirect] Attack +8
  • Yoshi (Yoshi Touch & Go): [Arm, Leg] Attack +8
  • Yoshi (Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door): [Throwing] Attack +5

In Solo Modes[edit]

Classic Mode[edit]

In Classic Mode, Mario can appear as an opponent or ally in Stage 8 along with Luigi, Peach, and Bowser on Delfino Plaza, Mario Circuit, Mushroomy Kingdom, or Luigi's Mansion (with the latter available if it has been unlocked). Mario can also appear as an opponent in Stage 11, but only if he hasn't appeared in Stage 8.

All-Star Mode[edit]

In All-Star Mode, Mario is fought in Stage 2 alongside Luigi, Peach, and Bowser on Delfino Plaza, Mario Circuit, Mushroomy Kingdom, or Luigi's Mansion (with the latter available if it has been unlocked).

Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-Op Events[edit]

Ending Images[edit]


Mario's main and Final Smash trophies can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode and All-Star mode respectively with Mario.

Mario trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Classic Mode trophy
A familiar overall-clad figure who is Nintendo's flagship character. His courage and jumping ability have seen him through countless adventures. He's a multitalented plumber with the knowledge of a physician, a top-notch golfer, and a veteran tennis umpire. Is his jumping prowess a boon from his girder-climbing days?
NES: Donkey Kong
NES: Super Mario Bros.
Mario Finale trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mario Finale trophy
Mario Finale
Mario with a Smash Ball, unleashing his ultimate attack. The twin dragons of flame he releases wallop all characters in range. The flames spread up and down, so it's best to release them from the edge of the screen at an appropriate height. His flaming eyes are proof of his excitement for this explosive attack.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mario's palette swaps, with corresponding tournament mode colours.
MarioHeadSSBB.png MarioHeadWhiteSSBB.png MarioHeadBlueSSBB.png MarioHeadYellowSSBB.png MarioHeadBlackSSBB.png MarioHeadGreenSSBB.png



  • Mario, when doing his up taunt while under the effect of a backfire Lightning Bolt that makes him larger while playing Giant Brawl, will become the largest size a player can achieve without hacking or glitches.
  • Mario is tied with Kirby for being playable in more levels of The Subspace Emissary than other characters, being playable in 9 levels. Despite this, it is possible to never play as him at any time (as the player always has other characters available to use instead of Mario).
    • He is also one of several characters who can be unlocked before The Great Maze but cannot fight any bosses in the story on the first playthrough.
  • Despite having a very close relationship in the Mario series, Mario and Luigi never interact with each other in the Subspace Emissary.
  • Mario, Bowser, Ganondorf and Link are the only returning characters in Brawl to have at least one completely different special move. In this case, Mario's down special move is changed. Additionally, Mario is the only character to have a special move from a previous game turned into a standard attack in Brawl.
    • He is the only one of these four whose changed move was not a side special.
  • Although Mario has the ability to crawl in some of his games, he cannot crawl in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while Luigi can.
  • This marks the final appearance of Mario's original blue shirt and red overalls alternate costume worn since the original Super Smash Bros. to date.

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