Mario (SSBU)

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Mario
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Mario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
(Unlockable in World of Light)
Final Smash Mario Finale
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Mario is an all-around fighter who uses his wide variety of techniques to respond to any situation. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he shows up in his Wedding tux and his Builder outfit, and Cappy even makes an appearance!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Mario (マリオ, Mario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was suggested to appear in the then unnamed Ultimate in its first teaser trailer at the end of the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct, and officially announced in Ultimate's E3 2018 trailer on June 12th. Mario is classified as fighter #01.

As in Smash 4, Charles Martinet's portrayal of Mario from Brawl was repurposed for Ultimate.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Mario has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition to Ultimate. One of his most pivotal moves from Smash 4, his up tilt, has been nerfed, as its shorter range makes it more difficult to combo into, most notably removing Mario's infamous combos into it from his down throw at low percents. His dash attack can also no longer serve as a reliable 2 frame punish that leads into a stage spike, due to its late hit's angle being altered to send opponents away from Mario. On top of this, because of the changes to rage, Super Jump Punch is much less effective for taking out stocks off the upper blast line below high percents.

However, Mario has also received some noteworthy buffs. His forward tilt is much more effective as a spacing option due to its higher base knockback, lower ending lag, and the increased shieldstun for ground attacks besides smash attacks. The reduced jumpsquat durations and decreased landing lag across the cast also give him greater combo opportunities, with his up throw in particular becoming a more effective combo starter. Lastly, Fireball and F.L.U.D.D. have slightly less ending lag, making them safer options at longer distances.

Overall, it is currently undetermined whether Mario has been truly buffed or nerfed from Smash 4, as both his buffs and nerfs impact him to a similar degree.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Mario's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing and hair now feature simple detailing, similar to his design in Brawl.
  • Change Mario's standard cap has been replaced by Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy's eyes can appear during Super Jump Punch, but he otherwise has no effect on gameplay.
  • Change Mario's idle animation is altered slightly; his head is turned more towards the screen, but he still looks toward his front.
  • Change Mario, like many other characters, has been made much more expressive in this game, to an even greater degree than its predecessor. In particular, he will sometimes smile and appear whimsical or happy in battle, in line with his canon depiction, although he still looks serious and with angry brows most of the time.
  • Change Mario's attacks, especially ones involving fire, have been given brighter, flashier particle effects.
  • Change Mario has two new taunts: one where he turns his back to the camera and gives a thumbs-up, and another where he throws Cappy around in a circle. They replace his previous up and side taunts, respectively.
  • Change Mario performs his down taunt much faster.
  • Change Mario's Builder outfit from Super Mario Maker and his Wedding tuxedo from Super Mario Odyssey are present as alternate costumes. They replace his Wario-inspired costume and his Fire Mario costume, respectively.
  • Change Mario's ledge-hanging animation is different; he now hangs on with one hand instead of two, and has an angrier expression on his face.
  • Change Mario's spin jump victory animation has been altered slightly; he jumps much higher, spins around only once, and has a happy expression after landing.
  • Change Mario's hands are open at the end when using Mario Tornado. His head is also less tilted backwards.
  • Change Mario's on-screen appearance is mirrored.
  • Change Mario's helpless animation is altered slightly, with his body faced more towards the screen.
  • Change Mario has a slightly different stance upon skidding to a stop from dashing.
  • Change Mario has a new walking animation.
  • Change Mario's moustache now has physics-based movement like in Mario Kart 8.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Mario's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Mario jumps slightly higher.
  • Buff Mario walks slightly faster (1.1 → 1.155).
  • Buff Mario runs faster (1.6 → 1.76).
    • Buff Mario's initial dash is faster (1.6 → 1.936).
  • Buff Mario's air speed is faster (1.15 → 1.208).
  • Buff Mario's traction is much higher (0.045 → 0.102), allowing him to punish out of shield more easily.
  • Change Mario's gravity is slightly lower (0.08715 → 0.087).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 30 → 35).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 27 → 26).
  • Change Mario has a slightly different pose during air dodge, and has an angry expression on his face.
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-27 → 3-29).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 33 → 53).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Consecutive uses of the first hit of neutral attack are faster (9 → 6 frames).
    • Buff The first two hits transition into the subsequent hits faster (hit 1: frame 8 → 5, hit 2: frame 7 → 6).
    • Buff The third hit comes out faster (frame 7 → 3) and goes higher, allowing it to connect better from the first two hits.
      • Nerf However, its total duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Nerf The first two hits deal altered damage (2.5% → 2.2% (hit 1), 1.5% → 1.7% (hit 2)), resulting in the move dealing slightly less damage in total (8% → 7.9%).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt deals more base knockback, increasing its safety on hit at low percents.
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 26).
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Up tilt's animation has been reversed, with Mario spinning towards the screen rather than away from it.
    • Nerf Up tilt has less horizontal range, and its hitboxes start from a higher position, rendering it unable to hit some characters on the ground.
  • Down tilt:
    • Change Down tilt's animation has been reversed, with Mario spinning towards the screen rather than away from it.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack travels further.
    • Nerf It has an altered animation that no longer lowers Mario's hurtbox, which prevents him from sliding under certain attacks.
    • Nerf The late hit launches opponents away from Mario like the clean hit, rather than towards him, hindering its combo potential and preventing it from stage spiking opponents below edges.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash deals consistent damage across all angles, increasing it overall (14%/17% (forward), 14.7%/17.85% (up), 14.42%/17.51% (down) → 14.7%/17.8% (all)).
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash's animation has been reversed, with Mario facing towards the screen rather than away from it.
  • Down smash:

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have reduced landing lag (10 frames → 6 (neutral), 26 frames → 17 (forward), 12 frames → 6 (back), 12 frames → 6 (up), 19 frames → 15 (down)).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves forward aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its reduced landing lag.
    • Change It has a different animation, with Mario now punching downwards with his opposite hand and twisting around afterwards instead of flipping.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has one frame less ending lag (FAF 32 → 31), marginally improving its combo potential.
    • Nerf Its hitboxes have a shorter duration (frames 4-8 → 4-7).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit comes out faster (frame 25 → 23), allowing it to connect better and preventing opponents from air dodging out of it.
      • Nerf However, its total duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Buff The move deals more damage (1% → 1.4% (hits 1-5), 5% → 5.5% (hit 6); 10% → 12.5% (total)).
    • Nerf It can no longer be frame canceled.
    • Change The final hit has an altered animation involving Mario spreading his limbs out. The vortex emitted around him is also larger.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf All grabs have increased ending lag (FAF 29 → 35 (standing), 36 → 43 (dash), 34 → 37 (pivot)).
  • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have slightly more startup lag (frame 8 → 9 (dash), 9 → 10 (pivot)).
  • Pummel:
    • Change Pummel comes out much faster (frame 16 → 1) and ends sooner (FAF 23 → 6), but deals significantly less damage (3.25% → 1.3%).
    • Change It has a slightly different animation: Mario now uses one hand during it instead of both like in previous installments, to keep consistent with his grab animation.
  • Change All of Mario's throws have been altered with more exaggerated animations.
  • Change Mario's throws are no longer weight-dependent. This improves their combo potential on heavyweights, but reduces it on lightweights.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw has slightly less knockback.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has increased combo ability due to Mario's faster jumpsquat and jump speed.
    • Change Mario now faces horizontally rather than facing the screen.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw can no longer combo into up tilt except against large characters due to the latter's altered hitbox placements, hindering its damage racking potential at low to mid percents.
    • Change Mario no longer spins after throwing the opponent.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Fireball:
    • Buff Fireball has less ending lag (FAF 53 → 50), improving its safety.
    • Buff Fireballs last much longer before disappearing (52 frames → 70).
    • Change Mario no longer opens his mouth when using Fireball on the ground.
  • Cape:
    • Change Cape forces opponents to show their back side while they're using their moves; this even works to characters with mirrored stance, causing them to turn away from the screen.
    • Change Cape is now worn around Mario's neck when used, akin to its appearance in Super Mario World.
  • Super Jump Punch:
    • Nerf Super Jump Punch requires a longer travel distance before being able to sweetspot a ledge.
    • Nerf It can no longer be reversed during the first hit.
    • Nerf Due to rage being changed to not affect set knockback, the linking hits of the move can no longer KO off the top blast line as easily, removing Mario's low percent KO setups.
    • Nerf The second through sixth hits deal less damage (1% → 0.6%).
    • Change The coins spawned by it occasionally appear as regional coins found in the Metro Kingdom from Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy's eyes appear when this occurs.
    • Change The second through fourth hits have 2 frames in between them as opposed to one, resulting in the move having a slightly longer duration (frame 3/7/8/9/10/12/14 → 3/7/9/11/13/15/17).
  • F.L.U.D.D.:
    • Buff F.L.U.D.D. has greater range, and reduced ending lag (FAF 75 → 68).
    • Buff Mario can now cancel the charging animation by jumping.
    • Change F.L.U.D.D. has an altered charging animation.
  • Mario Finale:
    • Change Mario sports an angrier expression than in previous games when unleashing Mario Finale.
    • Change Damage from each hit is dealt solely based on how long the attack has been out, with the fireballs becoming more powerful as the attack continues.


Moveset[edit]

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.2% The Punch + Punch + Kick combo from Super Mario 64. The first and second hits can lock.
1.7%
4%
Forward tilt   7% A wheel kick. It can be angled. Can lock at low percents, but not as effectively as his jabs due to its higher knockback and ending lag by comparison.
Up tilt   5.5% A spinning uppercut. Effective for comboing into itself at low percents, and aerial attacks from mid to high percents; however, the former combo can be escaped with the proper combination of DI and SDI, and can be punished on hit at very low percents. It appears to be based on the second hit of the Mega Glove's combo from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
Down tilt   5% (foot), 7% (body) A legsweep. A reliable combo starter that works at a wider range of percents than up tilt, at the cost of being less consistent due to its different hitboxes, and unable to combo into itself as effectively.
Dash attack   8% (clean), 6% (late) A baseball slide. Its lingering hitbox is useful for 2-framing certain opponents and punishing spotdodges. Very similar to the Slide Kick from Super Mario 64.
Forward smash   17.8% (fire), 14.7% (arm) Steps back and does a palm thrust that produces a small explosion. It can be angled.
Up smash Lead Headbutt 14% An upward arcing headbutt. Despite its decent power, this is Mario's most reliable KO option due to several factors: its quick startup makes it a useful out of shield option, as well as being difficult to react to if the opponent is within its range. His head is intangible while its hitboxes are active, giving it pseudo-disjointed range, and its hitboxes reach behind Mario pretty well, though they have shorter frontal range. Lastly, it has very fast interruptibility for its strength at frame 40, and its damage output is also just enough to make it difficult for most characters to punish out of shield.
Down smash   10% (front), 12% (back) The Sweep Kick from Super Mario 64, Mario does a breakdance kick that hits both sides. Mario's fastest smash attack, coming out as fast as all his tilts, and both hits semi-spike opponents, though the frontal hit is rather weak.
Neutral aerial   8% (clean), 5% (late) A flying kick. A standard sex kick, it loses its already below-average power after the first frames. It is useful for breaking out of combos due to its very fast startup (frame 3), and as a versatile horizontal combo extender, as well as for locking opponents. Autocancels in a short hop.
Forward aerial Meteor Knuckle 12% (early), 14% (clean), 10% (late) Rears back his fist and then throws an overhand. When hit clean, it is a meteor smash with enough knockback to KO under 45% offstage. It has the slowest startup of his standard moveset (frame 16), high ending lag, and is Mario's only aerial that doesn't autocancel in a short hop.
Back aerial   10.5% (clean), 7% (late) A dropkick behind Mario. Has fast startup with low ending and landing lag, making it an effective spacing tool and horizontal combo extender at low percents.
Up aerial   7% A bicycle kick. Has extremely fast startup (frame 4), consistent strength throughout the move and very low ending and landing lag, making it one of Mario's most versatile combo starters and extenders in his moveset.
Down aerial Mario Tornado 1.4% (hits 1-5), 5.5% (hit 6), 2% (landing) Rapidly spins around, trapping opponents and damaging them with a series of discus clotheslines and spinning backfists before assuming a spread-eagle position to launch them. It resembles the Spin Jump, a technique that first appeared in Super Mario World.
Grab   Reaches out. Mario's overall grab range is average.
Pummel   1.3% Headbutts the opponent.
Forward throw   8% Spins the opponent around once and throws them forward. Can set up tech situations and mixups at low percents.
Back throw Airplane Swing 11% (throw), 8% (collateral) Spins the opponent by their legs three times before throwing them backward. Can KO even the heaviest of characters reliably at around 160% near the edge without the need of rage, but can KO midweights as early as 120% if they fail to DI. It is based on his throw that he uses against Bowser in Super Mario 64.
Up throw   7% Heaves the opponent directly overhead with both hands. An effective combo throw at low to medium percentages. Very similar animation to the Upward Cap Throw from Super Mario Odyssey.
Down throw   5% A body slam. Mario's primary combo starter, it can be followed up with several options, including Super Jump Punch, neutral attack, and up aerial at higher percents.
Floor attack (front)   7% Performs a modified version of the Sweep Kick from Super Mario 64 before getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Punches behind himself and then in front of himself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Performs a side kick behind himself and then in front of himself while getting up.
Edge attack   9% Performs a dropkick while climbing up.
Neutral special Fireball 5% (early), 4% (late) Throws a Fireball. The fireball bounces along the ground several times before disappearing. Has a lot of endlag for a weak projectile, but Mario retains full control over his aerial mobility after using it, allowing him to continue drifting unpredictably while controlling space.
Side special Cape 7%, 1.5x times the reflected projectile Dons a Cape and waves it in front of himself. It reflects projectiles and reverses enemies, as well as their controls for a moment if they get hit. In the air, it stalls Mario for a short period of time, allowing for timing mixups in juggle and recovery situations.
Up special Super Jump Punch 5% (hit 1), 0.6% (hits 2-6), 3% (hit 7) A jumping uppercut that produces Star Coins or Metro Kingdom regional coins on contact. Mario's only recovery move. Its extremely fast startup (frame 3) and intangibility frames on startup make it useful as an out of shield option.
Down special F.L.U.D.D. 0% Wields F.L.U.D.D. and charges up water to launch a stream at the opponent. It charges up quickly, and can be charge canceled and stored for later. The water pushes opponents, but does not damage them. Mario can change the angle of the stream. Useful for disrupting an approach and creating space, which can help alleviate pressure and potentially put his opponent in a vulnerable position. Can be used as an edgeguarding tool.
Final Smash Mario Finale 2% (early), 2.5% (clean), 3% (late) Rears his arms back before thrusting them forward to generate and launch two gigantic Fireballs, which trap and repeatedly damage any opponents in their path.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Jumps out of a Warp Pipe punching his right fist in the air while shouting "Let's-a go!".

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Turns his back to the camera and gives a thumbs-up, while smiling. The pose Mario strikes resembles a piece of promotional artwork first released for Club Nintendo, but without the wink.
  • Side taunt: Cheerfully tosses Cappy in a circle, saying "Woohoo!", then grabs him out of midair and puts him back on his head. Based on the Cap Throw from Super Mario Odyssey.
  • Down taunt: Spins in the air and falls to the ground with his legs in the air. This is a reference to his dying animation from Donkey Kong.

Idle poses[edit]

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

Victory poses[edit]

  • Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen.
  • Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose. This pose is somewhat similar to his Super Smash Bros. 4 artwork.
  • Does a spin as he jumps high in the air and lands in a strongman pose. It originates from his "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.

Classic Mode: Let's-a Go![edit]

In a similar fashion to the Classic Modes of past games, Mario's opponents are groups of fighters from various universes fought on a home stage from that universe.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Link and Zelda Great Plateau Tower Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (Brawl)
2 Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede Green Greens Green Greens (Melee)
3 Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong Kongo Falls Jungle Level (Melee)
4 Squirtle, Ivysaur, Charizard, and Pikachu Pokémon Stadium Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl) Pokémon Trainer is absent.
5 Marth, Chrom, and Ike Coliseum Story 5 Meeting
6 The Koopalings and Bowser Jr. Princess Peach's Castle Fortress Boss - Super Mario Bros. 3 The Koopalings are fought in the order Mario faces them in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Bonus Stage
Final Bowser, then Giga Bowser Final Destination King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3, then Giga Bowser A Maxim Tomato spawns on the stage after Bowser is KO'd.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Mario has "Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Medley" accompany the credits.

Character unlock tree[edit]

Mario's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

  1. Sonic
  2. Bayonetta
  3. Little Mac
  4. Ike
  5. Luigi
  6. Roy
  7. Dr. Mario
  8. Olimar

Each character can be unlocked by clearing Mario's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Donkey Kong's character unlock tree, starting with Bowser. Furthermore, Mario's tree can also be accessed by completing another starter character's unlock tree, then clearing Classic Mode with any character within.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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Mario was among the fighters that were summoned to the cliffside to fight against the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Mario was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Mario was then destroyed by Galeem's light attack offscreen and imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters, with the exception of Kirby.

Mario is later seen under Galeem's imprisonment during the opening cutscene, where a puppet fighter of him is cloned from him to contain the spirit of a Smoky Progg. He is always the first character to be unlocked in this mode.

When the fighters make their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon, Mario is seen leading the charge. He is also prominently featured in both of the bad endings. If Galeem defeats Dharkon, Mario watches in trepidation as Galeem unleashes a wave of light and is ostensibly vaporized with the rest of reality. If Dharkon defeats Galeem, Mario is seen lifelessly slumping over as the world is engulfed in darkness.

Spirits[edit]

Mario's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Mario in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Additionally, Mario makes an appearance in various Primary and Support Spirits.

Alternate costumes[edit]

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MarioHeadSSBU.png MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png MarioHeadGreenSSBU.png MarioHeadPurpleSSBU.png MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Mario "dies" in the bad ending.
  • The segment during the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct focusing on his new Builder suit features Mario knocking Squirtle off of a Pipe on Mushroomy Kingdom. This is likely a reference to the series' common Koopa Troopa enemies, which are also turtles.
  • In the E3 demo of the game, Mario's portrait, strangely, used his in-game model as opposed to the render made for him in the game. This was also the case with Link, Pikachu and Villager. This has since been fixed.
  • Mario's trailer is the only one that uses a background song with English lyrics; in this case, "Jump Up, Super Star!", the main theme of Super Mario Odyssey.
    • Additionally, Mario is the only character to vocalize at all in their character trailers, whereas every other character's trailer has their voices muted.
  • This is the first game where Mario no longer has his Wario-based alternate costume since the first game, and the first since Melee where Mario no longer has a Fire-based alternate costume, possibly to make room for his Builder and Wedding Tuxedo-based outfits.
  • Mario is the only character in World of Light that appears in every cutscene featuring the presence of a fighter, and is also the only character to appear in the bad ending where Dharkon emerges victorious.
  • Mario and Ken are the only characters that possess the Neutral typing when unlocking them in World of Light.
  • When KO'd by reaching 0 HP in Stamina Mode, Mario uses his heavy knockback scream rather than the standard KO scream. This also applies to Dr. Mario.


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