Mario (SSBU)

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This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Mario.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Mario
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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. As in Smash 4, Charles Martinet's portrayal of Mario from Brawl was repurposed for Ultimate.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

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  • 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  • Change Mario's standard cap has been replaced by Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey.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 appears to have no effect on gameplay.
  • Change One of Mario's idle animations 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 throws Cappy around in a circle, and another where he turns his back to the camera and gives a thumbs-up. 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 seem to have replaced 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.


  • Buff Mario jumps higher.
  • Buff Mario walks slightly faster.
  • Buff Like all characters, Mario's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete.

Ground Attacks[edit]

  • Buff The last hit of neutral attack comes out faster and goes higher. These changes allow it to connect better from the first two hits.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt deals more knockback.
    • Change Forward tilt has a longer duration.
  • Nerf Up tilt has more base knockback, now only comboing into itself about twice at low percents.
  • Nerf Down tilt has more base knockback and a more horizontal launch angle, lowering its combo potential.
  • Dash attack:
    • Nerf Dash attack has an altered animation that no longer lowers Mario's hurtbox, which prevents him from sliding under certain attacks unlike his previous dash attack.
    • Buff Dash attack travels further.
  • Buff Up smash covers more horizontal range.
  • Change Down smash's animation has been altered, resembling both the Sweep Kick move from Super Mario 64, and the break dance Mario performs on the cover of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral aerial, back aerial, up aerial, and down aerial have reduced landing lag, while forward aerial has significantly less landing lag.
  • Change Forward aerial has a different animation, with Mario now punching downwards with his opposite hand and twisting around afterwards instead of flipping.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit comes out faster, which allows its hits to connect significantly better into each other.
    • Change The final hit of down aerial has an altered animation involving Mario spreading his limbs out.
    • Change The vortex emitted from Mario Tornado is larger.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Standing grab and dash grab have increased ending lag.
  • Change Pummel is faster but deals less damage.
    • Change Pummel has a slightly different animation: Mario now uses one hand during his pummel instead of both of his hands like in previous installments, to keep consistent with his grab animation.
  • Change All of Mario's throws have been altered with more exaggerated animations.
    • Nerf Down throw has altered knockback and a more horizontal angle, making it harder to perform combos.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Fireball:
    • Buff Fireballs can multi-hit at point-blank ranges.
    • Change Mario no longer opens his mouth when using Fireball.
  • Cape:
    • Change Cape is now worn around Mario's neck when used, akin to how it's worn in Super Mario World.
    • Change Cape now forces the opponents to show their back side while they're using their moves, whether if their stance is mirrored or not.
  • Super Jump Punch:
    • Change The coins spawned by Super Jump Punch occasionally appear as regional coins found in the Metro Kingdom from Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy's eyes appear when this occurs. Also, the design of the yellow coins reverted back to their design from Super Mario 64 instead of retaining the design of the Star Coins from the New Super Mario Bros. series of games.
    • Nerf Super Jump Punch requires a longer travel distance before being able to sweetspot a ledge.
  • F.L.U.D.D:
    • Change F.L.U.D.D has an altered charging animation.
    • Buff F.L.U.D.D has greater range.
  • Change Mario appears to be much angrier than in the previous games when unleashing Mario Finale.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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

Mario was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. Mario was vaporized offscreen and transformed into a spirit along with the rest of the fighters, excluding Kirby.

Mario is later seen imprisoned and bound in an unknown dark area, where a dark duplicate of him is created to contain the spirit of a Smoky Progg.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mario Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase video[edit]


  • The pose Mario strikes in his new up taunt resembles a piece of promotional artwork first released for Club Nintendo, but without the wink.
  • Mario's pose in his official artwork resembles his neutral air.
  • 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.

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