Mario (SSBU)

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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!
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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, 2018 alongside the rest of the returning roster. Mario is classified as fighter #01.

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


Mario is a middleweight with relatively balanced attributes, possessing average walking, dashing and falling speeds, air acceleration, gravity and weight. However, he also has high air speed and jump power in exchange for poor range. These balanced stats do not give Mario the edge when it comes to overall movement, but they nevertheless make him adept at most situations where a key attribute is needed to gain the advantage, which when combined with his very quick frame data, grants Mario a very effective neutral game. As a result, despite his attributes implying a jack-of-all-trades type of character, Mario is more of a rushdown character in practice.

Thanks to his incredibly quick attack speed, Mario shines in close-quarters combat. His fast attack speed allows him to consistently apply pressure to the opponent, and he is capable of quickly racking up damage once he gets the momentum, which is easy to do so on characters that cannot match his attack speed without getting heavily punished for it. Excluding his forward smash, forward aerial and special moves, all of Mario's moves have fast startup and low ending and landing lag (the latter in the case of his aerial attacks). All of his grounded moves are prime examples of his quick frame data: his neutral attack is his fastest move and an overall effective way to rack up damage, along with handy combo capabilities, while his up and down tilts are effective combo starters that can help rack up plenty of damage, and the former chains into itself at low percentages. All of his smash attacks are excellent KO options, as they can reliably KO at high percentages and have low endlag; his forward smash has the highest power of all of his smash attacks when sweetspotted, down smash is a semi-spike, making it useful for forcing opponents offstage, and up smash is very hard to punish due to its speed, power and slight disjoint due to the intangibility it grants on his head.

Mario's aerial attacks are also very useful in many cases. Neutral aerial is a sex kick that can be useful in edgeguarding or for breaking combos. Back aerial has the longest reach and the highest knockback of Mario's aerial moves, allowing it to space effectively and reliably KO offstage. Up aerial's extremely quick startup, vertical launch angle and lack of sourspots let it combo into itself or other moves, on top of letting it easily break or set up combos. Mario Tornado, which is Mario's down aerial, is a great anti-juggling move that can also KO if used near the upper blast line. Finally, his forward aerial is a meteor smash with high base knockback for one, making it great for gimping all but the farthest-reaching of recoveries.

His special moveset is highly varied and has plenty of uses. Fireball is a projectile with decently long range. It can be useful in the neutral game or in edgeguarding, thanks to its disruptive knockback and downward trajectory, and is very useful for disrupting direct approaches. Super Jump Punch travels in a controllable diagonal direction and grants moderate distance, making it good at recovery. It also has intangibility upon startup, allowing it to be used out of shield very effectively. Due to its extremely quick startup, it is also a useful combo finisher, especially near the blast line. Cape reverses opponents, with the induced disorientation often being enough to allow a free hit or efficiently gimp a recovery, which aids in edgeguarding opponents. It is also a powerful reflector, making it highly useful in matchups against projectile-heavy characters, such as Simon or Young Link. F.L.U.D.D. is a mechanism that shoots water, pushing opponents away, which compliments his Cape. Though situational, it can occasionally be used to give Mario some breathing space. As a result of his Cape, F.L.U.D.D. and his fast aerials, Mario also boasts a versatile edgeguarding game.

Another valuable strength of Mario is his grab game. Even though his grab reach is only average, his grabs are fairly quick, and his pummel is fairly quick given its power. His forward throw sends the opponent at a disadvantageous position, where Mario can capitalize on their mistakes. His up throw has been re-purposed into a very useful combo starter at lower percentages, comboing far more reliably into his up aerial or down aerial compared to the previous installment. His back throw is by far his strongest throw and can reliably KO at around 160% near the ledge on any character, and even earlier with rage, killing at 107%. Finally, his down throw is a somewhat useful combo starter, though not as useful as before due to up tilt's decreased range.

Finally, and due to the favorable angles his moves send at, his tremendously quick frame data and his extensive amount of combo starters, Mario's combo ability is fantastic, and it is also worth noting that several of Mario's moves can lock, including his neutral attack. This makes it almost always imperative for Mario's opponent to tech all attacks at low percentages when needed; otherwise, Mario can capitalize on the opportunity, and tack on unavoidable massive damage in the process.

Despite Mario's numerous strengths, he is not flawless. Mario's attacks, while well-rounded, are not particularly exceptional, and most characters are able to outperform him in various areas: notable examples include Snake having a more versatile edgeguarding game, Joker having better comboing ability, Hero having a superior camping game, Zero Suit Samus having greater mobility, Roy having higher attack power per hit and Shulk having drastically larger reach. In particular, the latter is his main weaknesses: His reach is very poor.

His lack of reach prevents him from fighting at a safe distance and consistently forces Mario to approach characters on his own. This leads into having some difficulty against characters with large or disjointed reach, particularly swordfighters like Shulk and Lucina. As such, he will need to rely on close-quarter combat in order to fight decently against characters with disjoints. While back air is Mario's most effective spacing tool, it too suffers from poor range that limits its utility against disjointed attacks.

While strong, Mario can have some difficulty in landing his KO moves. Comparatively to Kirby and Fox, Mario is a strong character with a hefty amount of kill moves: forward smash, up smash, down smash, forward aerial, back aerial, down aerial, Super Jump Punch, and back throw. Despite their power, they tend to be very situational or difficult to land, which is further compounded by his short reach. For example, down aerial and Super Jump Punch will need to be effective at the upper-blast line, and Mario will need to juggle the enemy first. Back throw requires a grab, and Mario’s grab range is just average. Outside of these moves, his KO power is rather poor, which limits his options. As such, he cannot afford to get predictable, especially with the existence of stale-move negation.

Lastly, despite being known for his jumping ability (hence his original nickname, Jumpman), Mario's recovery is easy to gimp and is quite predictable. Despite his fast air speed and high double jump, Super Jump Punch, while relatively safe, travels a mediocre amount of vertical and horizontal distance. This means that if Mario is knocked off stage without his double jump, he is extremely vulnerable to edge-guarding and one hit could end his stock. This also leaves Mario very vulnerable to semi-spikes, as at high percents they will likely launch him too far to recover. Aside from Super Jump Punch, Mario has no other recovery options aside from utilizing Cape’s momentum cancel as a mix-up. Nevertheless, Super Jump Punch still offers a serviceable amount of recovery ability, and can get the job done if used properly.

Overall, Mario has many clear strengths, and very few glaring weaknesses, resulting in his strengths outweighing his cons. Despite being intended as a jack-of-all-trades character, his very quick speed overall and largely reliable combo ability allows him to get the edge easily against most characters, as it is hard to escape from him once he gets to combo the opponent, while being easy for him to escape and regain the advantage. However, because of his low range, Mario must almost always fight in close quarters. Mario has to be very careful off-stage as well in spite of his viable edgeguarding game, as a single vent in his defenses can cause him to be unable to recover. Throughout the course of Ultimate's metagame, Mario has seen promising results. Despite dropping the character in favor for another fighter, Ally has received powerful results, winning Pound 2019 while also using Snake. Other Smashers like Dark Wizzy, ANTi, Zenyou, and more have amassed impressive results.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Compared to other veterans, Mario has received very few major direct changes in his transition from SSB4 to Ultimate, possibly the least out of any returning veteran. However, the more drastic changes he has received stem from the universal changes made to the game's engine, which has inadvertently lead to a higher learning curve in between games. As a result, Mario has undergone a mix of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate - both direct and indirect - but has been slightly nerfed overall.

One of the biggest detriments to Mario's toolkit was the universal nerfing of grabs; infamously known for his potentially devastating throw combos in SSB4, the increased ending lag of all grabs have affected Mario more negatively compared to other fighters. Furthermore, up tilt, one of his most pivotal moves previously, has had altered hitbox placements resulting in not only a range reduction, but it also significantly hinders its use as a reliable follow-up from his down throw at any percent against most characters. 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, changes to Ultimate's mechanics have also benefited Mario; his already strong set of aerials has been improved even further as a result of the universal changes to the landing lag of aerials. This not only makes them safer on shield, but it also allows for more reliable combos and even devastating KO setups, such as up air into forward aerial. Mario also benefits from universal faster walking, dashing, and air speeds, since his higher mobility allows him to string attacks together more effectively and close in on opponents more effectively. Lastly, the added ability to dash-cancel with any ground attack has improved Mario's already incredible ground game further given his strong set of tilts, with up tilt and down tilt serving as reliable combo starters. The universal 3-frame jumpsquat and decreased landing lag across the cast also give him greater combo opportunities, with his up throw in particular becoming a much more effective combo starter.

Moreover, Mario has received a few direct noteworthy buffs as well. His special attacks - Fireball and F.L.U.D.D. - have improved significantly. Fireball has reduced endlag, a larger hitbox, and inflicts more hitlag on opponents, significantly improving its safety and follow-up potential. F.L.U.D.D. has reduced ending lag and a stronger pushback effect as a result of its increased set knockback, allowing Mario to disrupt and edgeguard opponents with it more effectively. As a result of his buffed specials, Mario's already oppressive edgeguarding has improved considerably. A few of his standard attacks have received buffs as well; forward tilt is much more effective as a spacing option due to its higher base knockback, lower ending lag, and the increased shieldstun for tilt attacks. Additionally, his down aerial connects more reliably than before and deals increased damage and knockback, improving its damage-racking capabilities and KO potential. Lastly, forward smash now deals consistent damage across all angles, and in the case of an upwards and downwards forward smash, has increased knockback scaling, improving its already impressive KO potential even further.

Overall, Mario retains all of his strengths from SSB4: His oppressive combo ability, impressive frame data, good camping ability with his Fireballs, serviceable recovery with a high jump height and air speed, and excellent optimization. However, his playstyle is fundamentally different due to Ultimate's reworked mechanics, requiring different strategies to achieve the same level of effectiveness that his previous incarnation was capable of. This results in a slightly higher learning curve (ironically for the series' traditional "basic" character) and a somewhat less potent competitive presence.

While he received a generally mediocre reception during the early metagame of Ultimate, he has achieved increasingly strong results by notable players such as Dark Wizzy, Prodigy, Zenyou, MastaMario, ANTi, and Teb, with notable placements including Dark Wizzy placing 13th at both Pound 2019 and MomoCon 2019, ANTi placing 2nd at DreamHack Dallas 2019, Teb placing 17th at 2GG: Prime Saga, and Prodigy placing 13th at both GENESIS 6 and CEO 2019 and 2nd at Crown. Due to this, Mario has earned a significantly stronger competitive reception over time; players such as ZeRo, Samsora, Dabuz, ESAM, and VoiD all place him as a solid high tier character with long-term potential, with Mew2King going as far as claiming that Mario is a top tier as in the previous game. This is largely up for debate, though, as many lower-ranked characters in Smash 4 have received more drastic improvements, such as Roy, Pikachu, and Wario. Regardless, Mario is one of the few SSB4 top tier characters alongside Fox and Zero Suit Samus to consistently place well at tournaments overall, albeit with a slightly less dominating presence.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Mario's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing and hair now feature simple detailing, akin to his design in Brawl.
  • Change Mario's standard cap has been replaced by Cappy from Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy's eyes appear during his side taunt and, on occasion, 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. In contrast, Mario will also make much angrier expressions than before, particularly when he is preparing to throw someone or when grabbing onto a ledge.
  • Change Many of Mario's animations have been slightly altered, such as his walking, helpless, skidding, and ledge-hanging animations.
  • Change Mario has a slightly different pose during air dodge, and has an angry expression on his face.
  • Change Mario's mustache now moves during certain animations.
  • 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 while smiling, and another where he happily throws Cappy around in a circle. They replace his previous up and side taunts, respectively.
    • Buff Up taunt no longer massively increases Mario's hurtbox, which when combined with its much faster speed and the introduction of taunt canceling makes it much harder to punish.
  • Change Mario performs his down taunt much faster.
  • Change Mario's Builder outfit from the Super Mario Maker series and his Wedding tuxedo and top hat from Super Mario Odyssey are present as alternate costumes. They replace his Wario-inspired costume and his Fire Mario costume, respectively.
  • Change Mario's spin jump victory animation has been altered slightly; he jumps much higher, spins around only once, and has a more joyful expression after landing.
  • Change Mario now smiles when applauding the winner after a match.
  • Change Mario's sleeping animation is mirrored. He now faces the screen instead of away.


  • Buff Like all characters, Mario's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Mario walks slightly faster (1.1 → 1.155).
  • Buff Mario runs much faster (1.6 → 1.76).
    • Buff Mario's initial dash is significantly 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).
  • 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 (frame 8 → 5 (hit 1), frame 7 → 6 (hit 2)).
    • 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.
    • Buff The third hit has increased base knockback (45 → 60).
    • Nerf All hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.8× (hit 1), 1.2× (hit 2), 2× (hit 3)), giving opponents more time to SDI each hit and DI the last hit.
    • Nerf The first two hits have altered damage values (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%).
    • Nerf The first and third hits have smaller hitboxes (3u/1.5u/4u → 1.2u/1.5u/1.8u (hit 1), 5u/2.5u/2.5u → 4.3u/2.5u/2.6u (hit 3)).
    • Change The first two hits no longer use set knockback (15/10/15 set/100 scaling → 20/15 base/50/33/20 scaling (hit 1), 18/15/25 set/100 scaling → 20/15 base/30/15 scaling (hit 2)), and have altered angles (361°/80° → 361°/180° (hit 1), 361° (hit 2)). At high percents, this gives them jab cancel setups, but causes them to connect less reliably.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 26). Combined with the increased shieldstun for ground attacks, this makes it much safer on shield.
    • Change It has much more base knockback (8 → 55), but less knockback scaling (100 → 70). This makes it significantly safer on hit at low percents, but removes its ability to lock, and reduces its KO potential unless the opponent is close to the edge.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt has an altered animation with the spinning uppercut starting from a higher and closer position, reducing its grounded and horizontal range.
    • Change Its animation has been reversed, with Mario spinning toward the screen rather than away from it.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt's sweetspot takes priority over the sourspot.
    • Nerf The sweetspot is slightly smaller (3.5u → 3.2u).
    • Change Its animation has been reversed, with Mario spinning toward the screen rather than away from it.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack's hitboxes are placed farther from Mario (Z offset: 4.4u/4u → 5.4u/4.9u), improving its horizontal range.
    • Buff It has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 1.875×, which combined with the increased shieldstun for ground attacks makes it safer on shield.
    • Buff The clean hit launches at a lower angle (60° → 50°), allowing it to set up edgeguards more effectively.
    • Buff The late hit has a slightly bigger hitbox (2.6u → 2.7u).
    • Nerf It has an altered animation that lowers Mario's hurtbox less, which prevents him from sliding under certain attacks.
    • Nerf The late hit launches opponents away from Mario rather than towards him (110° → 48°), hindering its combo potential despite its lower knockback scaling (43 → 30), and preventing it from stage spiking opponents below edges.
    • Change It has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.25×).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash deals consistent damage across all angles (14%/17% (forward), 14.7%/17.85% (up), 14.42%/17.51% (down) → 14.7%/17.8% (all)), increasing it overall.
    • Buff The sourspot has slightly increased knockback scaling (103 → 105) for all angles, while the sweetspot does when angled up (99 → 101) and angled down (99 → 100).
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash's animation has been reversed, with Mario facing toward the screen rather than away from it.
  • Down smash:

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (10 frames → 6 (neutral), 26 → 17 (forward), 12 → 6 (back, up), 19 → 15 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Nerf Neutral aerial auto-cancels later (frame 34 → 39).
    • Nerf The hitbox on the late hit is slightly smaller (3u → 2.8u).
  • 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 punching downward with his opposite hand and twisting around afterwards instead of flipping.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has less ending lag (FAF 32 → 31), marginally improving its combo potential.
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 18 → 17).
    • Nerf Its hitboxes have a shorter duration (frames 4-8 → 4-7).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's last 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)), with knockback not compensated on the last hit, improving its KO potential.
    • Buff The looping hits are weight-independent, and no longer use set knockback, instead having minimal knockback scaling (10 set/100 scaling → 50/25 base/15 scaling), allowing them to connect more reliably at higher percents.
    • Nerf It can no longer be frame canceled.
    • Nerf The size of the looping hits' vertically lowest hitbox has been reduced, with the hitbox in between the top and low hitboxes having been removed altogether (7u/5u/5u → 7u/4u). The landing hitbox is also very slightly smaller (4.32u → 4.3u).
    • Change The final hit has an altered animation, and the vortex emitted around Mario is larger.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • 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)).
    • Nerf Dash grab has slightly less range (Z2 offset: 10.6u → 10.4u).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 14), but has significantly less startup (frame 16 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 24 → 7), shortening its duration.
    • Nerf It deals much less damage (3.25% → 1.3%).
    • Change It has a slightly different animation: Mario uses one hand during it instead of both of his hands like in previous installments, to maintain consistency with his grab animation.
  • Change All of Mario's throws have been altered with more exaggerated animations.
  • Change The speed of Mario's throws is no longer weight-dependent. This improves their combo potential on heavyweights, but reduces it on lightweights.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw has gained slight combo potential at low percents due to Mario's faster initial dash speed.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has increased combo ability due to Mario's faster jumpsquat and jump speed.
    • Change Mario faces horizontally rather than facing the screen.
      • Change The throw closely resembles the Upward Cap Throw from Super Mario Odyssey.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw can no longer combo into up tilt except against certain large or tall 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 It has larger hitboxes (2u (early)/1.8u (clean)/1.6u (late) → 2.4u/2.2u/2u).
    • Buff It has an increased hitlag multiplier (0.3× → 0.6×), giving Mario more time to follow up.
    • Nerf It has received negative shield damage (0 → -2.5 (clean)/-2 (late)), effectively dealing half its usual damage to shields.
    • Change Mario no longer opens his mouth when using Fireball on the ground.
  • Cape:
    • Buff Cape no longer puts opponents into hitstun during ledge return vulnerability, increasing his combo ability.
    • Buff It no longer gives the opponent super armor on hit.
    • Change It always forces opponents to show their backside while they are using their moves; this even works to characters with mirrored stances, such as another Mario, causing them to turn away from the screen.
    • Change It is worn around Mario's neck when used, akin to its appearance in Super Mario World.
  • Super Jump Punch:
    • Buff Super Jump Punch's second through fourth hits have two 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).
    • Buff The looping hits are weight-independent, and can no longer be SDIed, allowing them to connect more reliably.
    • Nerf It sweetspots edges later (frame 10 → 13).
    • Nerf Due to rage being changed to not affect set knockback, the linking hits 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%).
    • Nerf Its hitboxes are smaller (7u/6u → 2.5u/4u (hit 1), 6u/5u → 3u/3.8u (hits 2-4), 5.5u/4.2u → 3u/3.8u (hits 5-6), 10u → 9u (hit 7)).
    • Nerf The final hit has slightly less base knockback (52 → 50).
    • Change The window to reverse the move is shorter, no longer being reversible during the first hit. This makes it easier to angle vertically, but harder to recover with when facing away from the stage.
    • Change The coins spawned by the move have reverted to their Super Mario 64 design, instead of the Star Coin design used in Smash 4. Occasionally, they'll appear as regional coins found in the Metro Kingdom from Super Mario Odyssey. Cappy's eyes appear when this occurs.
    • Change Super Jump Punch has an altered landing animation where Mario lands on his feet as opposed to his back.
  • F.L.U.D.D.:
    • Buff F.L.U.D.D. has greater range, and reduced ending lag (FAF 75 → 68).
    • Buff It has increased set knockback (50 → 70).
    • Buff It can be charge-canceled by jumping or spot dodging.
    • Change It has an altered charging animation.
  • Mario Finale:
    • Buff At the start of Mario Finale, nearby opponents will be slowed down more, and for longer.
    • Nerf Mario Finale has less knockback than it did before, where it used to drag opponents far to the side at low percents or KO opponents at around 30%. Because of this change, it KOs later than before, requiring the opponent to be at 55% or higher.
    • Change Mario sports an angrier expression than in previous games when unleashing the move.
    • 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. This makes the front fireball weaker early during the Final Smash, but the back fireball stronger later during it.

Update history[edit]

Mario received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but he was buffed overall via game updates. His dash attack’s launch angle is lowered, which means it is essentially better for edge-guarding, further supplementing his already excellent edge-guarding that’s among the best. Though slightly nerfed from Smash 4, his already remarkable combo ability has slightly improved thanks to Cape no longer putting enemies into hitstun in ledge return vulnerability. Being considered as one of the worst final smashes in the game, Mario Finale has seen some buffs as well. Mario has only received one nerf, but it doesn’t affect his status as a viable character. The universal nerf of projectiles affects Mario possibly the least of any fighter, as Fireball wasn’t meant to destroy shields.

It is currently unknown how these changes will affect Mario, as he is still considered a high tier from most professionals.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Dash attack's angle has been adjusted (60° (clean)/58° (late) → 50°/48°). This makes it better for setting up edge-guards.
  • Buff Mario Finale's Final Smash Meter has a higher knockback multiplier (0.9× → 0.91×).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Fireball deals less shield damage (0 (both) → -2.5 (clean)/-2 (late)).
  • Buff Cape no longer puts opponents into hitstun during edge return vulnerability. This improves its combo potential.
  • Buff At the beginning of Mario Finale, nearby opponents will be rendered slower for a longer duration.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff The lag upon waking up from the sleep effect has been adjusted, matching the rest of the cast.


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, and the general speed of the move makes it good as a grounded combo breaker or quick punish tool, as the first hit comes out on frame 2.
Forward tilt   7% A wheel kick. It can be angled. Good for getting opponents off of Mario due to its high base knockback, and angling it down enables it to hit ledge hangs.
Up tilt   5.5% A spinning uppercut. Effective for comboing into itself at low percents, and into 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. Unlike in SSB4, the move's altered animation results in the hitbox being positioned fairly high to the ground on the first frame it is active, making it fairly difficult or even impossible to hit shorter or crouching characters with the move. 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% (leg) 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. Can also hit ledge hangs and combo off from ledge as well.
Dash attack   8% (clean), 6% (late) A baseball slide. Has a vertical knockback angle, although its moderate endlag makes it subpar for starting combos. 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. Though it is Mario's slowest ground attack, coming out on frame 15, it is considered among the best forward smashes in the game for several reasons: It is Mario's most powerful KO move when sweetspotted, KOing as low as 65% by the ledge, the fireball itself is disjointed, can be angled downwards or upwards to hit ledge hangs, and the start-up animation has Mario pull back his hurtbox deceptively far, inadvertently allowing him to avoid several attacks.
Up smash Lead Headbutt 14% An upward arcing headbutt. One of Mario's most reliable KO options. 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. Its hitboxes reach behind Mario a good distance, but do not reach as far in front of him. 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 in comparison to the back hit. Also capable of hitting ledge hangs. The animation in Ultimate more closely resembles Mario's breakdance from Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix.
Neutral aerial   8% (clean), 5% (late) A flying kick. As a 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. Can combo into a tilt attack or grab at low percents if landing on the ground shortly after the hit. Very similar to the Jump Kick from Super Mario 64.
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 decent knockback, fast startup with low ending and landing lag, and more range than most of Mario's other aerials, making it an effective spacing tool and horizontal combo extender at low percents, as well as having the ability to pseudo Wall of Pain off stage. Also capable of killing at higher percents, and can be used twice in a short hop, or with neutral, up and down airs.
Up aerial   7% A flipkick. 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. Can combo into itself easily until higher percents, and can kill off the top at high percents when close to the upper blast line.
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 can combo at low percents with the final hit, whilst possessing very low endlag, making the move rather safe to use, barring its low range. However, the move's hitboxes do not reliably trap opponents, especially when falling. It also has a landing hitbox that combos reliably into tilts or grab. It resembles the Spin Jump, a technique that first appeared in Super Mario World. Useful as a combo starter and damage-racking option, and can KO the opponents near the upper blast zone at high percentages.
Grab   Reaches out. Mario's overall grab range is somewhat short.
Pummel   1.3% Headbutts the opponent.
Forward throw   8% Spins the opponent around once and throws them forward. Can be followed up with dash attack at lower percents, or be used to set up tech situations and mixups, or edgeguards. It fails to kill at very high percents, even at ledge.
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 middleweights as early as 120% if they fail to DI. Also has some use in matches with more than one player, as the collateral hit has large range and high knockback. Due to its slow speed, it is easy to DI, causing it to KO only above 160%. It is based on the 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, comboing into all aerials except forward air. Very similar animation to the Upward Cap Throw from Super Mario Odyssey.
Down throw   5% A body slam. It can be followed up with several options, including up tilt on certain characters at varying percents, Super Jump Punch, neutral attack, and up aerial at mid percents on most characters. Effective for starting ladder combos on platform stages.
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 how weak it is, but Mario retains full control over his aerial mobility while using it, allowing him to continue drifting unpredictably while controlling space. Because the fireball is subject to gravity, it can be used to cover Mario while recovering high, and can combo into quick attacks if Mario is close enough.
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 reversing the opponent's controls for a brief instant. In the air, it stalls Mario for a short period of time, allowing for timing mixups in juggle and recovery situations. Useful for gimping opponents who are trying to recover.
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. Can KO near the upper blast line at high percents.
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. The charge time is rather fast, and it 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 upwards or downwards. Useful for disrupting an approach and creating space, which can help alleviate pressure and potentially put his opponent in a vulnerable position. It also slightly pushes Mario backward if charged enough. Can also 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. Deals almost no knockback, but has decent damage and can carry opponents off the side of the stage when near the ledge.

On-screen appearance[edit]

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


  • 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 "Hoohoo!", 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]

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

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Winds up for a punch and steps forward while punching in front of the screen.
  • Up: Makes fire explode from his palm and strikes a pose. This pose is somewhat similar to his Super Smash Bros. 4 artwork.
  • Right: 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.
A flourished remix of the Course Clear Fanfare used in Super Mario Bros., slightly sped up.

In competitive play[edit]

Upon the release of Ultimate, Mario was seen and regarded as simply an average mid-tiered character. This was seen through his poor range, which was impacted more in the game due to swordfighters or any other character with disjoints being reworked. Swordfighters were among the best characters in the early meta, especially Chrom, who was considered one of the best characters in the game. This caused a mediocre reception for Mario. Players also looked at his nerfs, noting that it ultimately impacted Mario in the long run. The nerf to his combo game made it seem to affect Mario, as that was his best toolkit in his arsenal.

However, Mario has grown more results from professionals below. This caused a significantly better reception among professionals, as he’s regarded as a high-tier character. Due to his better reception, Mario’s nerfs weren’t so drastic anymore, and all his great tools from Smash 4 were retained, such as his excellent combo game, fantastic frame data, good camping ability, good recovery, and great optimization. He has seen to grow more success overtime, which resulted in almost every professional calling him a solid high-tier that is viable.

Notable players[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.



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

Mario's congratulations screen.

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. The overall concept is also similar to Super Mario Odyssey, where Mario would travel to different kingdoms; this is reflected by the Japanese title (世界をまたにかけて), which roughly translates to "Go Around the World".

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Link LinkHeadSSBU.png and Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Great Plateau Tower Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (Brawl)
2 Kirby KirbyHeadSSBU.png, Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png, and King Dedede KingDededeHeadSSBU.png Green Greens Green Greens (Melee) Free-for-All
3 Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png and Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Kongo Falls Jungle Level (Melee)
4 Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBU.png, Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBU.png, Charizard CharizardHeadSSBU.png, and Pikachu PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pokémon Stadium Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Blue (Brawl) Pokémon Trainer is absent.
5 Marth MarthHeadSSBU.png, Chrom ChromHeadSSBU.png, and Ike IkeHeadSSBU.png Coliseum Story 5 Meeting
6 The Koopalings BowserJrHeadLarrySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadMortonSSBU.pngBowserJrHeadWendySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadIggySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadRoySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLemmySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLudwigSSBU.png and Bowser Jr. BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Princess Peach's Castle Fortress Boss - Super Mario Bros. 3 The Koopalings are fought in the order they are fought in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Bonus Stage
Final Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png, then Giga Bowser Final Destination King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Against Bowser)
Giga Bowser (Against 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, or with any DLC character.

Role in World of Light[edit]

False Mario along with the other Puppet Fighters.
Finding Mario in World of Light

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.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Mario SSBU.png
Mario Neutral 2,500 Final Destination Final Destination


Mario's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 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.

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
Metal Mario Spirit.png
Metal Mario Super Mario series •Metal Mario MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png
9,600 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy is slow but has increased defense and attack
•The enemy is metal
Metal Battle
Boo Mario.png
Boo Mario Super Mario series Mario MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png
1,900 Dracula's Castle (hazards off) •Hazard: High Gravity
•Hazard: Low Gravity
•The enemy is invisible
•Your jumping power decreases when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is less affected by gravity
Castle / Boss Fortress - Super Mario World / SMB 3
Toadsworth Spirit.png
Toadsworth Super Mario series Mario MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,900 Princess Peach's Castle •Item: Mushrooms •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Ricco Harbor
Starship Mario Spirit.png
Starship Mario Super Mario series •Giant Mario MarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
4,100 Mario Galaxy (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Low Gravity •Gravity is reduced
•The enemy is giant
The Starship Sails
Cappy spirit.png
Cappy Super Mario series Mario MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,600 Rainbow Cruise •Invisibility
•Item: Boomerang
•The enemy is invisible
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Jump Up, Super Star!
Goo Goo Buggy Spirit.png
Goo-Goo Buggy Mario Kart series Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,400 Mario Circuit •Assist Trophy Enemies (Chain Chomp) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy has increased move speed
Mushroom Gorge - Mario Kart Wii
B Dasher Mario Kart series Mario MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png (x3)
9,400 Figure-8 Circuit •Uncontrollable Speed •All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly
•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
Circuit - Mario Kart 7
Kid Spirit.png
Kid Mario Golf series Mario Team MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png (×4)
2,500 Golden Plains (Battlefield form) •Item: Beastball
•Hazard: Heavy Wind
•Dangerously high winds are in effect
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
World Tour
MC Ballyhoo Big Top.png
MC Ballyhoo & Big Top Mario Party series Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadBlueSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadCyanSSBU.png
1,600 Mario Circuit •Item Tidal Wave •Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while Pandemonium
Rabbid Mario.png
Rabbid Mario Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle •Bunny Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
3,400 3D Land •Item: Shooting Types •The enemy starts the battle with a Ray Gun Arcade Bunny's Theme
Mario Tennis Spirit.png
Mario (Mario Tennis Aces) Mario Tennis Aces Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadFireSSBU.png
8,800 Wuhu Island
(Swordplay Colosseum)
Assist Trophy Enemies (Color TV-Game 15) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy favors smash attacks
Title Theme - Mario Tennis Aces
Baby Mario Yoshi series •Tiny Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
Yoshi (×8) (YoshiHeadRedSSBU.pngYoshiHeadBlueSSBU.pngYoshiHeadYellowSSBU.pngYoshiHeadPinkSSBU.pngYoshiHeadCyanSSBU.pngYoshiHeadPurpleSSBU.pngYoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.pngYoshiHeadSSBU.png)
8,800 Yoshi's Island N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy shields often
Yoshi's Island (Brawl)
Smoky Progg Spirit.png
Smoky Progg Pikmin series Mario MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png
1,600 Distant Planet (Battlefield form) •Metal Shift •The enemy will occasionally turn metal Stage Select - Pikmin 2
Von Kaiser Punch-Out!! series Mario MarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,800 Boxing Ring N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy favors side smash attacks
Minor Circuit (Original)
Maruhige Shop Owner Trade & Battle: Card Hero series Mario MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,700 Pac-Land (Battlefield form) •Item: Assist Trophy Stamina battle
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Welcome Center
Dice Block Spirit.png
Dice Block Super Mario series Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
1,900 Princess Peach's Castle •Item Tidal Wave •Items will be pulled toward the enemy
•Certain items will appear in large numbers

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Baby Peach Spirit.png
Baby Peach Super Mario series •Tiny Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
3,600 Peach's Castle N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy favors dash attacks
•The enemy has increased move speed
Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros (Melee) Either Mario or Baby Mario
Peach Wedding Spirit.png
Peach (Wedding) Super Mario series Peach PeachHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,900 New Donk City Hall •Flowery •Defeat the main fighter to win
•You constantly take minor damage
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Break Free (Lead The Way) Mario
Pauline spirit.png
Pauline Super Mario series Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Giant Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png
13,700 75m •Jump Power ↓ •Defeat the main fighter to win
•You have reduced jump power
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Jump Up, Super Star! Jumpman (Mario)
Geno Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Sheik SheikHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Kirby KirbyHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Bowser BowserHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
13,700 Mario Galaxy (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
Rainbow Road Medley Mario
Starlow Spirit.png
Starlow Mario & Luigi series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadYellowSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,300 Brinstar (Battlefield form) •Tiny
•The enemy is giant
•The enemy is tiny after a little while
Tough Guy Alert! Mario
Wanda Spirit.png
Wanda Super Mario series •Tiny Palutena PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,500 Green Greens (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Mario Paint Medley Mario
SPI-Fighting Alloy Team.png
Fighting Alloy Team Super Smash Bros. series Captain Falcon Team CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (×4)
Zelda Team ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png (×4)
Mario Team MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png (×4)
Kirby Team KirbyHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
3,300 Final Destination (Battlefield form) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Cruel Smash Yellow Alloy
Peachette Spirit.png
Peachette Super Mario series Peach PeachHeadSSBU.png
Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (Toad Hat, Yellow Toad Outfit)
Luigi LuigiHeadSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadSSBU.png
10,000 Mushroom Kingdom U •Easy to Launch
•Low Gravity
•All fighters are easy to launch
•Timed battle
•Gravity is reduced
Ground Theme - New Super Mario Bros. U Mario

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mario Palette (SSBU).png
MarioHeadSSBU.png MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png MarioHeadBlackSSBU.png MarioHeadGreenSSBU.png MarioHeadPurpleSSBU.png MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png MarioHeadWhiteSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[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 his official render. This was also the case with Link, Pikachu and Villager.
  • 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.
    • Mario is also the only character to vocalize at all in the character trailers, whereas every other character's trailer has their voices muted.
    • Additionally, Mario and Yoshi are the only characters to vocalize in the "Everyone Is Here!" trailer.
  • 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 Flower-based alternate costume, possibly to make room for his Builder and Wedding Tuxedo-based outfits.
  • Coincidentally enough, five of his alternate costumes (besides his Builder and Wedding outfits, also his default, Golf, and Waluigi-based outfits) also appeared in Super Mario Odyssey. Dr. Mario (portrayed here as his own character) also appeared in Odyssey as well. Only his cyan/pink, white/black, and green/brown costumes do not appear in Odyssey.
  • 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.
    • Due to his presence in every cutscene, as well as his status as the first character unlocked in World of Light, Mario loosely fills the role of co-protagonist or deuteragonist in the mode. This reflects The Subspace Emissary, where Mario and Kirby were the first characters to be playable, with Mario being attacked and removed and Kirby being more prominent during the early portions of the mode.
  • Mario, Ken, and Bowser are the only characters that possess the Neutral typing when unlocking them in World of Light.
  • Mario and Chrom are the only characters to appear in another character's victory pose (in this case, Piranha Plant).
  • When KO'd by reaching 0 HP in Stamina Mode, Mario uses his heavy knockback scream rather than his standard KO scream. This also applies to Dr. Mario and Hero.
  • Looking underneath Mario's Wedding costume reveals a gap between his shirt and pants.[1]
  • Whenever Mario grabs onto an edge, his hat briefly shifts upward, revealing that his hair is missing and exposing a gap.
  • Mario is the only Mario character (sub-universes included) to face Giga Bowser as his final boss in his Classic Mode route.
    • In addition, both he and Captain Falcon are the only characters to face Giga Bowser as their final boss in Classic Mode. Coincidentally, both are Smash 64 veterans and have fire-based abilities.
    • Mario fights more playable opponents in his Classic Mode route than any other character, 23 in total, including Bowser before his transformation into Giga Bowser.
  • If Mario gets hit hard in the head, there's a chance his face will flatten. This is the same expression used whenever he gets Screen KO'd. This also happens with Dr. Mario.
  • Mario's official artwork is based on the sex kick in his neutral aerial.
  • With the addition of the Peachette Spirit, Mario is now one of the few characters who can appear in their default costume as a puppet in Spirit battles. The others are Mr. Game & Watch, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, Peach, Luigi, R.O.B., Inkling, Robin, Joker, Hero, and Banjo & Kazooie.
    • This is not counting the default costumes of characters who appear as alternates, such as Alph and female Corrin.


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