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Mr. Game & Watch

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For fighter info, see Mr. Game & Watch (SSBM), Mr. Game & Watch (SSBB), Mr. Game & Watch (SSB4), and Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU).
"Mr. G" redirects here. For the alter ego, see Smasher:Goblin.
Mr. Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch.png
In-game sprite of Mr. Game & Watch from Game & Watch Gallery 4.
Universe Game & Watch
Debut Ball (1980) (as a juggler)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) (as Mr. Game & Watch)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021, cameo)
Console/platform of origin Game & Watch (as a juggler)
Nintendo GameCube (as Mr. Game & Watch)
Species Monochrome
Gender Male
Place of origin Superflat World
Created by Gunpei Yokoi
Designed by Makoto Kano
Article on Super Mario Wiki Mr. Game & Watch

Mr. Game & Watch (Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ, Mr. Game & Watch) is a composite representation of various generic characters featured in Nintendo's Game & Watch products and video game series created in 1980 by Gunpei Yokoi.


Mr. Game & Watch as he appears in Ball.
Mr. Game & Watch's first appearance, in Ball.

The composite Mr. Game & Watch character debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee. While some Game & Watch games starred specific characters, such as Mario in Mario's Cement Factory, a majority simply starred nameless, simply-drawn characters. These characters, due to the LCD display of the Game & Watch, could only move in alternating, preset frames, similar to the numbers on a calculator. Also, the animation frames were monochrome, simply being black LCD frames against a preset background.

In translating this era of gaming to Smash, many of these generic characters' animations and abilities were combined into one new entity, Mr. Game & Watch. Visually, Mr. Game & Watch's standard design most heavily resembles the people in need of rescue from Fire and the pedestrians from Manhole. In keeping with the limitations of the Game & Watch's animations, Mr. Game & Watch is rendered as a flat, two-dimensional character with a choppy, frame-by-frame animation style.

Since debuting in Melee, Mr. Game & Watch has made a few appearances in other games. He has a minor speaking role as the host of one of the menus in Game & Watch Gallery 4. He has also made a number of cameos in other Nintendo games, including multiple entries in the WarioWare series, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Rhythm Heaven Fever, and Super Mario Odyssey.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mr. Game & Watch, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Mr. Game & Watch makes his Super Smash Bros. series debut as the final unlockable character in Melee. Mr. Game & Watch can be unlocked one of four ways: completing either Classic Mode or Adventure Mode with all characters on any difficulty and stock or the Target Test with all characters, or playing 1000 vs. mode matches.

Mr. Game & Watch fights with a variety of items derived from the Game & Watch series. Chef, his neutral special move, launches sausages at random distances from a pan. At closer distances said pan can be used as a semi-spike. Judgment, his side special move, is a hammer with randomly chosen strength and effects, ranging from weak (1) to strong (9). Fire, his up special move, launches Mr. Game & Watch at a lengthy vertical distance, with the help of a firefighter team; note that this is the only up special attack which gets more distance when a character is big by getting a mushroom. Lastly, Oil Panic, his down special move, allows him to catch energy based projectiles. Once three projectiles are caught, the contents can be dumped as a flow of oil, causing damage depending on the projectiles caught. This move can be used to cause the Kamikaze Glitch.

Mr. Game & Watch translated well into Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, this proves to become a severe disadvantage. His movement is choppy and sluggish, thus meaning he becomes dependent on wavedashing and dash-dancing as his primary method of movement. His moves, primarily his special moves, have very limited uses in competitive play and only two of his aerial attacks can be L-canceled. However, the few usable moves he has come equipped with high range and very large hitboxes, many of which are powerful finishers. Aside from his moves, Mr. Game & Watch's throws are very useful due to the fact they can all be used to chain grab. Mr. Game & Watch's defensive game is arguably his worst property; with an extremely small shield (which leaves his hands and feet unprotected, even at maximum size) and a very poor sidestep and roll, he has a very weak defensive game. This, combined with the fact that he is very light, causes him to die at very low percentages. Mr. Game & Watch players must therefore be able to read their opponents ridiculously well in order to simply survive and to have a chance in competitive play. As a result, Mr. Game & Watch is currently ranked in the bottom of the C- tier at 19th out of 26 in the Melee tier list.


As a playable character, Mr. Game & Watch has three trophies - a normal trophy won beating the Classic Mode with Mr. Game & Watch on any difficulty, and "Smash Red" and "Smash Blue" trophies are acquired by beating the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively.

Mr. Game & Watch trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mr. Game & Watch's Classic Mode trophy in Melee
Mr. Game & Watch
First appearing in 1980, the Game & Watch series is the father of all portable liquid crystal games. The main character is simple and monochrome but has a timeless individuality. There are 39 different games in the series and they've sold over 43 million units worldwide. Pictured at left is the particularly popular Fire model.
Game & Watch (1980)
Mr. Game & Watch trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mr. Game & Watch's Adventure Mode trophy in Melee
Mr. Game & Watch [Smash]
A resident of a totally flat world, Mr. Game & Watch's frame-by-frame movement is distinctive. His image is known far and wide, and respected by gamers everywhere. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, he hurls sausages with his Chef technique. The random strength of his Judgment is determined by the number displayed; food appears on lucky 7.
B: Chef
Smash B: Judgment
B: Chef
Smash B: Judge
Mr. Game & Watch trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Mr. Game & Watch's All-Star Mode trophy in Melee
Mr. Game & Watch [Smash]
A man of great stature in the world of Nintendo characters, Mr. Game & Watch is a comparatively light fellow and doesn't feature many powerful attacks. When he's in danger of falling, Fire calls out a rescue brigade to send him skyward once more. He can also catch missile weapons with Oil Panic; once he's caught three, he can dump the bucket on his foes.
Up & B: Fire
Down & B: Oil Panic

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Mr. Game & Watch returns as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He has been heavily buffed, moving up from the bottom tier of Melee to the mid-high tier in Brawl. Mr. Game & Watch's attacks have been powered up and sped up, and he arguably has the best set of smash attacks in the game. He has been given a new technique, called Bucket Braking, which lets him negate all knockback while in midair.

A quintet of false Mr. Game & Watches in the Subspace Emissary

Interestingly, in a DOJO!! update where Sakurai explained some mysteries about the Subspace Emissary, he says that Tabuu used Mr. Game & Watch's flat qualities to create Shadow Bugs, making Mr. Game & Watch the origin of Shadow Bugs, though Mr. Game & Watch is not aware of it himself.

Mr. Game & Watch has been significantly buffed from Melee, as he benefits from Brawl's new physics, along with other various buffs. The introduction of hitstun canceling and momentum canceling helps Mr. Game & Watch more than most characters, as it not only makes him harder to combo but it also significantly improves his endurance mainly due to Bucket Braking. Other new Brawl mechanics such as B-reversing also help him out, and the removal of certain Melee mechanics such as L-canceling affects him less than other characters. His shield game has been improved significantly. His shield is much larger, and his sidestep is no longer one of the worst in the game. Overall, Mr. Game & Watch is a much more effective character than in Melee, although he still struggles against the stronger characters in the game, resulting in his results being above average, ranking 16th out of 38 in the current Brawl tier list in the upper mid-tier.


Mr. Game & Watch trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mr. Game & Watch's trophy in Brawl
Mr. Game & Watch
The monochrome hero of the Game & Watch series, a fellow who oozes personality. First appearing in 1980, the series were the original portable game systems. The first games in the series were quite simple, but as time passed, technology evolved. The multiscreen series featured game play on dual screens. As the name states, the games also kept time.
Game Boy: Game & Watch Gallery

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4

Mr. Game & Watch is once again an unlockable playable character in SSB4. He was teased before release in a small appearance at the end of Pac-Man's reveal trailer to illustrate how the two are the oldest characters in Smash Bros. history (even older than Mario and Donkey Kong); in that cameo, he notably performs his down taunt from Brawl, which was replaced by the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Overall, Mr. Game & Watch was nerfed in the transition to Smash 4. The removal of Bucket Braking was his most notable negative change, as it greatly hinders his endurance (especially horizontally), considering his status as a lightweight character. Several of his moves also have additional ending lag, such as his up tilt, down tilt, and neutral aerial, and some of his moves are weaker finishers, such as his forward aerial. However, his attacks possess high damage output, with some becoming more efficient, including his back aerial's multiple hits linking better, and up smash, which now includes invincibility on startup. His throws have also improved, as they are all now performed much faster, with down throw being especially great at starting combos. However, his nerfs are considerably enough to cause a drop in his tier placement, now ranking 38th out of 54 on the Smash 4 tier list, and he has seen lackluster tournament representation, although his results have been above-average.


Mr. Game & Watch's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Mr. Game & Watch's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Mr. Game & Watch
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Game & Watch was first released in 1980, making the series the father of the Game Boy and Nintendo DS. Or maybe an older sibling? Smash Bros., Mr. Game & Watch uses distinct retro moves to damage his foes. However, he's only two dimensional, so he's pretty easy to send flying.
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U Game & Watch was a series of handheld video games that started in 1980, which pretty much makes Mr. Game & Watch the father of the Game Boy and Nintendo DS. Or maybe an older sibling? Smash Bros., Mr. Game & Watch uses distinct retro moves to damage his foes. However, he only has two dimensions, so he's pretty easy to send flying.
Game & Watch: Game & Watch (04/1980)
PAL Game & Watch was a series of handheld video games that started in 1980, before even the Game Boy. In this game, you can play as the guy who starred in them, moving about in his quirky, oh-so-retro little way. He can string together some pretty powerful attacks but, unfortunately, being 2D makes him very easy to launch.
Game & Watch: Game & Watch (1980 (JP))
Mr. Game & Watch (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Mr. Game & Watch (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Mr. Game & Watch (Alt.)
Mr. Game & Watch's Oil Panic special catches shots and turns them into oil. After catching three, the bucket will be full and you'll be able to throw oil all over your enemies. Some shots, like Samus's fully powered Charge Shot, will fill the bucket in one go! Throwing the oil you get from a shot like that can KO your foes in a flash!
Game & Watch: Game & Watch (04/1980)
Game & Watch: Game & Watch (1980 (JP))

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mr. Game & Watch is once again an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside the entire playable roster of the series. He now changes appearance depending on the game from which the move he is using originates. His moveset has been significantly altered; for instance, he has a new forward aerial in the form of a bomb projectile, and his up air now functions similarly to Mega Man's. In addition, his Final Smash, Octopus, now carries and drags opponents offscreen.

Having been regarded as a lower mid-tier character in SSB4 (38th out of 54), Mr. Game & Watch has been significantly buffed in his transition to Ultimate. In a similar fashion to Link, Mr. Game & Watch has undergone a massive overhaul in his moveset that goes beyond changes to aesthetic appearances; a majority of his moves have been altered in range, damage, knockback, lag, or have been completely reworked altogether in their purpose and utility. As a result, Mr. Game & Watch has undergone a plethora of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate, arguably the most out of any other returning veteran. While these changes have weakened his most powerful tools and set-ups from SSB4, they have also greatly improved several of his more underwhelming moves in his toolkit from the previous game. Due to these changes, his iteration in Ultimate is universally agreed to be his best, being ranked 3rd out of 82 on the current tier list and has seen unprecedented results compared to previous iterations of the character due to the likes of Maister and Miya.


Fighter spirit[edit]

Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
Founded in a french YouTube video
★★ 1 1750 7041 1015 4084 735 2957 No Effect Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Octopus.png
★★★★ 3 4031 10079 1749 4374 2054 5135 Strong Throw Game & Watch Series
from the game's files
Fire Attack
1 1047 5238 400 2000 552 2762 Fire Attack ↑ Game & Watch Series

Support spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Ball.png
Ball ★★ 1 Thrown Items ↑ Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Flagman.png
Flagman ★★ 1 Critical-Health Stats ↑ Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Fire.png
Fire ★★★ 2 Lava-Floor Immunity Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Judge.png
Judge ★★★ 1 Critical Hit ↑ Game & Watch Series
Manhole Spirit
Manhole ★★ 1 Bury Immunity Game & Watch Series
Helmet Spirit
Helmet 1 Critical-Health Defense ↑ Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Parachute.png
Parachute ★★ 1 Air Defense ↑ Game & Watch Series
SSBU spirit Chef (Game & Watch).png
Chef (Game & Watch) ★★★ 2 Stats ↑ ↑ after Eating Game & Watch Series
Founded in a french YouTube video
Turtle Bridge 1 Green Shell Equipped Game & Watch Series
Oil Panic ★★ 2 Sticky-Floor Immunity Game & Watch Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ, Mr. Game & Watch
UK English Mr. Game & Watch
France French Mr. Game & Watch
Germany German Mr. Game & Watch
Spain Spanish Mr. Game & Watch
Italy Italian Mr. Game & Watch
China Chinese Mr. Game & Watch
South Korea Korean Mr. 게임&워치, Mr. Game & Watch
Netherlands Dutch Mr. Game & Watch
Russia Russian Г-н Game & Watch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Мистер Game & Watch Super Smash Bros. 4
"Г-н" is an abbreviation for "Господин", meaning "Mr."
Portugal Portuguese Mr. Game & Watch


Mr. Game & Watch and Pac-Man.
  • Conceptually, Mr. Game & Watch is the only 2D playable character in the Smash Bros. series. However, in the technical sense, he is composed of a 3D model just like all other characters; this model is flattened along one axis to provide the illusion he is 2D. This flattening effect is applied to other characters in 2D stages such as Flat Zone and Pac-Land. The 2D illusion is broken somewhat when Mr. Game & Watch becomes metal, is a false character, is covered in ink, or if the Z-axis glitch is performed on him. as his body is no longer featureless and appears to be rounded. This can also occur during certain cinematic Final Smashes, such as Dede-Rush, Triple Wolf, or Supernova. His amiibo is also 3D, though it more emulates his 2D appearance than using a fully 3D model.
  • Mr. Game & Watch is technically the oldest playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series, having debuted in April 1980 (Pac-Man would debut in Japan a month later).
    • Although the Game & Watch was first released in 1980, Mr. Game & Watch didn't conceptually exist until Super Smash Bros. Melee. This has led to some debate over whether or not Mr. Game & Watch should be considered the same entity as the playable characters from the original Game & Watch handhelds.
      • That said, Mr. Game & Watch, as a character in Smash Bros., is an amalgamation of different Game & Watch titles, so it's likely that he represents the entire Game & Watch brand rather than a specific game. This is further supported in Ultimate, where Mr. Game & Watch, for several of his moves, changes his appearance to resemble the character in the game from which the move originated.
  • Mr. Game & Watch and Falco are the only characters who appeared as unlockable in multiple Super Smash Bros. titles to remain as unlockable in both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4.
    • Counting the two versions separately, they, along with Jigglypuff, are also tied for the most unlockable appearances in the series, with five.
  • Although Mr. Game & Watch has always been a unique character as opposed to a clone, he incidentally shared all of his attributes - except for his weight, air speed, and air acceleration - with Mario in Melee. The two characters shared their dashing speed, walking speed, falling speed, fast falling speed, traction, and gravity.