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 is a man from Superflat World, a completely flat world, having no third dimension whatsoever. He is also monochrome, and due to the LCD display of the Game & Watch, he can only move in different frames, similar to the numbers on a calculator, or the Game & Watch games themselves.
Main article: Mr. Game & Watch (SSBM)
Mr. Game & Watch makes his Super Smash Bros. series debut as the final unlockable character in Melee. Mr. Game and 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 this 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); Oil Panic, his down special move, allows him to catch energy based projectiles. Once three projectiles were 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 becoming 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 came equipped with high range and very large hitboxes, many of which are powerful finishers. Aside from his moves, Mr. Game and Watch's throws are very useful due to the fact they can all be used as 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) 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 and 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.
Main article: List of SSBM trophies (Game & Watch series)
As with the other playable characters, Mr. Game & Watch has three trophies. His main trophy reads:
Mr. Game & Watch
Main article: Mr. Game & Watch (SSBB)
Mr. Game & Watch returns as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He has been heavily buffed, moving from the bottom tier in Melee to the mid-high tier in Brawl. Mr. Game & Watch's attacks have been powered up and quickened, 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 midair.
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.
Main article: List of SSBB trophies (Game & Watch series)
Main article: Mr. Game & Watch (SSB4)
Mr. Game & Watch is once again an unlockable playable character. 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 would eventually get replaced.
Overall, Mr. Game & Watch was nerfed in the transition to Smash 4. The removal of Bucket Braking is his most notable negative change, as it greatly hinders his ability to survive, notable considering his status is a lightweight character. Several of his moves also have added 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 39th out of 55 on the Smash 4 tier list, and has seen lackluster tournament representation and results.
Main article: Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU)
Mr. Game & Watch is once more an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside the entire playable roster of the series. His moveset is largely intact, though he now changes appearance depending on the game which the move he is using comes from. In addition, his Final Smash, Octopus, now carries and drags opponents offscreen.
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