Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU)

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Mr. Game & Watch
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mr. Game & Watch SSBU.png
Universe Game & Watch
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Octopus
When using his side special, Judge, this fighter pulls out a hammer and the numbers 1-9 are displayed. If you pull off a 9 attack, it really knock the opponent back. His Final Smash turns him into an octopus that can pull opponents off the stage!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Mr. Game & Watch (Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ, Mr. Game & Watch) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Mr. Game & Watch is classified as fighter #26.

The sound effects used for Mr. Game & Watch have been reused from Brawl and SSB4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Mr. Game & Watch being the 52nd character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Pikachu or any character in its unlock tree, being the sixth character unlocked after Isabelle.
  • Have Mr. Game & Watch join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Mr. Game & Watch must then be defeated on Flat Zone X.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change Mr. Game & Watch's base model appears similar to the previous installment; however, the following moves temporarily alter his appearance to resemble the characters from the Game & Watch games they are based on:
    • Neutral attack (Greenhouse), Forward tilt (Lion), Up tilt (Flagman), Down tilt (Manhole), Forward smash (Fire Attack), Down smash (Vermin), Up aerial (Spitball Sparky), All throws (Ball), Chef, Judge, Oil Panic.
  • Change Like in Melee, Mr. Game & Watch now makes a noise when getting KO'd.
  • Change Mr. Game & Watch's walking animation has been changed; now looking less flippant.
  • Change Mr. Game & Watch has a new victory animation where he juggles balls using his appearance from Ball. This replaces the victory pose where he jumps up and down.


  • Buff Like all characters, Mr. Game & Watch's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Mr. Game & Watch dashes faster.
  • Change Like all characters, Mr. Game & Watch can now interrupt his taunts.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has increased knockback.
    • Buff Forward tilt deals slightly higher damage.
    • Buff Forward tilt can be interrupted earlier, and its startup has been reduced.
    • Nerf Forward tilt has reduced range.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has invincibility on both hands.
    • Buff Up tilt has Flag 1 and Flag 2 appear on each side of Mr. Game & Watch, increasing its range.
    • Buff Up tilt has less endlag.
    • Buff Up tilt now connects consistently at mid to high percents.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has more knockback and damage.
    • Buff Down tilt has reduced endlag.
    • Nerf Down tilt's windbox has been removed. This disallows for juggling with windboxes, and potential recovery interruptions (such as when used against Ike's Quick Draw).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has more knockback.
    • Buff Forward smash's sourspot hitbox has been made smaller.
    • Nerf Forward smash's range has been slightly reduced, with a shorter handle.
      • Buff However, this move is now more disjointed, as Mr. Game & Watch's hitbox has been altered to no longer lean with the move.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has slightly less start-up lag.
    • Buff Up smash's invincibility frames now cover Mr. Game and Watch's entire body.
    • Nerf Up smash's invincibility frames have now been changed from before attacking, to during and after the attack. This reduces its use as an effective anti-air
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash now has the ability to bury opponents if the move is sweetspotted.
    • Buff Down smash has less startup lag.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial now has drastically reduced landing lag.
    • Buff Neutral aerial's hitboxes linger for a significantly longer time.
    • Nerf Neutral aerial now deals less overall damage.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Mr. Game & Watch has a new forward aerial (based on the Game & Watch games Safe Buster, Mario's Bombs Away or Bombsweeper) in which he holds a bomb in front of him and drops it downward shortly after execution. Uniquely, once activating the move, the previously mentioned bomb is used as a projectile, as it is sent directly downwards, exploding on a half a second afterwards or when it hits the stage. This significantly improves the move's range and gives another edgeguarding option. The bomb does not explode upon hitting an opponent, and any attack that hits it will cause it to disappear.
      • Change The bomb has a small cooldown, however - if used while the bomb is out (or a few seconds after exploding), it reverts to the turtle from Smash 4.
      • Buff This significantly helps Mr. Game & Watch land.
  • Buff Back aerial's loop hits trap opponents easier, and transition faster.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has been reworked: it now functions as a projectile, similar to Mega Man's up aerial, Air Shooter, and hits six times.
    • Buff Up aerial has increased range.
    • Buff Up aerial is a single puff of air, making it easier to land, since the opponent can't be juggled out of the second finishing hit.
    • Nerf Up aerial is significantly weaker, no longer being a reliable KO move.
    • Nerf Up aerial does less damage when all hits connect.
  • Down aerial:
    • Change Down aerial now travels more slowly.
    • Buff Down aerial has increased knockback.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change When a character is thrown by Mr. Game & Watch, they will turn into their respective stock icon for the duration of the juggle.
  • Change During the Down throw animation, Mr. Game & Watch "drops" the character's icon.
  • Buff Pummel is much faster.
  • Buff Up throw deals more damage.
  • Buff Down throw deals significantly more knockback.
    • Nerf This however makes some follow-ups at lower percentages almost impossible, particularly Judge.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Chef:
    • Buff Chef deals more damage.
    • Buff Chef's trajectory can be controlled.
  • Judge:
    • Change Judge's numbers now appear in a jumble, before settling on the decided number.
    • Buff Judge 7 now spawns three apples instead of one, allowing him to heal significantly more health once using the move.
    • Change Judge 9 now triggers Special Zoom.
  • Fire:
    • Change Fire's windbox has been replaced with a frame 2 hitbox.
    • Buff Fire's new frame 2 hitbox gives it more potential as a out of shield option and combo breaker than before.
  • Oil Panic:
    • Buff Oil Panic now reflects physical projectiles in addition to absorbing energy-based projectiles.
    • Buff Oil Panic has reduced endlag.
    • Nerf Oil Panic deals significantly less damage and knockback which removes the ability to OHKO any characters at the center of the stage with the strongest projectile.
    • Change Oil Panic triggers Special Zoom on any successful hit, and leaves the opponent covered in oil for a brief moment.
  • Change Octopus's use has been altered. The octopus now rears back and charges forward, grabs opponents who touch its tentacles, and drags them offscreen. The main body deals damage instead of the tentacles. While this increases its KO potential, it also reduces its range, mobility and duration. A greenish-beige backdrop similar to that of a Game & Watch game temporarily appears during this Final Smash.

Patch 1.1.0 Changes[edit]

  • Change The feather was removed from Mr. Game and Watch's Forward Smash animation.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Although Mr. Game & Watch does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


Mr. Game & Watch's forward smash, derived from Fire Attack, pre-release.
  • This is the first game in the series where Mr. Game & Watch is portrayed holding an object different than his signature bell in his official art, instead being shown holding the flag from Flagman (the same one as his up tilt).
    • In-game, however, Mr. Game & Watch changes his appearance to match the character in Flagman, rather than using his own appearance.
  • Mr. Game & Watch's render pose somewhat resembles his Smash 4 render, although mirrored, and the positioning of his legs has been mirrored.
    • It is also the first time in the series where his render pose shows him facing right instead of left.
  • During the launch of Ultimate's official website, Mr. Game & Watch's name was erroneously labeled as "Mr. GAME & WATACH" exclusively on the mobile variant of his fighter page. The typo was later corrected.
  • Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Ultimate bears a strong resemblance to his stock icon from Super Smash Bros. 4.
  • His official art, apart from looking like his old up tilt, also resembles his Alt. trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
  • In Pikachu's showcase trailer, Mr. Game & Watch is seen using his forward smash animation from Smash 4. However, it was later changed to reference its origin game (Fire Attack) like some of his other moves. This change attracted criticism for its portrayal of a Native American stereotype (itself sourced from the original version of Fire Attack); Nintendo of America responded to the criticism by apologizing for the outdated imagery and promising to alter it by removing the feather from Mr. Game & Watch's model,[1] matching a change seen in the Game & Watch Gallery 4 version of Fire Attack.
    • Possibly as a result of this, his blog post on the Smash blog was not released until December 7 in non-Asian countries
  • Although Mr. Game & Watch has no eyes in his neutral animation, the loading screen, which temporarily glows the selected character's eyes, makes Mr. Game & Watch to glow where his eyes would be. The same applies to his Final Smash activation picture, which focuses on where his eyes would be, as with other characters.


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