Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU)
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
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Mr. Game & Watch must then be defeated on Flat Zone X.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Despite being ranked a low mid tier character in SSB4 (39th out of 55th), Mr. Game and Watch has gained a mix of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate. Many of his attacks, such as down tilt, forward tilt, Chef, up throw, and down aerial, deal more damage and/or knockback, improving both his damage racking capabilities and KO options. Additionally, a majority of his attacks have increased utility: Down smash now buries opponents when sweetspotted and has much less start-up lag, allowing for early KO confirms off of forward smash, Chef's trajectory can now be changed which makes it more ideal for edgeguarding against opponents, Oil Panic now reflects physical projectiles in addition to absorbing energy-based projectiles, and Fire has much less start-up lag (almost on par with its startup lag in Melee), making it a strong OOS option/combo breaker.
However, he has received multiple nerfs as well; as a result of the aesthetic changes he received in his transition to Ultimate, a number of his attacks, such as down tilt and forward smash, have a less favorable hitbox. Additionally, many of his attacks have increased endlag, such as jab, Chef, and down tilt. This, combined with his nerfed reach, effectively reduces the amount of already lacking safe moves that he can utilize. His grab game - despite up throw's damage buff - has been nerfed overall; down throw deals more knockback, reducing its combo potential, and all of his grabs have increased end lag, making them more unsafe if whiffed. Finally, his up smash now only has invincibility frames during the attack as opposed to before it; this makes it easier for aerial opponents to contest the move, despite its start-up lag being reduced.
In addition to his buffs and nerfs, some of his attacks have reworked utility: Up aerial now functions as projectile in similar vein to Mega Man's up aerial; while this improves its juggling potential and range, it also effectively removes his "toot-toot" combo from SSB4, one of his only KO confirms. Mr. Game and Watch now has a new forward aerial where he pulls out a bomb and drops it shortly afterwards. While this new aerial is more effective for edgeguarding and starting combos compared to his previous aerial, as well as covering him for when he uses an attack, it is also worse as both a CQC attack and a combo finisher: Any attack will cause the bomb to disappear, and the bomb itself will not detonate on contact with an opponent, making it much riskier up close against an opponent compared to his old forward aerial.
Overall, Mr. Game and Watch has become even stronger than before and gained a few new tools, but at the cost of having even more laggy attacks and having a few of his key strengths from SSB4 either toned down or stripped entirely. As a result, whether or not his buffs outweigh his nerfs is currently unknown. While his current representation is below average for the most part, he has seen some success in Ultimate's early metagame thanks to players such as Maister.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: A Long Legacy
Mr. Game & Watch fights classic characters on retro stages.
Role in World of Light
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.
Mr. Game & Watch is unlocked in the maze area of the Light Realm. After finding the correct path through the maze, the player must defeat the Sidestepper and Nikki spirits in front of his unlock battle.
Mr. Game & Watch's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Mr. Game & Watch in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Character Showcase Video
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