Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU)
|Mr. Game & Watch|
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Universe||Game & Watch|
|Other playable appearances||in Melee|
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 alongside Greninja and the rest of the returning roster on June 12th, 2018 during E3 2018. Mr. Game & Watch is classified as Fighter #26, the last fighter number of the Super Smash Bros. Melee veterans.
As in his Super Smash Bros. 4 incarnation, Mr. Game & Watch reuses his sound effects from Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Ultimate.
Mr. Game & Watch is ranked 18th out of 82 on the current tier list, placing him in S- tier. This is a drastic improvement from his placement in Smash 4 where he was ranked 38th out of 54, and is his best placement in the series. Mr. Game & Watch's most notable strength is his unrivaled out of shield game. His up special, Fire, is the undisputed most effective out of shield option in the game, as it possesses extremely fast startup with large hitboxes that are positioned on both sides of Mr. Game & Watch, allowing him to punish moves that are the slightest bit misspaced. It also functions as a combo starter due to the grounded version's high hitstun, a combo breaker due to its intangibility on startup, and an incredible recovery tool due to its high vertical distance, adjustable horizontal distance, and not putting Mr. Game & Watch into helplessness, making it one of the best moves in the entire game.
Mr. Game & Watch also possesses a strong combo game and great KO potential. His down throw is a decent combo starter, and his neutral and up aerials are excellent for juggling and keeping opponents in the air, while he boasts incredible KO options with his forward tilt, back aerial, and powerful, low-lag smash attacks. His, down special, Oil Panic provides him with an excellent defense against projectile heavy characters due to it functioning as both a reflector and an absorption based move, granting him an incredibly quick and powerful KO option depending on the projectiles absorbed.
However, Mr. Game & Watch possesses some notable weaknesses, the most significant of which is his extremely poor endurance. He is tied with Squirtle for being the third lightest character in the game, making him very easy to KO. Despite his strong out of shield game, his other defensive options are rather poor, with short reaching rolls and dodges. Although he has disjointed hitboxes in his attacks, his range is still rather lackluster, giving him notorious trouble against swordfighters such as Ike, Cloud, and Shulk.
Overall, his strengths considerably outweigh his weaknesses, and he has achieved great success in competitive play due to the efforts of players such as Miya and Maister.
How to unlock
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 6th character unlocked after Isabelle.
- Have Mr. Game & Watch join the player's party in World of Light.
Mr. Game & Watch must then be defeated on Flat Zone X (the Ω form is used in World of Light).
Mr. Game & Watch is a short, lightweight character that has some typical attributes of characters in his weight class, and is also a character of extremes. He has fast air speed, excellent air acceleration, a small size, and a very low crouch that allows him to evade many attacks like Marth's Shield Breaker and Simon's forward tilt. However, his jumps are very low and he has slightly above-average walking speed and below-average running speeds although his initial dash is decently fast.
Unlike most other lightweights, Mr. Game & Watch possesses attacks with large disjointed hitboxes and has numerous, powerful KO options. All of his smash attacks have very high power and low ending lag throughout, with each of them possessing unique attributes. Forward smash is among the strongest in the game if sweetspotted while having low endlag and good range, with the sweetspot being safe on shield. Up smash is also very strong, and comes with full body invincibility while the hitboxes are active. While it has slow startup, it has minimal endlag and is completely safe on shield. Down smash sends opponents at an awkward semi-spike angle offstage, while its sweetspot buries opponents long enough to lead into a forward smash, even at medium percents. It also has a very large hitbox, allowing it to easily 2-frame many recoveries, and acts as an excellent punish option on rolls. Like his other smash attacks, down smash is safe on shield when spaced properly. Overall, Mr. Game & Watch possesses an excellent arsenal of smash attacks.
Outside of his smash attacks, Mr. Game & Watch's other moves also boast strong KO potential. Forward tilt comes out quickly, has a lingering hitbox, and kills under 120% by the ledge, sending characters at a semi-spike. Down tilt lowers Mr. Game & Watch's hurtbox to match his crouch, allowing him to whiff-punish certain attacks. It also possesses high power and semi-spikes opponents offstage, leading to edgeguards and killing outright at 100%. His new forward aerial's explosion kills opponents at 120% by the ledge, while his back aerial now sends at a flatter angle with enough power to KO below 100% offstage. The clean hit on down aerial boasts a powerful meteor smash that can KO below 40%, while the late hit deals enough knockback to KO under 130%, and even sooner if it connects near the top blast zone, courtesy of the move's vertical launch angle. The move's low ending lag allows as to be used as a potent edgeguarding and landing option, giving him a deadly mixup game in the air at all times.
Oil Panic is used as Mr. Game & Watch's primary defense against camping and projectiles, as it both absorbs energy projectiles from moves such as Mega Buster and PK Fire, and reflects items like King K. Rool's Blunderbuss and Peach's Turnips. This can lead to massive advantages against certain characters—Ness, Snake, Olimar, Mega Man, and Pikachu have notable difficulty fighting Mr. Game & Watch as it severely limits their play styles and movesets. Oil Panic also has the notable ability of carrying over the charge to subsequent stocks, which can be used as a lethal finisher and even mind games. The area in which Oil Panic can absorb projectiles is also deceptively large, which allows Mr. Game & Watch to store energy into Oil Panic merely by standing close to just the edge of any energy projectile. However, Oil Panic has the glaring weakness of being filled with extremely weak moves such as Fox's blaster. This causes Mr. Game & Watch to fill Oil Panic extremely quickly, rendering its defensive value useless, and forces him to either hold onto a weak use of it, or dump it without purposefully damaging the opponent in order to use it again as a defensive tool. Oil Panic is also a potent combo finisher with nearly instantaneous startup lag, with its fairly large, lingering hitbox coming out on just frame 2, as well as extreme knockback that can kill at single digit percents when at max power (power is dependent on projectiles absorbed). It is also notably difficult to defend against a fully charged use of it, as the lingering hitbox can still hit spot dodges if timed even slightly off, and a powerful enough charge can break a full shield, allowing Mr. Game & Watch to punish with one of his powerful smash attacks.
Mr. Game & Watch also has a very potent combo and aerial juggling game. Down throw combos into Oil Panic, Judge, and neutral air at low percentages. Chef can deal massive damage if multiple 'food' items hit, allowing it to get around 30-40% off of a single edgeguard. The pan also hits opponents into the stream of meat through a semi-spike, and at high percents can launch opponents fast enough to miss the food entirely and lead to more ledge trapping. Chef's speed and pattern makes it extremely difficult for certain characters to recover, such as Ganondorf or Mario. Not only does Chef deal massive damage, but landing the move allows Mr. Game & Watch to follow up with a grab, neutral aerial, forward tilt, dash attack, and even Judge. Up tilt, though having worse range, deals high damage and combos into neutral aerial and Judge at low percentages. Once Mr. Game & Watch has his opponents above him, he can juggle them for massive damage using his up and neutral aerials. His up air acts similar to Mega Man's up air, pushing opponents upwards, albeit with much less force. All in all, Mr. Game & Watch's strong KO power is also paired with highly damaging combos and juggles.
Lastly, Mr. Game & Watch possesses a fantastic recovery option, as well as large, long-lasting and disjointed aerials. This means that he is a formidable edgeguarder and is extremely hard to gimp himself. His up special, Fire, has frame 3 startup, invincibility in its early frames, impressive recovery distance vertically and horizontally, and a strong upwards hitbox on its initial hitbox, with decent launch power horizontally, allowing for early off-stage KOs if it hits opposite the blast zone. This makes it deadly, as it can stage spike unwary opponents while also easily gimping characters with poor recoveries, like Chrom. It is also an extremely useful combo breaker and the game's uncontested best out-of-shield option due to its fast startup and invincibility, which is further complemented by it not rendering him helpless. His back aerial, Turtle Bridge, is a large, long-lasting disjointed multi-hit move that has high knockback at the final hit. The move's large disjoint beats out a lot of recoveries that have hitboxes, and the multi-hit nature of the move makes it hard to tech for stage-spikes and often drags opponents stuck in the move closer to the blast zone. For many characters, getting hit with Turtle Bridge is often fatal off-stage, as the move lingers long enough to shift the opponent closer to the blast zone before dealing the final knockback on the last hit. On the ledge, Chef punishes ledge hangers and covers getup attack and rolls (hit by the pan), forcing opponents to jump. This can easily allow Mr. Game & Watch to follow up with neutral aerial and force the opponent back off-stage. His new forward aerial can be comboed into with Chef and has strong KO potential on its own. Lastly, his up air has the notable quality of having no set limit on its distance, making it arguably the best juggling option in the game. Overall, Mr. Game & Watch is extremely deadly off the stage and at the ledge to all characters, even including himself.
Despite these strengths, Mr. Game & Watch possesses a few notable weaknesses. He is tied with Squirtle being the third lightest character in the game, which, along with his floaty movement and average speed, make his horizontal and vertical endurance terrible. In addition, despite having disjointed hitboxes, his overall range is mediocre. This is worsened by the fact that many of his disjointed moves like down tilt, up tilt, and forward smash have underwhelming range for a disjoint. Characters with swords like Marth and Cloud are able to easily keep Mr. Game & Watch at arm's length and stop his approaches. Also, while his new forward air possesses more damage and knockback, it has very low priority, so any move can hit the bomb and make it disappear. This makes it unsuitable for approaching and forces Mr. Game & Watch to approach with his back air instead. It is also a much more situational move in general, due to its higher lag and delayed hitbox, as the bomb will only explode upon touching the ground or waiting for half a second. Also, none of his aerials can autocancel in a short hop. Due to this, he has a somewhat lackluster neutral game and a rather poor approach. While Mr. Game & Watch's down throw and up throw are good at starting combos, Mr. Game & Watch's throws don't KO until very high percents, with his strongest throw, down throw, KOing at around 200%. He also has mediocre defensive attributes, possessing slow and short-reaching spot dodges and rolls.
All in all, Mr. Game & Watch is a very powerful glass cannon with unique properties to a majority of his moves, and is universally believed to be among the most potent glass cannon characters in the game. He possesses extremely high damage output and powerful KO options while being very vulnerable himself, but is compensated for his extremely light weight and mediocre approach and defensive options with an incredible recovery, a brutal combo and juggling game, great edgeguarding, oppressive offstage presence, and explosive power through his smash attacks and Oil Panic. Overall, his strengths considerably outweigh his weaknesses, making Mr. Game & Watch one of the most fragile characters, but also among the most oppressive in all of Ultimate.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Mr. Game & Watch has some of the most noticeable changes in the transition to Ultimate, as several of his animations have been altered to change his appearance to the games they originate from when he performs them. This has led to a massive overhaul in his moveset that goes beyond changes to aesthetic appearances, as many of these moves have been mechanically altered and, in some cases, completely reworked altogether in their purpose and utility. As a result, Mr. Game & Watch has undergone a large mix of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate, arguably the most out of any other returning veteran; however, 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, and the changes to game mechanics have benefitted these changes as well. As a result, Mr. Game & Watch has been significantly buffed overall.
Mr. Game & Watch's KO and edgeguarding potential have been improved considerably. A majority of his regular moves, including forward tilt and down tilt, have much stronger knockback, with the latter now capable of KOing as early as 100%. The ability to run cancel improves the utility of these attacks further, and now gives Mr. Game & Watch quick KO options he didn't have access to SSB4. To further add to this, his smash attacks are stronger as well - down smash was significantly improved as it now has much less startup lag and is also capable of burying grounded opponents when sweetspotted, which can lead to a forward smash for early guaranteed KO setups. Forward smash also has improved knockback, and is easier to sweetspot, making it a more potent punishing move. Lastly, up smash has increased knockback scaling, a longer duration, and now renders Mr. Game & Watch completely invincible during the attack. Back aerial and down aerial are stronger, leading them to become stronger options to punish opponents who are offstage. Chef's trajectory can now be controlled, which makes it much easier to catch opponents who are trying to reach for the ledge and is now more effective keeping control of the neutral game.
Mr. Game & Watch's attacks have also increased utility overall. Changes to neutral aerial's first hits allow them to catch opponents above him more effectively, and the move's reduced landing lag means it can now be used as a KO confirm at higher percents (particularly into down tilt). Forward tilt has a much longer duration, making it an effective option for both 2-framing and spotdodging, and up tilt's hits connect into each other much more reliably, improving its consistency. Oil Panic can now reflect physical projectiles in addition to absorbing energy-based projectiles, and Judge's numbers 5, 7, 8, and 9 have improved. Mr. Game & Watch now sports a much more disjointed dash and pivot grab, giving it effective reach.
In addition to this, Mr. Game & Watch has gained two new attacks in his forward and up aerials. His forward aerial now has Mr. Game & Watch drop a bomb in front of him, based off the bombs in Mario's Bombs Away; compared to his old forward aerial, it posseses much more versatility, as its explosion can cover the entire ledge of a stage, it can be used as a combo starter at low percentages, as a shield pressuring tool, and a landing option (as it is much safer on block), and has stronger knockback and damage output, making it a better KO move. Meanwhile, his up aerial now has Mr. Game & Watch shoot a single puff of air upwards as a projectile, functioning very similarly to Mega Man's up aerial; this projectile has much more vertical range than his old up air, and is more reliable for keeping opponents trapped in it, improving its juggling potential considerably.
Finally, Mr. Game & Watch now possesses much stronger out of shield options and juggling tools. Most notably, Fire now has a frame 3 hitbox that replaces its windbox from SSB4; it launches opponent directly upwards, and can even be followed up with a neutral aerial or up aerial to keep opponents in the air for even longer. Because of this, it is now near-universally considered as the best out of shield option and the best up special in the entire game. As well, neutral aerial and up aerial's changes allow them to keep the opponent in the air more consistently due to their lingering hitboxes, and allow them to combo into themselves at lower percents, while neutral aerial retains its decently strong knockback, allowing it to serve as an emergency KO option, even when used out of shield.
However, Mr. Game & Watch has also received a few notable nerfs. His two most potent strengths from SSB4 - his up smash and down throw setups - have been toned down considerably: down throw now deals much more knockback, removing its follow-up potential at higher percents; compounded with the changes to his up aerial, which has lost all of its KO potential, this effectively removes his strong (though inconsistent) "Toot Toot" KO confirm from SSB4, which consisted of a down throw to an up aerial. Despite the startup reduction and increased knockback to up smash, it has lost all of its invincibility frames during the move's startup, making it much less effective as an anti-air, and allows opponents to challenge it easier. While his new forward aerial possesses more utility than his old forward aerial, it has much weaker priority to the point that the bomb disappears if it gets hit and the hitbox does not completely cover it, making it a riskier option to challenge opponents in the air with.
Additionally, many of Mr. Game & Watch's new animations have resulted in hitbox reductions for several of his attacks, including forward tilt, up aerial, up tilt, and most notably, his down tilt, the latter of which is now incapable of hitting aerial opponents altogether. This reduces Mr. Game & Watch's deceptive reach, and requires him to be closer towards opponents more often than before. Judge's number 9 is also less effective since instead of not having SDI at all, it now has a double SDI multiplier, which combined with its high hitlag makes it much easier to escape and reduces its effectiveness for early KOs. Lastly, despite his improvements, Mr. Game & Watch retains some of the same issues from his SSB4 incarnation, namely his poor endurance, short reach outside of back aerial, and a lack of reliable approach options, with the buffs to his neutral aerial and Chef failing to fully address this issue.
Overall, Mr. Game & Watch generally retains much of his bait-and-punish playstyle from SSB4, though the adjustments and increased utility he received to several of his attacks, as well as his significantly improved KO power, have led him to become more of an "all-rounder" type of character to his fellow lightweight brethren. Though competitive reception of Mr. Game & Watch was initially negative overall, he has shown very strong success in the tournament scene, thanks to the efforts of players including Extra, Regi, Notty, and especially Maister. This has garnered Mr. Game & Watch a strikingly positive reception overall, where most players regard him as a lower top tier character overall in competitive play. In the end, this incarnation of Mr. Game & Watch is near universally considered to be his best iteration in the series yet.
- Mr. Game & Watch's appearance is largely unchanged from SSB4, though his outline is thicker and a darker gray and his feet are slightly larger.
- The following moves temporarily alter Mr. Game & Watch's 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 and Oil Panic.
- This significantly changes most of Mr. Game & Watch's attack animations both functionally and aesthetically, and it makes him more expressive overall.
- Mr. Game & Watch's walking animation has been changed, now looking less flippant.
- Like in Melee, Mr. Game & Watch now makes a noise when getting KOed, and he also has a new sound for getting Star KOed. Both use the sound of his up and side taunts.
- 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.
- Mr. Game & Watch's mouth is open during his clapping animation, similar to his Melee appearance.
- Like all characters, Mr. Game & Watch's jumpsquat takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
- Mr. Game & Watch runs faster (1.5264 → 1.679).
- His initial dash is significantly faster (1.5 → 1.98).
- Mr. Game & Watch walks slightly faster (1.1242 → 1.18).
- Mr. Game & Watch's traction has been significantly increased (0.06 → 0.131), now tied for the 5th highest in the entire game.
- Mr. Game & Watch's air speed is slightly higher (1.12 → 1.176).
- Forward roll has more ending lag (FAF 30 → 31) and grants less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 4-15).
- Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 30 → 36).
- Spot dodge has more startup (frame 2 → 3).
- Air dodge has more startup (frame 2 → 3) and significantly more ending lag (FAF 32 → 60).
- Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 2-26 → 3-28).
- The reintroduction of directional air dodges improves Mr. Game & Watch's recovery more than other characters', as due to Fire not causing helplessness, he can get additional distance with a directional air dodge after using it.
- Mr. Game & Watch has his hurtboxes modeled to match the new animation changes made to his attacks. This increases his hurtbox size for some of his attacks (notably Chef and up tilt), but reduces it for others (notably down tilt and neutral attack).
- Neutral attack:
- The first hit transitions into the neutral infinite faster (frame 12 → 7).
- The first hit and infinite have altered angles to keep opponents closer to Mr. Game & Watch (83°/85° → 361°/180° (hit 1), 74°/40° → 361° (infinite)), and the latter has gained a hitstun modifier of 4, allowing the move to lock opponents and connect better.
- The infinite's finisher deals more damage (2% → 3%), with its knockback scaling not fully compensated (180 → 160).
- The infinite has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 10×. This allows it to lock opponents into their shields between each hit, and thus pressure them more effectively, without allowing opponents to cancel shieldstun like other neutral infinites, as the move pushes them out of range before they can shield 10 hits.
- The finisher has a larger hitbox (5.5u/4u → 6u/4u), and its farthest hitbox is placed higher (Y offset: 8.5u → 9.5u), improving its vertical range.
- The first hit's outer hitbox no longer deals enough hitstun to prevent opponents from shielding the rapid jab.
- The first hit has smaller hitboxes (5.5u/4u/3u → 3.8u/4.3u), with the hitbox that reached behind Mr. Game & Watch being removed.
- The first hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.5×), making it easier to SDI.
- The infinite deal less damage per hit (1% → 0.8%).
- The infinite no longer uses set knockback (5/10 set/100 scaling → 12 base/20 scaling), causing it to connect less reliably at high percents.
- The finisher has considerably more ending lag (FAF 24 → 35).
- The first hit no longer uses set knockback (5/10/20 set/100 scaling → 25/20 base/22/15 scaling). At high percents, this causes it to connect less reliably into the infinite, but gives it a guaranteed jab cancel followup into Fire thanks to the latter's faster startup.
- The infinite has a higher hitlag multiplier (0.5× → 0.7×), but a lower SDI multiplier (1× → 0.8×).
- Forward tilt:
- Forward tilt has less startup with a longer hitbox duration (frames 10 (clean)/11-17 (late) → 8-9/10-20).
- It deals more damage (10%/9% → 12%/10% (clean), 4% → 6% (late)) with knockback partially compensated only on the clean sweetspot (100 → 96), improving its KO potential.
- The late hit has significantly more knockback scaling (100 → 135/120). Combined with its increased damage, this grants it KO potential.
- The move has smaller hitboxes (4.8u/4u → 4u/3.5u (clean), 4.5u/3.5u → 3.3u/2.8u (late)), the sourspot does not extend as far (Z offset: 5u-16u → 7u-12u, Y offset: 4u → 4.5u), and the sweetspot has been moved towards Mr. Game & Watch and does not extend as far vertically (Z offset: 16u → 15u, Y offset: 4u-7u → 4.5u-6.5u). This reduces its range overall.
- Up tilt:
- Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 36 → 34).
- It grants intangibility on Mr. Game & Watch's hands throughout the entire move, as well as his raised arm during each hit's active frames, allowing it to beat out opposing attacks more effectively.
- The first hit uses weight-independent set knockback (20 base/125/127 scaling → 60/80 set/100 scaling) and launches opponents at lower angles (100°/115° → 170°/145°), now being specifically designed to connect into the second hit. This allows the move to consistently deal its full damage and provide a higher frame advantage over the opponent.
- The second hit launches at a more vertical angle (115° → 75°). In combination with the move's reduced ending lag, consistent two-hit nature, and Mr. Game & Watch's faster jumpsquat, this considerably improves its combo potential.
- The second hit has more base knockback (30 → 50), but less knockback scaling (127/125 → 117), improving its KO potential overall.
- Both hits' flags have smaller hitboxes (5.5u → 4.5u).
- The flags appear on each side of Mr. Game & Watch instead of above. This increases the move's horizontal range, but reduces its vertical range.
- Down tilt:
- Down tilt deals more damage (6% → 9%) with knockback not fully compensated (40 base/125 scaling → 45/112), drastically improving its KO potential to the point it is the strongest down tilt at the edge (KOing at around 90%), and one of the strongest down tilts from center stage (KOing at around 130%).
- The hitbox is placed higher, and it has gained an additional hitbox that extends much farther vertically (Y offset: 1.5u → 2.1u-9.3u), improving its coverage in front of Mr. Game & Watch.
- The move has more ending lag (FAF 40 → 43).
- It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 6-11 → 6-8).
- The windbox has been removed. This deprives the move of its juggling capabilities and potential recovery interruptions (such as when used against Ike's Quick Draw), and it can no longer hit aerial opponents as a result.
- The hitboxes are much smaller (2.5u → 1.2u/1.2u), and extend farther horizontally, but are placed closer to Mr. Game & Watch (Z offset: 12u-18u → 6.7u-16.8u). This reduces their horizontal range overall, and gives them a much less favorable disjoint due to Mr. Game & Watch leaning in further during the attack.
- Dash attack:
- The hitbox has been moved closer to Mr. Game & Watch (Z offset: 6u → 5u), reducing its horizontal range.
- Forward smash:
- The sweetspot deals more knockback overall (48 base/91 scaling → 46/97), and launches at a lower angle (52° → 48°), improving its KO potential.
- The move has gained an additional sweetspot hitbox inbetween the sourspot and existing sweetspot (5.3u → 2.9u/5.3u), while the sourspot has been slightly reduced to compensate (3u → 2.6u). This makes the sweetspot easier to land.
- The sourspot has less base knockback (44 → 42).
- All hitboxes have been moved closer to Mr. Game & Watch (Z offset: 11u → 7.8u (sourspot), 17u → 12u/16u (sweetspot)) and upwards (Y offset: 3.5u → 5.3u (sourspot), 7.2u → 6.8u/7.8u (sweetspot)). Additionally, he doesn't lean forward as much. This reduces the move's horizontal range, but increases its vertical range and gives it a more favorable disjoint.
- The sourspot no longer has a sound effect on hit.
- Up smash:
- Up smash has less startup with a longer hitbox duration (frames 24-25 → 21-25), matching its Brawl counterpart.
- It grants full invincibility to Mr. Game & Watch, rather than only to his head and frontal limbs.
- It has more knockback scaling (93 → 98), improving its KO potential.
- It has a significantly shorter invincibility period, matching the duration of the hitboxes (frames 4-25 → 21-25). This prevents it from negating opposing attacks much earlier than the hitbox comes out, as well as during the whole period it is charged.
- The hitbox has been moved lower (Y offset: 12u-10u → 9.5u-8u), but also extends farther horizontally (Z offset: −3u-6u → −6u-5.5u). This noticeably reduces its vertical range, but increases its horizontal range, especially behind Mr. Game & Watch.
- Mr. Game & Watch faces away from the camera when using his up smash to the left.
- Down smash:
- Down smash has less startup (frame 15 → 12) and ending lag (FAF 42 → 38).
- The sweetspots bury grounded opponents, allowing them to followup into several other moves, including stronger finishers at high percents.
- The sourspot has significantly more knockback scaling (65 → 80), allowing it to KO under 150% from the center of Final Destination.
- All hitboxes extend farther to both sides (Z offset: -4.8u-4.8u → -5u-5u (sourspot), -12u/12u → -14.2u-−12.2u/14.2u-12.2u (sweetspots)), increasing the move's horizontal range and making the sweetspots easier to land.
- The sweetspots are smaller (5u → 4.5u), slightly reducing their vertical range.
- Neutral, back, and down aerial have less landing lag (12 → 7 frames (neutral), 19 → 18 (back), 28 → 22 (down)).
- Neutral aerial:
- Neutral aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 44 → 42).
- All hits have significantly longer durations (frames 7/12/17/22 → 7-10/12-15/17-20/22-23), much like the move's Brawl iteration.
- All of the move's hitboxes except the first hit's fish hitboxes are stretched horizontally (Z offset: 1.8u → −1u-6u/−1u-6u (hit 1), −9.5u/9.8u/1.8u → 9.6u-10.8u/−7.5u-−8.8u/−1u-6u/−1u-6u (hit 2), −11u/13u/1.8u → 13.3u-13.6u/−9.9u-−9.7u/−1-6u/−1-6u (hit 3), −11u/12.7u → −10.2u-10u/1.8u-3.4u (hit 4)) and vertically (Y offset: 17.9u/21u → 20.7u-21u/17.9u-18.3u (hit 2), 11u/12.5u → 12.4u-13.6u/11u-12u (hit 3), 1u/1.5u → 1.5u-2.9u/2.4u-1u (hit 4)), increasing the range of each hitbox.
- Due to its reduced landing lag, it has greatly improved combo potential, even allowing the multi-hits to set up into moves such as down tilt and forward tilt at KO percents.
- The first three hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.8×), making them harder to SDI out of.
- The first three hits launch at different angles, with the first two using autolink angles (160°/160°/90° → 165°/165°/367°/105° (hit 1), 160°/150°/367°/105° (hit 2), 145°/140°/120°/120° (hit 3)), and all of their hitboxes deal weight-independent set knockback (30/30/0 → 30/30/30/45 (hit 1), 30/30/20/20 (hit 2), 30/30/15/15 (hit 3)), improving their linking ability and preventing opponents from falling out at higher percents.
- The move deals less damage (5% (hit 1), 4% (hits 2-3) → 3%; 17% total → 13%).
- The last hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 2×), making it easier to DI.
- The first three hit have had their large hitbox replaced by two small ones (5u → 2.5u/2.5u (hit 1), 5u → 3u/3u (hits 2-3)).
- Forward aerial:
- Mr. Game & Watch has a new forward aerial: he holds a bomb in front of him and drops it straight down, based on Mario's Bombs Away. Uniquely, the bomb functions as a projectile, exploding half a second (30 frames) after it is dropped or when it hits the stage. The move consists of both hits; one in front of Mr. Game & Watch when he drops the bomb, which deals 3% damage, and the other on the bomb's explosion, which deals 12%. The bomb does not explode upon hitting an opponent, and any attack that hits it will cause it to disappear.
- It deals more damage if both hits connect (11.5% → 15%).
- The explosion has significantly more knockback scaling (86 → 101), which alongside its higher damage output than the previous forward aerial improves its KO potential.
- Due to its new properties, it has increased vertical range below Mr. Game & Watch.
- The delayed explosion significantly improves the move's safety as a landing option against shielding opponents, to the point it is nearly impossible to punish after shielding it, despite its increased landing lag. It also grants the move combo potential, and allows it to hit offstage opponents below the ledge.
- The explosion has a much larger hitbox (5.5u → 10u).
- The move has more ending lag (FAF 45 → 48) and landing lag (15 frames → 17).
- Its initial auto-cancel window has been removed.
- The hit in front of Mr. Game & Watch has a much smaller hitbox (5.5u → 2u), noticeably smaller than the bomb. This drastically reduces its range, despite being placed slightly farther horizontally (Z offset: 9u → 9.3u).
- Both the initial hit and explosion have a much shorter duration (frames 10-25 → 10-13 (bomb), 44-45 (explosion)), and the bomb's susceptibility to being canceled out by opposing attacks leaves Mr. Game & Watch completely vulnerable if it trades with an opposing attack. This makes the move significantly less effective for attacking and approaching directly.
- Both hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.5×).
- The initial hit uses set knockback (30/10 base/86/80 scaling → 30 set/50 scaling) and a hitstun modifier of 5, in order to link consistently into the explosion when close to the ground.
- The explosion launches at a higher angle (361° → 45°). This further improves its combo potential, but makes it less effective for edgeguarding.
- Back aerial:
- The looping hits consistently use an autolink angle (366°/25° → 367°/367°), allowing them to connect reliably, despite the outermost hitbox dealing more knockback overall and the innermost hitbox no longer using set knockback (30/0 base/0/40 set/40/100 scaling → 0 base/100 scaling).
- The looping hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (1.5× → 0.9×), allowing them to transition faster.
- The last hit has more knockback scaling (170 → 185), improving its KO potential.
- The move can no longer be frame canceled. Its reduced landing lag does not compensate, hindering its combo potential and safety on shield.
- The landing hit launches at a lower angle (68° → 58°) and deals much less knockback overall (90 base/120 scaling → 95/60). In combination with the removal of frame canceling, this removes both its combo potential and its ability to KO at realistic percents.
- The move has a slightly altered animation where Mr. Game & Watch has his legs positioned to the side of his body rather than below it.
- Up aerial:
- Up aerial has been reworked: it shoots a single puff of air that functions as a projectile, flying straight up and hitting multiple times, much like Mega Man's up aerial.
- Due to its new properties, it has much more vertical range, making it a more reliable followup option.
- It has a much longer duration (frames 6-12/20-22 → 9-14/15-20/21-26/27-32/33-36/37-42), significantly improving its juggling potential.
- The looping hits launch opponents more inward (94° → 97°) and use set knockback (20 base/60 scaling → 63/55/40 set/100 scaling), and the move no longer causes hitlag (1× → 0×). This allows for all hits to connect more reliably and makes them nearly impossible to escape.
- The move has more startup (frame 6 → 9), with its total duration increased as well (FAF 40 → 43), being interruptibile just after the hitboxes cease.
- It auto-cancels later (frame 41 → 44) and no longer has an initial auto-cancel window.
- It deals less damage (7% (hit 1), 9% (hit 2) → 1.8% (hits 1-5), 3% (hit 6); 16% total → 12%).
- The hitbox is much smaller overall (6.5u/4.3u → 3.8u (hits 1-5), 4.3u (hit 6)), reducing its horizontal range.
- It no longer possesses windboxes, allowing it to hit consistently without pushing opponents out of range, but removing the ability to juggle opponents during vulnerable states (such as helplessness).
- The last hit deals significantly less knockback (55 base/98 scaling → 65/35). This removes its KO potential, but in combination with its longer duration and multi-hit nature, this allows it to combo far more effectively into other moves, including another up aerial to carry the opponent closer to the top blast line.
- Down aerial:
- The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves down aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its reduced landing lag.
- It auto-cancels earlier (frame 51 → 49), matching its interruptibility, and allowing it to auto-cancel after a full hop and Fire.
- The late hit deals much more knockback (20 base/106 scaling → 22/117), improving its KO potential.
- The move can no longer be frame canceled; however, this is compensated by its reduced landing lag.
- The key is larger, matching the vertical range of the sourspot more closely.
Throws and other attacks
- All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 30 → 35 (standing), 37 → 43 (dash), 35 → 37 (pivot)).
- Dash grab and pivot grab have increased range, especially dash grab (Z2 offset: 11.1u → 13.5u (dash), -14.8u → −15.6u (pivot)).
- Dash and pivot grab have more startup (frame 8 → 9 (dash), 9 → 10 (pivot)).
- When a playable character is thrown by Mr. Game & Watch, they turn into their stock icon for the duration of the juggle; combined with the new, more flatter look of stock icons, it greatly resembles a ball in the original game. Squirtle, Ivysaur and Charizard use their own stock icons instead of the trainer’s. Grabbable Assist Trophies still uses Smash 4's grab animation.
- Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 14), but has significantly less startup (frame 13 → 1), and ending lag (FAF 30 → 7), greatly shortening its duration and making it more reliable for racking up damage.
- It deals much less damage (3% → 1.3%).
- Forward throw:
- Forward throw launches at a lower angle (58° → 52°), making it more effective for getting opponents offstage.
- Back throw:
- Back throw launches at a lower angle (58° → 52°), making it more effective for getting opponents offstage.
- Up throw:
- Up throw deals much more damage (8% → 12%), with its knockback scaling compensated (40 → 29).
- It has increased combo ability due to Mr. Game & Watch's faster jumpsquat and jump speed; in addition to Fire, it can combo into neutral aerial and up aerial at low percents.
- Down throw:
- Down throw releases the opponent later (frame 26 → 35), with its total duration increased as well (FAF 41 → 50), giving the opponent more time to DI.
- It has significantly more base knockback (35 → 70). This worsens its combo potential at mid to high percents, and when combined with the changes to up aerial, effectively removes the "Toot-Toot" KO confirm he could pull off in Smash 4. However, this also increases its combo potential at low to mid percents in combination with Mr. Game & Watch faster jumpsquat, and grants it KO potential at around 200%.
- Mr. Game & Watch "drops" the character's icon during the animation.
- Edge attack:
- Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).
- Chef deals more damage (5% → 8% (pan), 4% → 5% (food)) without compensation for knockback, although the food deals negative shield damage to compensate (0 → -1).
- The food's trajectory can be controlled by tilting the control stick horizontally, rather than being randomized, improving its consistency as a ledge-trapping and zoning option.
- The move has more ending lag (FAF 50 → 55).
- It shoots food at a slower rate when not tapping the special move button repeatedly (23 frames → 32).
- The pan hitbox has been replaced with two smaller ones (6.76u → 3.5u/4.2u).
- Judge 5's first three hits have less knockback (40 base/80 scaling → 15/25 base/60/70 scaling), making it easier to hit opponents multiple times at higher percents.
- Judge 7 spawns three apples on hit instead of one, allowing Mr. Game & Watch to heal significantly more health after using the move.
- Judge 7 deals more base knockback (30 → 45), making it safer on hit at low percents.
- Judge 8 does more damage (9% → 13%), which also causes the freeze effect to last longer.
- Combined with the games to freeze duration, this causes it to freeze for longer at around 90% or higher, but for less time at lower percents.
- Judge 8 deals less set knockback (70 → 60), slightly improving its gimping potential.
- Judge 9 has a larger hitbox (3u/4u → 3u/6u), matching the rest of the numbers.
- Judge 2 no longer has a bonus trip chance of 20%, removing its situational followups.
- Judge 7 launches at a higher angle (361° → 45°), removing its ability to lock opponents at low percents.
- Judge 9 has a much higher SDI multiplier (0× → 2×), allowing the opponent to manipulate their launch position to improve their chances of surviving, and shift their position when shielding the move to make it easier to punish, due to its high hitlag.
- Judge can no longer roll the same number twice in a row.
- During startup, the numbers appear in a jumble before settling on the decided number.
- Judge 9 triggers a Special Zoom on hit.
- Fire's windbox has been removed, instead possessing a new hit on frames 3-4 when the firemen appear, which links into Mr. Game & Watch's own hitbox. This hit deals 3% damage, launches opponents vertically (83° (grounded), 75° (aerial)) and has very high base knockback (132 base/36 scaling (grounded), 100/70 (aerial)), with a hitstun modifier of 10 on the grounded version. This new hit effectively reduces the move's startup (frame 9 → 3) and increases its horizontal range, giving it immense utility as an out of shield and disadvantage option, and due to the grounded version's high hitstun, it has also gained combo potential, leading into a neutral aerial at low percents and an up aerial until high percents.
- It transitions into the parachute faster (FAF 41 → 37).
- Oil Panic:
- Oil Panic reflects projectiles that aren't absorbable, increasing its utility.
- It begins absorbing projectiles earlier (frame 7 → 6).
- The absorbing portion does not need to be held for as long (30 frames → 25), reducing its ending lag if not held (FAF 50 → 44). Additionally, the absorbing portion's loop has been standardized, allowing Mr. Game & Watch to immediately go into the ending animation if the button is released after frame 30.
- Mr. Game & Watch is no longer forced into another loop after absorbing a projectile if the button is not being held. He also isn't put into the ending animation, allowing him to act the moment intangibility ends.
- Using the move in the air no longer cuts Game & Watch's air speed, improving its recovery usage.
- The move's damage multiplier has been significantly reduced (2.8× → 2×).
- The attack portion no longer has intangibility on frames 1-6.
- The attack's minimum and maximum damage are lower, especially the latter (18%-60% → 16%-48%), and it deals less knockback (30 base/80 scaling → 25/80 (clean), 25/78 (mid), 25/76 (late)). This makes it significantly weaker, removing its one-hit KO ability, and further reduces its safety on hit at low percents when absorbing weak projectiles.
- The attack has slightly smaller hitboxes overall (3.36u/4.8u/8.16u → 3.4u/4.5u/8u).
- Oil Panic triggers Special Zoom on hit, and briefly leaves the opponent covered in oil.
- Octopus's functionality has been altered. Instead of being controllable, the octopus automatically rears back and charges forward, grabs opponents who touch its tentacles, and drags them offscreen, akin to Ganondorf's Ganon, The Demon King. The main body deals damage instead of the tentacles. This allows the move to KO earlier, but makes it more polarized overall, as escaping the grab frees the opponent of any punishment.
- A greenish-beige backdrop similar to that of a Game & Watch game temporarily appears during the Final Smash.
Mr. Game & Watch has been slightly buffed via updates; in patch update 2.0.0, forward aerial's explosion had its range increased to match the visual explosion and down aerial auto-cancels slightly earlier to match its interruptibility. 3.0.0 now has Octopus trap opponents for longer periods of time, and in patch 3.1.0, up tilt's first hit now deals weight independent set knockback, allowing it to always connect into the second hit, even at higher percents, and in 7.0.0 his shield size has been significantly increased.
Overall, the updates given to Mr. Game & Watch have largely been quality of life improvements, and his competitive standing has not significantly changed as a result.
- The feather from Mr. Game and Watch's forward smash animation was removed.
- Forward aerial's explosion hitbox has increased range, matching the visual explosion more closely and allowing the move to catch opponents from below the ledge. This improves its edgeguarding potential.
- Down aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 51 → 49), matching the move's interruptibility and allowing the move to auto-cancel after a full hop + Fire.
- Up Aerial's location reassignment glitch has been removed.
- Oil Panic's grounded mobility glitch has been removed.
- Down Taunt's air puff now correctly vanishes and reappears when interrupted.
- Octopus traps opponents for a longer period of time (30 + percent * 2.4 → 30 + percent * 3).
- Several basic animations, such as idle and crouch animations, have been adjusted.
- Up tilt's first hit deals weight-independent set knockback, allowing it to connect more reliably into the second hit, even against lightweights.
- Down aerial no longer has its downward movement disabled when used out of hitstun.
- Fixed an issue that resulted Game & Watch to do a T-Pose with Fire upon hitting opponents off screen by their last stock.
- Overall shield size has been increased by 1.125×.
- Pummel has a larger hitbox (5u → 6u), allowing it to connect more consistently.
For a gallery of Mr. Game & Watch's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
|Neutral attack||Greenhouse (グリーンハウス) / Greenhouse (Barrage) (グリーンハウス（連打）) / Greenhouse (Finish) (グリーンハウス（フィニッシュ）)||3% (first and last hit)||Rapidly presses an insecticide pump, pumping gas onto the opponent. The first hit can combo into a grab, Fire, and even Oil Panic at high percents; the finisher starts KOing middleweights at the ledge at around 150% on Final Destination. The finisher possesses a considerable amount of endlag, and is very punishable if shielded. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the appearance of Stanley from Greenhouse.|
|Forward tilt||Lion (ライオン)||12% (clean chair), 10% (clean body), 6% (late)||Thrusts a chair forward to hit with its legs. Relatively fast (frame 8) and extremely powerful, KOing at around 100% by the ledge. Its hitbox also lingers, making it effective at catching spot dodges and ledge options. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into a zookeeper from Lion.|
|Up tilt||Flagman (フラッグマン)||7% (hits 1 and 2)||Mr. Game & Watch swings a flag in front of him, and a flag behind him. The first hit knocks the opponent into the second one and has low ending lag, giving it combo potential at low to mid percents. However, it has noticeable start-up for a tilt attack, and it has poor reach both horizontally and vertically. No matter what side he faces, Flag 1 and Flag 2 will always be on the left and right sides, respectively. If this move is used twice in succession, with the second use facing the opposite as the first, the numbers (albeit being mirrored) will switch sides. The second hit KOs middleweights at around 160%. His hands gain intangibility during the move. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Flagman.|
|Down tilt||Manhole (マンホール)||9%||Pushes an angled manhole in front of himself. Does more damage than in the previous game and has much more knockback at the expense of increased endlag and reduced range. Down tilt has also lost its windbox, disallowing juggling and potential recovery interrupting, and it can no longer hit aerial opponents. Has fast startup at frame 6 and possesses extremely high knockback for a tilt of its type (making it the strongest down tilt in the game knockback-wise), killing as early as 90% by the ledge and 120% center-stage. It also semi-spikes opponents, leading to edgeguards and potentially gimping characters with poor recoveries, while acting as a hard punish to any shielded ledge attack. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the main character from Manhole.|
|Dash attack||Helmet (ヘルメット)||10% (clean), 6.5% (late)||Performs a sliding headbutt while wearing a helmet. It has good range and is very fast, sliding Mr. Game & Watch forward in a choppy frame-by-frame manner, making it difficult to react to. It also lowers his hurtbox, allowing it to low-profile many attacks. This move is a tool for both risky approaching and safe punishing. Low ending lag, good knockback, and high amount of active frames make it a decent KOing option near the edge and useful for 2-framing opponents by the ledge, though the clean hit has trouble KOing from center stage until well past 180%. Originates from Helmet.|
|Forward smash||Fire Attack (ファイアアタック)||14% (handle), 18% (flame)||Swings a lit torch downward. The sweetspot is at the flame, while the sourspot is at the torch. While this move has moderate startup, coming out on frame 17, it has very little cooldown, is fully disjointed, and its sweetspot is safe on shield. While the sourspot has underwhelming knockback, the sweetspot is powerful and KOs around 90%, making it one of the stronger forward smashes. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model to an antagonist from Fire Attack.|
|Up smash||Octopus Headbutt (オクトパスヘッドバット)||16%||Performs an upward headbutt while wearing a diving helmet. The move has noticeable start-up, coming out on frame 21, but has an extremely low cool down of only 13 frames and a deceptively long duration of 5 frames, making it a reliable baiting tool. Useful for shield break setups with Oil Panic due to its safety and even advantage on shield. It also has combo potential into his neutral air, up air, and fire. While his whole body gains invincibility, it only lasts during the frames the hitboxes are active. The 12th strongest up smash in the game, KOing middleweights at 90% uncharged and 60% fully charged. Originates from Octopus.|
|Down smash||Vermin (バーミン)||13% (body), 15% (hammers)||Swings two hammers downward and on both of his sides. Has the fastest start-up of all of Mr. Game & Watch's smash attacks, coming out on frame 12, and possesses very fast interruptibility, with only 21 frames of cooldown. It is rather disjointed for a down smash, and when sweetspotted, it will bury opponents, which can be followed up with a forward smash, down tilt, Oil Panic, or Judge. Its sourspot sends opponents at a semi-spike angle and kills at 120% by the ledge. Its aerial sweetspot is one of the strongest down smashes in the game, KOing around 95%. As a result, down smash has become one of Mr. Game & Watch's most reliable KO'ing options and is regarded by many to be the best down smash in the game. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Vermin.|
|Neutral aerial||Tropical Fish (トロピカルフィッシュ)||3% (hits 1-3), 4% (hit 4)||Tosses out a pair of fish from a fishbowl. Multiple hitboxes enable it to cover every area except below him. Has the fastest start-up of all of Mr. Game & Watch's aerials (frame 7), launches opponents upward, has relatively low ending lag, and has the lowest landing lag of all of his aerials. Using the move to combo into itself and/or up aerial at low percents can deal upwards of 60% in a single combo or string. The first hit can be used as KO confirm into forward tilt or down tilt when landing with it. As a result, it has become one of Mr. Game & Watch's most effective damage-racking options and is one of his best tools for approaching. Originates from Tropical Fish.|
|Forward aerial||Bombs Away (ボンアウェイ)||3% (bomb), 12% (explosion)||Holds a bomb in front of him, dropping it downward shortly after execution. The dropped bomb acts as a projectile, as it is sent directly downwards, exploding on a half a second afterwards or when it hits the stage. As of update 2.0.0, the entirety of the explosion's radius contains the hitbox. The bomb does not explode upon hitting an opponent, and any attack that hits it will cause it to disappear. There is a weak hitbox on the bomb (shortly before Mr. Game & Watch drops it) that slightly pushes midair opponents downward that deals set knockback, disallowing it to kill at any percentage. Hitting grounded opponents with the first hit will set them up to be hit by the second. Even if an opponent is hit from behind, the explosion always launches them whichever direction Mr. Game & Watch is facing. Compared to his old forward aerial, it functions more as a poking/spacing tool than an approach option. KOs at 115% by the ledge. Originates from Mario's Bombs Away.|
|Back aerial||Turtle Bridge (タートルブリッジ)||2% (hits 1-3), 3% (hit 4)||Swings a snapping turtle behind himself. Has moderate start-up, but is also fully disjointed, hits multiple times, and has low ending lag; compounded with Mr. Game & Watch's high air acceleration, this makes it effective as an edgeguarding option and a spacing tool. It has high landing lag, however, making it easy to punish if not spaced well. Although it can't combo into itself anymore at higher percentages, its final hit is much stronger, making it a more reliable KO move off-stage. Originates from Turtle Bridge.|
|Up aerial||Spitball Sparky (スピットボールスパーキー)||1.8% (hits 1-5), 3% (hit 6)||Shoots a single puff of air upward. Similar to Mega Man's up aerial, it acts as a projectile, hits multiple times, and pushes opponents upward as it rises. It has much more damage-racking and juggling capabilities than his SSB4 up aerial at the expense of losing all of its KO power. Despite its complete lack of KO potential, it is notorious for being an incredible juggling tool due to its very long range, decent damage, low knockback, and low commitment, making it a core part of Mr. Game & Watch's combo game, and can be a big contributing factor to many of his best matchups due to how difficult it is for many opponents to escape. The move now has Mr. Game & Watch's model look more like the character from Spitball Sparky.|
|Down aerial||Donkey Kong Jr. (ドンキーコングＪｒ．)||11% (key), 3.5% (landing)||Drops downward while holding a key beneath himself. A stall-then-fall, it meteor smashes powerfully on the first frames. It can be moved left or right slightly during descent. While it can potentially cause Mr. Game & Watch to self-destruct while using it off-stage, his effective recovery, coupled with its low endlag and the move being slower than other stall-then-falls makes this unlikely. While the move has rather high landing lag, the landing hitbox can make it tricky to punish on whiff. It is a safe option when edgeguarding and has KO potential at high percents, killing at 130%. The meteor smash is strong enough to directly KO as low as 65%, or even less depening on the opponent's recovery options. Originates from the Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong Jr.|
|Grab||Grab (つかみ)||—||Mr. Game & Watch reaches in front of himself. While standing grab has poor range, both his dash and pivot grabs have massively disjointed range. All of his grabs are also among the fastest in the game, but has moderate ending lag. Originates from how Mario pulls levers in Mario's Cement Factory.|
|Pummel||Alarm (アラーム)||1.3%||Hits the opponent with a bell. Originates from the alarm feature on the "Wide Screen" and "Multi Screen" Game & Watch series.|
|Forward throw||Ball (Front) (ボール（前）)||8%||Juggles the opponent and tosses them forward. Has little utility beyond throwing the opponent offstage. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Ball.|
|Back throw||Ball (Back) (ボール（後）)||8%||Juggles the opponent and tosses them backward. Has little utility beyond throwing the opponent offstage. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Ball.|
|Up throw||Ball (Above) (ボール（上）)||12%||Juggles the opponent and tosses them upward. Although it's not as versatile as down throw in terms of follow-up potential, it's an effective combo starter, and can be followed up with up aerial or neutral aerial at low percents or Fire at high percents. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Ball.|
|Down throw||Ball (Below) (ボール（下）)||4%||Juggles the opponent and drops them on the ground behind him. Launches opponents upward. Mr. Game & Watch's only KO throw, but still does not KO middleweights until around 200%. At low to mid percents, it's a reliable combo starter, and can be followed up with neutral air, Judge, Fire, or up air. Changes Mr. Game & Watch's model into the character from Ball.|
|Floor attack (front)||7%||Swings a hammer downward in front of himself and then behind himself. Originates from Vermin.|
|Floor attack (back)||7%||Swings a hammer downward behind himself and then in front of himself. Originates from Vermin.|
|Floor attack (trip)||5%||Swings a hammer downward in front of himself and then behind himself. Originates from Vermin.|
|Edge attack||9%||Swings a bell forward while climbing up. Originates from the Game & Watch's alarm feature on the "Wide Screen" and "Multi Screen" Game & Watch series.|
|Neutral special||Chef||5% (food), 8% (frying pan)||Flips various food-shaped projectiles out of a frying pan, moving slowly through the air. The trajectory can be controlled by tilting the stick forward and/or backward. By tapping the button, the food will be flung at a faster frequency. The food can be used defensively to cancel attack animations of opponents as a zoning tool as well as to prevent aerial approaches and can be used for edgeguarding against opponents with linear recoveries. Hitting with the pan itself deals flame damage, and acts as a semi-spike. Mr. Game & Watch's model changes into the character from Chef.|
|Side special||Judge||Varies||Swings a hammer in front of him in an arc, and raises a digital display with a random number from 1-9 with his other hand. It can have any one of 9 effects, which vary based on number; 1 only damages himself, while 9 is strong enough to almost always be a one-hit KO. Mr. Game & Watch's model changes into a character from Judge.
|Up special||Fire||3% (trampoline; firemen), 6% (ascent)||Jumps off a trampoline and then descends while wearing a parachute. Has the second-fastest start-up of all of Mr. Game & Watch's attacks (frame 3), hits behind and in front of him, and launches opponents directly upward, granting the move combo potential, even at high percents. Capable of canceling into any move when falling. Because Mr. Game & Watch becomes intangible during his ascent and both hitboxes have good knockback, Fire is a good edgeguarding move offstage and a deadly stage spike when recovering low. It is Mr. Game & Watch's most effective OoS option, and is considered the best in the game. Originates from Fire.|
|Down special||Oil Panic||16%-48% (2x multiplier)||Takes out a bucket, which absorbs energy-based projectiles, and reflects physical ones. Projectiles reflected will not be amplified, sped up, or have their duration refreshed. Once three units are absorbed, it turns into a powerful attack consisting of Mr. Game & Watch sending out a large splash of oil from his oil drum. No matter the strength of the oil, this move will always trigger Special Zoom. A max power Oil Panic will almost certainly OHKO and destroy full shields, while the least powerful Oil Panic can KO middleweights at the ledge around 95%. Comes out on frame 2, and with these traits Oil Panic is an incredibly dangerous move. Any opponent hit will be covered in oil for a brief moment. Mr. Game & Watch's model changes into the playable character from Oil Panic.|
|Final Smash||Octopus||4.9% (grabbed), 15% (body), 30% (slam)||Transforms into the large octopus that appears in its eponymous game, Octopus, rears back and charges forward. The octopus can move up or down, only. Any opponents who touch its tentacles will be grabbed and dragged offscreen by the octopus, taking gradual damage. Touching the main body will just deal damage. Just like in the previous game, pressing the attack button will extend the length of the tentacles. By button-mashing, however, opponents can escape. The octopus can also go through walls and stages; any grabbed opponents who make contact with walls or floors will take damage and be launched. After reaching the blast line, Mr. Game & Watch will return back to his previous position.|
|5||3% (hits 1-4)|
Oil Panic scaling
The greater damage an absorbed energy-based projectile is supposed to deal, the higher damage the oil spill will deal. Oil Panic will multiply the damage per unit by 2, though the result is capped at 16%. As a result, the maximum damage Oil Panic deals is 48%. So for example, if 20%, 12% and 4% enter Oil Panic, the result will be 40% dealt not considering factors such as the 1v1 multiplier and stale-move negation. 
Strong projectiles can fill two to three bucket units at once. If a move deals 10% (eg. Trick Shot), it will fill the bucket by two units. However, if a move deals 20% (Sun Salutation at max charge), it will fill by three. For each additional unit filled in one go, 8% is deducted from the previous unit, making it deal less damage overall.
Hero's special move Snooze launches an energy-based projectile that can be absorbed despite not dealing any damage. Absorbing it fills the bucket by one unit and adds 6.7% damage to the bucket.
- Moves along a row of Game & Watch LCD frames until reaching the foreground.
- Up Taunt: Rings his bell at a high angle. Similar to his side taunt, it originates from the Game & Watch's alarm feature.
- Side Taunt: Rings his bell at a low angle. Similar to his up taunt, it originates from the Game & Watch's alarm feature.
- Down Taunt: Sits down and catches his breath. Originates from the Game & Watch version of Mario Bros., when Mario and Luigi finished a level.
- Hops in place.
- Briefly looks behind himself.
|Cheer (English)||Cheer (Japanese/Chinese)||Cheer (Italian)||Cheer (Dutch)||Cheer (French)|
|Description||Game - And - Watch!||Game - And - Watch!||Mis - ter -- Game and Watch!||Game - And - Watch!||Mis - ter -- Game and Watch!|
- Left: Rings his bell to his left, then his right. Afterwards, he continues to ring his bell to his left.
- Up: Hops about in choppy poses, tripping halfway, before teetering on one foot. He then proceeds to jump back and forth, landing on his feet, then his head.
- Right: Juggles 3 balls while in his appearance from Ball.
In competitive play
Tier placement and history
Upon the release of Ultimate, Mr. Game & Watch's competitive reception was mostly poor; this was because many players considered the nerfs he received - particularly the lack of priority on his new forward aerial, the reduction of invincibility frames on his up smash, and the loss of his "Toot-Toot" KO confirm - as significant enough to outweigh the buffs he was given. Likely as a result, most players considered him a low tier or even a bottom tier character, and the character saw little representation in competitive play. However, it later became clear that the buffs were far more significant than the nerfs. In particular, Mr. Game & Watch has a strong advantage state due to his aerial juggle game, an amazing out of shield option (as his up special has a startup of 3 frames and is invincible on frame 5), and low ending lag on his smash attacks, with down smash burying opponents, allowing for easy KOs as well. This rise in perception was due to the rise of Maister, who having struggled a bit in the first few months of the game, saw many strong results following the end of the first PGRU season.
These revelations and results helped boost Mr. Game & Watch's perception in the community, with players considering Mr. Game & Watch to be high tier or better. This perception continues to remain today thanks to Maister's continued strong results, as well as the rise of Miya, making him ranked 18th on the first and current tier list.
Most historically significant players
See also: Category:Mr. Game & Watch players (SSBU)
- Bulby - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in Europe. Placed 2nd at BIG LAB: Awakening, 7th at UKIE Ultimate Circuit Finale, 9th at Super SmashPoint 3, and 25th at both Valhalla III and GENESIS 7 with wins over players such as ScAtt, Magister, and Lancelot. Ranked 6th on the England Power Rankings.
- Egapon - One of the best Mr. Game & Watch players in Japan. Placed 9th atSumabato SP 12, 13th at Sumabato SP 18, 17th at Sumabato SP 17, and 25th at both Sumabato SP 5 and Sumabato SP 10 with wins over players such as Atelier, Nishiya, and tk3.
- Extra - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in Australia. Placed 1st at Melbourne Esports Open, 2nd at Battle Arena Melbourne 11, 4th at Expand Gong 4, 5th at Phantom 2020, and 9th at Sunny Side Up with wins over players such as DD, Jdizzle, and Tru4. Ranked 2nd on the Australian Power Rankings.
- Frido - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in Chile. Placed 1st at Smash Chile - Civil War, 2nd at Iwanna Torneo Nacional!, and 25th at Smash Factor 8 with wins over players such as Chag, Firehao, and Harlonga. Ranked 1st on the Chilean Ultimate Power Rankings. Online, placed 2nd at SWT: South America Ultimate Regional Finals and 3rd at SWT: South America Ultimate Online Qualifier. Ranked 72nd on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5.
- Maister - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in North America and the second best in the world, and was considered the undisputed best for most of Ultimate's lifespan. Placed 1st at both Combo Breaker 2019 and 2GG: Nightmare on Smashville, as well as 2nd at Frostbite 2020, COLOSSEL 2022, and Super Smash Con 2022. Currently ranked 3rd on the Mexican Power Rankings. He is also one of the best players online, winning both Ultimate Naifu Wars 13 and The Airlock: Charity Smash Tourney as well as placing 2nd at Lockhart Series and Ultimate 32. Currently ranked 3rd on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7.
- Miya - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in the world. Placed 1st at Maesuma TOP 11, DELTA 4, Kagaribi 8, Seibugeki 13, and Apex 2022, with wins over players such as acola, Riddles, and Shuton.
- Notty - One of the best Mr. Game & Watch players in Japan. Placed 9th at KVOxTSB 2019, 17th at both Sumabato SP 2 and Sumabato SP 4, and 25th at Sumabato SP 8 with wins over players such as Abadango, Compact, and Nishiya.
- Regi Shikimi - One of the best Mr. Game & Watch players in Mexico. Placed 7th at Smash Factor 8, 9th at Delfino Maza 2, 13th at Ragnarok, and 33rd at GENESIS 6. Currently ranked 7th on the Mexican Power Rankings. Online, placed 4th at Maruchan Gaming Series, 9th at Rev It Up: 2020 Series, and 17th at SWT: Mexico Ultimate Online Qualifier. Currently ranked 28th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7.
- sebayee - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in Florida. Placed 9th at GatorLAN Spring 2020, 13th at Tampa Never Sleeps 8, and 17th at InfinityCON Tally 2021 with wins over players such as Goblin, Kobe, and Uncivil ninja. Online, placed 5th at Rev It Up: 2020 Series and 17th at Pound Online. Formerly ranked 16th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5.
- Widget - The best Mr. Game & Watch player in Arizona. Placed 5th at Ascension II, 7th at Ascension, Ascension V, and Emerald City 8, and 9th at Ascension IV with wins over players such as SilentRain, MiSaiki, and BassMage. Ranked 6th on the Arizona Ultimate Power Rankings.
Classic Mode: A Long Legacy
Mr. Game & Watch fights classic characters on retro stages, with most of the music sourced directly from retro games. They are fought in reverse order of release dates, similar to All-Star Mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, except for Pac-Man, who is ordered between Kirby and Duck Hunt, rather than between Donkey Kong and the Mr. Game & Watch horde. This is likely a reference to the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Pac-Man, which released in 1984, fitting with the order of release dates.
|1||Kirby||Dream Land GB||Kirby Retro Medley (Green Greens)||Kirby has his white alternate costume equipped, referencing his monochromatic appearance in Kirby's Dream Land.|
|3||Duck Hunt||Duck Hunt||Famicom Medley|
|4||Mario and Luigi||Mario Bros.||Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros.||Free-for-All.|
|5||Donkey Kong||75m||25m Theme||Mario is a CPU ally, as a reference to him appearing in the original Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong's red costume references his appearance in said game.|
|6||Mr. Game & Watch (×6)||Flat Zone X||Flat Zone||Horde Battle.|
If any of these costumes are being used by the player, the default Mr. Game & Watch will substitute for that costume.
|Final||Master Hand||Final Destination||Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (7.0 or higher intensity)
|On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.|
Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Mr. Game & Watch has Flat Zone 2 accompany the credits.
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 area reminiscent of PAC-MAZE of The Light Realm. He can be found by going through the teleporters to find the correct path. After finding the correct path through the maze, the player must defeat the Sidestepper and Nikki spirits blocking him.
|26||Mr. Game & Watch||7,500||Flat Zone X (Ω form)||Flat Zone 2|
Mr. Game & Watch's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Mr. Game & Watch has been unlocked. Unlocking Mr. Game & Watch in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. His fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with his artwork in Ultimate.
In Spirit Battles
As the main opponent
|98||Vivian||Paper Mario Series||•Clear Mr. Game & Watch||3,600||Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form)||N/A||•The enemy is invisible||Paper Mario Medley|
|113||Sidestepper||Mario Bros. Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×8 ×4||1,900||Mario Bros.||•Move Speed ↑||•The enemy has increased move speed after a little while
•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
|233||Wall-Merged Link||The Legend of Zelda Series||•Mr. Game & Watch
|3,500||Flat Zone X||N/A||•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd||Lorule Main Theme|
|473||Unown||Pokémon Series||•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch Team ×8||1,800||Temple (Battlefield form)||N/A||•Defeat an army of fighters||Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley|
|489||Shedinja||Pokémon Series||•Reflect Mr. Game & Watch (1 HP)||4,000||Luigi's Mansion||•Temporary Invincibility||•The enemy reflects projectiles
•The enemy will occasionally be invincible
|Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire|
|512||Giratina (Altered Forme)||Pokémon Series||•Giant Mr. Game & Watch||9,500||Spear Pillar (hazards off)||•Hazard: Screen Flip||•The screen will suddenly flip after a little while
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Giratina)
•The enemy is giant
|Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar|
|523||Chandelure||Pokémon Series||•Mr. Game & Watch||4,100||Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form)||•Hazard: Lava Floor||•The floor is lava||Battle! (Reshiram / Zekrom)|
|575||Buzz Buzz||EarthBound Series||•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch (300%)||2,900||Onett (hazards off)||N/A||•Timed battle (0:30)||Humoresque of a Little Dog|
|598||Octoman||F-Zero Series||•Mr. Game & Watch||3,700||Port Town Aero Dive (Battlefield form)||•Sudden Final Smash||•The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
|690||Ball||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch
|3,900||Flat Zone X (hazards off)||•Item: Balls||•The enemy favors grabs and throws
•The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
|Flat Zone 2|
|691||Flagman||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||4,100||Flat Zone X||•Item: Special Flag||•Timed battle (2:00)
•The enemy favors up tilt attacks
|Flat Zone 2|
|692||Fire||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||9,800||Flat Zone X (hazards off)||N/A||•The enemy's up special has increased power
•Timed battle (1:00)
|Flat Zone 2|
|693||Judge||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×8||9,400||Flat Zone X (hazards off)||N/A||•The enemy favors side specials
•Defeat an army of fighters
|Flat Zone 2|
|694||Manhole||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch||3,900||Flat Zone X||•Item Tidal Wave
|•The enemy favors down tilt attacks
•Items will be pulled toward the enemy
•Certain items will appear in large numbers
|Flat Zone 2|
|696||Lion||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch
|3,600||Flat Zone X (Lion)||N/A||•Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle||Flat Zone 2|
|700||Turtle Bridge||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch
|1,700||Flat Zone X (hazards off)||N/A||•The enemy favors back air attacks||Flat Zone|
|701||Fire Attack||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||2,100||Flat Zone X||N/A||•The enemy favors side smash attacks||Flat Zone|
|702||Oil Panic||Game & Watch Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||3,900||Flat Zone X (Oil Panic)||•Slippery Stage||•The stage's platforms are very slippery||Flat Zone|
|949||TURN-TO-BLUE||PAC-MAN Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||2,600||Wrecking Crew||N/A||•Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
|1,029||Li'l Judd||Splatoon Series||•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch
|9,100||Moray Towers||N/A||•The enemy favors side specials||Now or Never! (Splatfest Version) - Splatoon 2|
|1,108||Primid||Super Smash Bros. Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×8||1,800||Pokémon Stadium (hazards off)||N/A||•Defeat an army of fighters||Boss Battle - Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|1,109||Mite||Super Smash Bros. Series||•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch Team||1,800||Shadow Moses Island||N/A||•Defeat an army of fighters||Step: The Plain|
|1,112||Shadow Bug||Super Smash Bros. Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||4,300||Pokémon Stadium (Ω form)||•Hazard: Poison Cloud||•The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud||Step: Subspace|
|1,228||Num Diddly||Make 10: A Journey of Numbers||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×4||2,000||PictoChat 2||•Assist Trophy Enemies (Dr. Kawashima)||•Hostile assist trophies will appear||Menu - Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!|
|1,341||Jinjos||Banjo-Kazooie Series||•Giant Mr. Game & Watch
•Mr. Game & Watch Team
|3,800||Summit (Ω form)||N/A||•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
|Freezeezy Peak||The Mighty Jinjonator (Giant Mr. Game & Watch)|
|1,346||Tockles||Dragon Quest Series||•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch Team ×3||9,200||Yggdrasil's Altar||•Invisibility||•The enemy is invisible
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy starts the battle with a Beam Sword
|The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination|
|1,431||Creeper||Minecraft Series||•Mr. Game & Watch Team ×6||3,500||Minecraft World (Birch Forest)||•Item: Bomber||•The enemy starts the battle with a Bomber
•Explosion attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
|Toys on a Tear|
|•Mii Brawler ×6 (Moveset 1111, Creeper Mask, Creeper Outfit)[SB 1]|
As a minion
|746||Princess Shokora||Wario Land Series||•Peach
•Mr. Game & Watch
|2,900||Mushroom Kingdom II||•Item: Transforming Types||•Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
|Ruins - Wario Land: Shake It!||Shop owner|
•Mr. Game & Watch
|2,000||PictoChat 2 (Battlefield form)||•Hazard: Zap Floor||•The floor is electrified
•The enemy favors side specials
|PictoChat||Panel 9 minigame|
|1,401||King Dice||Cuphead||•Giant Mii Swordfighter (Moveset 3211,Chibi-Robo Hat, Butler Outfit)
•Tiny Mr. Game & Watch Team ×6
|2,300||WarioWare, Inc.||N/A||•Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy has super armor but moves slower
|Jungle Level Jazz Style (for 3DS / Wii U)||Row of cards|
|Floral Fury[SB 1]|
|1,445||Cait Sith||FINAL FANTASY Series||•Roy
•Mr. Game & Watch ×3
|1,700||New Pork City (Ω form)||N/A||•Defeat the main fighter to win||PictoChat||Toy Soldiers|
|1,512||Aqua||Kingdom Hearts Series||•Lucina (150 HP)
•Mr. Game & Watch ×4 (50 HP)
|9,400||Find Mii (Ω form)||•Assist Trophy Enemies (Krystal)||•Stamina battle
•Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
|Night of Fate||Shadow Heartless|
Mr. Game & Watch's up taunt on Town and City.
Dodging Ryu's attack on Suzaku Castle.
Using his down smash on King Dedede and Sheik on Yoshi's Story.
Using Judge 1 on Duck Hunt on Tortimer Island.
Four of Mr. Game & Watch's alternate costumes on Flat Zone X.
Using Chef near Pac-Man on Tortimer Island.
Hitting Mario with Judge 9 on Pictochat 2.
With Kirby, Link, and Sora on PictoChat 2.
Fighter Showcase Video
- 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). It also resembles his Alt. trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
- 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.
- Mr. Game & Watch, Jigglypuff, Ike, Ganondorf, Yoshi, Link, Ness, Lucas, and King Dedede are the only characters in Ultimate who have kept the same falling speed for three games in a row.
- 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.
- 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, matching a change seen in the Game & Watch Gallery 4 version of Fire Attack.
- The screenshot of 4 Mr. Game & Watches on Flat Zone X has an old animation from Smash 4 on the building, in which Mr. Game & Watch retains his regular form when using his neutral attack. In the final game, Mr. Game & Watch instead changes his appearance into that of the main character of Greenhouse.
- The Fire Attack spirit also had its artwork altered in the same patch as well, removing the feather.
- Although Mr. Game & Watch has no visible eyes in his neutral animation, the loading screen, and the damage meter render when parrying (which temporarily lights up the selected character's eyes) makes Mr. Game & Watch 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.
- While some of his moves cause him to resemble characters from the Game & Watch series with eyes, they are not affected by parrying.
- Along with Samus and Dark Samus, Mr. Game & Watch is one of the few characters in Ultimate to lack voice-clips in the Sound Test, despite Duck Hunt and R.O.B. being included. This is probably because the game considers his various beeps as sound effects instead.
- In spite of other languages having a translated word for the term "Mr.", no other language uses it in Ultimate for Mr. Game & Watch's name except for Russian, appropriately using "Г-н".
- On the character selection screen, the icon in the Japanese version show Mr. Game & Watch's name within only one row, while in the English version it is shown with two rows. He shares this trait with Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Pokémon Trainer, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina & Luma, the Mii Fighters, Piranha Plant and Banjo & Kazooie.
- Mr. Game & Watch's "transformation" into other Game & Watch characters are fully 2-D, unlike his regular model, although the manhole in his down tilt is still rendered in 3-D. This can be seen when under the effect of a Metal Box.
- Mr. Game & Watch's route in Classic Mode is vaguely similar to Pac-Man's, as both characters fight retro video-game characters from the NES era for opponents.
- Coincidentally, they are chronologically the oldest fighters in Ultimate, with Mr. Game & Watch being older than Pac-Man by one month.
- In the form of all Game & Watch series spirits, Mr. Game & Watch is one of the only characters to use their default costumes in a spirit battle present at the game's initial launch, the others being Yoshi, Bowser Jr., and R.O.B.
- Mr. Game & Watch is also one of two of these characters to use his default costume in more than one spirit battle, the other being Bowser Jr., and the only one of those four to do so at launch.
- Alongside Yoshi and Bowser Jr., Mr. Game & Watch is one of the few characters with a spirit battle where all of his alternate costumes appear.
- As a consequence of not having visible eyes, Mr. Game & Watch is the only character with puppet fighters in World of Light that lack their signature red or purple eyes, simply using his model and various alternate costumes with no alterations.
- Pac-Man, Samus, and Dark Samus also share this distinction, though it is only through the spirit battle previews, where they, along with Mr. Game & Watch, do not emit red-flashing eyes.
- Mr. Game & Watch is one of few characters who have two moves that trigger Special Zoom, being Judge and Oil Panic.
- Due to a programming oversight, the sweetspots of Mr. Game & Watch's down smash do not cause any hit effect to appear on aerial or downed targets. This is due to the effect being misspelled as "noamal" in the scripts.
- In Mr. Game & Watch's showcase trailer in Ultimate, Mr. Game & Watch is seen using his Vermin form in his down smash, which had a slightly different expression on his face (such as his eyes being circular and large, his hair being bigger than the original and his mouth being more extended) compared to was is seen in the final release.
- When a character becomes a ball in Mr. Game & Watch's throws, they are considered a UI element instead of a part of the foreground, and as such will appear over Windy Hill Zone's grass.
- Oddly, Mr. Game & Watch used to be unable to angle his shield directly forward as doing so caused the shield to reset to neutral position. This was fixed in a patch.
- Mr. Game & Watch is one of the two Melee fighters to never appear in a CGI trailer in Ultimate, the other being Dr. Mario.
|Game & Watch universe|
|Fighter||Mr. Game & Watch (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU)|
|Stages||Flat Zone · Flat Zone 2 · Flat Zone X|
|Trophies, Stickers and Spirits||Trophies (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Stickers · Spirits|
|Music||Flat Zone · Flat Zone 2|