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.
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.
Mr. Game and Watch is a short, lightweight character that has some typical attributes of characters in his weight class. He has fast air speed, a small size, and a very low crouch that allows him to evade many attacks like Marth and Lucina's Shield Breaker and Simon's forward tilt. However, he has fairly average walking and running speeds.
Unlike most other lightweights, Mr. Game and Watch possesses attacks with large disjointed hitboxes and has very powerful KO options. All of his smash attacks have very high power and low lag throughout, with each of them possessing unique attributes. Forward smash is among the strongest in the game if sweetspotted while having low startup lag and good range. Its sweetspot is also safe on shield. Up smash is also very strong, and comes with full body invincibility during and after its duration. 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. It also has a very large hitbox, allowing it to easily 2-frame many recoveries. Like his other smash attacks, down smash is safe on shield when spaced properly. Overall, Mr. Game and Watch arguably possesses the best smash attacks in the game.
Outside of his smash attacks, Mr. Game and Watch's other moves have strong KOing potential. Forward tilt comes out quickly, has a lingering hitbox, and kills under 120% by the ledge. Down tilt lowers Mr. Game and 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 115% by the ledge, while his down aerial has been strengthened to become a viable kill move around 130%. Similarly, his back aerial now sends at a flatter angle, and the final hit possesses enough power to kill at 100% by the ledge. Oil Panic is a potent combo finisher with practically instantaneous startup lag, with its fairly large hitbox coming out on just frame 2, as well as extreme knockback that can kill at single digit percents when at max power. Compared to most characters and even compared to his previous iterations, Mr. Game and Watch possesses very strong KOing power.
Mr. Game and Watch also has a very potent combo and 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. Not only does Chef deal massive damage, but landing the move allows Mr. Game and Watch to follow up with a grab, forward aerial, forward tilt, or dash attack. Up tilt, though having worse range, deals high damage and combos into neutral aerial and Judge at low percentages. Once Mr. Game and Watch has his opponents above him, he can juggle them for massive damage using his up and neutral aerials. All in all, Mr. Game and Watch's strong KO power is also paired with highly damaging combos and juggles.
Lastly, Mr. Game and Watch possesses a fantastic recovery option, as well as large, 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, and a strong upwards hitbox. 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 out-of-shield option due to its fast startup and invincibility. His back air, Turtle Bridge, is a large and disjointed multi-hit move that has high knockback at the final hit. Its 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 offstage. 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 and Watch to follow up with neutral aerial and force the opponent back offstage. His new forward aerial can be comboed into with Chef and has strong KO potential on its own. Overall, Mr. Game and Watch is extremely deadly off the level and at the ledge to all characters.
Despite these strengths, Mr. Game and Watch possesses very large weaknesses. He is tied with Squirtle being the third lightest character in the game, which makes his horizontal and vertical endurance absolutely terrible. In addition, despite having disjointed hotboxes, his overall range is merely average. This is worsened by the fact that many of his disjointed moves like down tilt, up tilt, and forward smash have subpar range for a disjoint. This makes characters like Ike and Cloud able to easily keep Mr. Game and Watch at arm's length. Also, while his new forward air possesses more damage and knockback, it disappears if it comes into contact with any other hitbox. This makes it unsuitable for approaching and forces Mr. Game and Watch to approach with his back air constantly. It 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. He also has a poor approach because his aerials don't autocancel in a short hop and his ground speed is poor. Due to this, he has a lackluster neutral game. His grab and throw game is also poor: his down throw is his only throw that can KO below 200%, but it has lost its combo potential beyond low percents, while his other throws are not good for KOing or combos.
Finally, Mr. Game and Watch's rolls, techs, and spotdodges are slow, laggy, and very punishable, giving him a poor defensive game. Combined with his low weight, they are often too risky to use effectively.
All in all, Mr. Game and Watch is a very powerful glass cannon. He possesses extremely high damage output and powerful KO options while being extremely vulnerable himself due to his light weight and laggy defensive options.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Mr. Game and Watch, in a similar fashion to Link, has received a major overhaul in his moveset that goes beyond changes to aesthetic appearances; a majority of his moves have been altered in range, damage, knockback, lag, or have been completely reworked altogether. As a result, Mr. Game and Watch has undergone a plethora of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate - arguably more than any other returning veteran - but has been considerably buffed overall.
Mr. Game and Watch's KO potential has been improved. 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 and 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 start-up lag and is also capable of burying opponents when sweetspotted. This can lead to a forward smash for early guarantee 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 has Mr. Game and Watch completely invincible during the attack. Mr. Game and Watch has gained a new forward aerial: An attack in which he drops a bomb in front of him, a move that seems to be based off of either Mario's Bombs Away, Bomb Sweeper, or Safebuster, all of which featured similar bombs. Compared to his old aerial, the move's explosion has stronger knockback and damage output, making it a more reliable KO move than his old forward aerial.
Mr. Game and Watch's edgeguarding potential has also been buffed considerably. 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 easier to catch opponents who are trying to reach for the ledge and is now more effective keeping control of neutral. Lastly, Mr. Game and Watch's new forward aerial's explosion can cover the entire ledge of a stage, making it a more potent option than his old forward aerial, and the bomb itself is good to use as an edgeguarding option against opponents offstage.
Additionally, Mr. Game and Watch now possesses stronger OoS options and juggling tools. Changes to neutral aerial's landing lag and lingering hitboxes allow it to catch opponents above him more effectively, and can even it allow it to combo into itself at lower percents. Mr. Game and Watch has gained a new up air, in which he shoots a projectile upwards in the form of a single puff, functioning very similarly to Mega Man's up air. This projectile has much more range than his old up air, and is more reliable for keeping opponents trapped in it, improving its juggling potential considerably. Fire now has a frame 3 hitbox that replaces its windbox from SSB4, making it a much stronger OoS, and can even be followed up with a neutral aerial or up aerial to keep opponents in the air for even longer.
Mr. Game and Watch's attacks have increased utility overall: Mr. Game and Watch's new forward aerial possesses more versatility than his old forward aerial; it can be used as a combo starter, a shield pressuring tool, and a landing option, as it is much safer on block in comparison. Neutral aerial's landing weak hits 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 and combo potential. Mr. Game and Watch now sports a much more disjointed dash and pivot grab, giving it effective reach. Lastly, 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.
However, Mr. Game and Watch has received 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) down-throw-to-up-aerial KO confirm from SSB4, dubbed the "Toot Toot". Despite the start-up reduction to up smash, it has lost all of its invincibility frames during the move's start-up, 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 overall, making it a riskier option to challenge opponents in the air with. Additionally, many of Mr. Game and 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 and Watch's deceptive reach, and requires him to be closer towards opponents more often than before. . Lastly, despite his improvements, Mr. Game and Watch retains some of the same issues from his SSB4 counterpart, notably his poor endurance, limited 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, while Mr. Game and Watch generally retains much of his bait-and-punish playstyle from SSB4, the adjustments and increased utility he received to several of his attacks have led him to become more of a jack-of-all-trades type of character. Though competitive reception of Mr. Game and Watch was initially negative (with ZeRo in particular highlighting Mr. Game and Watch as the 3rd worst character in the game), he has shown strong success in the tournament scene thanks to the efforts of players including Maister, Regi, Widget, and Dingus Joe. Maister in particular has defeated top level players such as ESAM, MVD, yeti, Abadango, Glutonny, VoiD and Light. This is while placing 1st at Combo Breaker 2019, 3rd at Full Bloom 5, 3rd at Smash Factor 8, 17th at EVO 2019, and 5th at Super Smash Con 2019. This has garnered Mr. Game and Watch a more positive competitive reception overall. He is now noted as a solid high-tier character, where notable players such as ESAM, Dabuz, Cosmos, Armada, and VoiD share this opinion. Notably, ZeRo now regards him as a high tier character, indicating that Mr. Game and Watch was better than first realized. As a result, Mr. Game and Watch is considered to fare better than both his SSB4 and Melee counterparts, and is even arguably superior to his Brawl counterpart, possibly making this incarnation his best iteration in the series yet.
Mr. Game and 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.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
The greater damage absorbed energy-based projectile were supposed to deal, the higher damage and knockback the oil spill will deal.
Strong projectiles can fill two to three bucket units at once.
Hero's special move Snooze launches a 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 power to the bucket.
In competitive play
In the beginning of Ultimate, Mr. Game and Watch's competitive reception was poor, as the nerfs he received in his transition to Ultimate were thought to outweigh his buffs. 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 were seen as drastic enough nerfs to consider Mr. Game and Watch a low or even bottom tier character.
Overtime, however, Mr. Game and Watch has begun to show strong signs of success at both a local and national level; Snickeldorf, Regi, and Skylar have made respectable placements in each of their respective regions, with Regi in particular placing 7th at Smash Factor 8. On a larger scale, however, Maister has made very strong strides on both a regional and national level, placing top 3 at several major events including Combo Breaker 2019, Ragnarok, Full Bloom 3, and Smash Factor 8. In the process of doing so, he has also taken games off of high-level players including ESAM, MVD, yeti, Abadango, Javi and Gluttony. Due to this increase in results, Mr. Game and Watch has earned a significantly stronger reception from the community, as most competitive players a high tier character.
Classic Mode: A Long Legacy
Mr. Game & Watch fights classic characters on retro stages. They are fought in reverse order of release dates.
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.
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.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video