Ness (ネス, Ness) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was revealed along with all other previous fighters on June 12, 2018. Ness is classified as fighter #10.
Makiko Ōmoto reprises her role as Ness through archived voice recordings from Super Smash Bros. 4.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Ness must then be defeated on Onett.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
While he had already grown stronger in the previous two installments in the Super Smash Bros. series, Ness was buffed significantly for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Among his most notable buffs are his increased damage output, his enhanced movement speed, and his expanded variety of zoning tools, which now include his yo-yo smashes and his special moves. Ness also has better range and can wall out characters with poor range.
However, Ness did get some small nerfs. His up aerial has a smaller hitbox (although it can still be used as a finisher or a drag down aerial to extend combos to make up for this), and PK Thunder 2 has less killpower than it did before. His grabs have also received more starting and/or end lag, and down throw's combo potential has been worsened at higher percents.
Ness's buffs to his aerial and edge-guarding games and airdodge mechanics changes have made him a far more oppressive and frightening fighter than his previous iterations. Players such as FOW, BestNess, Gackt, Awestin, DarkMATTer, and NovaPixl have demonstrated his power in Ultimate's early metagame as they have achieved great results with the character.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Home to Onett!
Note: Every stage plays a track from the EarthBound universe, no matter what universe the stage originates from.
Role in World of Light
Although Ness 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.
The imprisoned Ness can be found in a pink cloud area reminiscent of Magicant.
Ness's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Ness in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Character Showcase Video
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