- This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. For other uses, see Mario. For his clone, see Dr. Mario.
Mario (マリオ, Mario) is Nintendo's eponymous mascot, returning to battle once again in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He was unveiled on June 11, 2013, during the E3 2013 Nintendo Direct, along with six of the Original 12.
He currently ranks 9th on the tier list, his best tier placement so far. His biggest strength is his fantastic frame data, as all of his moves have low startup and endlag. He also possesses good speed, an impressive grab and combo game, and has good K.O confirms. His weaknesses are that he lacks range and consistent KO set-ups.
- Balanced on most attributes.
- Has an incredibly low learning curve, and is easy to pick up.
- A moveset that can adapt him to any situation.
- Has no big flaws or crippling weaknesses.
- Great mobility on both ground and air, notably having the 9th highest air speed in the game.
- Good variety of combos, being one of the best jugglers in the game as well having flexible combo throws.
- Has a reliable sex kick in the form of Neutral Aerial, that is great for starting combos and breaking off enemies combos.
- All of his Smash Attacks are great KOing options as they reliably KO without having noticeable startup or end lag.
- Has a Meteor Smash with rather high base knockback in his Forward Aerial.
- Can Wall Jump to assist recovery.
- Cape both reflects projectiles and flips foes, which can disrupts enemy combos and frustrate recoveries.
- Cape can also assist in recovery.
- Good at edge-guarding with his Special Moves.
- Has problems with approaches, as he relies mainly on Fireballs, which cannot be spammed.
- Lacks range on a lot of his moves which causes him to struggle against characters that can outrange him.
- Relies too much on combos to do proper damage, as their damage output alone is only average.
Mario is an All-Rounder type of character, being a very easy fighter to pick up, especially for new players. All his attributes are very balanced and above average, with decent speed, weight and mobility, which added with his good variety of combos and Special Moves makes him very flexible, being a reliable well-rounded character capable of adapting to any situation. Of all of the characters in Smash Bros., Mario is the definition of well-rounded. He is a very versatile fighter, being able to deal with just about any situation.
Mario's Fireball is a good projectile move; though average in speed and only having a decent range, the move is useful for putting some damage on opponents as well as other uses. Fireball has good range and speed and can poke opponents to frustrate their movement. Mario can use the move in the air to toss the fireball onto an opponent from above or he can use it on the ground to force an approaching opponent into the air so that he can hit them with an aerial attack. The fireball can also gimp recovering opponents by using it at the edge. The move can be reversed by slightly inputting the opposite direction Mario is facing and then pressing the button; this can only be reversed in the air but is a good way to surprise opponents; just don't tilt it too far or Mario will use Cape instead.
Speaking of Cape, it is a great move both offensively and defensively. It reflects projectiles and gives Mario a slight horizontal momentum when used in the air which can help with recovery. Mario will also turn an opponent around when he uses this move on them, so if an opponent is running towards Mario or attempting to attack him, he can use this on the opponent to direct them away from Mario and then grab them. Using this off-stage on recovering opponents is a good way to direct their recovery away from the stage, resulting in a K.O., especially against characters with already poor or predictable recoveries.
Mario's up special, the Super Jump Punch, travels in a diagonal trajectory and grants moderate distance, making it a good recovery move, but it can also be used offensively as well. Super Jump Punch has good combo potential, thanks to being quite fast in execution, boasting from above average priority, and easily comboing out of down throw, up aerial, and up tilt. It's also great for getting a kill off the ceiling.
F.L.U.D.D. is useful for pushing recovering opponents away from the stage, F.L.U.D.D. can be a surprise move that has a special type of priority, as it will ignore other projectiles and push approaching opponents away to give Mario some breathing space. Nonetheless, it is still situational.
At low percentages, Mario's jab combos out of down throw; it is a good combo move as well. All of Mario's tilts have combo potential, as forward tilt is good for ground combos and spacing, and down tilt can combo into his other tilts. His up tilt is one of his best combo moves; it combos out of down throw and then into itself from low to mid-high percentages, which can then combo into most aerial attacks and up special. Mario's dash attack, depending on when in the attack it hits the opponent, launches them at different angles; it can combo into back air, neutral air, up air, and another dash attack.
Mario's aerials all have great utility. His neutral aerial stays out for a good amount of time, and is a great combo move. It also hits on frame 3 allowing it to be used for breaking combo strings. His forward aerial is a nice combo finisher and meteors, making it good for securing kills off-stage. Back aerial has the highest range and knockback out if all his aerials, making it good for spacing and easily able to KOing offstage. His down aerial is fast and a good combo finisher, and is great for dealing with juggling. Mario's up aerial is great for juggling opponents, continuing combos, and killing off of the ceiling.
Mario's smash attacks are all good kill moves that come out fast, enabling them to be easily integrated into combos. Mario's forward smash is his strongest smash attack, able to KO opponents as low as 60% when fully charged and sweetspotted. His up smash can combo out of down throw and up tilt, and is also great for baiting counters. If Mario has trapped an opponent in an up tilt string and they try to counter out of it, charge up the up smash, wait for the counter animation to end, and then punish by releasing it. Mario's down smash is good for covering rolls because of its speed and range as well as an edge-guarding tool.
Mario's throws all have their uses, whether for comboing or KOing. Forward throw can combo into dash attack or aerial Fireball, and can set up edgeguards. Up throw combos into up aerial, neutral aerial, and down aerial. Mario's back throw is by far his strongest throw, KOing below 150% when used on the edge and is great for getting opponents off-stage. His down throw combos into jab, forward tilt, down tilt, forward smash, and up tilt at low percentages, and up tilt, up aerial, up smash, up special, and neutral aerial at mid-high percentages.
His mobility also allows him to pull quick combos, making him one of the best jugglers in the game. His moves are all quite fast and considerable weak in terms of damage and knockback, meaning he can string moves in succession. One of his best tools are Up Tilt and Up Aerial; both can combo into themselves at mid-low percentages. With a combination of manipulating stale-move negation and making use of rage, Mario can score reliable kills.
However players must be creative to setting up their kills with Mario, as most opponents can overcome Mario in a specific field, which is one of his main weaknesses. As the saying goes, 'jack of all trades, but master of none.' Mario is skilled in a lot of things, but make a mistake and the opponent will be able to capitalize on it easily. Being very balanced, he doesn't really excel at any field, being outclassed by characters that have specific traits to their advantage. Notable examples include Sonic having much higher movement speed, Ryu and his brother having greater combo versatility, Donkey Kong having higher raw power, and Cloud having larger range. The lack of range causes him to struggle against characters who wield weapons which boast from disjointed hitboxes, meaning they will always have the upper hand when clashing with Mario's attacks, though thankfully they also tend to have more sluggish frame data as well.
Ultimately, Mario is the jack-of-all-trades. He can go up against any opponent with decent reliability, but is not truly a master in any specific fields. When playing as Mario, players must make use of his entire moveset and be creative when setting up combos for KO'ing rather than relying on a single kill move.
Changes from Brawl
Mario has been heavily buffed in the transition from Brawl. He is much more agile and stronger, and has become much better at comboing and KOing. His range is also somewhat higher as well (though it's still below average). However he also received a few nerfs, most noticeable in his damage output to compensate his increasing of combo setups, with it now being just average. Nonetheless, his buffs outweigh his nerfs as he is now one of the most successful characters in competitive play. This also has resulted in him having the largest tier rise from Brawl.
Aesthetically, Mario's design is retained from Brawl, but is brighter to match his appearance in Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8. His Special Moves received new sound effects from earlier Mario titles. Mario's blue palette swap from previous games has been replaced by a cyan one, and he gains two palette swaps: one based on the American flag, and one based on Waluigi.
- Much faster air speed, going from 19th to 9th fastest in the game
- Slightly faster dash speed.
- Jumps higher
- Slightly higher falling speed.
- Reduced traction.
- Many attacks are faster, however also weaker in terms of damage.
- Neutral Attack deals less damage.
- Forward Tilt deals less damage and has slightly shorter range.
- Up Tilt has drastically less knockback, now being one of his best moves for starting ground to air combos. However, it deals less damage, and the drastically reduced knockback hinders its KO potential to the point where it will only start KOing at 200%.
- Down Tilt is slightly faster, with less ending lag.
- Forward Smash's fire blast has a larger hitbox, increasing its range. It also has higher knockback scaling.
- Up Smash deals more knockback
- Down Smash's back hitbox deals less damage but more knockback, while the front hitbox deals both less damage and knockback.
- Dash Attack deals less damage, but has slightly less ending lag.
- Neutral Aerial deals less damage and knockback.
- Forward Aerial is faster and stronger in both damage and knockback.
- Back Aerial is much faster and deals more damage and has less ending lag.
- Up Aerial has slightly more range and also has a different knockback angle, being much more reliable for combos.
- Down Aerial locks opponents more easily between hits, and the last hit has increased knockback.
Grabs and Throws
- Mario grabs his opponent with one hand rather than using both. His range is slightly higher.
- All Throws deal 1% less damage.
- Back Throw is faster and deals slightly more knockback.
- Down Throw has much lower base knockback, being now one of Mario's best combo starters at low percentages, however the more horizontal knockback angle and much higher knockback growth makes it less useful for combos against opponents with high percentages.
- Fireball deals less damage the further it goes and has higher startup and ending lag and increased falling speed, but bounces higher.
- Cape deals less damage when used on ground, and Mario can no longer do Cape Gliding. It also stalls Mario less when used in the air.
- Super Jump Punch gains more recovery distance.
- F.L.U.D.D. has more range when fully charged, as well having increased push power. Additionally, it no longer shows on Mario's back after fully charging.
- Mario Finale causes more damage and traps opponents more efficiently between hits. Its startup also drastically slows down opponents making it much easier to land the attack especially in close range.
- Neutral Attack: Does two quick punches, finishing with a forward kick. 2.5%, 1.5%, 4%
- Forward Tilt: Does a reverse roundhouse kick forward. Can be angled. 7%
- Up Tilt: Performs a spinning uppercut. 5.5%
- Down Tilt: Performs a sweeping kick. 5% from foot, 7% from body
- Dash Attack: Slides along the ground feetfirst. 8% if clean, 6% if late
- Forward Smash: Steps forward and thrusts his hand out, releasing a small burst of fire. Can be angled.
- Up Smash: Headbutts in an upward arc.
- Down Smash: Does a breakdancing sweep kick.
- Floor Attack (Front): Gets up and kicks behind him, then kicks in front. 7%
- Floor Attack (Back): Gets up and punches behind him, then punches in front. 7%
- Floor Attack (Trip): Kicks behind him, then in front of him while getting up. 5%
- Ledge Attack: Does a somersault and kicks upwards from a laying down position. 7%
- Neutral aerial: A sex kick attack. 8% if clean, 5% if late
- Forward aerial: Swings his fist in a downward arc. 12% if early, 14% if clean, 10% if late
- Back aerial: Dropkicks while spinning. 10.5% if clean, 7% if late
- Up aerial: Performs a flip kick. 7%
- Down aerial: Performs the Mario Tornado, in which he spins around while hitting the opponent multiple times. 1% (hits 1-5), 5% (hit 6), 2% (landing)
Grabs and Throws
- Pummel: Headbutts the opponent. 3.25%
- Forward Throw: Spins around and throws the opponent forward. 8%
- Back Throw: Spins around a few times and throws the opponent backward.
- Up Throw: Tosses his opponents upwards. 7%
- Down Throw: Slams his opponent to the ground. 5%
|Mario's Special Moves|
|Up Special||Super Jump Punch|
|Down Special||Mario Tornado||F.L.U.D.D.|
|Final Smash||—||Mario Finale|
|Mario's Custom Special Moves|
|Custom 1||Custom 2|
|Standard Special||Fast Fireball||Fire Orb|
|Side Special||Shocking Cape||Gust Cape|
|Up Special||Super Jump||Explosive Punch|
|Down Special||Scalding F.L.U.D.D.||High-Pressure F.L.U.D.D.|
- Up Taunt: Grows in size and shrinks down. Based on his animation after using a Super Mushroom from the original Super Mario Bros., albeit with the new sound effect from recent Mario titles.
- Side Taunt: Spins in place while taking off his hat. Based on his victory animation after completing a level from New Super Mario Bros.
- Down Taunt: Jumps, spins, and falls on his back onto the ground. Based on his dying animation from the original Donkey Kong.
- Exits out of a Warp Pipe and says "Let's-a go!"
- Adjusts his cap.
- Holds his fists in front of him while moving from each side.
- Winds up his fist and punches forward.
- Performs a spinning jump before posing. Based on his character select animation in the original Super Smash Bros.
- Summons fire from his hands before posing.
In competitive play
To be added
As iconic as iconic gets, this gaming celebrity is known for saving the world from Bowser. He's got amazing jumping skills and makes use of a wide range of transformations. In his free time, he plays too many sports to count. In Smash Bros., he's a well-rounded fighter you can rely on. Say it with me: "It's-a me, Mario!"
- NES - Donkey Kong Classics (09/1988)
- NES - Super Mario Bros. (10/1985)
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