Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS gets new character: Punch-Out's Little Mac

From the February Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. is getting the short star of Punch-Out who packs a powerful punch.

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The diminutive fighter from Nintendo's Punch-Out series is the newest contender in the Wii U and 3DS's Super Smash Bros. roster.

During this morning's Nintendo Direct we saw Little Mac unleashing a flurry of punches against his opponents, but just like in the game, his signature move is a powered-up uppercut. The move seems to leave you temporarily vulnerable, making him a potentially high-risk/high-reward combatant.

A sampling of some other recent additions to the Smash Bros. roster since it's E3 reveal include:

And there were also some upgrades made to the iconic Home Run Bat and controversial changes made to the way edge-grabbing will work in the game. Super Smash Bros. still has no firm release date; we know it's coming this year, but we already knew from earlier reports that the game won't be released this Spring. And while the game will come to both 3DS and Wii U, the title will not feature cross-play capabilities. But that leaves a lot of time to add even more characters to the roster. Who would you like to see?

Discussion

56 comments
epileftico
epileftico

WOW FINALLY, the mighty boxer from nintendo is recognized in the way he deserves. COME ON! someone that can beat Myke Tyson must be in smash bros.


In the other hand, there are a lot of heroes they are not taking in count, one of them, SKETCH TURNER from Comix Zone!, his combos, RoadKill, and the super hero guy! it could be a really great opponent from sega... a more real character, like little mac, and a fresh wind from old times.

dennysinny
dennysinny

this is the only reason why im getting a wii u ... i honestly think they shouldve made more games for the wii...... 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hopefully the NSMB guy shows up during matches on the bike.

seriousdave
seriousdave

Why are people so obsessed with Little Mac? I have nothing against this guy and he brings some variety to the roster but why is he such a popular charackter, I really don't know.

londenbridges05
londenbridges05

come on, work. work. jab jab jab. uppercut. watch dat left.. i said watch dat LEFT!!! mac, you alright? mac???

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

oh please PLEASE put Toad in as a fighter! 

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Its been a long time coming. Finally!

C-THREE
C-THREE

this game makes me want a wii u. but I can't see myself buying a console for one game. it's like the only game I want from xbox one is killer instinct.

justinka777
justinka777

concerning his move set, does anyone else think it looks similar to marth's

Maui_Lion
Maui_Lion

"it's E3 reveal"

*its

Grammatical snafu aside, (proofread your articles closely!), he looks like a fun character.  Has to get up close and personal and with lack of projectiles, it should make those happy who like to be in the thick of things.  I see him as a character who'd do well with players that have a quick hand-eye reflex and able to respond quickly to attacks and the ongoing action on the screen.  If the player keeps their cool and keeps that counter move ready in their back pocket, along with dodging skills to sidestep projectiles and get his way in, Little Mac could definitely float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Glad Sonic's back. I wouldn't mind Ness and Lucas returning. As far newcomers, I vote for Krystal (as a staff user; we don't need another Fox doppleganger) and Midna.

Sanligo
Sanligo

This is a pretty cool addition, but I'm still waiting for Golden Sun's Isaac!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Little Mac is back in HD baby!!!!!

chev7781
chev7781

I knew it. Sakurai teased this a month back when a showed a screen shot a of a boxing ring.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Yes! I jizzed my pants watching the trailer.  Mac is so damn awesome

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

The game that is really going to push Wii U consoles is clearly Mario Kart 8. With it releasing in late May, Nintendo is giving PS4 and even Xbone a chance to over shadow any momentum they are anticipating. I own a Wii U and will certainly be picking up Mark Kart. For those that don't own a Wii U... 3-$350 to play Mario Kart? Good luck Nintendo, I'm still pulling for you.

crazeon
crazeon

Damn, Little Mac looks legit

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

Very unique to the roster, and true to the arcade games in his character.  

Celsius765
Celsius765

it was overall a very lukewarm direct

DarthLod
DarthLod

Utterly Boring, just like everything Nintendo has done since the Wii came out. Every single time I read something new from them its the same few characters or games over and over and over again. The Nintendo I knew and love died years ago.

Ejotei
Ejotei

Youre not going anywhere anytime soon Nintendo

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Nice.

I'd like to see a new Punch Out!! game too.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

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No wonder the Wii U is failing ...

godistalking
godistalking

@Thanatos2k seeing you're profile picture makes me wonder why they havent put rpg characters in the brawl games such as chrono,frog,robo,magus (chrono trigger).....cyan,sabin etc (final fantasy 6).....boy,girl and sprite (secret of mana). The next Brawl game would sell like crazy if they included some of these characters.

Wogrim
Wogrim

@seriousdave Mike Tyson's Punch Out is one of those hipster nerd games that people love to praise.  Little Mac himself is not a memorable character (you see his back most of the time), but the music, gameplay, and opponents are what make people remember it fondly.

teknic1200
teknic1200

@seriousdave  i dunno but the game was huge in the arcades, there'd always be a line of folks to take on the machine.  I didn't really like it myself but to each his own, many of my friends dropped a lot of coins in that sucker.

ConanTheStoner
ConanTheStoner

@seriousdave  I've never been big on the Smash games, but I always did wonder why Little Mac wasn't in them.  He's a perfect fit really.


As for his popularity, (Mike Tysons) Punch Out was a very beloved game on the NES.  One of the classics.  Other Punch Out games were also well liked, but the original is a piece of gaming history.  


Can't say I'm surprised people are excited about it, though I'm guessing it's probably more of the older crowd.

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

@gameroutlawzz  You do realize that King K. Rool is a character owned by Rare who is now owned by Microsoft. The chances of King K. Rool showing up in the game are slim to none.

Poodger
Poodger

@C-THREE Just do it. I am. I will buy a Wii U the day this game comes out, and I highyl suspect that it will be the only game I own on the system. This series is THAT good.

sanchango
sanchango

@justinka777  how? unless you can tell me how his powered up punch(with the arrows shown on top of little mac's icon) is similar to any of marth's(or any move for that matter)

Maui_Lion
Maui_Lion

I have to say though, I'm not too keen on his Final Smash.  Get huge and rampage around is one we've seen done before, and I would have preferred to see something more unique from his character.  Like maybe utilizing a play on "Shadow Boxing", where a boxer trains by landing blows and practicing against an imaginary opponent.  Such as, say, creating a silhouette of Mac across the arena that moves in towards the center as Mac does, and so on, covering both sides of the field at once to pincer opponents between them, while attack power and speed is heightened, to attack from both sides.  That would be interesting.

Wogrim
Wogrim

@RyogaRod Mario Kart on the Wii really put me off, so unless I see something (and I'm not going out of my way to look) that makes it have that gritty N64 feel (not big, round, and clunky), I won't be getting it.

Poodger
Poodger

@RyogaRod I couldn't care less about Mario Kart, that series got stale years ago. Smash Bros feels like Nintendo's ace in the hole to me. A truer celebration of all things Nintendo, and much more fun as well.

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

SSB will move consoles as well, but who knows when it's coming out.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@DarthLod Boo Hoo... People act like Nintendo has changed... They haven't, if anything that's their problem.

svaubel
svaubel

@DarthLod  Just like everything 'new' game from M$ or Sony is completely new. Oh wait...

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

@DarthLod  Their going to be showing new styles of play with entirely new IP's @ E3 2014 you big baby. 

chev7781
chev7781

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gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

I swear people are truly missing out on the masterpiece that is Wonderful 101.

Wogrim
Wogrim

@sanchango @justinka777 The powered up KO punch looks like it would work like Ike's neutral-B, where you can let it go early but if you get it fully charged it's lethal.  The little arrows are just for user-friendliness I'd imagine.