In Super Smash Bros. 4
Little Mac is ranked as an S-tier fighter in Super Smash Bros. 4. Despite being designed around having polarized strengths and weaknesses, Little Mac is by far and away the strongest Figure Player in the entire metagame. He can end games in a matter of seconds thanks to his forward smash: it is immensely powerful and, with enough Attack investment, can shatter a full shield in a single hit. If Little Mac’s forward smash doesn’t finish the job, his Slip Counter and KO Uppercut moves will.
As a result of these strengths, trainers took the cheap route to victory and raised their Little Mac FPs to use their forward smashes and nothing else. To prevent this from happening, Little Mac was swiftly banned from all tournaments. He was later reinstated under a strict set of restrictions; he can no longer run any Attack investment nor any Attack-boosting bonus effects.
Overall, Little Mac has accrued absolutely fantastic tournament results and representation. Even with his equipment restrictions, he is one of the best characters in the game and has received representation from Cloud, FarmingSim, and Glenn, among many others.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Though Little Mac’s base moveset was technically buffed, he is considered to have been drastically nerfed from his Smash 4 iteration and is no longer the best character in the game. Little Mac’s improvements include enhanced mobility and an extended recovery; Jolt Haymaker no longer renders him helpless and KO Uppercut now grants a small amount of distance when used in midair.
However, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s revised air dodge mechanics prove to be Little Mac’s downfall, as he is now more vulnerable to gimping than ever. Unlike in Smash 4, Figure Players now leave the stage to try and intercept their opponent’s recovery; this proves especially easy against Little Mac, as he is nearly defenseless in the air. Little Mac’s forward smash has also been noticeably weakened and inflicts less knockback.
Despite his many nerfs, both direct and indirect, Little Mac is still considered a viable contender. Leaf has won several tournament championships with his own Little Mac amiibo, proving that the character is still viable in spite of the game’s updated mechanics and AI.
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