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This article is about Mario's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For the character in other contexts, see Mario (disambiguation).
in Super Smash Flash 2
Mario SSF2 Beta
Mario symbol
Universe Mario
Availability Starter
Weight class Medium
Final Smash Mario Finale
Tier C+ (21)

Mario is a playable veteran character in Super Smash Flash 2 and, along with Kirby, Ichigo and Lloyd, was one of the first four characters confirmed in the trailer and that first appeared in the demo. His sprites are custom made and his appearance looks similar to how he appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but is a combination of his appearances in the main Smash Bros. games (though his past sprites were brawlified Super Mario World sprites), while his moveset is based on his various movesets in the Super Smash Bros. games. His voice clips come from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Mario is currently ranked 21st of C+ tier on the current tier list (the highest ranked Mario character if sub-series characters are not included); a small drop from his 19th place of B tier last tier list. Mario has fast, low-lag attacks, good combo ability, a good recovery, and strong finishers in all of his smash attacks, a sour spotted forward aerial and his back throw (when used near a ledge). He has a projectile in Fireball, which he can use to hinder his opponents approach, zoning and gimping his opponents recovery. He is one of the best edge guarders in the game and his guard will be tough to break. He has a great recovery with Star Spin and Super Jump Punch covering good vertical distance while cape gives him a near-infinite horizontal recovery option.

However, Mario has problems in his range (possessing the 6th shortest grab in the current demo) which leaves him vulnerable to characters with disjointed hitboxes, such as Sora and Ichigo. He has a predictable recovery that can be easy to gimp and edge guard against. His projectile is weak, slow, and can be easily reflected. Also Mario has a hard time comboing due to the low hitstun of the current demo which hurts him the most.

However, his pros are on par with his cons and is why he is ranked a little below the middle.

Mario appears to have a small player base and has poor representation in online tournaments with only a few players using him from time to time. Of those few, Mario's placements in tournaments are shown to be high.


Mario recovery

Mario using his various recovery options to land back on stage.

Mario is considered the most well-rounded/balanced character. Due to this, beginners should consider using Mario as the start-up character when playing the game for the first time. He has a good air game with his aerials being fast, specifically his up aerial, notable for being able to chain into other aerials. Mario has a good grab game, despite having the 6th shortest grab in the current demo, with his down and up throw being chain grabs on fast fallers and big characters while being combo starters on other characters. His back throw is a strong finisher when used near the ledge and his forward throw can set up edge guards. He has finishers in all his smash attacks, a sour spotted forward aerial (at high percentages) and his back throw when used near a ledge. Mario is one of the best edge guarders, so trying to break his guard will be tough. His standard special move, Fireball, is a very spammable projectile, and can help him control his opponent's approach and can also be used to hinder some characters' recovery offstage. Mario has good recovery options in his Cape which gives him a near-infinite horizontal recovery while keeping momentum for him to get back to the stage easily, can be used to reflect his opponents projectile and can be used to gimp opponents trying to recover. He has a great vertical recovery, when all of his options have not been used up, in Star Spin, his midair jump and Super Jump Punch. He has good approach options with using his Fireballs to put pressure on the opponent and having a good SHFFL.

However, Mario suffers problems in his range which makes him vulnerable to characters with disjointed hitboxes (ex. Meta Knight and Lloyd). His recovery, although good, is very predictable and he might encounter problems recovering when he is up against a good edge guarder. His fireballs are low-priority, which allows them to be cancelled out and reflected easily.

Mario's attributes in SSF2 are better than in the main Super Smash Bros. games; due in part because he has more finishers and can combo into them easily while his recovery has been improved.


Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack 1Does a quick jab.3%
Standard attack 2Does another quick jab but with the other hand.2%
Standard attack 3Kicks forward, his foot expands greatly during the attack.5%
Down tiltDoes a quick trip kick that sends opponents upward. Good for starting combos.10%
Down smashDoes a "breakdance kick", hitting both sides with very strong knockback.18%
Side tiltDoes a strong forward kick.7%
Forward smashCharges and releases an explosive short-range fireball. When sweet spotted, it is one of the strongest smash attacks in the whole game. The attack does more damage when an opponent touches the fireball, which has a large range, while it's weaker if they connect with Mario's body.11%
Up tiltDoes a spinning uppercut.8%
Up smashPerforms a headbutt with decent knockback, but short range. Mario's head becomes intangible during the attack portion of the move.18%
Dash attackDoes a running slide kick.9%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerialPerforms a sex kick, extending his foot.8%
Forward aerialArcs his arm while punching forward/downward, becoming a Meteor Smash if sweet-spotted. Does good horizontal or vertical knockback if sour-spotted and can be used as a finisher.14%
Back aerialKicks backwards with both feet, it has good knockback.11%
Up aerialBack flip kick. Very good juggler, as its very fast and has very little to no start-up or ending lag and great for extending combos.12%
Down aerialPerforms a spinning drill kick.2%

Grabs and throws

Attack Description Damage
GrabReaches out with both hands. N/A
PummelHeadbutts opponent.1%
Forward throwSpins around once and throw his opponent forward.9%
Back throwSpins around four times and throws his opponent backward. It has good knockback and is a reliable finisher when used next to a ledge.12%
Up throwThrows his opponent high into the air. Sends opponents into a lot of hitstun which can be followed up by tilts, up smash and aerials. Can chain grab fast fallers and high fallers.8%
Down throwSlams his opponent into the ground. Great combo starter and can lead into tilts or smash attacks. Can chain grab, but its very difficult compared to his up throw.6%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Ledge attackJumps up and kicks, looks similar to his neutral aerial.5%
100% ledge attackAfter a slight hesitation, he swing his legs around.7%
Floor attackDoes an attack similar to his down smash in appearance.5%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Standard special moveFireballLaunches a fireball that bounces back several times before fizzling out.5%
Side special moveCapeSwings a yellow cape that flips opponents around and is able to reflect projectiles.8%
Up special moveSuper Jump PunchDoes a jumping uppercut, dealing multiple hits while making coins fly out of the opponent. It is also his main recovery.5%
Down special moveStar SpinDoes an spinning tornado attack that deals muttiple hits, culminating with a final blow, accompaigned by the Baby Luma, that launches the trapped opponent. Tapping the special button will make Mario to raise in the air while spinning.1%
Final SmashMario FinaleLaunches a pair of spinning flames that grow larger and larger as it goes off screen dragging any opponent on its path.5%


Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Jumps out from a Warp Pipe while saying "Lets-a-go!".
TauntsStandard: Takes off his hat, twirls around, and puts his hat back on, similar to the level clear animation from New Super Mario Bros.Side: Same as standard.Down: Mario grows big in size as if taking a Super Mushroom, then he returns to normal size.
Idle poses Moves his head and hands from left to right.
Victory theme Remix of the flourish that plays whenever Mario or Luigi grab a flagpole to clear a level in the original Super Mario Bros..
Victory pose Has fire explode from his palms and makes a pose.

Changes from v0.9a

Mario has received a mix of buffs and nerfs. Mario has gained more KO power in his smash attacks, thus making them more effective finishers. However, his air game was worsened with most of his aerials losing KO power, his notorious up aerial being given less follow up options and the general decrease of hitstun in the demo has made it harder for Mario to combo. This made him lose one of his best attributes. With the changes done to Mario, he is still a strong character, but is seen as less effective than last demo.


  • Neutral Mario has gotten custom made sprites that look like his appearance in the official Super Smash Bros. games.
    • Buff Due to this, Mario has better hitbox placement.
  • Neutral Updated special effects to Fireball, Cape, Star Spin and Super Jump Punch.


Ground attacks

  • Nerf Dash attack now does more knockback, sends opponents in front of him and has more ending lag. This has given the move less follow up options.
  • Buff Forward smash is stronger.
    • Nerf It lacks the super sweet spot that it had last demo.
  • Buff Down smash is stronger, especially in the front.
  • Buff Up smash is stronger and has more range in front of Mario.

Aerial attacks

  • Nerf Neutral air is much weaker, thus Mario loses his easiest kill move to combo into.
  • Nerf Back air is a little weaker.
  • Nerf Up air is stronger and has more cool down. This makes it harder for Mario to perform his up air strings or combo from it into other aerials.
  • Buff The meteor smash hitbox of his forward air is stronger.
    • Nerf The sourspot is much weaker and doesn't kill until the opponent is over 100.

Grabs and throws

  • Buff Mario's grab range appears to have been increased.
  • Nerf Forward throw is much weaker and won't even kill Tails at over 150%.
  • Nerf Down throw has less hitstun which makes it harder to combo out of it and chain grab with.

Special moves

In competitive play

Match Ups

Notable Players

Tier placement history

In tier lists for v0.6; Mario ranked 8th of D tier on the first list and 7th of C tier on the second list where he was seen as low tier character. In demo v0.7; Mario still stayed in C tier where he ranked 8th on the first list and ranked 10th of C tier on the second list with players now viewing him as a mid tier character. He once again was stuck in C tier in v0.8b where he ranked 11th and was still seen as a mid tier character. However, in demo v0.9a; Mario got his best tier position yet where he ranked 10th on the list where he can be considered a high tier character. In demo v0.9b, Mario dropped to 19th of B tier where he is seen as a mid tier character again. The changing metagame showed Mario to be a less effective character and he dropped to 21st of C+ tier, where he is seen as a low tier character again.


Palette swaps



v0.9b Screenshots

Beta updates



  • In previous versions of the SSF2 Demo, Mario used a slightly different moveset. Prior v0.2b, Mario used F.L.U.D.D. as his side special move rather than the Cape. The Star Spin's predecessor, the Mario Tornado, was used and had a special homing attack effect when it was done in midair.
  • During the development of Mario's new sprite sheet, former developer ItsameSMB had created a new variation of his down special move called the F.L.U.D.D. Tornado, but was dropped from the game for being un-intuitive.
  • Mario has gone through the most sprite changes throughout the game's development, the second being Link.
  • Mario along with NessLloyd, and Bomberman are the only characters so far to wear their default costumes in team battle when they are on the red team.
  • Mario's previous sprites, alongside with Peach and Fox, were used in one of ScrewAttack's Death Battles.
  • Prior to v0.9b, Mario originally transformed into Fire Mario as his Final Smash. This was eventually scrapped in favor of the Mario Finale.

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