Little Mac

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Little Mac
Full Name Little Mac
Species Human
First Appearance Punch-Out!! (1984, Punch-Out!! series)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Mario-related media)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

“It's your time, Mac. Show 'em what you got, baby!”
Doc Louis, "Champion of the Ring" Trailer

Little Mac is a human boxer of the World Video Boxing Assoc. (or W.V.B.A.) from the Bronx, and the protagonist of the Punch-Out!! series. He has had various crossover encounters with Mario and other characters from the Mario series.


Punch-Out!! series[edit]

Little Mac fighting Donkey Kong in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!.

The original protagonist of the arcade Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! titles fought several fighters for the world championship, and was shown as a green haired wireframe model during gameplay. The name "Little Mac" did not appear until Punch-Out!! for the NES (also known as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!), which also introduced his manager and trainer, Doc Louis. In Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES, his design was replaced with an unnamed blond character. In Punch-Out!! for the Wii, all the playable characters of the series were retroactively considered Little Mac. After fighting through all of his opponents once again, Mac gets tired of the fame and decides to go out in a blaze of glory (dubbed "Mac's Last Stand"), where his condition is three losses until he retires and gives up the belt. In the latest title so far, Doc Louis's Punch-Out, he spars with Doc.

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Little Mac standing triumphantly while Mario counts out his opponent in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves features a microgame called "Punch-Out!!" based on the game of the same name. In it, Mac knocks out his opponent (who changes depending on the difficulty), and the player, as Mario, has to count down the KO. Mac cheers if the count reaches ten in time.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

Little Mac dodging his opponent's attacks in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase.

In the microgame Punch-Out!! in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, Mac, controlled by the player, has to dodge his opponent's attacks. If all of the attacks are dodged, Mac knocks him out, while getting hit results in Mac getting knocked out.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Little Mac attacking Ike in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Little Mac appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy. Once he appears, he punches the enemies in rapid succession while moving quickly around the stage. After a while, he delivers one final blow that launches enemies far before disappearing. He is invulnerable, though he can still disappear by falling off the stage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Character
Little Mac
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Straight Lunge
Side:  Jolt Haymaker
Up:  Rising Uppercut
Down:  Slip Counter
Final Smash:  Giga Mac
Main article: SmashWiki:Little Mac (SSB4)

“Little Mac Punches In!”
Introduction, "Champion of the Ring" Trailer

Little Mac was confirmed as a new playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U on February 13, 2014[1]. Little Mac is a close range fighter, most of his moves being various punches. Although he is a fast and strong fighter when grounded, he is far weaker when in the air, as his attack power drastically decreases, and his recovery ability is poor.

Little Mac uniquely has a Power Meter that charges whenever he attacks and is attacked. When the meter is fully charged, it changes his neutral special attack to a powerful "one-hit-KO" uppercut.[2] His Final Smash is Giga Mac, a form that first appeared in Punch-Out!! on the Wii.[1] Wire Frame Mac (from the original arcade version of Punch Out!!) and his pink sweatsuit (from Punch-Out!! for the NES) can be chosen as his alternate costumes. The overweight Little Mac from Captain Rainbow also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but not in the 3DS version.[3] If Little Mac wins a match, Doc Louis occasionally appears alongside him on the results screen.

Special moves[edit]
Straight Lunge[edit]
Main article: SmashWiki:Straight Lunge

The Straight Lunge is Little Mac's neutral special move. When used, Little Mac charges his punch; he will not flinch when attacked while charging. By pressing the button again, Little Mac charges forward and hits any opponents in his path with an uppercut. The more it is charged, the farther he travels and the more powerful the punch is. However, this also causes Little Mac to cool down for a longer period. It has two varations, Flaming Straight Lunge and Stunning Straight Lunge: Flaming Straight Lunge deals fire damage and can charged more quickly, but deals less damage; Stunning Straight Run stuns an opponent when fully charged and travels a farther distance, though it doesn't ignore knockback.

When Little Mac's KO meter is full, it is replaced with a one-use move: Little Mac delivers a powerful uppercut in front of himself, launching any opponents caught in the punch a considerable distance.

Jolt Haymaker[edit]
Main article: SmashWiki:Jolt Haymaker

The Jolt Haymaker is Little Mac's side special attack. When used, Little Mac leaps forward (being briefly invincible as he does so) and delivers a downward punch. He cannot perform another attack while in midair after using the move, and it is possible to leap off the stage by mistiming the attack. The move has two variants, Grounding Blow and Guard Breaker: Grounding Blow makes Little Mac jump higher into the air, and buries opponents underground, but removes Mac's brief invincibility; Guard Breaker is unblockable and ignores knockback, in exchange for reduced distance and speed.

Rising Uppercut[edit]
Main article: SmashWiki:Rising Uppercut

The Rising Uppercut is Little Mac's up special move. When used, Little Mac jumps up with a spinning uppercut, causing a succession of blows if an enemy gets hit, and ends with a final upward strike. Its two variations are Rising Smash and Tornado Uppercut: Rising Smash is both stronger and has more knockback, but travels less vertical distance; Tornado Uppercut increases the distance Little Mac travels, but sacrifices both strength and knockback.

Slip Counter[edit]
Main article: SmashWiki:Slip Counter

The Slip Counter is Little Mac's down special move. When used, Little Mac guard and pretend to take a hit; if hit while using the move, he will then counter with an uppercut attack, nullifying the original attack and dealing increased damage. Its two variants are Compact Counter and Dash Counter: Compact Counter reduces the knockback, but gives a reduced start-up time for the move and allows for quick combos after the attack; Dash Counter lets Little mac dash forward after countering, though he cannot attack while doing so, which can be used as a means of recovering from the air.

Giga Mac[edit]
Main article: SmashWiki:Giga Mac
Giga Mac, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Giga Mac is Little Mac's Final Smash. When used, Little Mac will temporarily transform into Giga Mac, a giant hulking version of himself. While in this state, he does not flinch when attacked (though he still takes damage), and his attack powers are doubled, and have more range than before. However, Giga Mac does not have a Power Meter, and his aerial abilities remain unchanged.

Captain Rainbow[edit]

Little Mac after gaining weight in Captain Rainbow.

In Captain Rainbow, Little Mac has been out of work for some time and has become largely obese due to the events of the game. The game's protagonist, Nick, helps him get back into shape. This appearance shows up as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

NES Remix 2[edit]

In NES Remix 2, Little Mac makes an appearance in several mini-games based on the original Punch-Out!! game. They all involve Mac beating various opponents with different restrictions, like knocking out Von Kaiser with an uppercut, blocking Great Tiger's attacks while the screen fades out, or beating a powerful Glass Joe.

Super Smash Bros. Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Description
BrawlTrophy304.png Little Mac A lightweight scrapper from the Bronx. After meeting with a former boxing great named Doc Louis who fell from glory, Mac takes Doc on as his coach, and together the pair try for the championship belt in the WVBA. Little Mac works his way up the ranks of the WVBA, taking out foes several times his size. By landing multiple blows, Little Mac gains a "☆" uppercut.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Little Mac LittleMacTrophyWiiU.png NES Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii Punch-Out!! (05/2009)
This little boxer from the Punch-Out!! series makes up in heart what he lacks in height. He wasn't afraid to take on the boxing champs, and he's not afraid of the Nintendo stars. In Smash Bros., he packs a serious punch. When his KO Meter fills up, wade in and trigger a devastating uppercut.
Little Mac (Alt.) LittleMacAllStarTrophy3DS.png N/A No matter his opponent, Little Mac always puts his best fist forward. He enters a charge state before unleashing his Straight Lunge special and can unleash it while charging by pressing the button again. He won't flinch while charging. At max charge, the launching power of this move is scary!
LittleMac(alt)TrophyWiiU.png NES Punch-Out!! (10/1987)
Wii Punch-Out!! (05/2009)
No matter his opponent, Little Mac always puts his best fist forward. He enters a charge state before unleashes his Straight Lunge special–you can unleash it while charging by pressing the button again. At max charge, the launching power of this move is scary!
Little Mac (Captain Rainbow) LittleMac(CaptainRainbow)TrophyWiiU.png Wii Captain Rainbow (Japan) Wait. that Little Mac from Punch-Out!!? We'd heard he went to Mimin Island to train to become a world champion again, but it looks like he went a few too many rounds in the ring with those island mangoes. If you don't help him get back into shape, we might need to come up with a new name for him...

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Mario series appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in microgame 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as Assist Trophy 2008 Wii
Captain Rainbow Non-playable Character 2008 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS / Wii U


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リトル・マック
Ritoru Makku
Spanish Little Mac
French Little Mac
Dutch Little Mac
German Little Mac
Italian Little Mac
Portuguese Pequeno Mac
Russian Маленький Мэк
Malen'kiy Mek
Korean 리틀 맥
Liteul Maek


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