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 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
Battle Entrance
Punches on-stage and tosses off his pink sweatshirt
Main article: SmashWiki:Little Mac (SSB4)

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

Little Mac appears as a new playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, revealed on February 13, 2014[1], and taking his appearance from that in the Wii Punch-Out!!. Little Mac is a close range fighter, with most of his moves being various punches. Although he is among the fastest characters in the game and his ground attacks are powerful, Little Mac is far weaker while in the air, as his attack power drastically decreases. Additionally, Little Mac's jumping and aerial attributes are very poor, as his air speed is only around average, his air acceleration is very low, and he falls quite fast as well. To add to this, Little Mac is also lightweight, making it easy for fighters to send him flying.

In addition, 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 the powerful KO Uppercut.[2]

Little Mac's neutral special is the Straight Lunge, which causes him to wind up a punch that sends him flying forward. His side special is the Jolt Haymaker, in which he leaps forward to deliver a punch. His down special is the Slip Counter, in which he feints being hit and immediately delivers a counterattack. His up special is the Rising Uppercut, in which he leaps into the air with a series of punches. Little Mac's Final Smash turns him into Giga Mac, increasing his attack power and allowing him to not flinch, similar to Giga Bowser.

One of Little Mac's alternate costumes is based on his appearance in Title Defense mode in the Wii Punch-Out!!, another is based on his Major Circuit costume from the same game, a third is based on his Contender mode outfit, yet another is his appearance after beating an opponent the NES Punch-Out!!, and another is based on the player 2 character in the Wii Punch-Out!!'s Head-to-Head mode. Another one of his costumes is based on his appearance in Super Punch-Out!!, and the last one is his pink sweatsuit from Punch-Out!! for the NES. In addition, Little Mac also has "wireframe" variants of all his alternate costumes, based upon his appearance in the original Punch-Out!! arcade game; while most remain the same with the exception of Little Mac's body being wireframe, the sweatsuit is changed to being green, while the boxing gloves are made pink.

The overweight Little Mac from Captain Rainbow also appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.[3] If Little Mac wins a match, Doc Louis occasionally appears alongside him on the results screen.

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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy information[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Little Mac BrawlTrophy304.png NES Punch-Out!! 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]

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Little Mac LittleMacTrophy3DS.png 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. The little guy from Punch-Out!! has come a long way since his humble beginnings fighting the almost literal boxing giants. Above his damage display, you'll notice he has a little meter that fills up as he fights. When it's full, you'll see a flashing "KO" there. That means you can unleash a devastating uppercut!
Little Mac (Alt.) LittleMacAllStarTrophy3DS.png 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 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! Little Mac always puts his best fist forward, especially when you use Straight Lunge! You start by charging, then unleash the punch whenever you press the button again. Charge it to the max and its launching power is formidable! Also, attacks won't make you flinch while you're charging or once you've fully charged the move.
Giga Mac N/A GigaMacTrophyWiiU.png This Final Smash turns Little Mac into a hulking monster of a man. In Punch-Out!! for Wii, Little Mac could take this form by building up the gauge with some well-timed blows. In this game, it seriously powers up his attacks and makes him even faster. He'll completely dominate on the ground, but air battles are outside his weight class.
Little Mac (Captain Rainbow) N/A 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 in shape, we might need to come up with a new name for him... Wait a second. This is Little Mac? What happened to the "Little" part?! The star of Punch-Out!! clearly hasn't been keeping up with his training if he's ended up like this! Now that he's moved to Mimin Island, though, all hope is not lost. It's said wishes come true there - hopefully, that includes Mac's wish to get back to his former glory.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: This guy looks ready to fight!
  • Viridi: That's Little Mac. As a boxer, fighting is sort of his thing. No one can match his strength on the ground, but in an aerial battle, he's helpless.
  • Palutena: So you want to get him in the air, and keep him from landing.
  • Viridi: He has a power meter that, once full, lets him unleash a lethal attack.
  • Pit: He seems tiny, though...
  • Viridi: Maybe that's why he's LITTLE Mac. But even with his small stature, he's triumphed over many heavyweight boxers. Pretty impressive for a puny HUMAN.
  • Pit: Bring it on! The stronger the opponent, the more interesting the fight!
  • Viridi: That's the spirit!
  • Pit: Uh, I can keep using my weapons, right?
  • Viridi: Ugh! Yes...

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 Малыш Мэк
Malysh Mek
Korean 리틀 맥
Liteul Maek


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