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Super Smash Bros. Character
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  PK Fire (SSB); PK Flash (SSBM)
Side:  PK Fire (SSBM)
Up:  PK Thunder
Down:  PSI Magnet
Final Smash:  PK Starstorm
Battle Entrance
Ness flies onto the battleground via PSI Teleport. (SSB), (SSBB), and (SSB4)
Not to be confused with Nintendo Entertainment System.

Ness, Super Smash Bros.

Ness is a 13 year old boy from Onett, who first appeared in the game EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan). Starting off as a normal young boy, Ness ends up on a journey to save the world from Giygas's alien army. He also develops psychic powers, known as PSI, during the course of the game. Ness is often pictured with a baseball bat, which is the first weapon acquired in EarthBound. He has been linked to Mario through the Super Smash Bros. series. Throughout the Super Smash Bros. series, Ness was voiced by Makiko Ōmoto, who also voices Kirby. Ness's name is an anagram of "SNES", the shorthand term for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, on which EarthBound was released (however, it is also like "NES" as in the Nintendo Entertainment System).


Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Ness (SSB)

Ness's first Mario franchise appearance is in Super Smash Bros., where he must be unlocked to become playable. To unlock him, the player has to beat 1-P Mode on Normal difficulty with three lives, without continuing, as any character. The player then must defeat Ness in order to unlock him.

Ness's special moves are based upon some of the various PK (Psychokinesis) moves from EarthBound. His neutral special is PK Fire, which sends out a bolt of lightning that creates a pillar of fire when it hits. His up special is PK Thunder, which sends out lightning to attack; Ness can also strike himself with the move to attack. His down special is PSI Magnet, which can absorb projectiles to recover damage. None of these moves could actually be learned by Ness in EarthBound; they are instead those of his friend and teammate, Paula (although her trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee suggests that she taught him these moves). In addition, Ness uses a yo-yo for his up and down smash attacks and a baseball bat for his side smash attack, both of which are equipment in EarthBound.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Ness in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: SmashWiki:Ness (SSBM)

Ness returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Here, he is a default character at the beginning of the game. Originally, Ness was to be replaced by Lucas, the main protagonist of Mother 3. However, Mother 3 turned out to be delayed until after Super Smash Bros. Melee was released. As such, Ness was kept in to avoid confusion.

Ness is given a new neutral special attack, PK Flash, which is one of his original EarthBound attacks and lets him release a ball of energy that can be charged as it rises and lowers to eventually explode. This replaces PK Fire as his standard special move, instead making it his side special move.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Ness (SSBB)
Ness SSBB.png
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Ness returns again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and is once again one of the hidden characters. He is unlocked if the player plays five Brawl matches, reflects 10 projectiles, or by recruiting Ness as a member of the party in The Subspace Emissary. When any of these requirements are met, the player will battle Ness, and by winning Ness becomes a playable character.

Ness's moveset is exactly the same as it is in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He is given a Final Smash which is shared with Lucas: PK Starstorm, which sends meteors raining down on the stage to damage opponents. In EarthBound, this move could only be learned by Poo, though like with Paula's trophy in the previous game Ness's Final Smash trophy suggests that he learned this move from Poo.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Ness' snapshot in the Subspace Emissary.

When Lucas is attacked by The Pig King Statue at the Ruined Zoo, Ness arrives and uses PK Flash on it to save Lucas. The statue explodes, revealing Porky in his Spider Mech. Lucas and Ness then both fight Porky and defeat him. However, after his defeat, Wario, with his Dark Cannon, comes and attempts to shoot Ness several times. Ness avoids all the shots so Wario decides to aim for Lucas. Wario shoots an arrow out of the gun and it flies straight at Lucas - Ness however jumps in front of the arrow to save Lucas, and ends up becoming a trophy. Wario grabs the trophy and starts laughing while Lucas runs away terrified.

Wario later travels in his Cargo with the princess trophy (the one that wasn't rescued at Midair Stadium) and the Ness trophy. After finding the Luigi trophy, he decides to take it. However, King Dedede steals the Cargo and drives off with all three trophies, as Dedede had been using Luigi to distract Wario. Later, at King Dedede's Castle, Dedede puts a timed Badge on the Ness trophy, along with the other two trophies. Dedede ends up becoming a trophy not long after, and the princess was captured by the Subspace Army again. Later, the Ness, King Dedede and Luigi trophies end up in Subspace.

Luigi and Ness get revived by Dedede's badges.

Near the end of the game, Tabuu turns all characters into trophies. Meanwhile, Luigi and Ness are both turned back to life. This is because the badges that King Dedede put on them had the power to turn revert trophies to their living counterparts, but this didn't happen until a long time later. Ness and Luigi revive King Dedede (who is overjoyed that his plan worked out), and they go out together into Subspace itself where they turn Mario, Donkey Kong, Samus, Fox, Pikachu, Captain Falcon, Marth, Mr. Game & Watch, Falco, Pit, Olimar, Lucas, Diddy Kong, the Pokémon Trainer, and Ike back into their living counterparts. Ness and Luigi also witness King Dedede's battle with Bowser and convince Wario about the truth of the situation. All trophies (including Kirby and the ones he rescued) then endure the Great Maze and fight Tabuu.

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

Main article: SmashWiki:Ness (SSB4)

Ness appears as an unlockable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. He has a new voice set, but is still voiced by Makiko Ōmoto. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Ness is unlocked after either Classic Mode is completed twice or 10 matches are played, then by defeating Ness in a 1-stock match on the Magicant stage. In the Wii U version, Ness is a default character.

Ness's base moveset is still unchanged, though half of his alternate special moves originate from Lucas's variants of his special moves. In addition, PK Starstorm has been changed to be more concentrated rather than meteors falling across the stage.

Super Mario Maker[edit]


Ness makes a cameo appearance in Super Mario Maker as an unlockable amiibo costume for Costume Mario. Mario's 8-bit sprite takes the appearance of Ness, and his sound effects change to ones from EarthBound: when acquired, the PSI healing sound effect plays. Clearing the stage plays the boss victory theme. When falling into a pit, the sound effect of Ness's party being defeated from that game will play, and pressing +Control Pad up on the controller makes the jingle for learning a new technique play.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

  • Website: Unlock the Earthbound hero by finishing the game on the Normal difficulty, with only three lives and without continuing. It's quite a feat, but the plucky little guy is worth it. His Psi attacks will drive the other players mad.
  • In-game description: Ness was a seemingly-average kid from Onett, but in truth, he was destined for much more.
When a strange meteorite landed near his hometown, the little boy with psychic powers set out to save the world.
Little has been said of Ness' character, and much remains hidden.
EarthBound (SNES)

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]


# Name Image First Game / Move Description
25 Ness
Trophy25.PNG EarthBound
Ness is a young boy who's mastered the psychic power known as PSI. Ness was living a normal life in the suburbs of Onett until a meteor crashed into a nearby mountain and sent him on a wild adventure. Believing in the ultimate powers of wisdom, courage, and friendship, Ness proves that some heroes come in small packages.
26 Ness [Smash]
Trophy26.PNG B: PK Flash
Smash B: PK Fire
The key to mastering Ness is controlling his unique midair jump, which makes up for what he lacks in speed. His PK Flash attack may seem weak at first glance, but it grows more powerful the longer you hold down the B Button. To do a lot of damage with PK Fire, try to burn your opponent as many times as possible.
27 Ness [Smash]
Trophy27.PNG Up & B: PK Thunder
Down & B: PSI Magnet
Ness's mind is his best weapon. PK Thunder is a PSI missile weapon that can be guided using the Control Stick, and if Ness hits himself with it, he turns into a living missile capable of doing massive damage. This move can also be used for recovery. PSI Magnet turns energy missile attacks into health; try out certain Pokémon for stamina replenishment.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
55 Ness BrawlTrophy055.png SNES EarthBound
N64 Super Smash Bros.
An average boy whose life changed when he found a meteor and an alien on a nearby mountain. The alien warned him of a future threat, and adventure ensued. He can use psychic energy known as PSI and also wields a bat and yo-yo. This brave youth gives his all to defeat the evil Giygas.


Image Game Effect
Ness Sticker.jpg EarthBound [PK] - Attack +33
Usable by: Ness, Lucas

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Colonel: That kid... Isn't that Ness?
  • Snake: Ness?
  • Colonel: He may look like a mere boy, but don't let that fool you. He has PSI abilities that defy all scientific explanation.
  • Snake: Just like Psycho Mantis...
  • Colonel: Exactly. He can use teleportation, levitation, pyrokinesis, and psychokinesis.
  • Snake: Yeah, but the question is, can he read minds?
  • Colonel: Not to my knowledge, no.
  • Snake: Good. Then I won't have to worry about him predicting my every move.
  • Colonel: Even if he had telepathic powers, I don't think he'd use them to mess with you like that. I hear he's a good kid.

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


Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Ness NessTrophy3DS.png
N/A NA: Hailing from Onett, a small town in Eagleland, this young boy's ordinary looks hide his psychic powers. Ness fought against the evil Giygas in EarthBound, and in Smash Bros. he unleashes some of the same PSI moves. Watch out for PK Thunder, a guided attack that can also launch Ness like a rocket!

PAL: From Onett in Eageland comes this young lad. He may not look like much, but he has powerful psychic abilities, and they really come in handy in EarthBound. They come in handy in this game, too. Did you know you can control his PK Thunder bolt? Aim it at Ness himself to send him flying, absolutely clobbering anyone in his path!

(Wii U)
SNES EarthBound (06/1995) Hailing from Onett, a small town in Eagleland, this young boy sports ordinary looks that hide his psychic powers. Ness fought against the evil Giygas in EarthBound, and in Smash Bros. he unleashes some of the same PSI moves. Watch out for PK Thunder, a guided attack that can also launch Ness like a rocket!
Ness (Alt.) NessAllStarTrophy3DS.png
N/A NA: Ness may have psychic powers, but that doesn't mean he shies away from getting physical. His side smash packs a real punch if you hit enemies with the end of his bat, and it can even deflect projectiles! His up and down smashes also have a lot of range—Ness can land his strikes with ease!

PAL: Ness may have psychic powers, but that doesn't mean he shies away from getting physical. His side smash packs a real punch if you hit enemies with the end of his bat, and it can even reflect projectiles! His up and down smashes have a lot of range, meaning when you play as Ness, it's always easy to land hits on your foes!

(Wii U)
SNES EarthBound (06/1995) Ness may have psychic powers, but that doesn't mean he shies away from getting physical. His side smash packs a real punch if you hit enemies with the end of his bat, and it can even deflect projectiles! His up and down smashes also have a lot of range–try giving them a spin!
PK Starstorm (Ness) PKStarstormTrophyWiiU.png N/A In EarthBound, this PSI ability belonged to Poo, the Crown Prince of Dalaam and one of Ness's friends. Ness must have learned it especially for Smash Bros.! The attack makes a shower of meteors fall onto the stage, damaging any foes it hits. While the attack's in progress, Ness is invincible and can adjust the meteors' trajectory.

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I'm picking up on some weird kind of energy here.
  • Palutena: What you feel is Ness's PSI.
  • Pit: What's PSI?
  • Palutena: It's a general term for supernatural abilities.
  • Pit: Supernatural?! Isn't that pretty unscientific?
  • Palutena: Said the angel to the goddess.
  • Pit: What are you getting at?
  • Palutena: Pit, we're having this conversation via telepathy. Meanwhile, the power of flight is a type of psychokinesis, and I see you from the heavens using clairvoyance. Finally, I call you back from the battlefield with something akin to teleportation.
  • Pit: And believe me, I truly appreciate all do...with things...
  • Palutena: Anyway, if Ness tries to recover via PK Thunder and you reflect it, that will really ruin his day. Give it a try when you get a chance!

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネス
Russian Несс
Korean 네스
Chinese 内斯


  • Ness and Lucas's victory theme is the title theme for the first Mother game in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In the first two games, it is based off the "8 Melodies" theme from EarthBound.
  • In Mother 2, the Japanese version of EarthBound, one of the default names for Ness is Mario.