A meteor smash is an attack in the Super Smash Bros. series that causes the enemy to fly directly downwards when hit. Because of this, they are usually difficult, though not impossible, to recover from. Meteor smashes also have variations called spikes, which function the same in terms of knockback physics, but differ in the fact that they are completely impossible to recover from.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, players can tell if a move is a meteor smash if the opponent can cancel the downward knockback after being hit. There are also some bonuses earned, which involve meteor smashes.
Certain items and Pokémon also have meteor smash properties, including:
Meteor Smash bonuses
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, meteor smashes are harder to cancel, and there are no bonuses involving them; bonuses aren't awarded or recorded in this game. Also, the Footstool Jump acts as a meteor smash as well.
Like in the previous game, certain items, Poké Ball Pokémon, and Assist Trophies have moves that contain meteor smash features. These include:
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, characters that are meteor smashed onto a floor will bounce back up. It also allows players to tech even if they were standing on the ground, and several Final Smash attacks make use of this change. In addition, stronger meteor smashes are now denoted by a unique sound effect upon connection. In addition, meteor smashes can no longer be canceled, though to compensate hitstun does not last as long when used on opponents with lower damage percentages.
Items, Assist Trophies, and Pokémon that meteor smash in this game include:
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate