Smash Ultimate features a fair number of Nintendo icons (Link, Samus, etc.), but manages to spread things out quite a bit more than you’d expect. Still, you can’t have a Nintendo crossover game — one that pulls characters from every major franchise the studio has ever had and then some — without more than one variation of the company’s most classic character. Dr. Mario fills the multi-talented plumber’s second spot on the massive Smash Ultimate roster.
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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Dr. Mario may or may not be a licensed medical professional. Nintendo didn’t return our request for comment on the matter (nor did we actually bother asking). He does have some cool combat moves, however, proving that he certainly doesn’t worry about that whole “do no harm” thing.
According to the good doctor’s official Nintendo description…
He has more attack and launch power than Mario, but his jump and recovery is not as good. Pro tip: You can repeatedly press the B button when using his down special, Dr. Tornado, to float a bit!
Dr. Mario Moves
Megavitamins (B) – Throws a vitamin capsule that bounces off the ground.
Super Sheet (Side + B) – Reflects projectiles with a sheet. Has a shorter reach but a wider vertical range than Mario’s.
Super Jump Punch (Up + B) – Hits repeatedly with a rising punch that, while lacking coins, is extra powerful at the start of the jump.
Dr. Tornado (Down + B) – Spins rapidly. He can move sideways while spinning and even rise, with repeated button presses!
Doctor Finale (Final Smash) – Dr. Mario lets loose a pair of giant vitamin capsules that spiral through the air, pushing opponents away. The attack covers a wide area and travels far, so it’s best to unleash this after jumping.
Strengths & Weaknesses
The doctor is in, and he has a few qualities that separate him from that regular “Mario” guy, whoever that is. His pills have more bounce than fireballs, his cape is a sheet that he whips up, and his moves all look and play out just a little differently than the plumber’s. Dr. Mario isn’t drastically different, but hey, he’s busy with his medical practice.
That said, most of Mario’s weaknesses carry over as well. Being a jack-of-all-trades means fighters can beat you if they play the game at their speed. Manage the tempo and you’ll be just fine.
Dr. Mario Outfits
The doctor is in… style! Dr. Mario’s lab coat changes colors with some outfits sporting black gloves instead of the usual white.
That’s all we’ve got to say about Doctor Mario for now! If you need more tips and tricks for the relatively simple character, check out our standard Smash Ultimate Mario guide. The two characters aren’t totally identical, but you mean learn more about the mascot characters as a pair than individually.
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.