Exploring Mega Man’s Moves In Super Smash Bros.

By Spencer . June 12, 2014 . 6:58pm

Earlier in the week, Robert and I got to try out Mega Man in Super Smash Bros., but today, I had a chance to go back and get a little more hands-on time with the character. Mega Man’s basic attack is a bullet that travels about a third of the screen. Here are his moves:


  • Down-A makes him slide about the same distance, but Mega Man isn’t a close range fighter. He feels best at a distance which made him useful when fighting the hordes of enemies in Smash Run.


  • Up-A does a Shoryuken that ends with an upwards firing tornado. Left or Right with A does the Top Spin attack.


  • Down-A while jumping fires a Hard Knuckle.


  • Towards and A while jumping is a Flame Man sword slice.


  • Back and A while jumping makes Mega Man do two quick slashes with Slash Man’s claws.


  • The B button throws a Metal Blade, which travels the full width of the screen. Left or right with B fires Crash Bombs which have a small blast radius. Crash Bombs also travel further than the basic buster shot.


  • Down-B makes a Leaf Shield, which still feels like it takes too long since Smash Bros. fights are so frantic. The Leaf Shield was handy during Smash Run since there are breaks between enemy waves.


  • Up-B makes Rush appear and gives Mega Man a third jump.


For Smash Attacks, left or right plus A makes Mega Man fire a charged buster shot. This attack has the same distance a regular shot. You can further charge up this move for a larger blast that goes further.


The down and A Smash Attack makes a fire shield appear. Up and A makes a giant spark. I wasn’t able to catch enemies with those smash attacks in Smash Run mode since both have short range. Up and A looks like it can be used for anti-air counter or to “catch” another player jumping back on the stage just to send them flying again.


The takeaway from a longer hands-on is that Mega Man is versatile even though some of his attacks may be slower than other characters’.

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  • GoldLiger(Bijuu no Sennin)

    Nice to know these guys pay attention to detail.

  • This is pretty off topic from mega man’s moveset but I WANT that Super Smash Bros GameCube Controller! :D It’s so beautiful. ;.; soo..soo..Beautiful ;.;

  • Tonton Ramos

    I saw Megaman win some battles and I gotta tell you he is a really good fighter but only in the 3DS version at GameXplain’s vids

  • Chris Hodges

    Mega Man is definitely the character I’m most interested in trying out, but I have the feeling I’ll stick to Ness and Roy as my mood dictates.

    • k.b.a.

      Lol Roy. I wish brother
      To clarify not for Roy specifically, but any other Fe character with either not blue hair or not a sword.

      • Chris Hodges

        I meant Ike, haha. Considering I haven’t played SSBM in years, I have no idea where Roy came from in my mind.

  • WyattEpp

    You list two for Up+A. I take it the first is tilt and the second is smash?

  • Jero

    I would like to know your impressions on the 3DS game, how it feels and stuff like that, is smash run fun? It sure looks like it but who knows.

  • CptPokerface

    His Up + Forward A is actually the Flame Sword attack he got from Sword Man in Mega Man 8. His element was fire, so I could understand the confusion.

  • Super Fighting Robot… MEGAMAN~!

    Er, anyhoo, I think the Shoryuken move is more or less based on his MvC Rock/Mega Upper special.

    • Firehawke

      Almost correct. It actually goes back a year further, to Rockman 2: The Power Fighters.

  • Slickyslacker

    I am excite.

    Still want to main him, despite how clunky he allegedly is.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, and that’s just one of the move-sets. Though I’m kinda interested in whether both 3DS and WiiU have move-sets you can alter, or if that’s just available for one of the versions.

    • friendly neighborhood_dude

      You can change their moves?

      • raygunner659

        When you’re playing with friends (online friends too, I think), you have the option of customizing how the character operates. For example, you can make Mario’s fireballs fly like bullets instead of bouncing balls, or you can make Bowser a little faster. I don’t think you’ll have the option of outright switching out, say, Megaman’s Metal Blades for, I dunno, Snakeman’s Snakes. But that would be welcome.

        • friendly neighborhood_dude

          You had to switch the waiting game to hard mode hadn’t you?

          • raygunner659

            I’m so sorry. But I only know this because I’m on hard mode too >_> AND I MUST KNOW MORE!

      • Göran Isacson

        What raygunner said. Straight up quote from the Smash Bros page:
        “One type of custom part lets you change the special attacks of fighters like Mario and Donkey Kong.
        Each fighter possesses four special attacks; standard special, side special, up special, and down special. Each of these can be customized, however, so there are three variations for each direction. This means there are two classifications for special attacks: basic and custom.”
        They then go on to describe what Raygunner said, that for instance Mario’s fireball attack can be bullets, vanilla bouncing, or some kind of close-range, but VERY big burst of fire. And that is just his regular B attack, ALL his B attacks can be altered.

        interestingely enough, they then go on to say that
        “However, Mii Fighters and Palutena don’t have spin-off variations, but rather completely unique types of attacks.”

        No example given yet, but it certainly sounds enticing.

  • jeof96

    we need tier list. dammit.

    • DoctorButler


  • British_Otaku

    Pretty sure this was covered in a previous direct or something, but I suppose I appreciate it in text even if it lacks the Hype Beam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jgC1NYmbzs

    Thanks for examining some of the strengths and weaknesses, dude. Waiting till September to get my hands on this is a bit much.

    • friendly neighborhood_dude

      Traveling at HYPE-SPEED!

  • Nirvanes

    The most glorious moment in all the Invitational Tournament was the Smash of Megaman. That thing is just epic.

  • hawk222

    You forgot to mention the Up+A while jumping move. It fires a tornado above Mega Man.

    (Also, does the Leaf Shield only protect against projectiles, or can it protect against, say, weak A attacks as well?)

  • MisterHoot

    I’ve tried Mega man at a nintendo world, and gotta say he was the hardest character to get into. His basic moves are a bit awkward to use and at first glance, it doesn’t seem like he excells in any particular area. It takes a bit of time to get used to his move set

  • Ric Vazquez

    Mah favorite character for Smash :3

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