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Little Mac
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Statistics
Nickname(s) Mac
Rated at 107 lbs (48.53 kg)
Height 5'7" (1.7 m)Wii
Nationality American
Age 17
From Bronx, NY, USA
Stance Orthodox
First appearance Punch-Out!! (1984)
Boxing record
Rank Varies (main player character)
Total fights Varies (main player character)
Wins Varies (main player character)
Wins by KO Varies (main player character)
Losses Varies (main player character)

Little Mac (リトル・マック, Ritoru Makku) is the main protagonist in the Punch-Out!! franchise.

History[]

Background and personality[]

Little Mac is 17 years old, 5'7" (1.7 m) tall, weighs 107 lb (48.53 kg) and hails from the Bronx, in New York. He usually appears as a medium-built Italian-American man with black hair and blue eyes. He wears a black tank top, black and white shoes, green shorts and green boxing gloves. In the manual for Punch-Out!! (NES), he has a blue tank top and freckles.

His black hair changes between games from a short black ball cut in the NES installment to a standing-up hairstyle in the Wii one, which is either blue or orange depending on his model's textures. In Super Punch-Out!! however, he is now tanner, has blonde hair, wears blue shorts and no top.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, his design is more detailed, as he appears more muscular and tanner than in his Wii installment and looks more realistic, being drawn up in a similar fashion to the Fire Emblem characters and Legend of Zelda characters that are included in the game. His hair is also black instead of blue or orange.

He is interested in getting into the World Video Boxing Association. By chance, he met Doc Louis, who was a former heavyweight champion in his own right. He then began his journey to the top of the World Circuit, beating many other boxers standing in his path.

He does not have much development and not much is known about him or his personality, though he is shown to lack confidence and complain quite a bit between rounds, in a similar manner to Glass Joe. In matches, he is very good at punishing mistakes, using his size to his advantage to quickly dodge attacks and uses a defensive playstyle focused on dodging and countering. In Punch-Out!! for the Wii, he has clearly grown significantly in terms of motivation and willpower; if he wins without taking much damage, he happily celebrates his victory and, if he gets knocked down three times, it's possible for him to resist just before he falls to the ground up to twice per fight, showing that he is humble and very determined to show others they misjudged him. He also feels uneasy with his fans sometimes, as shown in Title Defense Super Macho Man's cutscene.

Punch-Out!! (Nintendo Entertainment System)[]

Little Mac's first appearance is actually in the NES version of Punch-Out!! Prior arcade titles starred a nameless green haired boxer who appeared looking older and taller. Judging from the newspaper right before The Dream Fight, Little Mac was born in 1970.

Prior to this game, Little Mac and Doc Louis met by chance one day. Doc began teaching him everything he knew about boxing. After immense training, Little Mac enters the World Video Boxing Association. After beating several circuits under Doc's guidance, he finally becomes champion after defeating Mike Tyson or Mr. Dream, depending on which version you play.

Super Punch-Out!![]

The taller, tan and blond boxer is stated to be Little Mac in some US promotional materials, and Nintendo News.[1] However this is never stated in any other advertising materials and the producers of Punch-Out!! for Wii claim it was a separate character.

If this is Little Mac, then he has changed his appearance completely in this game, with blonde hair. There is no sign of Doc Louis either. The blonde boxer enters the W.V.B.A. and again takes the title "Ultimate Champ" after beating Nick Bruiser.

Punch-Out!! (Wii)[]

Assuming the commercials for the game can be taken as canon, Mac had lost his title as champion to King Hippo fifteen years ago in the NES game, though his age is shown to be 17 in the game. He has re-entered the W.V.B.A. once again to win back his title as champion with Doc Louis as his coach once again.

After numerous battles, Mac climbs to the top of the W.V.B.A. and defeats the champion, Mr. Sandman, thus allowing Mac to become the new champion. However, all of his previous opponents want to try to defeat him and claim the title, thus Mac goes off to defend his title. He defeats all of his opponents and remains the Champ.

Mac eventually grows tired of his fame though, and after a small chat with Doc, begins his last stand, where if he loses three times, he'll retire.

After going for as long as the player can against all of the previous opponents (in their Title Defense strategies), Little Mac loses three times and retires. Doc visits a boxing museum and examines Mac's exhibit, containing images and trophies of his victories. After Doc looks at the same bike he rode to train Mac, he announces that he's proud of Mac and respectfully leaves. If he wins 10 matches before losing 3, he does not retire and you get Champion's mode, which can be used in Exhibition mode.

Moves[]

  • Right Hook: Wii Remote & Nunchuk Motion Controls: Move Wii Remote forward. Wii Remote Sideways Classic Controls: Press 2 button
  • Left Hook: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Move Nunchuk forward. Wii Remote Sideways: Press 1 button
  • Right Jab: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Hold UP on the Control Stick then move Wii Remote forward. Wii Remote Sideways: Hold UP on the Control Pad then press 2
  • Left Jab: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Hold UP on Control Stick then move Nunchuk forward. Wii Remote Sideways: Hold UP on the Control Pad then press 1
  • Dodge: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Press LEFT or RIGHT on Control Stick. Wii Remote Sideways: Press LEFT or RIGHT on Control Pad. Wii Balance Board: Put pressure onto left or right side
  • Duck: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Press DOWN on Control Stick. Wii Remote Sideways: Press DOWN on Control Pad. Wii Balance Board: Put pressure on both sides
  • Block: Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Press or hold UP on Control Stick. Wii Remote Sideways: Press or hold UP on Control Pad
  • Star Uppercut: Little Mac's signature move. If you punch someone on their taunt or such as before they attack, you will earn a Star. You can still hold up to 3 stars like in the NES version, but you can use them all at once to increase the power of the Star Uppercut. You can also hold stars between rounds but to make up for it, you will lose all your stars if you are hit once (except for Piston Hondo's glitch jab) unlike in the NES version, where you only lose one star when you are hit.
    • The controls: with a Wii Remote & Nunchuk: Right Star Uppercut: Hold A button then move Wii Remote forward. Left Star Uppercut: Hold C button then move Nunchuk forward. Wii Remote Sideways: Right: Hold A button. Left: Hold - button.
    • Instant Knockdowns: Use a one- or two-star uppercut when he is out of hearts. (Head-to-Head)
    • Instant Knockouts: Use a three-star uppercut when he is out of hearts. (Head-to-Head)

Giga Mac[]

Giga Mac
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Statistics
Nickname(s) Big Mac
Age 17
From Bronx, NY, USA
First appearance Punch-Out!! (2009)
Boxing record

Giga Mac has so far only appeared in Punch-Out!! (Wii), as well as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Little Mac's Final Smash. Unlike the fast and lightweight Little Mac, Giga Mac is a slow, hulking powerhouse, similar to King Hippo. Little Mac becomes Giga Mac after one of the players fills up a blue bar with Giga Mac Juice by punching the other player at certain times. His snarls, growls and roars are provided by Frank Welker.

Giga Mac plays like if the player was an opponent, similar to the ones from Career Mode. This is because when he shows up, the multiplayer split-screen becomes only one screen and in order to defeat Giga Mac, the other player has to dodge his attacks and then punch him.

Giga Mac has moves that range from a wind-up punch to a double-handed overhead strike. He can also earn stars just by posing and can also refill his blue bar, but it's recommended to use these when the opponent is tired, since both can be countered and (in case of the latter) deplete the majority of the bar. If the Giga Mac player doesn't do anything for a while, Giga Mac will face his opponent and roar at him, however, this doesn't actually help Giga Mac, as the other player can punch his face to get a star.

Giga Mac can actually get up faster than Little Mac, with the ability to get up as fast as the count of 2.

Stars:

  • Punch Giga Mac during his Star Taunt.
  • Punch Giga Mac when he roars.
  • Counter his charging overhead with a left jab.
  • Counter his charging jab with a right jab.
  • Counter his left uppercut with a left hook.
  • Counter his right uppercut with a right hook.
  • Counter his left hook with a left punch.
  • Counter his right hook with a right punch.

Moves:

  • Left Hook: A slow hook from the left side. Dodge left or duck to avoid it.
  • Right Hook: Just like the Left Hook, but from the right side instead.
  • Jab: A quick jab forward. Can be blocked as well as ducked or dodged.
  • Charging Jab: Giga Mac will wind up his hand before thrusting forward, dealing more damage the longer the punch is charged. Cannot be blocked, unlike the uncharged version, and the dodge window is small.
  • Overhead Punch: Giga Mac lifts his hand up before slamming downwards. Can be dodged in either direction, but dodging early may result in getting hit on the way back.
  • Charging Overhead: Like the regular Overhead Punch, but Giga Mac will wind up his arm, dealing more damage the longer it's held. This is why dodging the regular Overhead Punch is not a good idea.
  • Left Uppercut: A slow uppercut after Giga Mac crouches down. Can be dodged or countered with a left hook for a star.
  • Right Uppercut: The right side equivalent of the Left Uppercut.
  • Star Punch: A very fast overhead smash, increasing in power with the amount of stars Giga Mac has. The dodge window is very small, and it can't be ducked or countered.
  • Star Taunt: Giga Mac does a strongman pose, earning a star upon its completion.
  • Time Taunt: Giga Mac will shrug to the side, refilling a portion of Giga Mac juice on completion. Punching him on the left side will interrupt the taunt and drain even more juice from his meter.
  • Roar Taunt: Giga Mac quickly moves his hands outward and roars at you. Punch him for a star.

Instant Knockdown: Counter the taunt or the refilling move with a one-star or two-star uppercut.

Instant Knockout: Counter the taunt or the refilling move with a three-star uppercut.


Rule Infractions[]

Fitting his description as a typical fighter from the Bronx, Little Mac has very little infractions. But, as per the unified rules of boxing established by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports:

  • In the NES game, Little Mac must jump to hit opponents in the head due to his height; while jumping itself is technically not illegal, jumping attacks are.
    • In the Wii game, his 3-Star Punch involves him jumping, but only after (and possibly due solely to the momentum with which) he throws the punch, so it is technically legal.
  • Boxers must be 18+ to be in official competitive play. Little Mac is 17, so despite having the fundamentals down, Mac needs to take another year before professionally fighting.
    • However, it's possible that the WBVA recognizes him as a prodigy and allows him to compete despite his age.
  • While it is legal to wear a loose shirt in amateur fights, they are not allowed in World Circuit fights.
  • Should the player press the 1 and 2 buttons as Little Mac is being KO'd, he can recover at the last second with a small amount of health left. This is technically an infraction, as part of this animation has him bounce off of the ring's ropes - which should only be used to keep both competitors in the ring - before he continues to fight.
  • The waistband of his trunks in the World Circuit and Title Defense has "Mac" written on it, which amounts to personal branding, which is strictly forbidden.
  • While likely unintentional, Little Mac's disposal of King Hippo's manhole cover in the latter's Title Defense fight features said cover crushing his foot, which technically results in an attack below the belt with an outside object.
    • Additionally, the cover rolls away afterward, possibly of the ring and onto the crowd, endangering them. However, these two infractions could be pinned on King Hippo for bringing this manhole cover into the ring in the first place.
  • As Giga Mac, his equivalent of the Star Punch has him perform a jumping overhead club with the side of his gloves, which provides two infractions by itself: attacks with the sides of the gloves and jumping attacks are both not allowed.
  • When Little Mac punches after Super Macho Man's Super Macho Clothesline Attack, he punches him in the back of the head. While Super Macho Man is breaking the rules by turning his back, Little Mac is also breaking the rules. Punching the back of the head is illegal as it can lead to serious brain injury.
  • In Mr. Sandman's KO/TKO animation, Little Mac is showing his back during Mr. Sandman's fall, in which the fight is not technically over yet.

Super Smash Bros. series:[]

  • Mac's Down Tilt, Down Smash and Forward Smash (angled down) all hit below the belt of an average-sized human (such as Captain Falcon)
  • Mac's back-air attack involves a backhanded punch, which is not allowed.
  • Mac's crouch animation has him go lower than Captain Falcon's waist and, as such, is too low.
  • While Little Mac's grab can fall under the definition of a Clinch, he can repeatedly punch the opponent in his grasp for extra damage. Hitting the opponent while clinching them is not allowed.
  • Also, throwing the opponent out of a clinch is not allowed either.
  • While this is player-dependent, hitting an opponent from behind or while they are down is forbidden.
  • Another player-dependent one, the fighters are not allowed to face away from the opponent, as it is disrespectful and could also be used to make the opponent stop attacking in a dire situation.
  • Mac's Up-Special involves him leaping while spinning in the air. Jumping into the air during a fight is illegal, as is turning one's back to the opponent.
  • Additionally, his Side-Special involves a jumping attack.

Quotes[]

Punch-Out!! (NES)[]

  • "I'm tired, Doc!" (When the round is over)
  • "He's hurt me, Doc!" (When you are hurt too much after a round)
  • "I can't win, Doc!" (Between rounds, when Mac has been knocked down at least twice)
  • "Help! Doc!!"
  • "His defense is too tough, Doc!" (King Hippo intermission)
  • "Weakness?/Big mouth? Come on Doc! Teach me more..." (After Doc gives a hint on exposing King Hippo's weak spot)

Super Punch-Out!! (SNES) (Blond Little Mac)[]

  • "Piece of cake!" (after not being knocked down)
  • "I got it!" (After being knocked down once)
  • "Too close!" (After being knocked down 2 times)
  • "Right on!" (After defeating any of the 4 champions)
  • "OOF!" (After taking a hard punch)
  • "Uuuuuhhh....." (Knocked down)

Punch-Out!! (Wii)[]

  • "Guuuh... Ooohhhgh... Urgh!... Urgh! Oooogggghhh...." (When being KO'd or TKO'd)
  • "Haha! Whoo hoo! Yeah!" (After easily winning a fight)
  • "Guuuh... Ohhhgh... Uh!... Grrr! RAH!" (If the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wii Remote are pressed during Little Mac's KO scene just before he falls to the ground.)
  • (*Admires the audience's cheering*) "Yeah." (After doing well enough in the win animation)

Doc Louis's Punch-Out!![]

  • "Uh-huh!" (after completing Training and Warm-Up)

Giga Mac quotes[]

  • "Grahh!" (When he throws a hook)
  • "Raagh!" (Throwing an uppercut)
  • "Gruhh!" (Throwing an overhead)
  • "Rah!" (Roar Taunt)
  • "Yah!" (Star Taunt)
  • "Gruh gruh!" (Time Taunt)
  • "Rragh!" (Transforming)
  • "G-gruh gruh..." (Shrinking)

Other appearances[]

Fight Night Round 2[]

In Fight Night Round 2, Little Mac (in his SNES incarnation) is a playable bonus character in the GameCube version of the game. He was included due to a licensing deal with EA to include Nintendo characters in some EA games for the GameCube at the time.

Captain Rainbow[]

Little Mac appears in the Japanese-exclusive Wii game, Captain Rainbow. He has gotten very obese and you must get him back into shape so he can fight again.

Little Mac seen fat

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Little Mac appears as an Assist Trophy. He appears on the stage and dashes around, punching and using uppercuts on enemies. The uppercut causes 25% damage and the normal punches cause high amounts of damage as well. He often falls off the stage, however. He also has a normal trophy as all other Assist Trophies do. In its description, it says:

"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.[]

Little Mac appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In these games, Mac is a strong, fast, melee-based fighter that can make quick work of other fighters on the ground. By contrast, his aerial attacks and recovery moves are weak and cover little range, leaving him extremely vulnerable in the air. One of Mac's unique attributes is his K.O. Meter, a bar that builds up when Mac deals or receives damage. Once full, it alters Mac's standard special attack into the "K.O. Punch", an extremely powerful close-range uppercut that sends opponents flying, usually for a K.O. at higher damage. His Final Smash in both games is a transformation into Giga Mac. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the player controls Giga Mac as an extremely powerful version of Little Mac who cannot flinch from damage and hits much harder with all of his attacks. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, activating the Final Smash causes Little Mac to transform and charge forward in a straight line and anyone caught in his range is automatically delivered a series of powerful punches and launched before Little Mac transforms back.

The "Boxing Ring" appears as a Punch-Out!! themed stage modeled after both the Major and World Circuit rings from Punch-Out!! (Wii). The ring itself is from the World Circuit, but the surrounding stadium seats matches the Major Circuit's stadium interior. There is also a Jumbotron screen in the back that views the fight in real-time and displays stats and exaggerated titles for two fighters in a similar fashion to the Punch-Out!! arcade game.

Along with the regular Little Mac trophy, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U features a trophy of Little Mac as he appeared in Captain Rainbow.

Little Mac appears in "World of Light" as one of the fighters captured by Galeem. His body is used to create puppet fighters for "spirits" to take control of. The real Little Mac is held in the city area, but the player must defeat the Great Zapfish spirit in the power plant in order to open the gate blocking access to him.

WarioWare series[]

Little Mac is - assumingly - the playable character in the boss stage "Punch Out" in the game WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare Mega Party Game$. However, the player character seems to be a completely different person in WarioWare Gold.

In WarioWare: Touched!, the same Little Mac lookslike in the microgame "Button Masher", on its third level of difficulty.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y Showcase, Little Mac appears alongside Bald Bull in the microgame Punch-Out!! in localized versions of the game.

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, he appears as a boxer in a micro game called "Punch-Out!!", where Mario must count down as a boxer (Glass Joe) gets down.

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien[]

In this game the player can unlock a secret costume for Commander Video called "Mac Daddy". This costume gives Commander Video Little Mac's pink hoodie and green boxing gloves.

Trivia[]

  • Little Mac had 6 trophy figurines, an Applause mini figure and a Topps trading card.
  • If you hover your pointer around Little Mac in Punch-Out!! (Wii), he reacts to it, such as trying to step on it, shoo it away, jump over it or even trying to punch the pointer. If your pointer flies around his face, he'll get dizzy.
  • Lots of fans believe Hitmonchan, a boxing styled Pokémon, which is classified as Pokémon #107 in the original Pokémon Red version and Pokémon Blue version Pokédexes, is a nod to Little Mac whose weight is listed as 107 lbs. However, this is not true, as Hitmonchan (Japanese name: エビワラー, Ebiwalar), as well as its counterpart Hitmonlee (Japanese name: サワムラー, Sawamular), are really based on real-life boxer Hiroyuki Ebihara and real-life kickboxer Tadashi Sawamura.
  • Mac, weighing in at 107 lbs., would be in the light flyweight/junior flyweight class if he were fighting in most major real-life boxing promotions (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO), including the Olympic games.
  • Little Mac heavily resembles the real-life legendary boxer Jake LaMotta. Both fighters are American (Italian-American, in LaMotta's case), from the Bronx, look similar, have nearly the same short height (Mac is 5' 7", Jake is 5' 8") and fought many opponents bigger and taller than them. It is possible Jake LaMotta is the basis for Little Mac.
  • The reason why Little Mac was shorter in the NES games than in modern Punch-Out!! titles is to allow the player to see his opponent's face easier.
    • With the Wii's obviously superior graphics and moving camera angles, combined with Mac's transparency, the idea of keeping Mac at 4'8" was unnecessary and awkward, especially since the size comparisons against his enemies would appear distractingly obvious.
  • In the Wii title, the later Mac gets up, the more stamina can he recover (e.g. If you get up at 9 you recover all of your stamina or at least almost all of it).
  • Little Mac is the second lightest boxer in the series, the lightest being Hoy Quarlow.
  • Little Mac is the youngest boxer in the series, the second youngest being Heike Kagero.
  • In the Super Punch-Out!! (NES) beta, the main boxer design beared a heavy resemblance to the NES Little Mac before being changed to the blond-haired design in the final version.
  • In the NES game, Little Mac becomes the champion on April Fools Day in 1987, making it seem like Little Mac winning is a joke.
    • It also implies that Little Mac was born in 1970.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Little Mac uses some elements from past Punch-Out!! games as attacks. Unique to his character, he can build up a KO Punch in a similar way to the Challenger and Blonde Little Mac. His special attacks include his 3 star jumping Star Punch from Punch-Out!! (Wii), a standard dodge-counterattack and a jumping hay-maker similar to Nick Bruiser's.
  • In Punch-Out!! (Wii), Mac has a different look for each circuit he enters. In the Minor Circuit, Little Mac has a black tank top, shorts, and boots, with green gloves and blue hair. In the Major Circuit, he wears an extremely dark blue tank top, shorts and boots with light blue gloves. In the World Circuit, he once again wears a black tank top, shorts and boots, but with red gloves and orange hair, and in Title Defense, he wears a yellow tank top and red and white striped shorts. However, in the training "movies", he is always in his Minor Circuit outfit.
  • In the Punch-Out!! series, Little Mac fights using an "Out-Fighter" style, keeping his distance until he has the opportunity to inflict maximum damage before backing off. However, in the Super Smash Bros. series, Mac uses an "In-Fighter" style, getting in close to overwhelm the opponent.
  • Little Mac's original name was going to be "Peter Punch", but was changed for unknown reasons.
  • Fight Night Round 2 erroneously states that Little Mac comes from Tokyo, Japan.
  • Many fans believe that Little Mac is Italian-American, presumably because his main inspiration, Jake LaMotta, is also Italian-American.
    • It also helps that Little Mac was portrayed by a Italian-American man in the live-action Punch-Out!! (Wii) commercials.

Gallery[]

Punch-Out!! characters
Punch-Out!! (1984) Challenger · Glass Joe · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Kid Quick · Pizza Pasta · Mr. Sandman
Super Punch-Out!! (1985) Challenger · Bear Hugger · Dragon Chan · Vodka Drunkenski · Great Tiger · Super Macho Man
Arm Wrestling Challenger · Texas Mac · Kabuki · Mask X · Alice & Ape III · Frank Jr.
Punch-Out!! (1987) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Piston Honda · Don Flamenco · King Hippo · Great Tiger · Bald Bull · Soda Popinski · Mr. Sandman · Super Macho Man · Mike Tyson/Mr. Dream
Super Punch-Out!! (1994) Little Mac · Gabby Jay · Bear Hugger · Piston Hurricane · Bald Bull · Bob Charlie · Dragon Chan · Masked Muscle · Mr. Sandman · Aran Ryan · Heike Kagero · Mad Clown · Super Macho Man · Narcis Prince · Hoy Quarlow · Rick Bruiser · Nick Bruiser
Punch-Out!! (2009) Little Mac · Doc Louis · Glass Joe · Von Kaiser · Disco Kid · King Hippo · Piston Hondo · Bear Hugger · Great Tiger · Don Flamenco · Aran Ryan · Soda Popinski · Bald Bull · Super Macho Man · Mr. Sandman · Donkey Kong
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