Ness

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Ness
ネス Nes
Ness SSB4.png
Artwork of Ness from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Gender Male
Age 13[1][2]
Appears in EarthBound
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Residence Onett
Relatives Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
Tracy (sister)
King (dog)
Traveling partners Paula
Jeff
Poo
Signature weapon Baseball bats
PSI capable? Yes

Ness is a boy from the town of Onett. He is the protagonist of EarthBound. He is a gifted child with various PSI powers, and has the power to use each of the eight Your Sanctuary locations throughout the game to add some notes to the Sound Stone. Upon ridding his mind of all of the evil within him, Ness unlocks his true potential and becomes the absolute strongest member of his party.

In EarthBound

Ness's adventure first starts when a meteor crashes in Onett. He goes to investigate, but goes back. He later comes back with his neighbor Pokey to find Picky, Pokey's brother. While there, Ness meets Buzz Buzz who tells Ness about him going to save the world from Giygas, the game's main antagonist. Ness eventually meets with three other people, who also have been given the same fate. They travel through the land, and eventually defeat Giygas. After this, Ness receives a letter from his mother, who tells him about the family not eating as much of his favorite food anymore. He also escorts Paula back to Twoson.

PSI level up list

Level Move name
2
Lifeup α
alpha
4
Hypnosis α
alpha
8
PSI Rockin α
alpha
10
Healing α
alpha
12
Shield α
alpha
14
Paralysis α
alpha
18
PSI Flash α
alpha
20
Lifeup β
beta
22
PSI Rockin β
beta
24
Healing β
beta
27
Hypnosis Ω
omega
29
Paralysis Ω
omega
34
Shield β
beta
38
PSI Flash β
beta
39
Lifeup γ
gamma
49
PSI Rockin γ
gamma
53
Healing γ
gamma
61
PSI Flash γ
gamma
67
PSI Flash Ω
omega
70
Lifeup Ω
omega
75
PSI Rockin Ω
omega

Event moves

Level Move name
Event
Teleport α
alpha
Event
Teleport β
beta

Ness learns Teleport α from a monkey in the Dusty Dunes Desert. He later learns Teleport β in Magicant, after defeating his nightmare and gaining the powers of the eight Sanctuaries.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Ness is playable in every game of the series. He is a secret character in the first and third games, but is a default character in the second.

Moves

Trophy information

Super Smash Bros.

Figure 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's character, and much remains hidden.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Classic Mode
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.
Adventure Mode
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.
All-Star Mode
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

Regular
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.
Final Smash
Ness as he calls down a host of damage dealing stars in his Final Smash. Everyone on the screen must dodge like crazy to avoid getting hurt, but that's no easy task. This attack first appeared in the Mother series, but it was Poo, not Ness, who wielded it. Perhaps Poo taught Ness the secret of the attack for use in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Classic Mode
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!
All-Star Mode
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!

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Final Smash
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 foe it hits. While the attack's in progress, Ness is invincible and can adjust the meteors' trajectory.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Ness reappears as the sole representative of the Mother Franchise. His moveset is largely unchanged, but with considerable buffs, making him a much stronger character. His overall appearance has changed as well, wearing brighter colors and his overall head being more proportional to his body, as well as losing the rosy cheek accents that were there previously. He retains PK Starstorm as his Final Smash, and gains PK Freeze as a custom special move.

Game appearances

Sprites

Gallery
Ness
Ness's regular appearance.
Robot
Ness as a robot.
Unconscious
Ness's unconscious sprite.
Pajamas
Ness in his pajamas.
Biking
Ness on his bicycle.
Magicant
Ness's appearance in Magicant in the Japanese version of the game.

Art

Main series

Gallery
Ness-clay.png
Ness's clay model from Mother 2.
NessUS.png
Ness's clay model from EarthBound.

Super Smash Bros. series

From Super Smash Bros.
NessSSB.png
Ness's artwork from Super Smash Bros.
From Super Smash Bros. Melee
Nessmelee.jpg
Ness's artwork from Melee
Ness Trophy Melee.png
Classic Mode trophy
Ness Trophy (Smash).png
Adventure Mode trophy
Ness Trophy (Smash) 2.png
All-Star Mode trophy
From Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Nessbust-1.png
Ness's regular color scheme.
Nessbust-2.png
Ness's second color scheme.
Nessbust-3.png
Ness's third color scheme.
Nessbust-4.png
Ness's fourth color scheme.
Nessbust-5.png
Ness's fifth color scheme.
Nessbust-6.png
Ness's sixth color scheme.
Ness - Brawl Trophy.png
Regular trophy
PK Starstorm (Ness) - Brawl Trophy.png
PK Starstorm (Ness) trophy
From Super Smash Bros. 4
Ness SSB4 Trophy.png
Ness trophy
Ness (Alt) Trophy SSB3DS.png
Alternate trophy in the 3DS version
Ness (Alt) Trophy SBBWiiU.png
Alternate trophy in the Wii U version
PK Starstorm Trophy SSBWiiU.png
PK Starstorm trophy

Default names

English Japanese
  • Ness
  • Alec
  • Roger
  • Will
  • Brian
  • Tyler
  • Lane
  • ネス Ness
  • ぼうし Hat
  • たくや Takuya
  • ジョン John
  • さるまる Sarumaru
  • マリオ Mario
  • ちんちん Chinchin

Trivia

  • The clay models for Ness and Paula for the US release of EarthBound are different from the original Japanese Mother 2 models.
  • Ness's resemblance to Ninten was left as ambiguous by Shigesato Itoi intentionally.[3]

References

  1. "The future remains uncertain for teenage hero, Ness. Although just 13 years old, he is the undisputed champion of the world." -EarthBound Player's Guide
  2. EarthBound page on UK Nintendo site, characters page
  3. Weekly Famitsu – June 19, 1992


EarthBound Characters of
EarthBound
EarthBound
Main Party
Ani Ness sprite.gif
Ness
Paula sprite.png
Paula
Jeff sprite.png
Jeff
Poo sprite.png
Poo
Allies
Buzz BuzzTracyRunaway FiveApple KidTonyBubble MonkeyDr. AndonutsMr. SaturnTendaFlying Man
Antagonists
FrankCaptain StrongEverdredMr. CarpainterGeldegarde Monotoli
Villains
Master BelchMani-Mani StatueNess's NightmarePokey MinchGiygas
Others
Ness's motherNess's fatherKingPicky MinchLardna MinchAloysius MinchLier X. AgeratePhoto-ManB.H. PirkleRuffiniPaula's familyOrange KidMr. PoochyfudGonzaresMaxwellTessieBrick RoadSebastianGeorge MontagueGerardo MontagueSanchez BrothersSesame seedPenetella GiovanniMiss FakeVenusMr. SpoonElectraJackieWarp ManTalah RamaMan K. ManMonkonnaRisosha RichmondeMr. ForkPoo's MasterStar MasterRed SnakeAy-go StikkeNicoMr. PrettymanEnrich Flavor
List of all characters


Super Smash Bros.
Ness
Ness
Lucas
Lucas
Games
Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Stages
OnettFoursideNew Pork CityMagicant
Items
Mr. SaturnFranklin Badge
Assist Trophies
JeffStarman
Other
TrophiesStickers


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