Ness is the main protagonist of the 1995 SNES game, EarthBound. He is psychokinetic and weilds many helpful attacks, including his signature move, PSI Rockin. He has appeared in every installment of the Super Smash Bros. series thus far, and recently made a cameo appearance in Super Mario Maker.
Appearances beside EarthBound
In Super Smash Bros.
Ness is available as a secret fighter in the 1999 N64 game, Super Smash Bros. He is the youngest character in the game at only 13 years old, but still a force to be reckoned with. Interestingly, none of Ness' special moves are actually his from EarthBound; they actually were learned by Paula and Poo.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
Ness appears again in Super Smash Bros. Melee, this time as a default character. PK Fire is now Ness' side special move, the neutral being replaced by a move he can actually learn, PK Flash. His home stages in this game are Onett and Fourside.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Ness appears again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He has retained his role as a secret character, unlocked by either reflecting ten projectiles, fighting five Brawls, or getting him to join your party in the Subspace Emissary. This time, however, he is joined by fellow Mother protagonist, Lucas. This time, they both also have a powerful Final Smash, PK Starstorm, which summons a rain of meteorites from the sky and deal massive damage to opponents. Ness' unlock stage in this game is Onett, marking him as the only unlockable character to be unlocked on a Melee stage rather than a Brawl stage.
Role in 'The Subspace Emissary'
Ness is first seen in Subspace in the Ruined Zoo, saving Lucas from the Pig King Statue. After Pokry is defeated, he sacrifices his own life to save Lucas from Wario. Most of Lucas' story in the Subspace Emissary revolves around him getting revenge on Wario and saving Ness, no matter the costs.
Later in the story, after Tabuu uses his Off Waves to turn everyone into trophies, Ness and Luigi are revived from their trophy states automatically, due to King Dedede's badges. After Dedede is revived, the unlikely trio proceed to venture through Subspace and rescue everyone else.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Ness returns again in the latest, and so far last, installment in the Super Smash Bros. series as a hidden character in the 3DS version, but a default character in the Wii U version. Overall, he and Lucas both retain the same aspects from Brawl, with just a few minor changes. In the 3DS version of the game, Ness is fought and unlocked on the Magicant stages, which is unlocked when Ness is unlocked.
In Super Mario Maker
Ness makes a cameo appearance in the 2015 Wii U game, Super Mario Maker as a costume for Mario. You can get his costume by scanning a compatible Ness Amiibo figurine on the Wii U GamePad.
- Ness was the only character from his franchise to have his game released outside of Japan prior to the release of EarthBound Beginnings.