How Smash Bros. Pros Remap Their Controller Layouts

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

World Challenge Cup just recently concluded in Kyoto, Japan during Nintendo Live. While attending the event, IGN had the opportunity to speak with both The Dream Team and Team Europe, who discussed their favorite characters, patch updates, and more – including their preferred controller button layouts. Watch the video above to hear straight from the best Smash player in the World, MKLeo, and his teammates Nairo and Mr. R; along with Team Europe’s Lancelot, Light, Marc, and Sirjon.

Read more about the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Challenge Cup here.

Click through the slideshow below to see the controller layouts all seven of these players use for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, conveniently presented from within Smash Ultimate’s own controller settings.

Pro Smash Bros. Ultimate Players’ Controller Layouts

Interestingly, though not surprisingly, every player we spoke to (besides Nairo, the “true casual” as teammate Mr. R joked) uses Tilt Stick instead of assigning Smash Attack to the C-stick. This ensures a tilt attack, which is by default done by tilting the left stick in a direction and pressing the A button after, will be performed automatically when simply tapping the C-stick. This leaves no room for error, which is especially important when in a heated fight!

Watch the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Challenge Cup Grand Finals in the video above.

We also spoke to each player about what separates casual players and pros. Of course, time spent playing is a huge factor – many quoted thousands and tens of thousands of hours played – but making deliberate attacks are just as important. Many Smash fans who play casually simply rely too much on Smash Attacks, and should be using Tilt Attacks more often. Keep reading to see a list of each player’s controller preferences, with some insight as to why if they offered it. Will you consider changing your controller layout based on these pros?

The Dream Team

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Image courtesy Nintendo Live official website.

MKLeo’s Controller Layout

Main Fighter: Joker

  • R – Special Move

  • C – Tilt Attack

  • Stick Jump off

  • Default everything else

Mr.Rs’ Controller Layout

Main Fighters: Chrom, Snake

“I have L on Jump, so I can attack-cancel, which is really important with Chrom.”

Nairo’s Controller Layout

Main Fighters: Palutena, Zero Suit Samus

“I just use default controls. A lot of people don’t use [them], they always change at least one thing, but I’ve just been default since early on in Super Smash Bros Brawl. So I just never felt the need to really change it, and I’m still comfortable with it now so, yeah. Default.”

  • Default controls

Mr. R jokingly called Nairo a “true casual” during this explanation, but Nairo proved to be The Dream Team’s MVP during the tournament. As an “item god,” as his team referred to him, he only lost a single fight during the entire tournament. Make sure to watch the Grand Finals of Nintendo Live’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Challenge cup above.

Team Europe

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Image courtesy Nintendo Live official website.

Light’s Controller Layout

Main Fighter: Palutena

  • R – Jump

  • C – Tilt Attack

  • Stick Jump off

  • A+B Smash off

  • Default everything else

Sirjon’s Controller Layout

Main Fighter: Zero Suit Samus

“I also put my jump button on a shoulder button because that makes juggling with Zero Suit Samus, for example, way easier because you don’t have to press Y and then A, and you can press the shoulder button with the right and you can press A. That makes the timing a lot easier.”

  • L – Jump

  • C – Tilt Attack

  • Stick Jump off

  • A+B Smash off

  • Default everything else

Lancelot

Main Fighter: Chrom

“I also have L set to jump too, but I don’t use it for too much.”

  • L – Jump

  • C – Tilt Attack

  • Stick Jump off

  • A+B Smash off

  • Sensitivity high

  • Rumble off

  • Default everything else

Marc’s Controller Layout

Main Fighter: Joker

“Yeah, you have to have a shoulder button set to jump as well. But just like Lancelot, I barely use it – just for some tech.”

  • Shoulder Button – Jump

  • C – Tilt Attack

  • Stick Jump off

  • Sensitivity high

  • Rumble off

  • Default everything else

What do you think of these seven pro Smash players’ preferred controls? Will you be experimenting with new layouts based on what you read here? For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, definitely read about the entirety of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Challenge cup here, and how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be the main title at EVO Japan 2020 – dramatic, because EVO Japan 2020 takes place during the same weekend as another high-profile Smash event.

Want to learn more about the two-day Nintendo Live event? Check out the most recent episode of Nintendo Voice Chat, where we discuss everything there was to see and do at Nintendo Live, including a live Splatoon concert that was opened by Animal Crossing’s K.K. Slider.

Casey DeFreitas is an Editor at IGN who has been trying to learn to use Tilt Stick for months. Catch her on Twitter @ShinyCaseyD.

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