Name: Little Mac
Game(s): Punch Out series, Super Smash Bros., assorted cameos.
- Championship-level boxer
- Small (compared to opponents)
- Fast and agile
- Powerful striking ability
- Excellent endurance
- Tenacious and determined
Little Mac is a diminutive powerhouse in the world of gaming. A classic character, he’s seen a recent revival on the Wii, WiiU, and 3DS systems in the form of both a reboot of his own game, and the inclusion in the most recent Super Smash Bros. game. The penultimate prizefighter, Little Mac’s propensity for pugilism places him perfectly in the Fighter archetype, in the Brawler class, to be specific.
Little Mac’s not a big dude, especially for someone fighting in a seemingly open weight fighting circuit. Nevertheless, his heart, his tenacity, and Doc’s excellent training carry him to victory, winning him the belt several times across the boxing games he’s been in. His legendary knockout power carries over into the Smash Bros. series, where he’s the only character to possess an innate one-hit KO built directly into his kit (assuming you can land it!)
The Little Mac Workout will consist entirely of you finding a friend to ride a red bike around at a moderate pace while you chase them on foot.
For real, though, we’re going to build a boxer physique. We want to have the stamina to go as many rounds with the champ as we need to, the speed to evade strikes thrown by larger, stronger opponents, and the power to knock out anyone with a solid shot to the jaw. We’re going to mix a little of the old school, and a little of the new, so this should be fun!
The Skills of Little Mac will obviously focus on the sweet science itself, boxing. We’re going to look into how to find a good boxing gym, how to develop your skills and rhythm, and how to increase your hand and foot speed (besides just working out.) Technique is the name of the game, and we’re going to build it!
In The Mind of Little Mac we’re going to talk about developing the mind of a champion. Little Mac faces down larger, stronger, and more experienced opponents almost constantly on his quest for the belt. He doesn’t let his size or lack of experience hold him back, and he makes up for those deficiencies with enthusiasm, tenacity, and heart. Despite what some people may think, these attributes are not something you’re just “born with,” they are something you can develop with practice, just like any other skill or resource. We’re going to build them together.
So, that’s the next three posts laid out! I’ll see you this Thursday, with The Little Mac Workout, and then on Saturday with my (finally) finished salmon ladder construction tutorial! Until then, as always, remember to live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome.
Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace