R.O.B., known in Japan as the Famicom Robot (ロボット,Robotto), is a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His full name is Robotic Operating Buddy, and he's based on the R.O.B. NES peripheral. He was unveiled in a mass leak prior to the Japanese release of Brawl. R.O.B. was confirmed on the DOJO!! March 6, 2008, 3 days before the US release. He is currently the first and only inorganic character playable in the entire Super Smash Bros. series. Although it looks like R.O.B. is using wheels to move on the ground, he is actually using small jet bursts from his Robo Burner. These have no effect on the fuel for the special move Robo Burner, however. Every time R.O.B. moves, he leaves small air circles on the ground, reinforcing the idea that he doesn't even use wheels to move on the floor. Ivysaur and Pit also have this property.
He currently ranks 18th on the Brawl tier list and 36th on the SSB4 tier list. He has strong attacks, good zoning and trapping tools and a great grab combo, known as the 'Beep-Boop' - down throw to up air. However, he is a big target, meaning he is comboed easily and lacks a good combo breaker, giving him a hard time escaping them. His kill moves are also slow.
R.O.B. makes his first appearance in Stack-Up and Gyromite in 1985 when he served as the mascot of the game. He also appeared in the commercials for the Nintendo Entertainment System as the corporate mascot.
- R.O.B. is the only character in the Super Smash Bros. series whose costumes are all based on Transformers characters.
- R.O.B. is one of the two characters to have alternate costumes based on non-gaming references, the other being Duck Hunt.
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