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This article is about the NES accessory and the in-game character based on it. For information about other uses of the name Rob, see here.
"Robot" redirects here. For information about Mechakoopas that were called "Robots" in the Super Mario World television series, see here.

“The Last of His Kind.”
Boxing nickname, Boxing Ring

The original NES accessory.
Full Name Robotic Operating Buddy
Species Robot
First Appearance Gyromite / Stack-Up (1985, original release)
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003, Mario-related media)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

R.O.B. (short for Robotic Operating Buddy; in Japan known as the Famicom Robot, short for Family Computer Robot) is an accessory released alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System to help advertise the console as a toy. R.O.B. functions by translating flashes of information on the television screen into physical actions to assist players in compatible games. R.O.B. was only used for the games Gyromite and Stack-Up.

While R.O.B. has made cameo appearances in the Mario series, it has also appeared as a playable character.

Game appearances[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

R.O.B.'s artwork from Mario Kart DS.

R.O.B. is one of the four unlockable characters in Mario Kart DS, unlocked by winning either all nitro Mirror cups, or all retro Mirror cups, and is the first non-Mario character to appear as a playable character in a Mario Kart game. In the game, it is tied with Bowser for being the heaviest racer. R.O.B.'s symbol is the NES D-pad . R.O.B. has two original karts: the ROB-BLS, which resembles R.O.B.'s stand for the game Stack-Up, and the ROB-LGS, which is a kart that appear like "legs" for R.O.B. Its karts are fast, heavy, and have wider handling, but they also offer the weakest drifting among all the other karts. R.O.B. is the only character in Mario Kart DS who doesn't control its kart with the wheel; instead, it seems to control the kart by moving its arms.

In the Japanese version of the game, R.O.B. is colored like its Japanese model, and is named HVC-012, the model number for the Japanese version of R.O.B. Its karts are also different colors depending on region. Also, the staff ghost data for Desert Hills and Rainbow Road features the Japanese R.O.B., no matter what version of the game it is.

WarioWare series[edit]

R.O.B. as a boss in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.

R.O.B. is the subject of the Stack-Up microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! from 9-Volt's games. In WarioWare: Twisted!, a R.O.B. is seen in 9-Volt's game room. In WarioWare: Touched!, a R.O.B. accessory appears in the microgame Gunslinger after the player destroys a blue canister (this microgame is found in 9-Volt/18-Volt's stage). In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, R.O.B. is the boss of 9-Volt's stage, the Star Fox boss level. Like many of his other appearances, his model differs between Japanese and western versions. He bobs around, shooting either a large revolver-like light gun using both arms in the Japanese version or its western equivalent, the NES Zapper. To defeat him, the player has to shoot the flashing blocks set-up for has if he is being used to play Stack-Up.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

ROB Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Special Moves
Standard:  Robo Beam
Side:  Arm Rotor
Up:  Robo Burner
Down:  Gyro
Final Smash:  Diffusion Beam (SSBB), Super Diffusion Beam (SSB4)
Battle Entrance
Assembles piece by piece as its parts drop from the sky.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

R.O.B.'s artwork for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Main article: SmashWiki:R.O.B. (SSBB)

R.O.B. appears as a newcomer and unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is unlocked by playing 160 Brawl matches, collecting 250 Trophies, or having R.O.B. join the party in The Subspace Emissary. Its moveset is mostly based on the original R.O.B. accessory. Its neutral special move is Robo Beam, which fires a beam from between R.O.B.'s eyes. R.O.B.'s side special move is Arm Rotor, which has it spin its arms around rapidly to attack. Its down special move is Gyro, which charges and tosses one of R.O.B.'s gyro accessories. Its up special move is Robo Burner, which uses jets in R.O.B.'s base to fly into the air. Its Final Smash is Diffusion Beam, which fires a short-range constant beam from R.O.B.'s eyes that deals constant damage to nearby opponents.

R.O.B.'s general appearance in the game is that of the Japanese version of the accessory, while its NES colors appear as an alternate costume. In addition, a structure that looks similar to R.O.B. appears in the Port Town Aero Dive stage, as it is in F-Zero GX. It is visible in one of the stop spots in the background of the stage.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Enemy R.O.B.s in The Subspace Emissary.

R.O.B.s have two different roles in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary. The first role they play is serving as enemies to the characters. They are part of the Subspace Army and attack any character that goes to their lair on The Subspace Bomb Factory. There are three variations; R.O.B. Sentries, R.O.B. Launchers, and R.O.B. Blasters. A specially trained group of R.O.B.s serve as the Ancient Minister's personal bodyguards, the R.O.B. Squad. R.O.B.s are also used to detonate Subspace Bombs.

R.O.B. in the Subspace Emissary.

In the Subspace Emissary it is revealed that the Ancient Minister is actually a R.O.B. himself (the playable character) and is being commanded by Tabuu to destroy the world to help his people. When Samus, Pikachu, Olimar, Captain Falcon, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong infiltrate the bomb factory and meet the Ancient Minister, he refuses to battle with them. Ganondorf appears in a hologram and forces the R.O.B.s to detonate all the bombs and to shoot the Ancient Minster when he tries to stop them.


After the R.O.B.s shoot the Ancient Minister, his robes burn off revealing that he was a R.O.B. himself all along. Unable to prevent the bombs from being detonated, he ends up finally being carried away by Donkey Kong as the factory explodes. R.O.B. escapes with the others on the Falcon Flyer and later meets up with the rest of the characters on the ground. He and the rest of the cast go into Subspace to confront Tabuu, but are all turned into Trophies. Eventually, King Dedede, Ness, and Luigi save him and he goes on to defeat Tabuu and save the world.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:R.O.B. (SSB4)

R.O.B. appears again in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as an unlockable character. This time around, his default palette is different depending on the version to match the colors of its original release; in the Japanese version it is the tan and red Famicom palette, while the US and PAL versions have the grey NES palette. R.O.B. also has a new Final Smash, the Super Diffusion Beam, which turns R.O.B. into a cannon that fires a single beam, dealing continuous damage until the end of the attack.

For equipment, R.O.B. uses the Zapper equipment for attack, the Block equipment for defense, and the Booster equipment for speed.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • Default Karts: Standard RB, ROB-BLS
  • Unlockable Kart: ROB-LGS
  • Website Bio (Flag of Europe.png): "Robotic Operating Buddy, to give R.O.B. his full name, has come out of retirement to take up a new career as a Mario Kart driver - and a strong one at that. But you'll be lucky if you catch sight of him, as he's notoriously elusive..."

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Website Bio[edit]

"R.O.B., the Robotic Operating Buddy from the NES, makes a grand entrance into the maelstrom!

His stately form has received a lot of attention, but it’s his air of gentle playfulness that really charms us."

Type Image Description
R.O.B. BrawlTrophy067.png R.O.B. sporting his Famicom colors. R.O.B. debuted in Japan as Robot in 1985 as an add-on for the Famicom. He could be combined with a "gyro set," etc. for two types of play. The player controlled Professor Hector, the TV emitted light, and R.O.B. responded to the light by moving. At the time, it was epoch- making game play. Recently, R.O.B. appeared in Mario Kart DS.
Diffusion Beam BrawlTrophy068.png R.O.B.'s Final Smash. He emits a beam from his eyes that spreads across the spectrum and undulates in great variety as it travels. What makes this technique different is R.O.B.'s ability to move while using it. This allows him to use it in combination with his other moves to increase his Final Smash's effectiveness.
Image Game Effect
MKDS-ROB Artwork.png Mario Kart DS [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +15
Usable by: R.O.B.
ROB Blocks Sticker.jpg Stack-up [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +27
Usable by: R.O.B.
Robot Sticker.png Mario Kart DS JP [Energy] - Attack +32
Usable by: R.O.B.
Snake's codec[edit]
  • Otacon: So, Snake, you're fighting Robot?
  • Snake: Yeah, it's a robot. Although, couldn't they have come up with a better name?
  • Otacon: Actually, in the U.S. they called him "R.O.B." Robot, R.O.B.--take your pick.
  • Snake: Fine. R.O.B. it is, then.
  • Otacon: In North America, R.O.B.'s body was grey, like the NES. But in Japan, he had a white body and red arms, the color of the Japanese Famicom.
  • Snake: Huh. You sure know your geeky tech stuff, Otacon.
  • Otacon: (chuckles) Well, you know...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in Description
R.O.B. R.O.B.TrophyWiiU.png N/A This NES accessory was released in 1985, a groundbreaking system that controlled the robot via a game on the screen. In Smash Bros., R.O.B. has two projectile weapons and can use his rocket base to fly through the air. If you let his Robo Beam charge over time, it'll make for a powerful blast.
NES Nintendo Entertainment System Robotic Operating Buddy (10/1985)
NDS Mario Kart DS (11/2005)
This NES accessory was released in 1985–a groundbreaking system that controlled the robot via a game on the screen. In Smash Bros., R.O.B. has two projectile weapons and can use his rocket base to fly through the air. If you let his Robo Beam charge over time, it'll make for a powerful blast.
R.O.B. (Alt.) ROBAllStarTrophy3DS.png
N/A R.O.B.'s side smash, S3, fires a laser beam that does more damage up close. You can also aim it slightly up or down before firing. His down special Gyro sends a spinning top hurtling forward and can be charged for more damage. You can even dodge while charging!
(Wii U)
NES Nintendo Entertainment System Robotic Operating Buddy (10/1985)
NDS Mario Kart DS (11/2005)

Red indicates exclusive to the 3DS version.
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]
  • Palutena: Look at that cute little robot!
  • Pit: R.O.B. isn't a very creative name for a robot.
  • Palutena: I think it has a certain ring to it.
  • Pit: No way! Any name is better than R.O.B.! Like, hmm... How about Mr. HVC-012?
  • Palutena: That doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...
  • Pit: How about Robobuddy, Third Edition?
  • Palutena: And what happened to the first two editions?
  • Pit: Oh, good point. How about Zzzrt...Blaaat...Tron?
  • Palutena: Let's just keep things simple by calling him R.O.B.
  • Viridi: The light on its head shows you the strength of the laser it's about to fire. The moment you forget about it, it'll unleash its laser at maximum power, so watch out!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロボット
ファミリーコンピュータ ロボット
Famirī konpyūta robotto
HVC-012 (Mario Kart DS)

Robotto means Robot, and "Family Computer" are the words that make up the name of the Japanese NES: "Famicom".

R.O.B.'s product ID is "HVC-012".