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This article is about the NES accessory and the in-game character based on it. For other uses of the name Rob, see Rob (disambiguation).
"Robot" redirects here. For information about Mechakoopas that were called "Robots" in the Super Mario World television series, see Mechakoopa § Super Mario World cartoon. For robots in the Super Mario franchise, see Category:Robots.
The original NES accessory.
Full name Robotic Operating Buddy
Species Robot
First appearance Gyromite / Stack-Up (1985, original release)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
“They said reviving the video game market wasn't humanly possible. It wasn't.”
Promotional poster[1]

R.O.B. (short for Robotic Operating Buddy) is an accessory released alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System to help advertise the console as a toy, due to American consumers being uneasy about video games after the video game crash of 1983, thus giving Nintendo a foothold in the market and allowing it to be revitalized shortly prior to the release of Super Mario Bros.[1] He functions by translating flashes of information on the television screen into physical actions to assist players in its only two compatible games, Gyromite and Stack-Up. In Japan, R.O.B. is called Family Computer Robot, shortened to Famicom Robot or simply Robot. While R.O.B. has made cameo appearances in the Super Mario franchise, he has also appeared as a playable character in Mario Kart DS, where he uses computer-generated sound effects as well as in the Super Smash Bros. series.


WarioWare series[edit]

R.O.B., as it's seen in a parody scene of Star Fox.
R.O.B. as a boss in WarioWare: Smooth Moves

R.O.B. makes various minor appearances in the WarioWare series. In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, R.O.B. is the subject of 9-Volt's Stack-Up microgame. 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. In WarioWare Gold, R.O.B. is featured in the R.O.B. Block Set microgame.

R.O.B.'s most prominent WarioWare appearance is in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, as the boss of 9-Volt's boss microgame, Star Fox. Like many of his other appearances, R.O.B. 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 as if he is being used to play Stack-Up.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Artwork of R.O.B. for Western Mario Kart DS releases (left) and Japanese release (right)
Model of R.O.B. from Mario Kart DS
Data-rendered model from Mario Kart DS

R.O.B. is one of the four unlockable characters in Mario Kart DS, the others being Daisy, Dry Bones, and Waluigi. This is R.O.B.'s first and only playable appearance in a Mario Kart game, and he is the game's only playable character that does not return as a playable character in later installments. He can be unlocked by winning gold trophies on either all Nitro or Retro Mirror cups. In the game, he is tied with Bowser for being the fastest and heaviest racers. R.O.B.'s symbol is the NES D-pad colored purple and is the only emblem in the game not to be in a circle. 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 appears like "legs" for R.O.B. His karts are fast, heavy, and have stronger handling, but they also offer the weakest drifting among all the other karts. Due to his arms not being very flexible and lacking true hands, R.O.B. is the only character in Mario Kart DS who doesn't control his kart with the wheel, despite his karts having one; instead, he seems to do so by moving his arms, like the real life accessory.

In the Japanese version, R.O.B. is named HVC-012, the model number for the Japanese version of R.O.B., and also colored after his Japanese model. His karts have also different colors in the Japanese version. Also, the staff ghost data for Desert Hills and Rainbow Road feature the Japanese R.O.B. and vehicles, regardless of the version of the game the player has.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

“The Last of His Kind”
Boxing Ring nickname, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The R.O.B. series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. fighter
R.O.B. from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Robo Beam
Side:  Arm Rotor
Up:  Robo Burner
Down:  Gyro
Final Smash:  Diffusion Beam (Brawl); Super Diffusion Beam (for 3DS / Wii U); Guided Robo Beam (Ultimate)
Battle entrance
Assembles piece by piece as his parts drop from the sky.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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

R.O.B. appears as a newcomer and unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is unlocked by playing 160 Brawl matches, collecting 250 trophies, or having R.O.B. join the party in The Subspace Emissary. His moveset is mostly based on the original R.O.B. accessory. His standard 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 him spin his arms around rapidly to attack. His down special move is Gyro, which charges and tosses one of R.O.B.'s gyro accessories. His up special move is Robo Burner, which uses jets in R.O.B.'s base to fly into the air. His 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 his NES colors appear as an alternate costume. Also, one of R.O.B.'s alternate costumes is based on the colors of the North American SNES. 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. R.O.B. is an unusual character as he is fast and is difficult to launch, but has lower attack power than other heavyweights.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Before the events of the Subspace Emissary, R.O.B. was the leader of the R.O.B. race of robots, officially titled the Master Robot.[2] He and the other robots lived on the floating Isle of Ancients and watched over the World of Trophies. However, it was ultimately invaded by Tabuu, a humanoid entity from Subspace. He attacked the Isle of Ancients, deactivating many R.O.B.s and eventually taking the robots hostage. R.O.B. was forced to ally himself with Tabuu in order to prevent the deaths of more of his robot brethren, and began to hide under his ceremonial robes of mourning and assume the title of Ancient Minister. The Isle of Ancients itself was converted into The Subspace Bomb Factory, and the Ancient Minister became the commander of the Subspace Army. As the commander of the army, he lead the invasion of the World of Trophies on behalf of Tabuu, while a specially trained group of R.O.B.s served as the "Ancient Minister's" personal bodyguards, the R.O.B. Squad, made up of R.O.B. Sentries, R.O.B. Launchers, and R.O.B. Blasters. R.O.B.s were also used to detonate Subspace Bombs, to the "Minister's" deepening regret.

The Ancient Minister's introduction

As the Ancient Minister, he first appeared in the Subspace Emissary after Mario and Kirby's match at the Midair Stadium, where he detonated a Subspace Bomb, sending the stadium to Subspace. He escaped, only to be later chased by Mario and Pit in The Plains, who had little success catching him. He then detonated another Subspace Bomb at The Battlefield Fortress, attracting the attention of Marth, Meta Knight, and Ike. Regardless of the group's efforts, he manages to escape their grasp, however, he is soon discovered by Mario and Pit once again, along with Link and Yoshi. Again, the Ancient Minister escapes, but not before detonating yet another Subspace Bomb, sending King Dedede's Castle into Subspace.

The Ancient Minister is not seen again until Samus and Pikachu corner him at the Subspace Bomb Factory. Samus and Pikachu are ready to fight, but the Ancient Minister refuses, growing depressed at the number of R.O.B.s sacrificed to activate the Subspace Bombs, confusing them. Soon after, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, and Captain Olimar arrive, also battle-ready, but the Ancient Minister still refuses. A holographic Ganondorf appears, quickly realizing that he has betrayed him. Using a remote-controlled button, he is able to control the R.O.B.s, ordering them to attack the Ancient Minister and activate every Subspace Bomb in the factory.

The Ancient Minister's true form: R.O.B.

However, when the R.O.B. Squad shoots the Ancient Minister, his robes burn off, revealing to everyone present that he was a R.O.B. himself all along. Unable to prevent the bombs from being detonated, he decides to remain with the other R.O.B.s until he ends up 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, Kirby saves him and he joins the group who go on to defeat Tabuu and save the World of Trophies. With so many Subspace Bombs set off simultaneously on the Isle of Ancients, only a shining, X-shaped scar appears where the Isle once was when the rest of the world is restored with the destruction of Tabuu and the Great Maze.[2]

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

R.O.B.'s NES version appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
SmashWiki article: R.O.B. (SSB4)

R.O.B. appears again in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as an unlockable character. This time around, his default palette is different depending on the version to match the colors of his original release; in the Japanese version, he is the tan and red Famicom palette, while other 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

R.O.B. from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
R.O.B.'s Famicom version appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: R.O.B. (SSBU)

R.O.B. reappears as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time, he has a light gauge on his chassis showing how much fuel he has left when using his Robo Burner, which emits blue when it is full, yellow when it is two-thirds full, red when it is one-third full, and flashes red when it is completely empty. R.O.B.'s pummel now has him headbutt the opponent, while his forward throw now has him rear his arm back, and punch the opponent. R.O.B. travels higher during his up throw, while his down throw now buries opponents; it deals less damage to compensate. His double jumping animation is now a midair twirl.

Once again, R.O.B.'s Final Smash has been changed, making him one of the few fighters that have appeared to have a different Final Smash across every game since their introduction (along with King Dedede, Pit, and Zero Suit Samus).

In the Korean version, despite R.O.B.'s name being written the same way as in the English version, unlike in the Korean version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the announcer refers to him as "Robot", as in the Japanese and Chinese versions.

Due to the default and secondary palettes being swapped between the Western and Eastern regions, some spirit battles featuring NES-color R.O.B. in the Eastern versions use the Famicom-color one in the Western versions, and vice-versa. His Boxing Ring stage name, The Last Of His Kind, references his role in the Subspace Emissary.

World of Light[edit]

R.O.B. is not seen when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. However, he, like every fighter except Kirby, is hit by one of Galeem's beams of light and imprisoned in the World of Light, where a puppet fighter of him is created. Said puppet fighter initially serves Galeem, but is later forced into serving Dharkon. Kirby's team defeat the Dharkon-serving R.O.B. puppet fighter in the Dark Realm, freeing the real R.O.B. who joins the team against Galeem and Dharkon.

Classic Mode route[edit]
Unreadable Expressions
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Meta Knight Halberd Pink Ball Activate!
2 Dark Samus Frigate Orpheon Psycho Bits
3 Mr. Game & Watch ×5 Horde Battle Flat Zone X Flat Zone
4 Little Mac (wire-frame costume) Boxing Ring Tunnel Theme - X-Scape
5 Wii Fit Trainer (female), Wii Fit Trainer (male) Wii Fit Studio (Battlefield) Rhythm Boxing
6 R.O.B. ×6 Horde Battle Mario Bros. (Battlefield) Stack-Up/Gyromite
Final Galleom Boss Battle - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Special moves[edit]

Robo Beam[edit]
R.O.B.'s Robo Beam in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Robo Beam in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Robo Beam

Robo Beam is R.O.B.'s standard special move. When used, R.O.B. fires a laser beam from his eyes that travels through opponents. The shot can be angled up or down with the control stick and reflect off of the floors or walls, and using the beam closer to opponents causes them fire damage. Firing again right after firing once causes the beam to be a close-range attack. Holding the Robo Beam for a period of time turns the shot into the Super Robo Beam,[3] a larger and more powerful shot that travels across the entire stage. The levels of charge are determined by the LED on R.O.B.'s head; he glows brighter and blinks faster when the normal Robo Beam can be used, and he glows and blinks even more, in addition to a sound playing, when the Super Robo Beam is available.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Robo Beam has two customizable variations that can be unlocked and switched out. The first custom move is Wide-Angle Beam, which allows R.O.B. to fire a less-powerful beam at wider angles. The second is Infinite Robo Beam, which allows R.O.B. to fire the standard Robo Beam at any point, but it takes longer to charge the Super Robo Beam, the attack itself is weaker, and the laser can no longer bounce off walls.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロボビーム
Robo Bīmu
Robo Beam

Arm Rotor[edit]
R.O.B.'s Arm Rotor in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Arm Rotor in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Arm Rotor

Arm Rotor is R.O.B.'s side special move. R.O.B. spins his arms around at a downward angle as he moves forward, dealing multiple hits to any opponents in his path; in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the move ends with an uppercut that deals greater damage and knockback. Players can move in the opposite direction while the move is in use. The move also lasts longer if the player holds down the special move button, and can reflect projectiles.

Two custom variants for Arm Rotor are also available in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. The first is Reflector Arm, which makes it easier to reflect projectiles as R.O.B.'s arms spin completely horizontally rather than at an angle, but R.O.B. can no longer move during the attack. The second is Backward Arm Rotor, which has a shorter spin but allows the uppercut to happen more quickly.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese アームスピン
Āmu Supin
Arm Spin

Robo Burner[edit]
R.O.B.'s Robo Burner in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Robo Burner in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Robo Burner

Robo Burner is R.O.B.'s up special move. When used, R.O.B. flies into the air using the jets under his base. Unlike other up special moves, this move can be stopped at any point and does not leave R.O.B. helpless afterwards. However, the move has a limited amount of fuel, which only recharges while R.O.B. is on the ground. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the three lights that make up a gauge on his chassis indicate how much fuel he has left (three blue lights when it is full, two yellow lights when it is two-thirds full, and one red light when it is one-third full). When it is empty, the lights flash red until it is full again.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Robo Burner's first custom variant is Robo Rocket, which turns the move into a jump rather than flight that cannot go as high and leaves R.O.B. helpless afterwards, but can damage opponents. The second is High-Speed Burner, which allows R.O.B. to fly faster but has less total fuel.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロボバーナー
Robo Bānā
Robo Burner

R.O.B.'s Gyro in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Gyro in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Gyro

Gyro is R.O.B.'s down special move, based on the gyro accessories that the actual R.O.B. uses to play Gyromite. R.O.B. charges the attack by spinning the gyro in place on a stand, similar to how he uses an actual gyro; the charge can be stopped by using another button. Pressing the button again causes him to toss the gyro, the distance and power determined by how long it charged. After R.O.B. tosses the gyro and it lands on the ground, it spins in place for a time until it disappears; while it is active, opponents who run into the gyro receive damage as long as it is spinning. R.O.B. can pick up the active gyro, while opponents can catch it while it is in the air.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Gyro's first custom variant is Fire Gyro, which tosses a flaming gyro that deals more damage but does not travel as far. The second is Slip Gyro, which tosses a gyro that spins across the ground and trips any opponents that are hit by it.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャイロ

Final Smash[edit]

Diffusion Beam[edit]
R.O.B.'s Diffusion Beam
Diffusion Beam
SmashWiki article: Diffusion Beam

Diffusion Beam is R.O.B.'s Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. R.O.B. shoots a constant beam from his eyes for the duration of the move that deals continuous damage to any nearby opponents and will occasionally shoot a blast of energy. R.O.B. is able to move freely, is invincible to damage and unaffected by knockback, and can use any of his other moves while this move is in use.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 拡散ロボビーム
Kakusan Robo Bīmu
Diffusion Robo Beam

Super Diffusion Beam[edit]
R.O.B.'s Super Diffusion Beam in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Super Diffusion Beam in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Super Diffusion Beam

Super Diffusion Beam is R.O.B.'s Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, replacing the original Diffusion Beam from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. R.O.B. transforms himself into a cannon and fires a laser that splits off and ends in four smaller branches. Opponents caught in the beam are trapped and take repeated damage. Once the beam dissipates, the opponents are stunned for a brief moment and R.O.B. fires a second beam that launches them away. The angle of the first beam can be adjusted with the control stick, but the second beam always fires directly ahead of R.O.B.

Guided Robo Beam[edit]
Screenshot of R.O.B's Final Smash, Guided Robo Beam, from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Guided Robo Beam in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Guided Robo Beam

Guided Robo Beam is R.O.B's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, replacing the Super Diffusion Beam from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Similar to the previous Final Smash, R.O.B transforms himself into a cannon and starts firing multiple small lasers that home in on opponents, before firing a green laser beam that grows in size after a few moments before ending with a powerful blast. The laser can be angled either up or down.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

R.O.B., in Super Mario Maker.R.O.B., in Super Mario Maker. (Alternate)

R.O.B. also makes an appearance as a Mystery Mushroom costume in Super Mario Maker. His appearance changes depending on the region: in the Japanese version of the game, his appearance matches that of the Famicom; in all other versions, it matches that of the NES. Upon transforming into R.O.B., the "level start" tune from Gyromite plays. When +Control Pad up is pressed, R.O.B. emits beams of light from his eyes.

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 Games Description
R.O.B. BrawlTrophy067.png NES Nintendo Entertainment System Robotic Operating Buddy 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 Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl 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.
Ancient Minister BrawlTrophy135.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl The commander of the Subspace Army who uses Subspace Bombs to tear up this world. He was once the lord of this world, living on the floating Island of the Ancients with many robots--but the robots were taken hostage on Tabuu's orders. Now that their home's a bomb factory, the robots carry out their functions while enduring deep sadness caused by the loss of their colleagues.
Image Game Effect
A Sticker of R.O.B.. Mario Kart DS [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +15
Usable by: R.O.B.
A Sticker of R.O.B. and his Stack-Up blocks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 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 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English description British English description
R.O.B. ROBTrophy3DS.png R.O.B. trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Nintendo Entertainment System Robotic Operating Buddy (10/1985)
DS 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. Originally released in 1985 as a peripheral for the NES, R.O.B. was a little robot that responded to flashing lights in games. In this game, he can fire gyros and lasers at his enemies. He also has the ability to hover, which is handy for recoveries. Keep in mind that his Robo Beam can be charged up for an extra-powerful shot.
R.O.B. (Alt.) ROBAllStarTrophy3DS.png R.O.B. trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U NES Nintendo Entertainment System Robotic Operating Buddy (10/1985)
DS Mario Kart DS (11/2005)
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! 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 forwards. While charging it up, you can move left or right to do a quick dodge, then continue charging where you left off!
Super Diffusion Beam N/A Super Diffusion Beam trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U For R.O.B.'s Final Smash, he folds his arms down, transforms into an invincible cannon, and fires a huge beam that can be panned slowly up and down. The beam splits up partway through into smaller beams that drags foes to the center, where they'll be hit continuously. The assault finishes off with a single wide beam just for good measure. For R.O.B.'s Final Smash, he folds his arms down, transforms into an invincible cannon, and fires a huge beam that can be aimed slowly up and down. The beam splits up partway through into smaller beams that drag foes to the centre, where they'll be hit continuously. The assault finishes off with a single wide beam, just for good measure.

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!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
R.O.B. R.O.B.'s Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate R.O.B. Series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as R.O.B. N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stack-Up Stack-Up's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate R.O.B. Series Support (1) Advanced Falling Immunity Timmy and Tommy's N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gyromite Gyromite's Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate R.O.B. Series Support (1) Advanced Back Shield Equipped Spirit Board Giant R.O.B. ×2
  • The enemy favors down specials
  • The enemy is giant
Living Room Stack-Up/Gyromite
Ancient Minister Ancient Minister spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Smash Bros. Series Primary (2) Ace Neutral World of Light (Mysterious Dimension); Spirit Board R.O.B. ×4 Hazard: Screen Flip
  • The screen will suddenly flip
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Bomber
  • Explosion attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
Halberd Final Destination - Super Smash Bros. Brawl


  • This robotic operating buddy was released in 1985 as an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System. R.O.B. introduced a new and unique way for players to interact with games. In recent years R.O.B.’s appeared as a playable character in multiple games, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, using projectile weapons to attack and a rocket base to fly through the air.

The Famicom R.O.B. description adds in “R.O.B. sporting his Famicom colors” to the beginning of the sentence.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • He has two powerful projectiles: Robo Beam and Gyro, along with a very effective recovery. The 1P color in the North American version of the game is a light gray, and the 2P is red and white, but this is reversed in the Japanese version.

List of Super Mario appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Non-Playable Character 2003 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched! Cameo 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Kart DS Unlockable Playable Character 2005 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Boss 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Unlockable Playable Character 2008 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Unlockable Playable Character 2014 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Costume 2015 Wii U
WarioWare Gold Playable Character 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Unlockable Playable Character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario RPG Cameo 2023 Nintendo Switch

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)


Family Computer Robot

"HVC-012" is the product ID of the robot.

Chinese (simplified) 机器人

Chinese (traditional) 機器人

French R.O.B.
German R.O.B.
Italian R.O.B.
Portuguese R.O.B.
Spanish R.O.B.

Ancient Minister[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エインシャントきょう
Einshanto Kyō
Masutā Robotto
Ancient Lord

Master Robot

Chinese 上古閣下
Shànggǔ géxià
Ancient Lord

French Ministre Antique
chef des robots[6]
Ancient Minister
leader of robots
German Uralter Minister
Meister der Roboter[7]
Ancient Minister
Master of Robots
Italian Ministro Ancestrale
Master Robot[8]
Ancestral Minister
Russian Древний служитель
Drevniy sluzhitel’
Ancient Minister

Spanish Ministro antiguo
Robot supremo[5]
Ancient Minister
Supreme robot


R.O.B. in Tomodachi Life
R.O.B. in Tomodachi Life
  • In the same style as the original R.O.B., R.O.B.'s amiibo's coloring differs depending on the region; however, R.O.B.'s Famicom coloring would later be available around the world. The NES coloring wasn’t released in Japan.
  • In the Nintendo 3DS game Tomodachi Life, R.O.B.'s description references its appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, referring to it as an "official Smash brawler."

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b [https://gamehistory.org/nes-launch-collection-1985/ Cifaldi, Frank. Video Game History Foundation. The NES Launch Collection. Posted February 27, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2023
  2. ^ a b April 10, 2008. Mysteries of The Subspace Emissary. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ (March 6, 2008). R.O.B.. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/wii/jp/gamemode/modea/modea17.html
  5. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/wii/es/gamemode/modea/modea17.html
  6. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/wii/fr/gamemode/modea/modea17.html
  7. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/wii/de/gamemode/modea/modea17.html
  8. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/wii/it/gamemode/modea/modea17.html