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The Screw Attack in a recurring item in the Metroid series, allowing Samus to attack enemies with a spinning move while jumping. They are also used as weak items in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. If the players press near a Screw Attack, they pick it up. If the players jump while equipped with one, the jump is very similar to Samus's up special move, which is also named Screw Attack, jumping with a spin attack that damages opponents are nearby
These items can also be thrown at another player for minor damage, though the jumps often lead to combos. Also, when thrown, anyone it hits automatically performs a Screw Attack. Although this hurts them, if they are close to other players when hit, they hurt them as well. Afterwards, the target that got hit by the thrown Screw Attack enters a helpless state.
The item returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, when it is picked up, it attaches itself to the player, much like the Franklin Badge. This allows players to use the Screw Attack's powers while using another item, but it does not allow players to throw it at others.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
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