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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.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. Brawl

R.O.B. & Professor Hector are a pair of characters that appear in Kirby's Dream Land 3. R.O.B. originated as an accessory for the NES, and Professor Hector originated from the games Stack-Up and Gyromite, also known as Robot Gyro in Japan. R.O.B. stands for "Robotic Operating Buddy."

In Games

Kirby's Dream Land 3

They appear in the sixth level of Sand Canyon. Professor Hector wants Kirby to find the five parts of R.O.B. scattered around the level, so that he may be reassembled. If Kirby finds all of the parts by solving various puzzles, he will be rewarded with a Heart Star at the end of the level.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

R.O.B. appears as a playable character, debuting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, representing the R.O.B. series. Starting from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, his default appearance is different depending on the language: in Japanese, Chinese and Korean he will have his Famicom appearance as his default, while he will have his NES appearance as his default in every other version.

Since R.O.B. is an actual toy in real life, most of his moveset is moreso based on the stereotypical depiction of robots being able to shoot laser and take off like rockets rather than coming from actual games. However, there are some moves that have an origin: like throwing his gyros and flailing his arms like he did in Mario Kart DS.

While Professor Hector does not appear in these games, he is mentioned in the trophy description for R.O.B. in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Related Quotes

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.
— Trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
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. (Alt.)'s trophy description • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U