Nintendo ROBOT (R.O.B)
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Nintendo ROBOT (R.O.B)
Nintendo ROBOT (R.O.B). R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), released in Japan as the Family Computer Robot (Japanese: ファミリーコンピュータ ロボット), is an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was launched in July 1985 in Japan, and October 1985 in North America. It had a short product lifespan, with support for only two games which comprise the “Robot Series”: Gyromite and Stack-Up. R.O.B. was released with the intention of portraying the Nintendo Entertainment System as a novel toy in order to alleviate retail fears following the video game crash of 1983. R.O.B. is available in the Deluxe Set, a configuration for the console that includes, among other things, R.O.B. and Gyromite. Stack-Up is packaged separately and includes its own physical game pieces.
R.O.B. receives commands via optical flashes in the screen. Once the screen lights up, R.O.B. is ready to receive six commands. Just like the NES Zapper, R.O.B. only functions correctly when coupled with a CRT (cathode ray tube) type of television. Both Gyromite and Stack-Up include a test feature, sending an optical flash that should make R.O.B.’s LED light up.
The R.O.B. unit’s height is 24 cm (9.6 in). It has a head movement range of a 45° horizontally centered tilt. The arm movement range is 240° left and right with five stopping points, 7 cm (2.75 in) up and down with six stopping points, and 7 cm (2.75 in) between hands when open. The unit has five accessory slots around the hexagonal base, numbered clockwise, starting at the rear-left from the robot’s point of view; and notches on the hands allow for specialized parts to be attached for each game. The optional tinted filter can be attached over the eyes to compensate for overly bright televisions. The unit is powered by four AA batteries.
R.O.B. has appeared as a cameo character in various video games, such as StarTropics, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, the Star Fox series, the WarioWare series, the F-Zero series, theSuper Smash Bros. series, and Viewtiful Joe; his head appears in Pikmin 2, called the Remembered Old Buddy. R.O.B. is featured as an unlockable character in Mario Kart DS andSuper Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is forced to act as one of the story mode’s antagonists, and leaves R.O.B. as the last of his kind at the story’s close. R.O.B. returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
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