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For detailed information about this series, see: R.O.B. on Nintendo Wiki

ROB USA

The USA version of R.O.B.

The Robot series is a video game series by Nintendo that includes the Famicom Robot (R.O.B.) accessory for the NES and the two games compatible with it: Robot Block (Stack-Up) and Robot Gyro (Gyromite).

The robot accessory is designed to receive informations from the game through flashing colors on the screen, and each game comes with original pieces to add to the robot.

The accessory has been released in Japan as Family Computer Robot or Famicom Robot on July 26, 1985 simultaneously with the first game in the series, Robot Block.

The second game, Robot Gyro has been released in Japan on August 13, 1985.

The robot accessory and its two games have been released in North America simultaneously on October 18, 1985, but the accessory was renamed R.O.B., short for Robotic Operating Buddy, and the two games Stack-Up and Gyromite. All three were released in Europe in September 1986.

Note that while the games were renamed in the international release, they're still identified as the "Robot series" on the game's box, and their on-screen name was left unchanged.


Regarding the games' universe, it's stated that the R.O.B. was created by Professors Hector and Vector, characters from the games, and they also command it during gameplay, so the robot itself and the events from the games are supposed to exist in the same fictional universe, in some way.

Links to other series

Note: logically appearances of R.O.B. as a living robot count as in-universe links, but appearances of him as a gaming device only count as sub-universe links.

Direction Series Date Description Type


5Arrow R StarTropics19901201 December 01, 1990The Nav-Com robot in StarTropics is based on R.O.B.3
5Arrow R Kirby19971127 November 27, 1997R.O.B. makes a cameo in Kirby's Dream Land 3.1
5Arrow R Wario20030321 March 21, 2003R.O.B. appears in various microgames in the WarioWare series.2
5Arrow R Viewtiful Joe20030626 June 26, 2003A R.O.B. can be seen in the GameCube version of Viewtiful Joe.2
5Arrow R F-Zero20030725 July 25, 2003A R.O.B. shaped crane appears in F-Zero GX.2
5Arrow R Pikmin20040429 April 29, 2004R.O.B.'s head and the Stack-Up blocks are featured as items in Pikmin 2.2
5Arrow R Mario20051114 November 14, 2005R.O.B. is unlockable in Mario Kart DS.1
5Arrow R Tetris20060320 March 20, 2006Pofessor Hector from Stack-Up and Gyromite appears in Tetris DS to give instructions to the player.1
5Arrow R Star Fox20061202 December 02, 2006Some robot characters in the Star Fox series may be based on R.O.B.; UNDIRECT: R.O.B. appears as a boss in the microgame version of Star Fox in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.1
5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.20080131 January 31, 2008R.O.B. is a selectable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and its sequels; Brawl also features many ROBs as common enemies.1
5Arrow R Angry Video Game Nerd20080514 May 14, 2008R.O.B. makes an appearance in The Angry Video Game Nerd episode "NES Accessories" and the Nerd reviews it in the episode "R.O.B. the Robot".2
5Arrow R Picross20090312 March 12, 2009Picross 3D includes a model of R.O.B. as one of the puzzles.2
5Arrow R Tomodachi Collection20130418 April 18, 2013R.O.B. appears as an item in Tomodachi Life.2
5Arrow R Zelda2015213 February 13, 2015A R.O.B. figure can be seen in the Curosity Shop when viewing from the window in Kafei's Shop in Majora's Mask 3D.2

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