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- "Use bombs wisely!"
- — Peppy Hare, Star Fox 64
Smart Bombs (alternatively formatted as smart bombs, and also known as B-bombs, Nova Bombs, and generically as bombs, sometimes capitalized as Bombs), are high-yield and compact explosives used in both deep-space and atmospheric conflicts. Smart Bombs give off a large flash and explode over a respective blast radius, allowing an ace pilot to take out any unshielded star fighter in range. Smart Bombs either be fired manually or by using the Targeting Computer. They can be detonated either remotely or from impact. Smart Bombs were designed by Slippy Toad.
Arwings and first generation Landmasters have a large arsenal of Smart Bombs. They can usually be obtained from defeating an enemy, or by ROB 64 sending them to the Star Fox team from the Great Fox.
Star Fox series
In Star Fox 64, the player begins with three Smart Bombs. They can be fired manually or homed onto targets, and can be obtained by defeating enemies, breaking certain obstacles, or through Supply Containers. Smart Bombs maintain a consistent role throughout the Star Fox series.
Smart Bombs can be used by pressing the B button. After being launched, the player can press B again to detonate it. If the vehicle's laser is charged and is locked on to a target, the player can press B to target the Smart Bomb directly at the opponent. In Star Fox Command, the player must use the Stylus on the touch screen to drop Smart Bombs.
In Star Fox Adventures, Bombs are pick-up items which appear during the Arwing missions and in the final boss fight against Andross. Their main purpose is retained from previous installments.
In Star Fox: Assault, a variant of the Smart Bomb was introduced, the Cluster Bomb. It barrages the field with Grenades upon detonation and also supports lock-on targeting.
Super Smash Bros. series
- SmashWiki article: Smart Bomb
The Smart Bomb appears as a throwing item in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This item explodes upon impact with a fighter or an obstacle, or after traveling a certain distance through the air. The Smart Bomb has a large blast radius, steadily increasing more and more until finally stopping.
The Smart Bomb deals fair damage to fighters caught in the radius, including the thrower, and has high knockback. The percentage of any player caught in Smart Bomb explosion rises until ceasing. At this point, the aforementioned player will be sent flying. Fighters can only escape from the blast by moving above or below it, but not left or right. Occasionally, the Smart Bomb acts as a dud when thrown, which is indicated by a sound effect. It still eventually explodes over time or if hit.
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||
SNES Star Fox
N64 Star Fox 64
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||
PAL: Throw or hit this to set off a devastating explosion. The blast radius is so wide that your foe will have almost nowhere to run. Unfortunately, the same goes for you, so move fast! Sometimes they don't explode when you throw them, but if you hit them - even by accident - they definitely will!
SNES Star Fox (3/1993)
N64 Star Fox 64 (7/1997)
- Star Fox 64 instruction booklet (page 16): "The number of smart bombs will increase by one."
- Star Fox: Assault instruction booklet (page 35): "Press B to launch one of these bombs and press again to detonate."
- Star Fox 64 3D digital manual (tab 12): "Adds one additional bomb to your total."
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