The Bumper (バンパー, Bumper) is an item in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It acts as a combination of a throwing item and a stage obstacle in most cases.
As outlined on its relevant trophies, the Bumper is based on bumpers found within real-life pinball machines. In these machines, pinballs that hit bumpers will be quickly sent in the opposite direction from where they hit it; a majority of such bumpers also have a "starburst" decal applied to them, which was carried over to their appearances throughout the Super Smash Bros. series.
As an item
The Bumper can be picked up and thrown by players; if it hits opponents, it deals some damage, with its knockback properties varying on the game. In Super Smash Bros., it deals weak, set knockback, but in Brawl and Smash 4, the item's knockback scales, and it can potentially KO opponents at mid-range percentages, at about 60%.
Upon being thrown, the item's behaviour varies on the game in question:
In all cases, the Bumper will disappear after about ten seconds have passed.
As a stage hazard
In Super Smash Bros., a floating Bumper appears above Peach's Castle, moving side to side. Acting as a dynamic barrier, it can KO or potentially prevent players from getting Star KOed. Floating Bumpers are also seen in Race to the Finish, and also Break the Targets and Board the Platforms, either as stationary or moving hazards. Of note is that in the game, Bumpers cannot be placed in the air, making the Bumper in all of these instances unique compared to the item. In Super Smash Bros. 4, the Castle Bumper keeps its old design and its property of dealing 1% of damage when touched, unlike the Bumper item. It does not, however, use the original sound.
Note: A Bumper cannot be dropped when on the ground; instead, the Bumper will be thrown by a standard throw.
The Bumper item appears as a trophy in Brawl. It is received by hitting a total of 5,000 meters or 15,000 feet with all fighters Home-Run Contest records.
An item that originally appeared in Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. After many years, it now makes its triumphant return. Bumpers are used in pinball to send balls flying, and they perform the same role in Smash Bros. They react to anything that touches them, including the people who set them. As they can also be set in midair, using them requires good tactics.
Smash 4 trophy
Ah, pinball... What a fun game. And with this item, you can add a bit of pinball wham to the battlefield. Once thrown, this item will bounce anything that comes near it violently away. Just don't get careless and walk into a deployed one yourself, or you'll get bounced too!
You might recognise this from a pinball machine. Just like the metal balls do, touch one of these and you'll go flying! You can throw them, but we'd suggest affixing them strategically so that they hit just the right people and send them soaring into the distance. Job done.
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