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Items in Smash Bros. are fairly straightforward – most of the time they either activate when you grab them, or they’re some kind of weapon you wield thereafter. That’s not the case for these two featured tools, though. You don’t just “get” the benefits by rushing over and calling dibs. You gotta earn it, by standing still and holding ‘em up high!



The next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online tournament is going to be all about two items and two items only. The Special Flag and Bomber may share their means of activation, but their effects couldn’t be more opposing. The former has the one-of-a-kind ability to grant you a fresh stock if you’re able to avoid assault long enough, while the latter is an instrument of explosive decimation that hails from one of Nintendo’s cutest series. 

Funnily enough, and demonstrated in this event’s announcement image, the items are most tied with two of the roundest fighters in Smash. As the sole Namco fighter, Pac-Man gets to represent the Special Flag, while Kirby decided to upgrade the Bomber from a trophy to an item starting in Ultimate.

Keep those fingers crossed while you’re staying still this weekend once the Special Flag and Bomber tournament event begins on Friday, April 30th. 


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.