A Flipper in Super Smash Bros. Melee
|First appearance||Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)|
Flippers are obstacles in the game Balloon Fight that appear as items in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Players can pick it up and throw it; when thrown, it will hover in the air. Any player who comes in contact with it gets hurt, and the flipper spins around, hurting other people. After some amount of time, it disappears.
Flippers move along with the stage if it is a moving stage. This can be used by players in stages such as Big Blue to place the flipper which then hits another character who is standing on the flipper's route. In Bonus mode, there are special points awarded if an opponent is KO'd using a flipper.
Flippers act as the replacement for Bumpers from Super Smash Bros., but since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Bumpers have served as the replacement for Flippers. However, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and later Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Flippers appear as a stage hazard on the Balloon Fight stage, retaining their original appearance.