The Cracker Launcher (クラッカーランチャー Kurakkā Ranchā?) is a shooting item that appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This item allows the player to rapidly launch firecrackers, which bounce off walls and explode on impact with a floor or enemy. The character using it can aim the launcher at different angles by tilting the Control Stick up or down. It is also possible to move forwards and backwards, while turning around is done by tapping the Control Stick sideways. It could be said to be the shooting equivalent of the Hammer, as it is the single most powerful weapon of its type. It is also like the Hammer in that, while holding it, a character is limited to a single jump and no other attacks (aside from dropping or throwing it). Cracker Launchers will be dropped if the holder flinches even slightly. When used near a wall, the character will take damage with strong knockback and he/she loses the launcher.
Aiming the Cracker Launcher can be hard to do and turning can be a hassle, but it can easily be used to take out large groups of enemies. The blast radius makes it easy to damage others, but the shots themselves can be difficult to get the first hit with. The last shot is distinguished by a grey trail of smoke, a different shooting noise, and is more powerful than the rest .
A portable launcher you can carry under your arm. Fire it to launch HUGE missiles... Well, OK, actually it just launches flashy fireworks. You can adjust the barrel angle to change your shot trajectories to blast those in front of you and even above you. It's a great item to have around. Be warned--the recoil pushes you in the opposite direction in which you're firing. Note: In the PAL version, the last line is replaced with "When holding it, turn by tapping the direction opposite where you`re facing".
- The item is similar to an item in the game Kirby Air Ride; this version, however, looked considerably different from the one found in Brawl.
- Unlike the Ray Gun or Super Scope, the Cracker Launcher appears to have no trigger in which to set it off.
- It can clash with other attacks, sometimes resulting in attack lag, as seen here.
- The Cracker Launcher might have served as the inspiration for the Fireworks Cannon, a weapon in Kid Icarus Uprising, which looks look the Cracker Launcher and shoots firework missiles.