Ball 'n' Chain

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Ball 'n' Chain
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A Ball 'n' Chain in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Mario Party 10 (2015)

A Ball 'n' Chain is a spiked ball on a chain first appearing in Super Mario World. They are usually found in castles, and are indestructible. In most games, Mario can safely pass through the chain unharmed.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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Ball 'n' Chains first appear in Super Mario World, in castles and fortresses. Also, using a Spin Jump will allow Mario/Luigi to harmlessly bounce off the spiked ball. The only way this obstacle can be defeated is using a star, but its sprite will change into a defeated Bony Beetle, as it was never programmed to be destroyed.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

After nearly 8 years of absence, New Super Mario Bros. features this obstacle in the World 7-Castle being so rare. The blocks are still there, and one even has a Star Coin. As an added feature, they rotate wildly on the end of the chain as well as spinning on the block, however, this does not affect their attack.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Ball 'n' Chain appearance in Super Mario 3D Land.

Ball 'n' Chains reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii once, in a secret area of Wendy's Castle and in Lemmy's Fortress. However, like in Super Mario World, they can be defeated using a Super Star.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

In Super Mario 3D Land, Ball 'n' Chains appear in purple with yellow spikes and chain. This time they are not linked to shackles, like in Super Mario World. Instead of spinning, they only make pendulum movements. The chain's links are two-dimensional. They can be destroyed by making contact with them as Statue Mario.

New Super Mario Bros U[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. U, regular and giant Ball 'n' Chains (under the name Spinners[1]) appear, swinging in a pendulum-like manner as they do in Super Princess Peach and Super Mario 3D Land. Unlike other iterations, however, these Ball 'n' Chains cannot be avoided by passing through the chains, as they have been spiked too.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

A Ball 'n' Chain as it appears in the show.

A Ball 'n' Chain makes a brief appearance in the Super Mario World animated series episode "Send in the Clown". Mario, while traveling through Neon Castle, narrowly avoids being hit by a Ball 'n' Chain that drops from the ceiling as he traverses over some lava.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Ball 'n' Chains reappear in Yoshi's Story where they either swing in a manner similar to pendulums or quickly drop down to the floor and then slowly rise again. They pnly appear in the levels Tall Tower and Magma Castle.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

In Mario Kart 8, a single Ball 'n' Chain appears as an obstacle in Bowser's Castle. The obstacle acts virtually the same as the pendulums in Tick-Tock Clock and the anchors in Wario Shipyard.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Ball 'n' Chains reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Ball 'n' Chains reappear in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Spiked Ball Scramble, this is also there first Mario Party appearance.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グルグル
guruguru
From guruguru, a Japanese onomatopoeia of spinning round and round.
Spanish Gigamaza Gigamace

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratton, Steve (November 18, 2012). New Super Mario Bros. U: Prima Official Game Guide, page 129.