Bramball

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Bramball
Bramball NSLU.png
First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest Appearance New Super Luigi U (2013)

Bramballs[1] are enemies that appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U. The name is a play on the words "bramble" and "ball".

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Two Bramballs in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Bramballs appear as orange spherical Pokey-esque enemies, with brambles for arms jutting out of their sides and yellow suction cup-like feet. Their sole attack is moving around a set path by flipping themselves around in a Slinky-style motion and planting their feet on flat surfaces. When they reach the end of a small piece of land or wall, they will flip the other way and continue moving. Touching the feet or arms of a Bramball will hurt the player.

Bramballs can be defeated by jumping on the ball in the center, freezing them as Ice Mario or Penguin Mario and Ground Pounding on them while frozen, hitting them with Fire Mario's fireballs, or a Star. Hitting them from underneath will release Coins and cause them to temporarily stop flipping over. Hitting them while launching out of a Warp Pipe cannon instantly defeats one and causes them to release twenty Coins. There are two types of Bramballs: ones that do not move their mouths and ones that do move their mouths. The ones that move their mouths are faster.

Pre-release, Bramballs were shown to have brown feet, instead of yellow.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Bramballs return in New Super Mario Bros. U, being the enemies of the titular Bramball Woods. In this appearance, their heads turn out completely orange and a leaf sprouts from it as the music beats, similar to regular Pokeys in newer appearances. If Mario hits the underside of a Bramball in this state, it will drop a large amount of coins instead of just one.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Bramballs return in New Super Luigi U, acting the exact same way as in previous titles.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イバラムシ
ibaramushi
From イバラ(Bramble) and ムシ(bug).
Spanish (NOA) Zarzabola
Spanish (NOE) Espinarco From "espina" (spine) and "arco" (arc)
French Alfronce From french name "Alphonse" and "ronce" (bramble)
German Häcki from Häcke (Hedge)
Italian Pungipalla Portmanteau of "pungi" (Sting) and "palla" (ball)
Portuguese (NOE) Carambola Possibly from "bola" (ball) and the interjection "caramba", equivalent to "geez" in English. The word "carambola" also means starfruit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima eGuide, Enemies Tab.