? Bubble

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Not to be confused with Magic Ball or ? Balloon.
? Bubble
? Bubble
The ball, outside its bubble
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Effect Releases something when popped
“Throw eggs to break the ? Bubbles.”
Message Block, Yoshi's Story
? Bubble

? Bubbles, also called Mystery Balls[1][2] or Question Mark Balloons,[3][4] are objects that are found in Yoshi's Story, acting as a counterpart to the Winged Clouds from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Like with ordinary bubbles, a Yoshi can pop a ? Bubble by simply throwing an egg at it or by touching it about 15 to 30 times. When the Yoshi bumps into it once, it simply gets knocked around, without popping. ? Bubbles occasionally just float or move around the area of the level above the ground. They can hide hopping coins, a Shy Guy, a melon in a parachute, a Surprise Ball, a Heart Fruit, a White Shy Guy, a key, a Miss Warp, a Balloon Bully, a Special Heart, a vase, a Giant Egg, or a ? Switch.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ?シャボン
? Shabon
? Soap

French Bulle ?[5]
? Bubble
Italian Bolla ?[6]
? Bubble


  1. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 16.
  2. ^ Nintendo (December 2, 1998). Yoshi's Story official website (Internet Archive). Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 102. "BALLOONS These items come in two varieties: Clear and Question Marked. The clear ones act as lofty receptacles for the different fruits on the island, while the Question Mark Balloons hold a myriad of different items. The most frequent enclosures include melons, switches, and those five-Coin Challenges. To unleash the stuff hidden within, merely smack the balloon with an egg."
  4. ^ Prima Bath. Ultimate Nintendo 64 Pocket Power Guide, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 76. "SWITCHES Switches appear in two forms: as a stompable unit or as tiles. The actual switch box is found out in the open or hidden in Question Mark Balloons. Stepping on it causes a variety of actions to occur—from the appearance of melons or Special Hearts to the beginning of Timer Races."
  5. ^ Yoshi Story instruction booklet, French segment. Page 60
  6. ^ Yoshi's Story European manual, pag. 124