Air Bag

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An Air Bag attached to a Mystery Crate

Air Bags,[1] also called Balloon-in-the-Boxes[2] or Melon Box-Balloon-in-the-Boxes,[3] are giant pink balloons that appear out of Mystery Crates in Yoshi's Story. An Air Bag can be revealed by shooting an egg at an unmovable crate. Air Bags attack by blowing air at a Yoshi. To defeat one, the Yoshi must throw an egg at the bandages on its belly. Air quickly rushes out of the Air Bag, which shrinks until it disappears, leaving a melon. Air Bags appear only in the level Surprise!!

An Air Bag also appears in the 19th volume of the Super Mario-kun manga as an obstacle protecting a Special Heart. Red Yoshi defeats it when one of his shoes accidentally flies off and impacts the Air Bag's bandage.

The name Air Bag is based on the real-life airbag, found in vehicles to prevent injury during a collision.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビックリン[4]
From「びっくり箱」(bikkuri-bako, jack-in-the-box)


  1. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 10.
  2. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 101 and 102. "When smelling a Question Mark Box fails to excite Yoshi, you know how you have to get creative. In this course, tossing an egg at the odorless Question Mark Box (like the second one) causes a Balloon-in-the-Box to pop out. Smacking his X-shaped bandage with two eggs will make him burst, thus freeing the melon he’s hoarding."
  3. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 102. "After the soothing pattern of Melon Box-Balloon-in-the-Box, the next two boxes might throw you for a loop. Another way to get at those boxed up melons is to push two together. Keep this in mind whenever you find two Question Mark Boxes close to one another!"
  4. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 4.