Ball on chains

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Not to be confused with Spinner, also referred to as Ball 'N' Chain or Ball and Chain.
Ball on chains
A ball on chains from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Artwork of a ball on chains
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Ball on chains sprite (stationary)Ball on chains spriteBall on chains sprite (about to disappear)

Balls on chains,[1] also referred to as cogs,[2] are a type of platform found exclusively in the third level of the Mario Zone of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, in which they appear in a lighter color and a darker color. The light-colored balls on chains are stationary platforms, but the dark-colored variant moves along the length of the chain for a finite amount of time when Mario jumps on it, eventually flashing and disappearing. These balls on chains have the tendency to move in the path of enemies, such as Bullet Bills and Tatenoko.

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Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

エスカタマ (JP) / Ball on chains (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん メカ族 Place of origin Mecha clan
性格せいかく 親切 Disposition Kind
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド2 Game appearances Land 2

タマの形をしたエスカレーターのメカ。だからついた名前が「エスカタマ」。マリオが乗 ると動き始めるが、一定の距離を動くと消えてしまう。消える前に飛び降りよう。[3]

Let's get on board before they disappear.

Escalator mechanism in the shape of a ball. That is why the name "Escatama" was given to it. When Mario gets on the escalator, it starts moving, but it disappears after a certain distance. Jump off before it disappears.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エスカタマ[4][3]
Portmanteau of「エスカレーター」(esukarētā, "escalator") and「玉」(tama, "ball")

Italian Sfera ascensore[5]
Lift sphere


  1. ^ "You can avoid the ground spikes by riding balls on chains." – (December 1992). Nintendo Power, volume 43. Page 48.
  2. ^ (August 1993). Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5. Page 56.
  3. ^ a b Shogakukan (1994). 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Page 47.
  4. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 15.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 78.