Balloon (Super Mario Galaxy 2)

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Balloons in Super Mario Galaxy 2
Some balloons in Honeyhop Galaxy
Mario and Fluzzard about to pop a red balloon in the Fleet Glide Galaxy

Balloons[1] are uncommon objects found in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They look like multicolored party balloons with strings, and they are always suspended in midair. They come in five different colors: red, blue, yellow, green, and purple. Mario (or Luigi) can pop them simply by touching them. When popped, the balloons make a small popping noise, release five or six Star Bits, and then disappear. The Star Bits that are released from balloons home in on Mario if they are popped this way, so the player does not need to use the Star Pointer to collect them. Balloons can also be popped by shooting a Star Bit at them. If the player pops a balloon this way, the Star Bits that are released do not home in on Mario but instead fall downwards.

Balloons are found solely in the Wild Glide Galaxy, the Fleet Glide Galaxy, Tall Trunk Galaxy, and Honeyhop Galaxy. In the former two galaxies, both of which Mario must glide through with Fluzzard, the player must steer Mario and Fluzzard towards the balloons scattered throughout the galaxies to pop them and get the Star Bits inside them. In Tall Trunk Galaxy, balloons appear only in the galaxy's second mission, Tall Trunk's Big Slide. In this mission, they float above the slide at various intervals, and Mario must jump up at precisely the right time while sliding in order to pop them and collect the Star Bits inside. In Honeyhop Galaxy, three balloons are found hovering in the air over the gap between the Starting Planet and the Queen Bee Planet. While the player crosses the gap by using Floaty Fluff, they can optionally pop the three balloons and get some extra Star Bits along the way.

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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/GliderBalloon.arc GliderBalloon Glider Balloon
Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl グライダー用風船 (Guraidā-yō Fūsen) Glider-use Balloon

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 風船[2]


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 97, 131, 169.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 171.