Baseball (object)

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Not to be confused with Beastball.
Baseball
Baseball Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png

First appearance

Super Mario World (1990)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

A baseball[1] is the main focus of the Mario Baseball series. They have also made small appearances in various minigames in the Mario Party series, which are usually baseball-related, such as Swing Kings. Baseballs have also appeared as a throwing item in Super Mario 3D World.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

In the Mario franchise, Baseballs first appear in Super Mario World as projectiles used by Confused Chucks. They are thrown at constant pace, traveling on a horizontal line through the air. They cannot be stopped or destroyed and can damage Mario or Luigi if they hit them. However, Confused Chucks will stop throwing baseballs if attacked, upon which they start behaving like regular Chargin' Chucks.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Mario throwing a baseball at Galoombas

Baseballs appear in Super Mario 3D World as throwable objects. They can be found lying around in various places, being introduced in Really Rolling Hills. Players can pick them up and throw them at other enemies to defeat them; if other players are hit, they are knocked back (but not hurt or defeated). In addition, baseballs can be used to get Green Stars from a distance, and the World 6 Mystery House requires the use of baseballs to obtain all Green Stars.

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, baseballs are found sparingly across Lake Lapcat. Kittens can be seen playing with them if Mario is not close, and they can be sent flying upon contact by Mario, Bowser Jr., or Plessie. When Fury Bowser is active, baseballs are able to extinguish his falling fireballs, and their resulting lava puddles, upon contact.[2] Baseballs can also be thrown into Clear Pipes, and may become stuck in an infinite loop in the Clear Pipes of Pipe Path Tower.[3]

Mario sports spin-off games[edit]

Artwork of Mario using his Star Skill, the Fireball, which engulfs the baseball into flames and causes it to move at a blinding speed.

Baseballs are elementary objects in the sport of the same name, which is the focus of Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, as well as a part of Mario Sports Superstars. Here, baseballs are used in the same fashion as in real life: pitchers throw them to batters, the batters swing and attempt to hit them, and fielders try to catch the ball before the batters and runners advance around the base. However, some fictional spins are added to the sport, including Star Skills and Error Items, which cause baseballs to gain qualities with special effects.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Baseballs are used in the All-Star Swingers minigame from Super Mario Party, where they are launched by machines in front of the players. Their movement is determined by their appearance: white baseballs travel on an arc-shaped path, red baseballs travel straight forward, and mushroom-patterned baseballs travel in a zigzag way. The players must bat them to the rhythm of the music.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Main article: Baseball (item)

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, if Mario scores exactly 21 points in the minigame in the Shuriken Dojo at Shogun Studios, he receives a baseball signed by the Toad behind the counter. Mario later exchanges this baseball for the Bone from two Dry Bones elsewhere in the park.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボール[4]
Bōru
Ball (Super Mario 3D World)
Portuguese (NOE) Bola[5] Ball
Chinese [6][7]
Qiú
Ball

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 19.
  2. ^ 10 Little Details (Part 1) | Bowser's Fury
  3. ^ 10 Little Details (Part 2) | Bowser's Fury
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 233.
  5. ^ Nintendo Portugal (January 13, 2021). Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury! - Explorem um mundo de diversão Mario em conjunto. YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Nintendo HK官方頻道 (January 13, 2020). 《超级马力欧 3D世界 + 狂怒世界》介绍视频(简体中文) YouTube. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  7. ^ Nintendo HK官方頻道 (January 13, 2020). 《超級瑪利歐 3D世界 + 狂怒世界》介紹影片(香港) YouTube. Retrieved January 16, 2021.