Big Amp

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This article is about the enemy from the Super Mario franchise. For the boss from DK: Jungle Climber, see Mega Amp.
Big Amp
Big Amp.
A Big Amp from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Mario Party 5 (2003)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Amp

Big Amps[1] are, as the name would suggest, a larger variety of Amps first appearing in Mario Party 5. Despite the size difference, they have the same behavior and appearance as their ordinary counterparts, with the exception of both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

Shock Absorbers from Mario Party 5
Big Amps from Mario Party 5

Large variants of Amps first appear in Mario Party 5 in Shock Absorbers, along with regular Amps. They are slightly bigger than the regular Amps, and much like the regular Amps, coming into contact with them electrocutes a character.

Mario Party 6[edit]

A single Big Amp makes a cameo appearance in Mario Party 6, during the intro of Circuit Maximus. This Big Amp is noticeably larger than its predecessors from the previous game.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Big Amps reappear in Mario Party 10 in Kamek's Rocket Rampage. After Kamek loses half of his health, he uses Banzai Bills that deal three points per hit and Big Amps that deal two points per hit.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Zap Ball from Super Mario Galaxy
A Zap Ball in Super Mario Galaxy

Big Amps, referred to as Zap Balls,[2] appear in Super Mario Galaxy, though they no longer have any visible facial features, unlike the regular Amps. Despite this, their behavior is identical to their smaller counterparts.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Big Amps, again referred to as Zap Balls,[3] return in Super Mario Galaxy 2, appearing in the Space Storm Galaxy.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Mario in Snake Block Tower.
Several Big Amps from Snake Block Tower

Big Amps also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, where they occur frequently in Snake Block Tower alongside their original counterparts.

They are one of the very few enemies not to return in New Super Luigi U.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/BigBirikyu.arc BigBirikyu Big Amp
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
巨大顔なしビリキュー (Kyodaigaonashi Birikyū) Giant Faceless Amp

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビリビリボール[4] (Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Biribiri Bōru
でかビリキュー[5] (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Deka Birikyū
Electrified Ball

Big Amp
German Riesen-Sparky Giant Amp
Italian Amperino Gigante[6] Giant Amp


  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 28.
  2. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:09 UTC via
  3. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy 2 entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:46 UTC via
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 128 and 161.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 210.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 128