Bobbing Bow-loons

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Bobbing Bow-loons
Bobbing Bow-loons: Yoshi tied to a balloon, holding his aim for the attempt to shoot one of the moving balloons that contains an item. From Mario Party 3.
Mario Party 3
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party Superstars
Type Item minigame
Time limit 10 seconds
Music track Item Mini-Game
Music sample
Mario Party 3:

Mario Party Superstars:

Bobbing Bow-loons is an Item minigame that appears in Mario Party 3 and Mario Party Superstars, albeit unnamed in the latter. "Bow-loons" is a pun on "balloons."


The minigame takes place in the skies, where the stone towers appear in the background, along with moving clouds at the bottom and bright rainbows. The sky is entirely made up of bricks painted blue from dark to bright. The player is prepared as they are hovering with the balloon attached to them. As the player prepares to use the bow, gusts of wind are heard, and then the minigame starts.


The player's objective is to shoot one of the five balloons that contain items within the time limit of ten seconds. The row of balloons moves vertically at different speeds. The value of the item varies, with a powerful item usually behind the row of balloons and a common item usually in front of the player. If the player pops a balloon with their arrow, they receive the item from the balloon they popped.

However, if the arrow is shot and misses the whole row of balloons, the arrow bounces off the stone tower and pops the player's own balloon. Baby Bowser (in Mario Party 3) or Bowser Jr. (in Superstars) then appears in the window of one of the other stone towers and laughs at the player's loss (with a slight camera pan towards said stone tower). If time runs out, the balloons disappear and the arrow is automatically shot, with the same events described above playing out.

In Mario Party Superstars, the minigame is played from the reverse perspective, with the player on the left and the balloons on the right.


Mario Party 3[edit]

  • A Button – Shoot arrow

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • A Button – Shoot arrow

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

  • Rules"Time your arrow to shoot down an item."
  • Advice"Watch how the balloons move, then release your arrow carefully."

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • "Pop a balloon!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ねらってバルーン
Neratte barūn
Aim the Balloon
French Ballons Bouffons Balloons Buffoons
German Ballon und Bogen Balloon and Bow
Spanish Globos Objeto Item Balloons