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.
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party Superstars
Type Item mini-game
Time limit 10 seconds
Music Item Mini-Game

Bobbing Bow-loons is an Item minigame that appears in Mario Party 3 and Mario Party Superstars. "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 balloons that contains an item within the time limit of ten seconds. The row of balloons moves vertically at different speeds. The value of the item varies, with a rare item behind the row of balloons and a common item in front of the player. If the player pops a balloon with their arrow, they will receive the item from the balloon the player popped.

However, if the arrow is shot and misses the whole row of balloons, it will bounce off the stone tower and pop the player's own balloon. Baby Bowser will then appear in the window of one of the other stone towers and laugh at the player's loss (with a slight camera pan towards said stone tower). The player will get nothing. If the player runs out of time, the row of balloons will disappear and the arrow will automatically be shot, with the rest being the same.


  • A Button – Shoot arrow

In-game text[edit]

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

Names in other languages[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