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Bramballs are enemies that appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The name is a play on the words "bramble" and "ball".
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Bramballs appear as orange spherical Pokey-esque enemies, with brambles for arms jutting out of their sides and yellow suction cup-like feet. Their sole attack is moving around a set path by flipping themselves around in a Slinky-style motion and planting their feet on flat surfaces. When they reach the end of a small piece of land or wall, they will flip the other way and continue moving. Touching the feet or arms of a Bramball will hurt the player.
Bramballs can be defeated by jumping on the ball in the center, freezing them as Ice Mario or Penguin Mario and Ground Pounding on them while frozen, hitting them with Fire Mario's fireballs, or a Super Star. Hitting them from underneath will release Coins and cause them to temporarily stop flipping over. Hitting them while launching out of a Pipe Cannon instantly defeats one and causes them to release twenty Coins. There are two types of Bramballs: ones that do not move their mouths and ones that do move their mouths. The ones that move their mouths are faster.
Pre-release, Bramballs were shown to have brown feet, instead of yellow.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Bramballs return in New Super Mario Bros. U, being the enemies of the titular Bramball Woods. In this appearance, their heads turn out completely orange and a leaf sprouts from it as the music beats, similar to regular Pokeys in newer appearances. If Mario hits the underside of a Bramball in this state, it will drop a large amount of coins instead of just one. Tapping on one using Boost Mode would cause one to smile and turn the other way.
New Super Luigi U
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