Bros. Ball

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Bros. Ball
Instructions for the Bros. Ball in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.

The Bros. Ball[1] is a move usable by Mario and Luigi that only appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.


Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Bros. Ball being used in the Koopaseum.
Bros. Ball from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the move is taught to Mario and Luigi by Toadsworth and Toadsworth the Younger after Yoshi's Island is cleared and before the player heads for Gritzy Desert, in which the move is required to clear a minigame in Peach's Castle to even gain access to the time hole leading to the area. When using this move, the bros both form themselves into a wheel and start rolling along the ground like a ball, allowing them to traverse through areas faster. Additionally, the Bros. Ball lets Mario and Luigi go under walls and small spaces in the game.

Later on in the game, Mario and Luigi learn the ability to temporarily flatten Baby Mario and Baby Luigi so they can move under even smaller spaces. This move is called Baby Cakes, and it is learned, along with the Baby Spin, by the two Toadsworths after clearing Gritzy Caves and before the quartet head out to Thwomp Volcano.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

A four-brother variation of the Bros. Ball from the Super Mario-kun, volume 37
Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi rolled up in the four brother version of the ball in the Super Mario-Kun, volume 37.

In the Super Mario-Kun volumes adapted from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario and Luigi use it as an attack rather than a utility move, where they smash into the Snoozorb in volume 35. Later, in volume 37, a four brother variation of the Bros. Ball is used against the Elder Princess Shroob.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラザーボール
Burazā bōru
Brother ball
Italian Palla Fratelli Bros. Ball
Korean 브라더 볼
Beuradeo Bol
Brother Ball
Spanish Bola dúo Duo ball



  1. ^ "I've dubbed this the Bros. Ball. Why you ask? Because you are bros. And you form a ball." — Toadsworth the Younger, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time