Bumper Balls

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This article is about a minigame. For the obstacles in Yoshi's Story, see Bumper Ball.
Not to be confused with Bumper Brawl or Bumper Balloons.
Bumper Balls
Bumper Balls
Bumper Balls.png
Bumper Balls from Mario Party 2
Bumper Balls from Mario Party 2
Bumper Balls from Mario Party: The Top 100
Bumper Balls from Mario Party Superstars
Bumper Balls from Mario Party Superstars
Level 3 of Bumper Balls in Mario Party Superstars
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type 4-Player minigame
Time limit 60 seconds
Music track Ducking and Dodging (Mario Party)
Couldn't Be Better (Mario Party 2 and Mario Party Superstars)
Hurry Up! (Mario Party: The Top 100)
Music sample
Mario Party:

Mario Party 2:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Mario Party Superstars:

Bumper Balls is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars. Its name and gameplay are based on bumper cars.


The objective of the minigame is to bump other players off a platform by utilizing personalized balls.

In Mario Party, the minigame takes place on a plain grassy island in the middle of the ocean.

In Mario Party 2, there are three levels for the players to compete in, and they each have different challenges.

  • The first level takes place on a platform surrounded by lava. It is a basic level.
  • The second level takes place on an icy mountain. In the middle is a Fly Guy frozen in ice. It can be very slippery on the mountain, so players must take care not to slide off.
  • The third level is on a floating isle in the ocean. Characters bumped off are carried away by Bloopers. The isle contains rocks and bumps that can slightly change the player's speed when they roll over them.

In both Mario Party and Mario Party 2, the last player standing wins. If one minute passes with two or more players remaining, or if the remaining players get eliminated, the minigame is a tie. On Mini-Game Island and in the Mini-Game Coaster, the player must eliminate the three CPU players within one minute to win. If time runs out before the task is completed or if the player is eliminated at any time, it is a miss.

In the Mini-Game Coaster, the version of this minigame depends on the difficulty played: On Easy difficulty, the lava course is used. On Normal difficulty, the ice course is used. On Hard difficulty, the ocean course is used.

In Mario Party: The Top 100, the lava course from the Mario Party 2 version of Bumper Balls is used. The balls have more power than in Mario Party and Mario Party 2, and the platform is smaller, significantly shortening the minigame's average length.

In Mario Party Superstars, all three levels from Mario Party 2 return. Additionally, the balls revert to their power from Mario Party and Mario Party 2.


Mario Party / Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"Ride your ball and try to bump the others into the sea. Use Control Stick to roll around on your ball."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Ride on your ball and bump the others into the ocean. Clear the game by being the last one alive."
  • Advice"Don't just push all the time. If you retreat, too, the other person's momentum may carry them into the ocean."

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"It's an all-out Bumper Ball bash! Use your Control Stick to roll your ball and bounce your opponents away!"
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)"Roll your ball about and try to bump your rivals off the edge. Be the last one standing to clear the game."
  • Advice
    • Lava Course: "The faster you're going when you bump an opponent, the farther your opponent is bumped by you!"
    • Ice Course: "The icy center is very slippery! If you bump or get bumped, it'll be hard to stop!"
    • Ocean Course: "Take your best shot when your opponent is stuck on the rocky bumps!"

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description and on-screen"Ride on the ball and slam into your rivals to knock them off!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • "Bump your rivals off the edge."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese のっかれボール
Nokkare Bōru
Get on the Ball

Chinese (simplified) 在球上站稳了
zàiqiúshàng zhànwěnle
Get on the Ball

Chinese (traditional) 在球上站穩了
zàiqiúshàng zhànwěnle
Get on the Ball

Dutch Botsbal
Bumper Ball
French (NOA) Balles tamponneuses
Bumper balls
French (NOE) Balles-tampons (Mario Party)
Pousse-Ballon (Mario Party 2, The Top 100, and Superstars)
Bumper Balls

German Kugelchaos
Ball Chaos
Italian Bumper Balls[1] (Mario Party)
Big Rolls
Korean 공 위의 곡예사
Gong Wi-ui Gogyesa
Acrobat on the Ball

Portuguese Bate-Bola
Ball Bumping, also a term for an informal soccer match
Russian Мячи-толкачи
Pushing Balls

Spanish (NOA) Pelotas choconas
Bumper Balls
Spanish (NOE) Pelotas de Choque
Bumper Balls


  • In the ice version, the Fly Guy encased in the ice is a pre-rendered sprite rather than a 3D model.[2] This Fly Guy is no longer present in Mario Party Superstars.