Fireball (Mario Bros.)

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This article is about the Mario Bros. enemy. For other uses, see Fireball (disambiguation).
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First Appearance Mario Bros. (1983)
Latest Appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Fireballs are enemies found in Mario Bros.. They come in red and green varieties. They are unique enemies in that game in that they can't cross the left or right edge of the screen and come out on the other side. They and Icicles are also the only enemies that can harm players hiding behind the bottom pipes.

The red Fireballs are slower and bounce diagonally all around the stage. If they hit one side of the screen, they ricochet off the side and keep going until making a full circuit of the screen after which it will disappear and respawn as a faster opponent. The quicker green Fireballs move horizontally from one side of the screen to the other where it will disappear until respawning elsewhere. It has a pattern of two small wavy bounces and one long bounce. To destroy Fireballs, the player has to bump them from below while they are touching the platform or the player could also use a POW Block to defeat them as well. Fireballs respawn as faster enemies a few moments after being destroyed. There can be a maximum of four fireballs, two of each color, on screen at any one time.

In Wrecking Crew, a Fireball will appear if too much time is spent in one place. It acts like the red ones in the previous appearance; green versions are absent.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, there is a 2 player minigame which has Fireballs in it. In Super Mario All-Stars, the Battle Mode has both fireballs using the red sprite while the battle game perplexingly replaces the sprites with Boos. Red Fireballs can also now go through the wrap-around screen. The Zigzag Lava Bubbles in Super Mario World resemble red Fireballs by bouncing diagonally.

Fireballs appear in Luigi Bros.; an additional game featured in Super Mario 3D World. Like the other enemies in Luigi Bros., Fireballs behave in the same way as Mario Bros., which this game is based on.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアボール[1]
Spanish (NOE) Bola de fuego Fire Ball
French (NOE) Boule de Feu Fire Ball
German Feuerball Fireball
Italian Sfera di fuoco Fire Ball


  1. ^ Mario character book, page 180