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Heart Ball is the name of the Star Skill that Peach uses in Mario Superstar Baseball. When pitching, Peach will cause the ball to momentarily disappear into scattered hearts, only reappearing just before it crosses home plate, making it difficult to hit.
When Peach is batting, this skill also causes the ball to disappear into scattered hearts as it is hit as a high fly ball, only reappearing shortly before hitting the ground. This makes it difficult for fielders to catch.
In Challenge Mode the player must buy the Lovely Heart in order for Peach to learn to pitch the Heart Ball.
Mario Super Sluggers
This Star Pitch returns in Mario Super Sluggers, where like in the predecessor, Peach will scatter hearts around the ball to confuse the batter. However, it's still possible to get a ball with this move, instead of a strike.
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