Keronpa Ball

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Keronpa Ball
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A Keronpa Ball as it appears in Super Mario 64 DS
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Flame Chomp

A Keronpa Ball is an obstacle found in Super Mario 64 and its portable remake, Super Mario 64 DS. They are tiny black spheres that hover in place a tiny distance off the ground. In the remake, they have faces based on Fire Chomps. They usually line the edges of pathways. A Keronpa Ball is motionless and harmless until the player character passes by. Then, it expands to about twice its size and shoots a tiny fireball that chases him around for a short time until it goes out. If hit by the flame, the character will run around uncontrollably while steadily losing three life pieces, although he will still be able to jump. In the remake, Yoshi will also be able to breathe fire if he swallows one.

A "broken" Keronpa Ball in Wet-Dry World

There are two Keronpa Balls located in the downtown area of Wet-Dry World. Due to a mistake in the level design, however, they cannot spit fire. Even at its shallowest point, the water level in the area is high enough that the two Keronpa Balls are submerged, rendering them harmless. They can be activated using glitches, though. By using the water-raising/water-lowering glitch, the water can be made to go lower than normal, so they can be activated. Due to being useless, these Keronpa Balls were removed in the remake.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロマメ[citation needed]
Kuromame
ケロンパ
Keronpa[1]
ケロンパボール[2]
Keronpa Bōru
Black Bean (Super Mario 64)

Fire Chomp (Super Mario 64 DS)

Flame Chomp Ball (Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.)
German Flammen-Ball Flame Ball

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario 64 DS, internal filename data/enemy/keronpa/keronpa.bmd
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 92.