Magical ball

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Not to be confused with Magic Ball or Beach Ball.
Magical ball
NSMBW Lemmy Ball.png
A circus ball in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2020)
“Welcome to Lemmy’s Magical Circus, Mario!!! Would you like to have some fun with these magical balls? See if you can balance yourself on top of them like I can. Ha Ha Ha!”
Lemmy Koopa, Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 62

Magical balls[1][2], also referred to as beach balls[3], circus balls[4], and rubber balls[5], are balls with star patterns on them that Lemmy Koopa can shoot from his magic wand. They are usually small, but can come in large varieties as well. Although they are usually found in fights with Lemmy, sometimes they appear as obstacles in his castles.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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Lemmy throwing magical balls

Magical balls are first seen in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Lemmy attempts to shoot them at Mario while balancing on one himself. They bounce on the floor, changing direction when they bump into a wall. If Mario touches one, he takes damage, unlike in future games; however, jumping on one merely bounces him upwards.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Lemmy on a giant circus ball

Circus balls once again return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but instead of hurting Mario if they touch him, as in Super Mario Bros. 3, they instead simply bump him, which can push him off the edge. Circus balls also changed colors from green with orange stars to yellow with orange stars. Circus balls appear in World 3-Tower and World 3-Castle, where Lemmy himself is fought. Mario is supposed to jump off of the balls to reach Lemmy, due to the icy floor. In the Castle fight, Lemmy has Kamek enlarge his ball, so he can bounce on it to move around. The balls also appear in the World 3-Castle level itself, bouncing above spikes leading to the Star Coin.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Lemmy casting one of his rubber balls

Rubber balls reappear in World Flower-Castle in New Super Mario Bros. 2, appearing in the level next to one of the Star Coins, as well as in Lemmy's boss battle.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Lemmy balances on a rubber ball in his airship

Rubber balls return in New Super Mario Bros. U, but Lemmy only balances on one instead of casting them, instead throwing bouncing bombs at the player.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker 2 versions 3.0.0 and later, Lemmy balances on top of a magical ball while shooting more out of his wand. They have the same behavior as New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Lemmy Koopa riding a rubber ball in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, Lemmy is seen riding a rubber ball in his fights in World 2-Castle and World 2-Airship.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Lemmy rides a giant rubber ball in one of his attacks in Neo Bowser Castle, when fighting alongside Morton Koopa Jr. and Iggy Koopa. Lemmy rides his ball to try and crush Mario and Luigi, but fails if he is hit by the boomerang.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

The Wonder Ball in the Emerald Circus

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Lemmy balances on a striped green and red ball, using it to roll around the Emerald Circus. During the boss battle, he ditches it by transforming his magic wand into a spiked yellow and black ball, referred to as a Wonder Ball. Mario must distract Lemmy using the Disco Ball Thing Card and then use the Ice Pick Thing Card to pop the Wonder Ball, or Lemmy will use his Wonder Ballistic attack for a total of 163 damage.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Magical ball[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボール[6]
Bōru
バウンドボール[7]
Baundo Bōru
Ball

Bound Ball

Wonder Ball[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スペシャルボール
Supesharu Bōru
Special Ball

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 62.
  2. ^ Rocha, Garitt, and Nick von Esmarch. Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. Page 234.
  3. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 14.
  4. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 65, 70, 71.
  5. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 203.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 37.
  7. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 146, 196, 200.