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, also referred to as beach balls, circus balls, and rubber balls, are balls with star patterns on them that Lemmy Koopa can shoot from his Magic Wand. They are usually small, but they can come in large varieties as well. Although they are usually found in fights with Lemmy, sometimes they appear as obstacles in his castles.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
Magical balls are first seen in Super Mario Bros. 3, where Lemmy attempts to shoot them at Mario (or Luigi) 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, while causing the ball to flash between colors and drop to the floor.
Super Mario World
Fiery versions of magical balls appear in Super Mario World, where they are instead used by Iggy and Larry. They summon them out from their shells' neckline after ducking their heads inside, then roll them at Mario. Due to being fire, they cannot be jumped on, though they can be destroyed by sliding into them, displaying a glitched sprite.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Circus balls 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- and World 3-, where Lemmy himself is fought. Mario is supposed to jump off the balls to reach Lemmy, due to the icy floor. In the Castle fight, Lemmy has Kamek tripling the size of 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 a Star Coin.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Super Mario Maker 2
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
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 to crush Mario and Luigi, but he fails if he is hit by the boomerang.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Lemmy balances on a green-and-red-striped 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 by 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.
Mario Kart Tour
Dr. Mario World
In Dr. Mario World, Dr. Lemmy briefly stands on a magical ball when using his stage or versus mode skill.
Super Mario Maker 2 (Super Mario Bros. style)
Names in other languages
|Italian||Palla magica||Magic ball|
|Spanish (NOA)||Pelota fantabulosa||Fantabulous Ball|
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- Rocha, Garitt, and Nick von Esmarch. Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. Page 234.
- Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 14.
- Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 65, 70, and 71.
- von Esmarch, Nick. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 203.
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section. Page 37.
- Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Pages 146, 196, and 200.