Metal ball

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A metal ball texture from Mario Kart 7

Metal balls, also referred to as pinballs,[1][2] are obstacles from the Mario Kart series.

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Mario Kart series[edit]

Metal balls are obstacles in Waluigi Pinball in Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They roll around all throughout the course, and they flip over any player that drives into them. As such, they act similarly to boulders and Big Steelies. On the pinball table section of the track, metal balls are bounced around by bumpers and flippers. In Mario Kart DS, they are 2D sprites that always face the camera, while in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, they are 3D models. In Mario Kart Tour, they show a reflection of the pinball table section of the track, regardless of where the metal ball is. They are black in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7; however, they are gray in Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

Pinballs also appear in Mario Sports Mix on the Waluigi Pinball court, which is based on the Mario Kart course of the same name. Here, they are released onto the court by a giant robotic Waluigi and then continuously roll around the area, hitting bumpers and walls. When they collide with a player, they push them back and stun them for a few moments while also becoming faster. They keep their momentum if they hit a bumper but will revert to their original speed if they hit a solid wall instead. If a pinball ends up in the hole at the top middle of the court, another one will appear shortly afterwards.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese (Simplified) 铁球
Tiě Qiú
Iron Ball
Chinese (Traditional) 鐵球
Tiě Qiú
Iron Ball
Italian Sfera di ferro Iron sphere

References[edit]

  1. ^ "If you attack a rolling pinball, you can divert it away from you." — Mario Sports Mix, in-game description for the Waluigi Pinball court
  2. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Mario Kart 7 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 130. ROAD HAZARDS section. "PINBALLS: These giant pinballs will topple your kart if you let them. Keep your distance!"