Metal ball

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A metal ball texture from Mario Kart 7

Metal balls,[1] also referred to as pinballs,[2][3] are obstacles from the Mario Kart series.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Metal balls are stage obstacles in Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart Tour. 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 and Mario Kart Tour, they are 3D models, and in the latter, they show a reflection of the pinball table section of the track, regardless of where the metal ball is.

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.



  1. ^ Mario Kart Tour in-game nameMedia:MKT metal ball name.png
  2. ^ "If you attack a rolling pinball, you can divert it away from you." — Mario Sports Mix, in-game description for the Waluigi Pinball court
  3. ^ Mario Kart 7 Prima guide page 130