Party Ball

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Party Ball
Party Ball in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Artwork of a Party Ball from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)

Party Balls are objects in certain Super Mario games. They are round capsules that contain many items, with some of them not containing items, instead being mainly used as platforms.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Artwork of a Party Ball from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl of a Party Ball, which maintains a consistent design throughout the Super Smash Bros. series

Party Balls in the Super Smash Bros. series first appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee and return in every following game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When thrown or attacked, they rise up and release items after a few seconds. Like the crate, the Party Ball is a heavy item. Only very strong fighters, such as Donkey Kong or Bowser, can walk with relative ease while carrying a Party Ball.

Party Balls have a 42% chance of releasing a random number of assorted items, a 36% chance of revealing exclusively food items, and a 12% chance of dropping several Bob-ombs onto the battlefield (known as a "Bob-omb Fest"); the other 10% of the time, the Party Ball self-destructs. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Party Ball also has a chance of not releasing any items.

In their trophy descriptions throughout the Super Smash Bros. series, Party Balls are shown to represent the Super Smash Bros. series, not the Super Mario franchise.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Party Ball
Princess Peach opening up a Party Ball in Super Princess Peach

Party Balls make their first Super Mario appearance in Super Princess Peach, where they are semi-common objects. Party Balls here are depicted as floating, yellow-spotted blue ball with a ribbon and wings. When Peach finds one of these objects, she can open the Party Ball by using Perry, or by throwing an object or enemy at it. Once opened, they release coins (and occasionally, hearts and crystals) to collect.

In an early version of Super Princess Peach, Party Balls had a slightly different design. They were originally less rounded at the bottom, and lacked wings.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Party Balls return in Yoshi's Crafted World. Their design is based on a Piranha Plant. They appear in the level Jumping to Victory. Party Balls hang from the top of the screen, and can be used as platforms by Yoshi. They come in two colors: red and blue. Red Party Balls contain objects such as eggs or coins. Blue ones contain nothing and are mainly used as platforms. Party Balls sometimes move up and down. Spike the Piranha starts out as a red Party Ball.

A rare blue Party Ball costume can be randomly obtained at Acorn Forest for 200 Coins. No costume exists for a red one.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Party Ball
Party Ball
Super Smash Bros. Melee
How to unlock: Random
Party Balls are just what they sound like: a recipe for wild fun packed into a paper ball. Throw or strike one into the air, then wait for it to trigger its time-release. Parties are always unpredictable, so here are the odds on how zany your party might be:
Self-destruction: 10%
Food banquet: 36%
Bob-omb fest: 12%
Other: 42%

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Party Ball
Appears in:
GCN Super Smash Bros. Melee
Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl
How to unlock: Random
A giant ball stuffed to bursting with items and food. Throw it or attack it, and after a few seconds, it will burst open with fanfare, spilling items all around. The fluttering confetti adds to the celebratory atmosphere. Some Party balls are filled with nothing but bombs, though, so handle with care. Perhaps if you just pulled the string... Naw, that doesn't work.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Party Ball
Wii U
Game(s): Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Item
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
GCN Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/2001)
Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: Items and Rewards
How to unlock:
A celebratory ball, filled with irresistible treasures just begging to be released. Once thrown, it floats into the air and releases its prizes. It could be a variety of awesome items, but you should be careful—sometimes the Party Ball is stuffed full of Bob-ombs! How rude! (American English)
These balls are just bursting with items! Hit or throw one, and it'll start to float up. And then...POP! Streams of confetti and goodies galore! Keep in mind, though, that there are actually two types of party ball - the other one is packed with Bob-ombs! ...What do you call a group of those things, anyway? A kaboom of Bob-ombs? (British English)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くす
Kusudama (薬玉), a ball-shaped, paper ornament

Chinese (simplified) 彩球
Cǎi qiú
纸球 (Yoshi's Crafted World)
Colored Ball, a paper ornament similar to kusudama

Paper Ball

Chinese (traditional) 彩球
Cǎi qiú
紙球 (Yoshi's Crafted World)
Colored Ball, a paper ornament similar to kusudama

Paper Ball

German Party-Ball
Party Ball
Italian Sfera festa
Pignatta (Yoshi's Crafted World)
Party Sphere
Russian Дискобол

Spanish Bola de fiesta
Bola piñata (Yoshi's Crafted World)
Party Ball
Piñata Ball