Popping Balloons is a Mini Battle from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its reissue, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Here, a Yoshi has a contest with a Bandit to see who can pop the balloon with the Special Item in it. To pop a balloon, the Yoshi must ground-pound it. This is the only Mini Battle that requires luck, seeing how the player cannot see which balloon holds the Special Item. If the player pops the correct balloon, they will get either a 10-Point Star or a 20-Point Star. However, if the Bandit pops the correct balloon, the player will lose.
- SNES version: "Pound the ground to pop balloons. Find the correct one to win!"
- GBA version: "Pound the ground to pop balloons. Find the correct one to win! If Yoshi wins, you will get a 10 pt. Star or a 20 pt. Star!"
Names in other languages
|Italian||Palloni scoppiati||Popped balloons; a pun on "Palloni gonfiati" ("wingbag/full of themselves"; lit. "inflated balloon")|