- Not to be confused with ! Block.
|First appearance||Yoshi's Story (1997)|
|Effect||Causes Yoshis to be flung to the top of itself when licked|
- “You can't eat it, but if you use your tongue you'll be surprised!”
- —Message Block in Treasure Hunt, Yoshi's Story
A Surprise Ball (also known as a ! Ball, ‘!’ Block, Exclamation Mark Block, or Exclamation Block) is a spherical platform that Baby Yoshis use in Yoshi's Story. Surprise Balls are round in shape and float in midair. To use one, a Yoshi must use his tongue on this object, and he is pulled in and thrust upwards, ending up standing on top of it.
A similar-looking item, titled the ? Bubble, exists in the game—instead of an exclamation mark, this red ball has a white question mark on it.
The Blue Yoshi, licking a Surprise Ball
Names in other languages
Exclamation Mark Block
|French||Balle !||! Ball|
|Italian||! Bolla||! Bubble|
- The Surprise Ball greatly resembles the Pitfall from the Animal Crossing series, although the colors are reversed.
- Yoshi's Story Australian instruction booklet, page 16.
- Official UK Nintendo Magazine Issue 65, page 31. "‘!’ BLOCK"
- Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 108, 111, 113, 114, 116.
- Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 114.
- Yoshi's Story Japanese instruction booklet, page 14.
- Yoshi Story instruction booklet, French segment. Page 60
- Yoshi's Story European manual, pag. 105