Surprise Ball

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Not to be confused with ! Block.
Surprise Ball
Yoshi's Story object artwork: A Surprise Ball
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,[1] ‘!’ Block,[2] Exclamation Mark Block,[3] or Exclamation Block[4]) 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 will be pulled in and thrust upwards, ending up standing on top of it.

A similar-looking item exists in the game, titled the ? Bubble–instead of an exclamation mark, this red ball has a white question mark on it.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese !ブロック[5]
! Burokku
びっくリマークブロック
Bikkuri-māku burokku
! Block

Exclamation Mark Block
Italian ! Bolla[6] ! Bubble

Trivia[edit]

  • The Surprise Ball greatly resembles the Pitfall from the Animal Crossing series, although the colors are reversed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshi's Story Australian instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Official UK Nintendo Magazine Issue 65, page 31. "‘!’ BLOCK"
  3. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 108, 111, 113, 114, 116.
  4. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 114.
  5. ^ Yoshi's Story Japanese instruction booklet, page 14.
  6. ^ Yoshi's Story European manual, pag. 105