Throwing Balloons

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Yoshi and Bandit playing Throwing Balloons

Throwing Balloons is a Mini Battle featured in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Yoshi and Bandit toss a slowly expanding balloon back and forth until it pops, deciding the loser and consequently the winner as well.

Whenever Yoshi receives the balloon, the correct buttons shown must be pressed in time to toss it back to the Bandit, who will then attempt to do the same. There is a set time limit in which the buttons must be entered. If Yoshi or the Bandit make a mistake, the timer restarts. There are a total of three modes, with four, five and six buttons featured respectively. If Yoshi wins, he receives an item; or one, two, or three extra lives. Using the cheat code from the World Map unlocks a multiplayer version of the game in which the Bandit is controlled by a second player.

In stages, this Mini Battle can played behind the locked doors of shacks in The Cave Of Chomp Rock, What's Gusty Taste Like?, Jungle Rhythm..., The Cave Of The Lakitus, BLIZZARD!!!, and KEEP MOVING!!!!. It is the only Mini Battle that can be played in at least one stage of each world, and is playable only by Green, Pink, and Light-Blue Yoshis.


To throw the balloon, key in the button sequences as shown.
The game time is limited. If the balloon pops on you, then you lose
Collect an item if you win!


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フウセンなげ
Fūsen Nage
Balloon Throw
German Ballonduell Balloon Duel
Italian Pallone Bomba Bomb Balloon


  • In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the buttons shown on-screen have the same color as they would on a Super Famicom controller, even in the North American release.