Water Ball

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Water Ball
NSMBW Water Ball Render.png
Render of a circular Water Ball from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)

Water Balls[1] are objects in the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series. They are large masses of water that float (and sometimes move) in the air, and they are shaped as either circles or ellipses (horizontal and vertical) and look similar to bubbles.


New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Water Balls first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are found only in World 7-2. If the player jumps into one, they start behaving as if they were underwater. This allows the player to swim inside the Water Ball until they exit it, at which point the player falls out. Water Balls are usually used to access high areas or to cross large gaps, but they can also be used to avoid enemies down below, thus providing a safer route for the player to travel through. Bullet Bills also travel slower when they go through a Water Ball.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Water Balls return in New Super Mario Bros. U and its port, where they are found only in A Quick Dip in the Sky. They behave the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Koopa Shells are also shown to travel slower while moving through a Water Ball.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Water Balls return in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, where they are found during Wonder Bowser Jr.'s boss battle in Sunbaked Desert Palace, and during the Wonder Effect of Hot-Hot Hot! Water Balls behave the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In Sunbaked Desert Palace, Water Balls are produced by Wonder Bowser Jr. after taking damage. In Hot-Hot Hot!, an infinite number of Water Balls floats down and extinguishes Hot-Hot Rocks during the Wonder Effect.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 空中水[2]
Kūchū Mizu
Mizu no Tama
Midair Water (New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U)

Water Ball (Super Mario Galaxy 2)

Chinese 空中之水
Kōngzhōng zhī Shuǐ
Midair Water

Italian Bolla d'acqua[4]
Water Bubble


  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 181.
  2. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan), editors (2015). 『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 149, 215.
  3. ^ ---- (2015). "Super Mario Galaxy 2."『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 171.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 215