Soccer Ball

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This article is about the object appearing in several Mario games. For information about the ghost from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, see Creeper Launcher § Soccer Ball.
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Mario kicking a Soccer Ball into the goal
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A Soccer Ball from Mario Strikers Charged

A Soccer Ball, also called a Football, is the main focus of the games Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged, and is based off of regulation balls. In these games, players have to gain control of the Soccer Ball and kick it into the goal, something done with either normal kicks, charge shots, Super Strikes (Super Mario Strikers), Mega Strikes (Mario Strikers Charged), or Skillshots. A normal kick, a charged shot, and a Skillshot result in one point; a Super Strike will score a player two, while a Mega Strike can offer up to six for a team.

In Mario Strikers Charged, the Soccer Ball is made out of metal, which emits a light that indicates the power of the ball. The ball tends to emit a purple light when unused. In this case, shooting the ball results in making a failed score. However, charging the ball by passing or charging the shot, players can turn the light into red, yellow and white, the last indicating the ball is charged enough to make an accurate goal.

Apparently, if pressed hard enough, the ball may explode. This is seen in one of Wario's losing cut-scenes, in which he angrily squeezes the ball until it suddenly explodes.


Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Artwork of the Soccer Ball from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Soccer Ball appears as an item, appearing with its design from Super Mario Strikers. This item cannot be grabbed, however. To use it, it must be attacked, which sends it flying across the stage, catching on fire. The Soccer Ball does not follow an arc when it is attacked. Rather, it shoots in a straight line before suddenly losing all momentum and dropping to the ground, or off the stage. If it hits opponents mid-air, they are flung away. It is also a trophy that can be randomly unlocked.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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A Soccer Ball in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Soccer Ball returns as an item, functioning the same as in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, except it will always return to the stage after being knocked off of it until it finally disappears. Wii Fit Trainer also uses the Soccer Ball from Wii Fit in their Header attack and its variations.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Soccer Balls return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, behaving exactly the same as they did in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

Super Mario 3D World

While normal Soccer Balls do not appear in Super Mario 3D World, bombs designed after them are introduced.

Trophy information

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name Image Game Description
Soccer Ball File:BrawlTrophy527.png NES Soccer
GCN Super Mario Strikers
An attack item that flies when struck and explodes as it bounces, causing damage to whomever it hits. As it's a football, you'd think hitting it with your hands would be against the rules, but that's not the case. Unleash your fiercest attacks on it. Really, it's OK. The ball's design seems old fashioned, but it sure does bring back lots of soccer memories, doesn't it?

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Name Image Appears in American English description British English description
Soccer Ball
File:SSB4TrophySoccerBall.png NES Soccer (03/1987)
Wii Mario Strikers Charged (07/2007)
A strong attack on a soccer ball will set it on fire, and any enemies hit will go flying from the impact. Depending on how you hit it, the ball will fly in different directions. Luckily, no one has to retrieve it if you sent it off the stage–this ball will return to the battlefield for some time. Attack a football to ignite it and send it blazing through the air into any hapless foe in its path. The direction it goes in depends on how you attack the ball, so put some thought into it to cause some devastating effects. The ball comes back if you miss, so try as many times as you need to!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サッカーボール
Sakkā bōru
Soccer ball
Chinese 足球
Soccer ball
German Fußball Soccer ball
Russian Футбольный мяч
Futbol'nyi myach
Soccer Ball


  • Soccer Balls, although unused in the final product, have been found in Super Mario Sunshine within the game's data, with an instance appearing in the test level, which is only accessible through hacking. Behaviorally, they are identical to Durians.[1][2]
  • A Soccer Ball model has been found in Mario Kart 7 data, likely used for testing purposes.[3]



  1. ^ YouTube (Accessed on 7-31-08)
  2. ^ YouTube (Accessed on 7-31-08)
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