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Spring Ball Upgrade

The Spring Ball Upgrade.

The Spring Ball (スプリングボール Supuringu Bōru) (also known as the Jump Ball) is an item that allows Samus Aran to jump in Morph Ball form, thus invalidating the Bomb Jumps as a mode of quick locomotion. It first appeared in Metroid II: Return of Samus, and has appeared in all games since, except for the GameCube versions of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

AppearancesEdit

Metroid II: Return of SamusEdit

Spring Ball MII Artwork

First featured on SR388, the Spring Ball is one of the two Morph Ball add-ons (the other being the Spider Ball) to have appeared in later Metroid games, although the two only appear together in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and the New Play Control! ports.

Super MetroidEdit

In Super Metroid, the Spring Ball is not acquired with the High Jump Boots. Instead, the Grapple Beam must be used to uncover a passage that leads to a Morph Ball maze in which the Spring Ball is found.

Metroid FusionEdit

In Metroid Fusion, it is included with the High Jump ability, but is called the Jumpball. This is acquired by defeating Zazabi in Sector 2, TRO.

Metroid: Zero MissionEdit

In Metroid: Zero Mission, the upgrade is not mentioned by name, as it is included with the High Jump Boots. The same thing is done in Metroid Fusion, except that both abilities are named.

Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionEdit

In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the ability is available from the beginning of the game. While not mentioned by name in the inventory or in the instructions booklet, one of the in-game tips explains how to perform a 'Spring Ball Jump' in Norion (in the curved hallway where Samus picks up the second Energy Tank in the game). This version of the Spring Ball does not allow the Morph Ball to jump as high as in the 2-D versions, sending it only as high as a single bomb jump.

New Play Control! and Metroid Prime TrilogyEdit

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These unused scan images from Metroid Prime appear to depict a jump in Morph Ball form.

While not present in the original Metroid Prime or Metroid Prime 2: Echoes for the GameCube, New Play Control! Metroid Prime and New Play Control! Metroid Prime 2: Echoes for the Wii featured the Spring Ball in much the same way as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The Metroid Prime Trilogy game also features the Spring Ball in the same way as its Japanese counterparts do. Unlike Corruption's game manual, the manual in Trilogy does refer to the Spring Ball as such. The Spring Ball comes with the Morph Ball Bombs, and is lost with the bombs if the latter is lost as well. It should be noted that the Spring Ball makes several parts of the first two games much easier than they originally were (most notably the Spider Guardian boss in Echoes).

Metroid: Other MEdit

In Metroid: Other M, the Spring Ball is usable from the start of the game. It gives far more height than a Bomb Jump in this entry.

Official dataEdit

Metroid II manualEdit

"This allows Samus to jump while in the ball shape."

Super Metroid manualEdit

"The Spring Ball allows Samus to jump while she is rolled up into a ball."

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