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The Spiked Ball is a weapon in several games, mostly handheld Nintendo games. It can often serve as an obstacle.
A Spike Ball is introduced as an Item in Shantae's first game on GameBoy. It's use is to rotate around the player and damage any enemy who touches it.
In the second game, Risky's Revenge, Shantae can buy a Spiked Ball, and upgrade it to the Spiked Ball x 2 and x 3. The upgrades add an additional Spiked Ball, allowing the Item to do three times as much damage.
Super Mario Bros Series
Spiked Balls often appear in Mario games as obstacles. The most notable examples are from the New Super Mario Bros series. They are very similar to the circular saw enemies.
In Luigi's Mansion, the Bowser Suit can attack using Spiked Balls. These require sucking up with the vacuum and shooting back at Bowser.
Kid Icarus Series
Kid Icarus: Uprising sees Spiked Balls as a simple power-up, acting very similarly to the ones in Shantae. They spin around the player and damage anything they collide with.