The new adventure sees Mario enter a new and exciting pinball world, his aim to capture his beloved Princess Peach - kidnapped by Bowser and taken to this other dimension. A scientist uses his 'Spherifier' machine to transform Mario into a ball and fire him off to destroy the fiend and save his love. Mario then enters the arena in which all the action commences, combining both adventuring and pinball together!
Players can choose their very own path through the varied environments of the Mushroom Kingdom, fighting off familiar enemies and collecting coins as they go. Each of the many environments, which range from a fairground to the countryside, have there own specific enemies for players to defeat and different features to explore. Players will encounter many all time classic Mario power-ups along the way, including the Super Mushroom, 1-Up Mushroom, Invincibility Star and Lightning Bolt. In true pinball style, the more enemies players fight off in quick succession, the more high scores they will amass.
Players can control Mario through a set of flippers that appear at the bottom of each arena. Each arena takes up a single screen but by flipping Mario into certain doorways players can open special exits leading them straight to a new Boss. Make sure Mario doesn't fall through the flippers though, as this will send him backwards in the game or even to his defeat.