Balloon Burst

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Balloon Burst
Appears in Mario Party
Type 4-player mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds (NTSC version)
40 seconds (PAL version)
Music Faster than All (NTSC-US version)
Move to the Mambo! (PAL and Japanese versions)
Balloon Burst
MP2 Balloon Burst.png
Appears in Mario Party 2
Type 2-vs-2 mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds
Music Not Gonna Lose

Balloon Burst is a 4-player minigame that is found during the events of the Nintendo 64 game Mario Party; and as a 2-vs-2 minigame in Mario Party 2. Players participate in a race to pump the Bowser Balloon first to win.


Players (or teams) must attempt to pump the air into the Bowser Balloon using the pump in front of them within the time limit of thirty seconds. To pump the air properly, the players have to know how the pump reacts to the player's actions. If the pump flashes, the player should quickly pump it down until the pump turns bloated red, then pull up the pump. The player should repeat the process as fast as possible as the Bowser Balloon takes in more air.

The players can tell how much air they sent to their own balloon by size and when the Bowser Balloon lifts itself up with enough air. When they are large enough, the balloon's face will start to react into the air being pumped inside, hinting the player that their balloon is going to explode.

The first player (or team) who bursts the Bowser Balloon wins. If time runs out, the players will appear tired and the minigame will end in a draw.

In Mario Party, the minigame is also featured by landing on a Bowser Space, picking an event called Bowser Balloon Burst. The three players who lose the minigame will lose 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 Coins within the process. If a draw occurs, then everyone loses the same amount of coins.

The minigame can be purchased from the Mini-Game House for 400 Coins.


  • A Button – Push down pump
  • B Button or Z Button – Pull up pump

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"Alternate pressing A Button and Z Button to blow up the Bowser Balloon. B Button can be used instead of Z Button."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island) – "Alternate pressing A Button and Z Button to blow up the Bowser Balloon. Be the first to burst your balloon to clear the game."
  • Game Rules (Bowser) – "Everyone wants to be Number One! If you're not Number One your Coins will get taken!"
  • Advice"When the pump flashes, it is full of air. When it's full, you can pump lots of air into the balloon."

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"Press the A Button and Z Button Buttons alternately to pump the Bowser Balloon until it bursts! You can also use B Button instead of Z Button."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)"Teams of two try to burst the Bowser balloon! If your team finishes first, you clear the game."
  • Advice"Your pump will flash when it's full of air. You'll pump more air if the pump is full."

Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパふうせん
Kuppa Fūsen
Bowser Balloon
French Crève-ballons Balloons popping
German Bowsers Knall-Fall Bowser's Bang Fall

Mario Party 2[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダブルクッパふうせん
Daburu Kuppa Fūsen
Double Bowser Balloon
Spanish Estallido de Globos Balloon Explosion
French Crève-Ballon Balloon popping
German Der große Knall The great bang
Italian Scoppio di Palloni Balloon Explosion