Beetle Mania is a secret minigame found in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Its name is a reference to Beatlemania, a pop culture phenomenon connected to the influential English rock band The Beatles.
The minigame can be purchased at the inn in the Mushroom Kingdom for a total of 500 coins from the Beetle Mania Toad. When Mario returns to the Mushroom Kingdom after his turmoils in Marrymore, he has the opportunity to buy the minigame from the Toad. After speaking to the Beetle Mania Toad enough times, Mario is asked if he wants to buy the minigame. Saying "yes" adds "game" to the 'X' menu.
The gameplay is simple: When the player presses , , or , a beetle shoots stars at red Koopa shells that fall over the insect. Hitting one causes red stars to pop out. These can both hurt the beetle or activate other shells. The first time Mario plays the minigame, Toad runs onto the screen, asking the player not to use a Turbo Controller to play the minigame. The player is awarded points for each shell hit and more points for combos from the stars. After about 10,000 points, a flashing heart falls from the top of the screen, and it recovers some of the beetle's stamina.
The background of the minigame changes depending on which character is in the middle slot of Mario's Party. The level design is based on Yoshi's Island 2, while the backgrounds are based on the same game that the level design is from, Super Mario World.
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