- “High score if you hit the shells with the stars fired from the beetle. If you get hit, recover by firing consecutively...just do it!”
- —Beetle Mania Toad, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Beetle Mania is a secret minigame found in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its Nintendo Switch remake. Its name is a reference to Beatlemania, a pop culture phenomenon connected to the influential English rock band The Beatles. In the remake, it is given a Game Boy-style border on the edges.
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 the events 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 menu. The next time the player opens the menu, Toad runs onto the screen and asks the player not to use a Turbo Controller to play the minigame.
The gameplay is simple: When the player presses , , or , a beetle shoots stars at red Koopa shells that bounce around. Hitting one causes red stars to pop out and gives the player two points. The stars can hurt the beetle and destroy other shells. For every subsequent shell hit by another shell's star, the points given increase exponentially. If the beetle is hit by a shell or star, it is knocked out and a timer starts counting up to three. The player can recover by pressing the buttons, but it takes longer to recover the more times the beetle is knocked out. If the beetle fails to recover before the timer reaches three, the beetle explodes into red stars and gives one point. After the player passes certain point thresholds, a flashing heart falls from the top of the screen, and it recovers some of the beetle's stamina.
Names in other languages
|Italian||Scaraboom||Portmanteau of "scarabeo" (beetle) and "boom"; shared with Bugaboom|