Blame It on the Crane

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Blame It on the Crane
Wario in Blame It on the Crane from Mario Party 4
Blame It on the Crane from Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party 4
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 1-vs-3 minigame
Time limit 60 seconds
Music track Loud and Sweet
Music sample
Mario Party 4:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Blame It on the Crane is a 1-vs-3 minigame from Mario Party 4 and Mario Party: The Top 100. The name of this minigame is derived from the title of Milli Vanilli's song "Blame It on the Rain."


In a close-up view on a wheel with Shy Guys in balls, a crane lowers but fails to grab one. The scene zooms out as the crane rises and the wheel starts spinning, and the game begins.


In the minigame, each member of the team is placed in a color-coordinated capsule (the capsules resemble gashapon capsules, which capsules and Orbs from later Mario Party games are based on) along with six Shy Guys in similar balls. The balls and characters are on a large circular platform that spins counterclockwise. The solo player, positioned to the right of the platform, controls a large crane that must be used to capture the team players as they pass. Grabbing a Shy Guy by mistake has no penalty other than lost time. The solo player wins if they capture all the team players. The team wins if any of its members survive for 60 seconds.

In Mario Party: The Top 100, instead of Shy Guys, there are Koopa Troopas inside the plastic balls.


The wheel stops spinning. Afterwards, in Mario Party 4, if the solo player wins, they will jump out of the crane, run to the center of the wheel, and do a winning pose. If the team players win, the remaining players' balls will disappear, and they will do their winning poses while the solo player just sits in the crane silently.


Mario Party 4[edit]

Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • A Button – Press to move forward
  • A Button – Release to lower (The crane also lowers automatically.)

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Hold A Button: Move crane
  • Release A Button: Lower crane

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

  • Game Rules"One player uses a crane to try to capture the other three players. The other three must try to avoid the claw."
  • Advice"Grabbing a Shy Guy slows you down! Team players should hide among the Shy Guys to make it more difficult."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Find out what it's like to be a toy in a crane game! Don't let the crane operator catch you!"
  • On-screen (Solo)"Catch all the capsules with your rivals inside!"
  • On-screen (Team)"Don't let the crane catch you!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カプセルファクトリー
Kapuseru fakutorī
Capsule Factory
Dutch Gretige grijparm Keen grabber
French Boules Surprises Surprise Balls
German Der Kran hat Schuld The Crane is Guilty
Italian La gru The crane
Spanish La grúa The Crane