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Wario in Booksquirm in Mario Party 4.
Mario Party 4
Appears in Mario Party 4
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type 4-Player minigame
Initial record 5 (Mario Party Superstars)
Music track Loud and Sweet
Music sample
Mario Party 4:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Mario Party Superstars:

Booksquirm is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 4, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars. The minigame's name is a pun on the word "bookworm," a term used to describe a person who reads a lot of books.


A book is shown opening, then the four players land onto the page. The words in the book are arranged in incomprehensible structures, comparable to lorem ipsum text.


Pages of the book begin to turn (fall), so the players must find holes in the pages to avoid being flattened. Players can share a hole. As time goes on, the pages turn much faster, and the number of holes in each page decreases. This process continues until one character is left standing. In Mario Party 4, if the remaining players get flattened at the same time, the game is a draw; in The Top 100 and Superstars, this is the case only if all four players are flattened simultaneously.

Challenge Booksquirm
Challenge Booksquirm

In Mario Party 4, there is also an unlockable version of Booksquirm, called Challenge Booksquirm, which can be earned by playing the original Booksquirm in a party, and can then be selected in the Extra Room. It challenges the player to see how many pages they can last until their character is squashed. If the player manages to surpass 15 pages, a Goomba plate is placed in the minigame Present Room. Challenge Booksquirm also ends after any player manages to pass through 99 pages.[1]

In Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, a falling sound plays each time the pages turn. Also, the players make disappointed noises when flattened.

In Mario Party Superstars, an "Endless" mode, which follows the rules of Challenge Booksquirm, can be accessed from Free Play. It is not truly endless as the game ends after the player reaches 999 pages.


The ending to Booksquirm

In Mario Party 4 and Mario Party Superstars, the camera zooms in on the winning character, who does their victory pose. If no players remain, nothing happens.


Mario Party 4[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

  • Game Rules"Avoid getting flattened by the pages! Find a hole in the falling page and position yourself so you fit through to the next page!"
  • Advice"Look for shadows in the falling page to find the passage to the next page."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Stand under the holes in the falling pages so you don't get flattened!"
  • On-screen"Don't let the pages flatten you!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • "Stand under the holes in the falling pages so you don't get flattened!"


Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ぱらぱらブック
Parapara bukku
Pattering Book
Dutch Boekenwurm Bookworm
French Serre-Livre (Mario Party 4)
Serre-Livre Extrême (Mario Party: The Top 100 and Superstars)
Bookend Extreme
German Druckerpresse Printing Press
Italian Attenti al libro Watch out for the Book
Korean 책 속의 대소동
Chaek Sogeui Daesodong
Commotion in a Book
Portuguese Escapágina Portmanteau of escapar (to escape) and página (page)
Russian В переплете
V pereplyote
Spanish (NOA) Me libro del libro I escape from the book
Spanish (NOE) El mamotreto The Huge Tome

Challenge Booksquirm[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チャレンジぱらぱらブック
Charenji parapara bukku
Challenge Pattering Book
French Serre-Livre Extrême Bookend Extreme
German Druckerpresse Plus Printing Press Plus
Italian Sfida col libro Book challenge
Spanish (NOE) El pesado mamotreto The Annoying/Heavy Huge Tome


  1. ^ Nahoc (December 24, 2012). (TAS) Booksquirm - 99 Pages (Mario Party 4). YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2016.