Countdown Pound

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Countdown Pound
Countdown Pound
Appears in Mario Party 5
Type Duel mini-game
Music track Serious Competition
Music sample

Countdown Pound is a Duel minigame found in Mario Party 5.


The two players each stand on a platform that is connected to a timer and a balloon that corresponds to the character's color (for example, Mario has a red balloon, Yoshi has a green one, and Koopa Kid has an orange one). The timer counts down from ten seconds while pumping a balloon. The goal is to ground-pound the platform as close to 00:00 seconds as possible. The player who is closer to 00:00 seconds is the winner. If both players stop the timer at the exact time or fail to ground-pound before the timer reaches zero, the minigame ends in a draw.


Countdown Pound ending in a draw in Mario Party 5.
Both players losing Countdown Pound

The losing player's timer changes to XX:XX, and their balloon inflates until it bursts, sending them flying offscreen. The winner then celebrates. If the minigame ends in a draw, both timers change to XX:XX, and both balloons inflate until they burst.


  • A ButtonJump
  • A Button A Button – Ground Pound

In-game text

  • Rules"Do a Ground Pound to stop the timer as close to 0:00 as you can. Whoever stops the timer closest to 0:00 wins."
  • Advice"It takes a moment or two to do a Ground Pound, so time your jump accordingly!"

See also

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ギリギリ!カウントダウン
Girigiri! Kauntodaun
Last Minute Countdown

French H-10
Means "Time is up in 10 hours"
German Blase-Ballon
Bladder Balloon
Italian Nervi d'acciaio
Nerves of steel
Spanish Nervios de acero
Nerves of Steel