|Appears in||Mario Party 5|
|Music track||Serious Competition|
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 0:00 seconds as possible. The player who is closer to 0:00 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.
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.
- – Jump
- → – Ground Pound
- 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!"
Names in other languages
|Last Minute Countdown|
|French||H-10||Means "Time is up in 10 hours"|
|Italian||Nervi d'acciaio||Nerves of steel|
|Spanish||Nervios de acero||Nerves of Steel|