Crane Game (minigame)

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Crane Game
Crane Game
The Mario Party 2 version of Crane Game
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Type 1-vs-3 mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Coins of the World (Mario Party)
This Way That (Mario Party 2)
Music sample
Mario Party:

Mario Party 2:

Crane Game is a 1-vs-3 minigame in Mario Party and Mario Party 2.


The minigame involves three players lying around as stuffed dolls while another player, being hoisted by a crane, tries to pick them up and drop them in a pipe. Characters can try to wiggle free if grabbed by repeatedly tapping A Button. The player attached to the crane can hold on to the character they have grabbed by repeatedly tapping A Button; this is not necessary for grabbed objects, as they cannot be dropped once picked up.

In the original Mario Party, the player on the crane has to pick one of the other characters only. The player can also choose to pick up a Treasure Chest worth ten Coins, a Coin Bag worth five Coins, or a single Coin. If the player on the crane successfully drops a character into the pipe, they take one-third of that player's Coins, but if the character is dropped to the ground before reaching the pipe, the minigame ends and the solo player gets nothing. This version is set inside a building similar to a claw machine.

In Mario Party 2, the rules of the minigame underwent a change, as the player on the crane must capture all three opponents. To make this task easier, time bonuses (stopwatches with "+15," "+20," or "+30" imprinted) were introduced. When the player drops one of them into the pipe, more time is added to the minigame timer according to what the watch shows. This version is set inside a machine in the style of a lunar landscape, and the crane resembles a UFO.

In the Mini-Game Coaster, the human player always plays against the team of three.


Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Drop crane
  • A Button (Repeatedly) – Hold on

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • A Button (Repeatedly) – Wiggle free

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"You are the Crane Game crane. Try to grab the prizes by pressing A Button repeatedly. If caught, wiggle free with A Button."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Be the Crane Game's crane, and try to grab a prize. Grab one person and drop them in the pipe to clear the game."
  • Advice"When you grab somebody, you steal one-third of all their Coins."

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"It's the new and improved Crane Game! Drop all your stuffed rivals into the pipe to win. Leave none behind!"
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)"You are the Crane Game crane! Grab all three opponents and drop them in the pipe to clear this Mini-Game."
  • Advice"Grab the clocks to add the number of seconds shown to the timer. Grab a clock by pressing the A Button Button once."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くれくれ!クレーン
Kurekure! Kurēn
Motto Kurekure Kurēn
Gimme Gimme! Crane (Mario Party)
More Gimme Gimme Crane (Mario Party 2)
French Jeu de la grue Crane Game
German Kirmeskran Fair Crane
Italian Gru Spaziale Space Crane
Spanish Juego del Gancho Hook Game


  • In Mario Party, the controls for the solo player on the Game Rules screen say the A Button is used to "(Repeatedly) Grab," but in Mario Party 2, the controls for the solo player say the A Button is used to "(Repeatedly) Hold On."