Defuse or Lose

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Defuse or Lose
Mario Party 5 Bob-ombs.png
Mario Party 5
Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party 5
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 2-vs-2 mini-game
Music Rolling About

Defuse or Lose is a 2 vs. 2 minigame in Mario Party 5 and Mario Party: The Top 100. The mini-game features the only appearance of King Bob-omb in Mario Party 5. In the background are some big Bob-omb-shaped sculptures. Also surrounding the players are a big group of Bob-ombs.


The game first shows a Bob-omb on the verge of exploding. Once it does, the three fuses attached to King Bob-omb begin to burn. The screen then zooms out and show the sparks traveling across one team's set of fuses before the screen splits.


The objective of the game is to prevent the sparks on the fuses from reaching King Bob-omb. To do this, players and their teammate must Ground Pound the three fuses, which follow a set trail. The fuses will rekindle not too long after they are extinguished, so the players must ground pound them again. If a spark reaches King Bob-omb, that team loses.


The end of the game when King Bob-omb explodes.

When one team loses, King Bob-omb will explode, making the player's character, their teammate, and the Bob-ombs all fly away. In Mario Party 5, the remaining team will then perform their victory animations as the Bob-ombs clear the area.

It is possible to end this minigame in a draw. If both players' sparks reach King Bob-omb at the same time, both King Bob-ombs will explode, sending both teams and their Bob-ombs flying. A rubble is created, which smokes as "DRAW" appears on the screen.


Mario Party 5[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Jump
  • A ButtonA Button – Ground Pound

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move
  • A Button: Jump
  • A Button in the air: Ground Pound

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

  • Rules"Slow the burning fuse by doing a Ground Pound directly on it. If a spark reaches King Bob-omb, you lose."
  • Advice"Look where the fuses cross each other to slow two sparks with a single Ground Pound."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Extinguish the sparks on the fuse the only way you can–with a Ground Pound!"
  • On-screen"Ground Pound to stop the spark!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボムへいどうかせん
Bomuhei Doukasen
Bob-omb Fuse
Spanish A toda mecha Full throttle
French Les Mèches Panique The Panic Fuses
Dutch Springstof Explosive
German Luntentreten Fuse Trample
Italian La miccia di Bob-omba The Bob-omb fuse