Defuse or Lose

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Defuse or Lose
Defuse or Lose from Mario Party 5
Defuse or Lose from Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party 5
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 2-vs.-2 minigame
Music track Rolling About
Music sample
Mario Party 5:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Defuse or Lose is a 2-vs.-2 minigame in Mario Party 5 and Mario Party: The Top 100. The minigame 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 is 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 shows the sparks traveling across one team's set of fuses before the screen splits.


The objective of the minigame is to prevent the sparks on the fuses from reaching King Bob-omb. To do this, players on each team must ground-pound the three fuses, which follow a set trail. The fuses rekindle not too long after they are extinguished, so the players must ground-pound them again. A player can extinguish two sparks at once by ground-pounding them where the fuses intersect. If a team's spark reaches King Bob-omb, that team loses. If both teams' sparks reach King Bob-omb at the same time, the minigame ends in a draw.


Ending of Defuse or Lose from Mario Party 5.
The end of Defuse or Lose when King Bob-omb explodes in Mario Party 5

When one team loses, King Bob-omb explodes, making the team and Bob-ombs all fly away. In Mario Party 5, the remaining team then perform their victory animations as the Bob-ombs clear the area. If a draw occurs, both King Bob-ombs explode, sending both teams and their Bob-ombs flying. A rubble is created, smoking.


Mario Party 5[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A ButtonJump
  • A Button A 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 will 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 Dōkasen
Bob-omb Fuse

Dutch Springstof
Explosive. Pun on “spring” (“jump”)
French Les Mèches Panique
The Panic Fuses
German Luntentreten
Fuse Trample
Italian La miccia di Bob-omba
The Bob-omb fuse
Spanish A toda mecha
Full Fuse, pun on a toda mecha (full throttle)