Growing Up

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Growing Up
MP9 4-Player Growing Up.png
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Free-for-All minigame
Music Can You Do It?

Growing Up is a Free-for-All minigame featured in Mario Party 9. Its name is a play on a common phrase used to refer to a child getting older and acting more mature.


The competitors are standing underneath their Brick Blocks. The flying block displaying the buttons to press descends from above, showing a "?"


After eight rounds, the player with the longest vine is the winner.

Players make their vines grow by pressing the button that appears on the Flying ? Block with a fast reaction time. The fastest player to hit the button gets a greater height increase for their vine than the other players'. If a player presses the wrong button or does not press any button, their vine will not grow for that round. With each round that passes, the players are given less time to react, as the button rotation on the block is faster each time. The player with the tallest vine after eight rounds wins.


The players climb to the top of their vines. The camera then zooms in on the winner, who waves.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Press the buttons that appear on-screen to grow your vine. The faster you press the buttons, the higher your vine will grow. The highest vine wins!"
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Depending on the button that appears on-screen, press +Control Pad, A Button, B Button, One Button, or Two Button to make your vine grow."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 早押しブロック
Haya oshi burokku
Early Press Block
Spanish (NOA) Plantas trepadoras
Spanish (NOE) ¡Súbete a la parra! Get on the vine!
French (NOA) Vigne grimpante Climbing Vine
French (NOE) Frénétique botanique Frantic Botanic
German Rankenspiele Vine games
Italian Arrampicanti From "arrampicarsi" (to climb) and "rampicanti" (vines)
Chinese 敲磚快手
Qiāo zhuān kuàishǒu
Deft Brick-Hitting