Mario's Puzzle Party

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Mario's Puzzle Party
Screenshot of Mario's Puzzle Party.
Mario Party 3
Gameplay of Mario's Puzzle Party in Mario Party DS.
Mario Party DS
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party DS
Type 4-Player minigame (Mario Party 3)
Puzzle minigame (Mario Party DS)
Music On Your Toes (Mario Party 3)
Think It Out (Mario Party DS)

Mario's Puzzle Party is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 3 and a Puzzle minigame in Mario Party DS. A similar minigame in principle, Mario's Puzzle Party Pro, can be unlocked in Game Guy's room after the player beats the Millennium Star in Stardust Battle. This minigame takes place in the sky with big clouds and a rainbow.

Gameplay[edit]

The player has to break the colored blocks by connecting two or more blocks to get points. Bricks occasionally fall to obstruct the player (they can be broken by making combos around them, however), while Thwomps occasionally drop and crush the blocks underneath them to half-size, which can aid the player in scoring combos. The player who reaches a certain number of points (100) wins. If any player runs out of space in the grid to place the blocks, the player's game ends. The last-man-standing rule can also decide the winner—if everyone but one of the player's game ends, the player that is still running wins, regardless of how many points that player got compared to the others. When this minigame is played in Free Play Room, the score limit can be set from 100 to 1,000 in 100-point increments—once one player reaches that score, the minigame ends and that player wins. In any other mode, the score limit is locked at 100.

The Mario Party DS version has a few changes to the minigame. In fact, it functions similarly to Mario's Puzzle Party Pro. The top screen reminds the player about the Thwomps, while the bottom screen shows the gameplay. When the player manages to clear the screen of blocks, then the player is awarded 1,000 points. In addition to this, there are levels, which speed the game up and increase points earned the higher they are. The highest level one can get to is 99. Every 40 points the player gets equals one Mario Party Point. The two-player version, however, plays more like the original Mario's Puzzle Party.

Controls[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move cursor
  • A Button or B Button – Rotate blocks
  • Z Button – Drop blocks

Mario Party DS[edit]

  • +Control Pad – Move
  • A Button – Flip
  • R Button – Drop

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

  • Game Rules"Break blocks by connecting 2 or more of the same color. Thwomps will occasionally fall and squash blocks for you."
  • Advice"Garbage blocks will break when the colored blocks touching them are broken."

Mario Party DS[edit]

  • Rules (1 player)"Connect two or more of a similar block type to clear them. Use Thwomps that occasionally fall to squash the blocks down to half size."
  • Rules (2 players)"Connect two or more of a similar block type to clear them. Whoever reaches 100 points first wins."
  • Tips"The next block to fall is displayed on the right of the screen. Stack the blocks strategically!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッスンパズル
Dossun pazuru
Thwomp Puzzle
French Mario Puzzle Party Mario Puzzle Party
German Marios Puzzle-Party Mario's Puzzle-Party
Spanish Puzzle Mario Party Mario Party Puzzle

Mario Party DS[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッスンパズル
Dossun pazuru
Thwomp Puzzle
French Thwompuzzle Portmanteau of Thwomp and puzzle
German Steinblocks Schacht Thwomp Shaft
Italian Blocchi Twomp Thwomp Blocks
Korean 쿵쿵 퍼즐
Kungkung Peojeul
Thwomp Puzzle
Spanish Roca Picuda al ataque Thwomp attack

Trivia[edit]

  • The winning mugshots of six characters playable in both Party Mode and Story Mode who appeared since the first Mario Party are reused from Mario Party 2. However, Daisy and Waluigi, who can be used only in Party Mode, are the only two characters whose winning mugshots from Mario Party 3 are used, due to this game being their first appearance in the Mario Party series.
  • In the Mario Party DS version of the game, the icons for the characters are changed back to the icons from Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 3; this includes Peach and Daisy, who revert to their pre-GameCube designs. Toad's icon is the only new one, replacing Donkey Kong's; however, he uses new artwork rather than one from the Nintendo 64 era. Furthermore, Thwomps return to their Super Mario 64 design, making this minigame and a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl that design's only two appearances on any seventh-generation or later console.