Mario Speedwagons

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Mario Speedwagons
Mario Speedwagons from Mario Party 4.
Mario Party 4
Mario Speedwagons from Mario Party: The Top 100.
Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party 4
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 4-Player minigame
Initial record 1'00"00 (Mario Party 4)
0:20.00 (Mario Party: The Top 100)
Music Let the Race Begin (note: this is the only jingle that plays in the minigame)

Mario Speedwagons is a 4-Player minigame found in Mario Party 4 and Mario Party: The Top 100. Its name is a pun on the name of the American rock band REO Speedwagon. If the player reaches the goal in under 10 seconds in Mario Party 4, they unlock Boo's Photostand in the Present Room. This is the only minigame in Mario Party 4 to have no music (other than the "Let the Race Begin" jingle).

Introduction[edit]

The camera zooms across the speedwagons each character controls. Then, the screen splits four ways, showing the rear of each character's vehicle. The traffic signal flies in, and after the "START!" signal (3-2-1 countdown in The Top 100), the signal's lights turn on. When the green light flashes, the race starts.

Gameplay[edit]

The goal is to be the first one to cross the finish line in a drag race. Each participating character drives their own top fuel dragster, complete with unique coloration (player color in The Top 100). Along the way, the car's gears will need to shift as it picks up speed. This is indicated by the gear numbers flashing in the bottom right corner (Touch Screen in The Top 100). However, correct timing is required, as early or late shifts will result in a decrease in speed or no increase in speed, respectively. Likewise, accelerating too quickly at the start can cause the car not to move very much, similar to in the Mario Kart series.

Ending[edit]

At the "FINISH!" signal, the screen with the winning player zooms in, with the player's wagon having a parachute flying off it. After that, in Mario Party 4 only, the scene changes to the winner podium, where the players are in their respective positions. The winner does their victory pose, and the other players sulk.

Controls[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

  • R Button – Accelerate
  • A Button – Change gears

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • A Button: Accelerate
  • R Button: Shift gears

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 4[edit]

  • Game Rules"Time to race on the speedway! Step on the gas when the light turns green!"
  • Advice"You can hit the gas a little before the green light for a good start. If you overdo it, you will spin out and ruin your start."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Shift gears to speed up and reach the goal first!"
  • On-screen"Shift gears to accelerate and race to the goal!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゼロヨングランプリ
Zeroyon guranpri
"04 Grand Prix"; slang for "400-meters linear race".
Dutch Schakelformule Gear Change Formula
French Départ Arrêté Stopped Start
German Rauchende Reifen Fuming Tires
Italian Corsa pazza Crazy race
Spanish Un día en las carreras A Day at the Races