Paddle Battle

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Paddle Battle
The minigame Paddle Battle.
Appears in Mario Party
Type 1-vs-3 Coin mini-game
Music track Let's Limbo
Music sample

Paddle Battle is a 1-vs-3 Coin-collecting minigame in Mario Party.

Like Tug o' War, Pedal Power, and, to some extent, Cast Aways and Deep Sea Divers, this minigame was infamous for causing hand injuries to players who were required to rotate the Control Stick to paddle up until Nintendo reached a deal to provide padded gloves to players. For the Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online rerelease of Mario Party, a warning appears upon the game being started, advising players not to use their palms to rotate the stick.


Paddling on a river, the solo player must direct the inflatable boat towards the shore on the team players' side, where Spear Guys stab them and give the solo player their Coins, while the team of three must direct the boat towards the shore on the solo player's side to get their Coins. Aside from the threat of Spear Guys, players must avoid the rocks that jut outward from and populate the river. Players with the most Coins at the river's end win. If both sides did not win or lose any Coins, they will do losing poses; however, victory music will play.


  • Control Stick – Rotate to paddle

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"Paddle your boat down the river with Control Stick. Shy Guys hiding on the banks will poke you with spears if you get too close."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Use Control Stick to paddle the boat down the raging river. Get 15 or more Coins to clear the game."
  • Advice"Rotate your Control Stick quickly and completely! If the Shy Guy's spear pokes you, you lose Coins."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオボート
Mario Bōto
Mario Boat

French Bataille de pagaies
Battles of paddles
German Paddel-Gedaddel
Italian Paddle Battle[1]


  1. ^ Mario Party European manual, pag. 141