Pedal to the Paddle

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Pedal to the Paddle
Pedal to the Paddle
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Bowser Jr. minigame
Music track Bowser Jr. Battle 3
Music sample

Pedal to the Paddle is a Bowser Jr. minigame in Mario Party 9. The name is a pun on the phrase "pedal to the metal." This minigame is set in New Super Mario Bros. Wii's airship levels.


The players and Bowser Jr. jump from wooden platforms to wheels with five platforms each.


The pair must try to reach the finish before Bowser Jr. by jumping on the platforms to make the wheel progress. Players must keep jumping to the rightmost platform so that weight pushes the wheel toward the goal. At the bottom of the screen is a meter that shows how close players are to the end. If a player falls off the wheel, they will reappear in a bubble a few seconds later. The player will automatically free themself from the bubble. Whoever is operating the wheel that reaches the end first is the winner.


If the players are victorious, the captain does a ground pound on a switch. Bowser Jr. looks surprised, and then his entire wheel falls off, causing him to scream as he falls. The players strike victory poses. If Bowser Jr. is victorious, he laughs evilly.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules – "Work with your teammate to rotate your wheel by jumping on the platforms that will spin it to the right. Reach the goal before Bowser Jr. to win!"
  • Controls – "Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to move and Two Button to jump."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 回転リフトレース
Kaiten Rifuto Rēsu
Spin Lift Race
Chinese 旋轉踏板協力賽
Xuánzhuǎn tàbǎn xiélì sài
Spinning Pedal Co-op Race
French Funambules à pédales Pedal tightrope walkers
German Schaufelrad-Rodeo Paddlewheel Rodeo
Italian Pedane-Pedali Footpegs-Pedals
Spanish Pedaleo sin freno Pedaling Without Brakes