Photo Finish

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Photo Finish
Photo Finish 4.png
Appears in Mario Party 4
Type 4-player mini-game
Time limit 60 seconds
Music Slowly Yet Surely

Photo Finish is a four-player minigame from Mario Party 4. Its name is a reference to photo finishes, which happen when two or more racers cross the finish line at almost the same time and a photo needs to be consulted to determine the winner, since the naked eye could not.

Introduction[edit]

The picture is shown on the screen, then it splits into four sections, one for each player. As the screens zoom out to reveal the players watching the picture, the picture suddenly breaks and the pieces fly out, surprising the players. The screens zoom back in as the cursor holding the first piece appears. The game begins.

Gameplay[edit]

Photo Finish consists of a puzzle divided into eight pieces. Players will get to see the completed puzzle for a short time before it splits. Players must piece the puzzle together, one piece at a time. If the player has the correct orientation and location of the piece, it will fall into place and the next piece will appear. The first player to piece together his or her puzzle is the winner. There are three puzzles: Toad's birthday party, Penguin's ice rink and Shy Guy's car. There is a 60 second time limit, and if no one finishes their puzzle in the time limit, the game ends in a draw.[1]

Ending[edit]

The screen zooms to the winning player, and they jump into the picture and celebrate. Depending on the scene, the celebration is different:

  • Toad's birthday party: The player will do a winning pose while two Toads raise champagne between him/her.
  • Penguin's ice rink: The player will skate in circles.
  • Shy Guy's car: The player will ride in the car and wave.

If the timer runs out, nothing will happen on the screen besides the announcer saying "Draw!", though the Draw music will play.[2]

Controls[edit]

  • L Button / R Button – Rotate a Piece
  • Control Stick – Move a Piece
  • A Button – Drop a Piece

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Please finish this photo puzzle. You can only drop a piece in its proper place, so you'll know when you've found the correct spot."
  • Advice"Focus on the picture, so that you remember which way the pieces face."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くるくるパズル
Kurukuru Pazuru
Spinning Puzzle
Spanish ¡Rehaz la foto! Redo the photo!
French Puzzle Mania
German Photo-Puzzle Photo Puzzle
Italian Puzzle

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