Piranha Patch

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Piranha Patch
Piranha Patch
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Free-for-All minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Hoopla
Music sample

Piranha Patch is a Free-for-All minigame featured in Mario Party 9. Its name is possibly a pun on the phrase "pumpkin patch."


A single flower bud blooms into a pink flower. The camera then zooms out to show the entire field.


Players try to earn points by collecting flowers while avoiding Piranha Plants. Buds appear before they become flowers. Gold flowers are worth three points and are much rarer than pink flowers, which are worth one point each. Hitting a Piranha Plant makes players lose a point. Piranha Plants, pink flowers, and gold flowers all grow from the same bud, so players will have to be careful. Flowers disappear five seconds after sprouting, while Piranha Plants disappear only three seconds after sprouting. Players move more slowly in the tall grass section of the playing field. After 30 seconds, the player with the highest score wins.

This minigame also appears in Perspective Mode. In it, the camera is zoomed in on the player, making it harder to see if there are any flower buds nearby.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Gather as many flowers as you can. Pink flowers are worth one point, and gold flowers are worth three. Be careful: you'll lose a point for each Piranha Plant you pick by mistake!"
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to move."


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドタバタお花畑
Dotabata ohanabatake
Slapstick Flower Garden

Chinese 七手八腳小花田
Qī shǒu bā jiǎo xiǎo huātián
Bustling Small Flower Garden

French Chouette cueillette
Nice gathering
German Durch die Blume
By the Flowers
Italian Giardino Carnivoro
Carnivore Garden
Spanish Jardín Piraña
Piranha Garden