Pop-Star Piranhas

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Pop-Star Piranhas
Mario Party 5 Pop Star Piranhas.png
Appears in Mario Party 5
Type 4-player mini-game
Time limit 5 seconds per round
Music Piranha Ballad, Piranha Swing, and Piranha Metal,

Pop-Star Piranhas is a 4-player minigame found in Mario Party 5. Pop-Star Piranhas was also one of the playable minigames in the Mario Party 5 demo on the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus disk. Additionally, the minigame was originally called Dancin' Piranha Plant before the name was changed in the final version. The songs played are all covers of the Super Mario Bros. theme.


Spotlights shine above the Warp Pipes. Right before the first set of Piranha Plants pop out, an explosion occurs out of all of the pipes.


Players attempt to watch the Piranha Plants as they dance. Each Piranha Plant corresponds to a button on their pipe. One of the Piranha Plants dances a little differently than the others. When the music stops, players must choose the button that they think corresponds to the Piranha Plant that is dancing differently. The characters face away from the player so that players cannot copy each others' answers. When all players have guessed, or when the five second time limit runs out, all players reveal their guesses and whoever is correct receives a point. Players with the most points after three rounds wins.


The players perform their respective winning and losing poses as the Piranha Plants continue dancing in the background. If the minigame ends in a draw, the players perform their losing poses as the Piranha Plants retreat into their pipes.


  • Press the button noted on the Warp Pipe of the Piranha Plant that's dancing differently.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Find the one Piranha Plant that's dancing differently from the others. Whoever answers correctly the most times wins."
  • Advice"Watch the leaves to find which one is dancing to its own rhythm."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パックンダンス
Pakkun Dansu
Piranha Dance
Spanish Operación Piraña Operation Piranha
French Danse Piranha Piranha Dance
German Piranha-Night-Feaver Piranha Night Fever
Italian Danza Piranha Piranha Dance