Pound Peril

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Pound Peril
Pound Peril Mario Party 5.png
Appears in Mario Party 5
Type Duel minigame
Time limit 60 seconds
Music Serious Competition

Pound Peril is a duel minigame found in Mario Party 5.


There are twelve switches in a circle. By Ground Pounding these switches, players attempt to find one that does not hurt them.

Hitting a wrong switch will cause painful events to happen to the player, slowing him or her down; and resetting the switches, making it harder to find the correct one. The player must then try a different switch. The player who Ground Pounds the switch that doesn't hurt him or her wins. Wrong switches could be poison liquid spills, zappers, 10-lb. weights, or springs. If a player ground pounds on the correct switch, a jingling sound will be heard and confetti will appear. If no one finds the correct switch in the time limit, the minigame ends in a draw.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Jump
  • B Button – Punch
  • A ButtonB Button – Kick
  • A ButtonA Button – Ground Pound

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Find the one switch of the twelve that will not inflict any harm. The other eleven are hidden surprises of pain and misery."
  • Advice"The switches resets after they're pressed, making it harder to remember which ones have or haven't been pressed."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish ¿Qué interruptor es? Which switch is it?
French Saute-Bouton Pun with "Bouton" (Button) and "Saute-Mouton" (French name of Leapfrog)
German Schalter-Stampf Switch Stomp
Italian Interruttore traditore Traitor switch