Pound Peril

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Pound Peril
Pound Peril from Mario Party 5
Appears in Mario Party 5
Type Duel mini-game
Time limit 60 seconds
Music track Serious Competition
Music sample

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 the one that does not hurt them. Hitting a wrong switch hurts the player with a poison liquid spill, zapper, ten-pound weight, or spring. The switches reset after being pressed, making it harder to find the correct one. Players can also punch, kick, and ground-pound each other to stun them temporarily. If a player ground-pounds the correct switch, a jingling sound is heard from the spotlight and confetti appears. If neither player finds the correct switch in the time limit, the minigame ends in a draw.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A ButtonJump
  • B Button – Punch
  • A Button A Button – Ground Pound
  • A Button B Button – Kick1

1 - The Controls section for this minigame does not show this method.

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 reset 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
Japanese ヒップでスイッチ!
Hippu de Suitchi!
Switch with Ground Pound!
French Saute-Bouton Pun with "Bouton" (Button) and "Saute-Mouton" (French name of Leapfrog)
German Schalter-Stampf Switch Stomp
Italian Interruttore traditore Traitor switch
Spanish ¿Qué interruptor es? Which Switch is It?