Right Oar Left?

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Right Oar Left?
Appears in Mario Party 4
Type 2-vs.-2 mini-game
Initial record 1'00"00
Music Heart-Pumping

Right Oar Left? is a 2-vs.-2 minigame in Mario Party 4. Its name is a pun on the common query, "right or left?"


The screen is split into two for each team. On each side, both teams paddle a Dorrie boat through the tunnel. The camera focuses behind them and the game begins.


Teams are divided into two boats that resemble Dorrie. The object of the game is to reach the end of a long tunnel by using the paddles. Along the way, players must avoid obstacles like stalagmites and fire-breathing Bowser statues. The first team to reach the end wins. If beaten in 45 seconds, the Minigame Room will get a Koopa Plate added to it. If no one reaches the end in five minutes, it is a draw.


The scene switches to the outside of the cave; the winning team rows toward the camera and they do winning poses. The other team is not seen. If the minigame ends in a draw, the boats stop.


  • B Button + A Button Forward
  • A Button – Row Right Oar
  • B Button – Row Left Oar

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"Be the first to pilot the Dorrie Boat out of the cave!"
  • Advice"The right oar turns you left. The left oar turns you right. Avoid the flames, and get out of there!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いそげ!ドッシーボート
Isoge! Dosshī bōto
Hurry! Dorrie Boat
Spanish La gruta maldita The cursed grotto
French Bâbord-Tribord? Portside-Starboard?
German Rechts oder Links? Right or Left?
Italian Segui la rotta Follow the course