Ring Leader

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Ring Leader
MP9 4-Player Ring Leader.png
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Free-for-All minigame
Music track Island Activities
Music sample

Ring Leader is a Free-for-All minigame featured in Mario Party 9. Its name is a pun on "ringleader," which is a term for a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority.


Mario and friends riding on Dolphins in the intro to Ring Leader.
Mario and friends riding on the Dolphins in the introduction to Ring Leader

The camera does a close-up shot of the players as they jump, and then again as they approach the starting line.


Players try to earn points by jumping their Dolphins through hoops. Red hoops can be reached with a simple thrust of the Wii Remote, but gold hoops require the players to dive (by holding A Button) so that they can do a higher jump. Occasionally, there are several consecutive hoops, which require good timing to get through all of them. The player with the highest score at the end of the course wins. The highest possible score is 40 points.

This minigame also appears in Perspective Mode, where the camera is positioned behind the player and zoomed in.


After crossing the goal, the Dolphins jump randomly.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Jump your Dolphin through the floating rings. Red rings are worth one point, and the higher gold rings are worth three points."
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote vertically. Swing the Wii Remote upward to make your Dolphin jump. Hold A Button to dive, and then swing the Wii Remote upward to perform a high jump."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リフトンライド

Chinese 便車海豚騎乘賽
Biàn chē hǎitún qí chéng sài
Dolphin-Hitchhiking Race

French Hue, Dauphin !
Gee, Dolphin!
German Ringelrein
Ring Clear
Italian Delfì acrobatici
Acrobatic Dolphins
Spanish La carrera delfinitiva
The 'Dolphinitive' Race; delfinitiva is a pun on delfin (dolphin) and definitiva (definitive).