Sink or Swim

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Sink or Swim
Sink or Swim at day from Mario Party 6
Sink or Swim from Mario Party 6
Appears in Mario Party 6
Type 1-vs.-3 mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Blissful
Music sample

Sink or Swim is a 1-vs.-3 minigame in Mario Party 6. Its name is a play on a phrase that describes a scenario where someone gets something right or fails, with no intermediate outcomes.


The introduction shows the solo player trying to drop a mine on the group player in the middle of the pond and missing, after which they take their default positions.


The group players must avoid the mines that the solo player drops from above the pool they are in. The group players each have a breath meter; if they stay underwater too long, they float to the top to get air, making it easier for the solo player to drop mines on them. Any group players hit by mines sink out of sight and are eliminated. The solo player wins by eliminating all the other players. The group players win if at least one of them survives long enough.


Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Drop a mine

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Change direction
  • A ButtonSwim

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"One player drops mines in a pond while the other three players have to avoid getting hit!"
  • Advice 1"Don't stay underwater too long or you'll run out of air! Look for opportunities to go to the surface!"
  • Advice 2"The player on the surface should watch the others and aim carefully."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブクブクサバイバル
Bukubuku Sabaibaru
Burbling Survival

French Vagues de Mines
Mine Waves
German Minentaucher
Mine Diver
Italian Mare Minato
Mined Sea
Spanish Nadar sin parar
Nonstop Swimming