Smash Compactor

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Smash Compactor
Smash Compactor
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Free-for-All minigame
Music track Run!
Music sample

Smash Compactor is a Free-for-All minigame in Mario Party 9. The minigame's name is a pun on "trash compactor."


The intro sequence features the competitors on a platform. They then fall into holes in the ground as the compactor slams down. The players then emerge from the holes as the game begins.


This minigame is likely inspired by the game musical chairs. The object of the minigame is to reach a glowing manhole lid in the ground before the opponents do. Competitors can also attack opponents by jumping, punching, and kicking to make way for themselves. For every round, there is one fewer glowing hole than there are players. Once the allotted time to reach a safe zone is up, the lids open and the characters fall to safety, after which players who have not found safe zones are squished by the compactor and eliminated. The last player remaining wins.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Jump in an open hole as fast as you can. Anyone left after the doors close will get smashed!"
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to move, One Button to punch, Two Button to jump, and One Button while jumping to kick."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese にげこめ!マンホール
Nigekome! Manhōru
Hide! Manhole

Chinese 天塌下來找洞鑽
Tiān tā xiàlái zhǎo dòng zuān
The Ceiling is Collapsing, Find a Hole to Enter

French (NOA) L'écrabouille
The Squash
French (NOE) Crêpes-party
German Gullypresse
Manhole Squeezer
Italian Nella botola
In the hole
Spanish ¡Sálvese quien pueda!
Every Man for Himself!


Minor Dry Bones appearance in Smash Compactor. From Mario Party 9.
A Dry Bones atop the compactor
  • Sometimes a Dry Bones shows up on top of the compactor.
  • The way competitors are flattened and float up when they lose is very similar to when they are squashed by the solo player's ball in the Mario Party 5 minigame Flatiator.
  • This minigame shares its Spanish name with the Mario Party 6 minigame Wrasslin' Rapids.