Smash and Crab

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Smash and Crab
Smash and Crab from Super Mario Party.
Appears in Super Mario Party
Type 1-vs.-3 minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Don't Panic

Smash and Crab is a 1-vs.-3 minigame appearing in Super Mario Party. Its name is a pun on "smash and grab."


The solo player is standing on a pier, looking from side to side. Rumbling sounds are heard and the screen shakes. A giant mechanical crab with the team inside it charges in from the right side, scaring the solo player. The players controlling the hammers press their buttons, causing both hammers to smash around the solo player, who jumps. The minigame then starts.


The minigame is set on a beach. The solo player is standing on a pier, while the team players are inside a giant robotic crab that looks like a Sidestepper. While one team player moves the robot, the other two control their respective hammers to crush the solo player, who can also move around. If the solo player manages to evade the team players' attacks for 30 seconds, the solo player wins; otherwise, if a hammer hits the solo player, the team players win.

On Challenge Road, this is the first challenge of Mushroom Beach and the 22nd challenge overall. In the normal challenge, the player is one of the teammates who controls the movements of the crab robot, and they must beat the solo player. In the Master Challenge, the player is on the solo side and must stay until the end.


If the solo player wins, they do their victory pose while the crab falls over. If the team players win, the crab does a victory dance, and then the team players do their victory poses.


Solo Side[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move left/right

Team Side[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move crab left/right (center player only)
  • Single Joy-Con Right Button – Smash (left/right players only)

In-game text[edit]

  • Dodge the hammers to survive!
  • The attacking team controls are split between left hammer, right hammer, and movement.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニカニハンマー
Kani kani hanmā
Crab-Crab Hammer

Chinese (simplified) 蟹蟹锤子
Xièxiè Chuízi
Crab-Crab Hammer

Chinese (traditional) 蟹蟹鎚子
Xièxiè Chuízi
Crab-Crab Hammer

Dutch Robokrab 3000
French Écrabouilleur mécanique
Mechanical squisher
German Nur nicht herumkrebsen
Only not about crabs
Italian Granchio martellatore
Hammerer crab
Korean 꽃게 해머
Kkotge Haemeo
Crab Hammer

Spanish (NOA) Tómalo con pinzas
Take it with pincers; pun on an expression meaning "with a grain of salt"
Spanish (NOE) Con las pinzas en la maza
With Claws In the Mallet; pun on "con las manos en la masa" (to catch someone red-handed)