Spotlight Swim

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Spotlight Swim
Wario in Spotlight Swim from Mario Party 3.
Spotlight Swim from Mario Party Superstars.
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party Superstars
Type 1-vs-3 minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track What to Do?!? / What Should We Do?! (Superstars)
Music sample
Mario Party 3:

Mario Party Superstars:

Spotlight Swim is a 1-vs-3 minigame found in Mario Party 3 and Mario Party Superstars.


Three players have to shine their respective red, blue, and green spotlights on the individual player at once. The solo player is capable of submerging in the pool, helping prevent detection. However, the player has to resurface every once in a while to breathe, at which point they cannot move. Additionally, upon the player submerging, bubbles can be seen above the player, indicating for a short time their position. If the solo player manages to avoid the team players' spotlights, the solo player wins. If the team players catch the solo player with all the spotlights together, the team wins.

The computer players all scatter their lights when the individual player dives, no matter their difficulty setting.

In Mario Party Superstars, sirens are heard when a spotlight touches the solo player, and the player team vocalizes. Easy computers never dive.


If the solo player wins, they celebrate before a Lakitu arrives with a ladder (in Mario Party 3) or fishing rod (in Mario Party Superstars) and picks them up, carrying them off, while the team members perform their losing poses. If the team wins, a cage drops on the solo player before the team celebrates.


Mario Party 3[edit]

Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Dive

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move searchlight

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Solo Side (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • Hold A Button – Dive

Team Side (3 players)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move Searchlight

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

  • Game Rules"Catch the swimmer by shining all the searchlights on him or her at the same time."
  • Advice"The swimmer temporarily stops after he or she dives. Try to shine your searchlight on the swimmer at that point."

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Solo side: "Stay out of the spotlight!"
  • Team side: "All of you must shine all three searchlights on the solo player together."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てらしてサーチライト
Terashite sāchiraito
Light and Search
Chinese (Simplified) 用探照灯照一照
yòngtànzhàodēng zhàoyízhaò
Use Flashlight To Search
Chinese (Traditional) 用探照燈照一照
yòngtànzhàodēng zhàoyízhaò
Use Flashlight To Search
Dutch Baden in het licht Bathing in the light
French Nage à Alcatraz (Mario Party 3)
Loin des projecteurs (Mario Party Superstars)
Swimming at Alcatraz
Far from the spotlights
German Lampenfieber Stage-Fright
Italian Nuotata notturna Nightly swim
Korean 서치라이트를 비춰라!
Seochiraiteureul Bichwora!
Shoot the Searchlight!
Portuguese Ilumi-Nado Pun on iluminado (illuminated) and nado (swim)
Russian Заплыв под софитами
Zapliv pod sofitami
Swim under the spotlights
Spanish Evita el Foco Avoid the Spotlight