Squared Away

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Squared Away
Squared Away from Mario Party 5
Appears in Mario Party 5
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type 1-vs-3 minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track In Great Fear (Mario Party 5 and Mario Party Superstars)
Hurry! Hurry! (Mario Party: The Top 100)
Music sample
Mario Party 5:

Mario Party: The Top 100: Mario Party Superstars:

Squared Away is a 1-vs-3 minigame found in Mario Party 5, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars. Its name is a play on the expression "squared away," used to refer to one who is skilled and ready to accomplish their tasks.

Introduction[edit]

The tiles for the grid drop down on the board while the solo player stands on a block in the upper left corner. All the blocks drop down: three big ones and one small one. The solo player jumps into the small one, and the minigame begins.

Gameplay[edit]

The solo player must avoid being crushed by the team players. Each team player covers four tiles with each roll, which is more than the solo player (which is only one per roll), but to counter this disadvantage, the solo player moves much more quickly than the team players. The solo player wins if they survive for 30 seconds. The team players win if one of them crushes the solo player.

The arena is a 12×12 tile grid in Mario Party 5 and Mario Party Superstars, which was reduced to a 10×10 grid in Mario Party: The Top 100. Mario Party 5's version contains several different aesthetics for the tiled floor: Mario, heart, Cheep Cheep, Yoshi Egg, blue Fire Flower, Goomba, and Mushroom, but Mario Party: The Top 100's and Mario Party Superstars' versions feature only a Mario aesthetic.

Mario Party 5 features no vocalizations, but in Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, players vocalize for every step they make. The lone player also vocalizes when getting crushed, as does, in Mario Party Superstars's case, the character who crushed them.

Ending[edit]

The ending to Squared Away if the team wins in Mario Party 5

In Mario Party 5, depending on whoever wins, the loser(s) is/are chased by Thwomps in the background and trip(s) while the winner(s) perform(s) their victory pose(s) on top of (a) golden Thwomp(s).

In Mario Party Superstars, the winner(s) perform(s) their victory pose(s) in the middle of the arena, while the loser(s) can be seen performing their losing pose(s) in the top left corner of the arena.

Controls[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 5[edit]

  • Rules"Three players each climb into a giant cube and try to squish the fourth player, who's trying to escape in a smaller cube."
  • Advice 1"The player in the smaller cube should make tight turns to escape the giant boxes."
  • Advice 2"The three players in the giant cubes should cooperate and try to corner the fourth player."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Who will win? One small, nimble cube, or 3 huge, lumbering ones? Either way, it will be a crushing victory!"
  • On-screen (Solo)"Don't get crushed!"
  • On-screen (Team)"Crush the small box!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Solo side: "Don't get crushed."
  • Team side: "Cooperate to chase down the solo player."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ころころペッタン
Korokoro pettan
Roll and Squish
Dutch Brijzelblokken Mash Blocks
French (NOA) Ka-Bang qui roule... Thwomp that rolls... (Comes from the expression Pierre qui roule, n'amasse pas mousse)
French (NOE) Thwomp qui roule... Thwomp that rolls... (Comes from the expression Pierre qui roule, n'amasse pas mousse)
German Kubus der Verdammnis Damnation Cube
Italian Twomp rotolante Rolling Thwomp
Korean 데굴데굴 꽈당!
Deguldegul Kkwadang!
Roll and Pow!
Portuguese Enquadrado ao Cubo "Trapped Cubed", enquadrar can mean either a slang for being trapped, caught, or being put into a square shape.
Russian Стереть в пыль!
Steret' v pil'!
Spanish (NOA) ¡Cúbrete de los cubos! Cover Yourself from the Cubes!
Spanish (NOE) Acoso al cubo Cubed Harassment (pun on various meanings on the word cubo meaning cube and a cubed number)