Stick and Spin

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Stick and Spin
Stick and Spin from Mario Party 7
Appears in Mario Party 7
Mario Party DS
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type Rare minigame (Mario Party 7)
Puzzle minigame (Mario Party DS)
Special minigame (Mario Party: The Top 100)
Sports & Puzzles minigame (Mario Party Superstars)
Initial record 0 points (Mario Party 7)
20 points (Mario Party DS, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars)
Music A Rare Minigame (Mario Party 7, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars)
Think It Out (Mario Party DS)
Music
Mario Party 7:

Mario Party DS: Mario Party: The Top 100: Mario Party Superstars:

Stick and Spin is a Rare minigame in Mario Party 7, a Puzzle minigame in Mario Party DS, a Special minigame in Mario Party: The Top 100, and a Sports & Puzzles minigame in Mario Party Superstars. Its name is a pun on either the phrase "thick and thin" or "Sit n' Spin", a children's toy manufactured by Playskool. In Mario Party: The Top 100, this minigame is unlocked after obtaining 200 stars in Minigame Island.

Gameplay[edit]

The aim of the game is to make matches of five or more balls with the same color, and connected balls are indicated by lines linked between them. To control the circle, the player needs to spin the wheel with Control Stick. By pressing A Button, the ball will immediately drop to the bottom. Only in Mario Party Superstars does this minigame have different patterns for each of the colored marbles, possibly to aid with color blindness. The objective is to clears a set number of balls, they will advance a level. The number of balls that are needed to be cleared is listed in the middle of the circle. As soon as a ball is going to be cleared, the number is decreased based on that amount, although in Mario Party Superstars, the number only decreases after the cleared balls disappear completely. In both Mario Party 7 and Mario Party DS, the scoring is based on how many matches while the balls involved in scoring is present, where the amount of points gained increases after every match made. Whereas, in both Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, the scoring is based on the amount of balls eliminated, where every ball eliminated grants points as long as it contributes to the objective.

After every five levels, starting with Level 6, the board resets and a brand-new board is presented, with a new gameplay element added, starting at Level 11. Mario Party 7 is also the only version where the balls in the conveyor belt can change their state when levelling up within a set of levels, so for example, within level 96 to 100, the ball sizes get larger as soon as a level up occurs. On certain sets of levels, the drop speed of the balls might increase, making it so that they drop faster than before. The speed change in Mario Party 7 and Mario Party DS can be faster or slower between certain sets of levels, while in Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars there are only speed increases after certain sets of levels. Another thing that may happen between sets of levels is that the size of the circle may change to become slightly smaller or larger, and the most drastic change only happened at level 56 to 60, which shrinks the circle to fit only one layer of normal-sized balls, where it happens only for this set of levels.

The game ends when 10 balls spill over and two seconds passed before the player could reduce the amount of balls sticking out of the circle. If a ball is spilled over, it is indicated by dotted-lines circling that ball. Balls that are cleared do not count as being spilled over. In Mario Party 7 and Mario Party Superstars, a checkpoint will be reached every five levels, starting at Level 6. If this happens, the player may continue from the last checkpoint, but it will cost them around half of their score provided that they have reached a new checkpoint. If they did not progress past the same checkpoint, the score deduction becomes greater for each successive game over until it starts from zero. In Mario Party DS, the player may continue from the last level they have gotten a game over on, but the score will reset to zero. In Mario Party: The Top 100, the player cannot continue from one of the later levels unlike the other versions, so they can only start from level 1 should the player get a game over. The game also ends in Mario Party 7 after clearing level 100, although this minigame is endless in every other version where clearing level 99 will reset that particular level.

There are several types of balls introduced throughout the levels:

  • Color balls: Five or more like-colored balls will be eliminated when they are linked, indicated by lines that join them when they touch each other. There are six different colors of balls in Mario Party 7 and Mario Party DS: Red, light blue, yellow, green, purple, and dark blue. In Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, there are only five colors: Red, light blue, yellow, green, and purple. Mario Party 7 is also the only version where certain levels don't have a fixed set of colors based on the amount of colors.
  • Different-sized balls: The balls can come in different sizes compared to the standard size. Other than being of a different size, the balls work the same way as their normal-sized counterparts.
  • Bubbles: These are transparent balls that, when a ball is dropped on them, will be popped. They will not pop if a ball dropped on them as a result of another ball tumbling on them, nor will they pop when a match is made adjacent to them. In Mario Party Superstars, popping bubbles will contribute to the number of balls needed to be eliminated.
  • Grey balls: These balls will require a match made next to them to eliminate, and will contribute to the total number of balls needed to be eliminated, except in Mario Party DS.
  • Black and white balls: Similar to colored balls, five or more like-colored balls will be eliminated when they are linked. Unlike colored balls, when a ball is dropped on them, a black ball will be change to a white ball, and vice-versa. They will not change color if a ball dropped on them as a result of another ball tumbling on them.
  • Numbered balls: Balls with a number on it indicate the amount of times the ball needs to be cleared before it completely disappear. Upon the conditions for eliminating the ball being met, if the number is more than 1, it is decreased by 1; If the number is 1, the number will disappear before the ball is eliminated completely. The number can be reduced further if an extra ball is added during a match before the linked balls disappear, including when a numbered grey ball is next to that match. In the case of numbered balls needing to be linked to be eliminated, the match will keep getting made as long as five or more balls are linked. However, in Mario Party Superstars, even if there are five or more like-colored numbered balls linked together after all the numbers are reduced by one but are not yet eliminated, another like-colored ball must be added to eliminate them again.

In Mario Party 7, the staff record for this minigame is 20,190 points in the American version, 49,320 points in the Japanese version, and 49,620 points in the European/Australian version. In Mario Party DS, it is 11,130 points in all versions.

Level Summary[edit]

Every set of levels have different elements in play, and each version of this minigame contains differences. They are as follows: (All = All versions; 7 = Mario Party 7; DS = Mario Party DS; TT100 = Mario Party: The Top 100; SS = Mario Party Superstars)

Level set Starting layout Colors Other features Balls required to be cleared
7 and DS TT100 and SS
1 - 5
  • All: No balls are in the circle.
  • All: 3 colors at the beginning
  • 7, DS: 4 colors at level 3 - 4; 5 colors at level 5
  • TT100, SS: 4 colors at level 4 - 5
  • (None)

25 (all)

15/15/15/20/20

6 - 10
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: 3 colors at the beginning
  • 7, DS: 4 colors at level 8 - 10
  • TT100, SS: 4 colors at level 7 - 8; 5 colors at level 9 - 10
  • (None)

7: 25/22/35/25/20
DS: 25 (all)

15/15/15/20/20

11 - 15
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: 4 colors at the beginning
  • 7, DS: 5 colors at level 12 - 15
  • TT100, SS: 5 colors at level 14 - 15
  • All: The conveyor belt contains large and small colored balls, in addition to normal-sized colored balls.

30/25/20/25/20

20 (all)

16 - 20
  • 7: A layer of bubbles in the middle ring above a layer of colored balls in the innermost ring
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized bubbles in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 5 colors at the beginning; 6 colors at level 18 - 20
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning; 4 colors at level 17 - 19; 5 colors at level 20
  • Note: Despite this level introducing bubbles, the conveyor belt does not contain them.

30/25/30/25/20

20 (all)

21 - 25
  • 7: Large grey numbered balls (1) in the middle ring above normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized grey numbered balls in the innermost ring (no number shown in TT100).
  • All: 4 colors throughout the levels.
  • 7, TT100, SS: Large grey numbered balls (1) appear in the conveyor belt from level 23 - 24; Even larger grey numbered balls (1) appear in the conveyor belt at level 25.
  • DS: Normal-sized grey numbered balls (1) appear in the conveyor belt from level 23 - 24; Large grey numbered balls (1) appear in the conveyor belt at level 25.

30/25/30/25/30

20/20/30/20/30

26 - 30
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: 4 colors at the beginning
  • All: 5 colors at level 28 to 30
  • All: The color of every ball in the conveyor belt is covered by grey circles with question marks, and will only be revealed after falling from it.

30 (all)

20 (all)

31 - 35
  • 7: Large grey numbered balls in the innermost ring and a number of large grey balls in the middle ring, all with either 3 or 4.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized grey numbered balls in the innermost ring, all with either 3 or 4.
  • All: 4 colors throughout the levels.
  • 7, TT100, SS: Large grey numbered balls (3 or 4) appear in the conveyor belt from level 33 - 34.
  • 7, TT100: Even larger grey numbered balls (3 or 4) appear in the conveyor belt at level 35.
  • SS: Even larger grey numbered balls (2 or 3) appear in the conveyor belt at level 35.
  • DS: Large grey balls appear in the conveyor belt at level 35.

30/25/30/25/30

20/20/30/20/30

36 - 40
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 5 colors throughout the levels.
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning; 4 colors starting from level 38
  • TT100: 5 colors at level 39 - 40
  • 7, DS, SS: The circle slowly rotates counterclockwise.
  • TT100: The circle slowly rotates clockwise.
  • Note: Turning the wheel against the rotation makes it spin very slowly, while turning with it makes it go faster.

30 (all)

25 (all)

41 - 45
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: 4 colors throughout the levels.
  • All: The conveyor belt contains large numbered bubbles (2), in addition to normal-sized colored balls; The large numbered bubbles can also start from 3 in addition to 2 at level 43
  • All: Even larger numbered bubbles (2) start to appear in the conveyor belt at level 44, replacing the large bubbles; The even larger numbered bubbles can also start from 3 in addition to 2 at level 45.

30/25/30/25/30

25/25/25/25/30

46 - 50
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • DS: Despite starting with five colors, the starting layout only has four colors.
  • 7: 4 colors (red, green, light-blue, and purple) throughout the levels
  • DS: 5 colors throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning; 4 colors starting from level 48
  • TT100: 5 colors at level 49 - 50
  • 7, TT100, SS: The conveyor belt contains large colored numbered balls, in addition to normal-sized colored balls. From level 46 to 50, the numbers on the balls are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • DS: The same applies as the other versions, except the colored numbered balls are normal-sized.

32 (all)

25 (all)

51 - 55
  • All: Normal-sized black balls and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: Besides black/white, 3 colors at the beginning; 4 colors at level 52 - 55
  • TT100, SS: 4 colors & black/white throughout the levels
  • (None)

25 (all)

56 - 60
  • All: Normal-sized bubbles, black balls and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: Black/white balls throughout the levels
  • All: The circle's boundary is shrunken to only hold one layer of normal-sized balls for this set of levels only.
  • 7, TT100, SS: The conveyor belt contains normal-sized numbered bubbles (1), in addition to normal-sized black/white balls; The numbered bubbles can also start from 2 in addition to 1 at level 59 - 60.
  • DS: The bubbles in the conveyor belt do not have numbers.

27 (all)

25 (all)

61 - 65
  • 7: Small colored balls (5 colors), black balls, and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • DS: Small colored balls (5 colors) in the innermost ring.
  • TT100: Normal-sized colored balls (3 colors), black balls, and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • SS: Normal-sized colored balls (5 colors), black balls, and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 5 colors & black/white throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: Besides black/white, 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 68, 5 colors at level 64 - 65
  • All: The conveyor belt contains large black/white balls, in addition to normal-sized colored balls.

25 (all)

66 - 70
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7: 4 colors (red, green, light-blue, and purple) throughout the levels
  • DS: 5 colors throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning; 4 colors starting from level 68
  • TT100: 5 colors at level 69 - 70
  • All: Every colored ball from the conveyor belt is numbered.
  • 7, DS: From level 66 to 70, the numbers on the colored normal-sized balls are: 3 only, 3 or 4, 4 only, 4 or 5, 5 only.
  • TT100, SS: The numbered balls are large and start at 2 in the beginning; later at level 68 to 70, they start at 3 and become normal-sized.

25 (all)

71 - 75
  • 7: Two layers of colored balls along with a few on the third layer.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7: Despite starting with six colors, the starting layout only has five colors (red, light blue, yellow, green, and dark blue)
  • SS: Despite starting with three colors, the starting layout only has five colors.
  • 7, DS: 6 colors throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 73, 5 colors at level 74 - 75
  • TT100, SS: At level 74 - 75, new balls from the conveyor belt become large-sized.

40/40/30/30/30

25/25/25/30/30

76 - 80
  • 7: Two layers of colored balls along with a few on the third layer.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7: 4 colors at the beginning, 5 colors at level 77 - 80
  • DS: 5 colors throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 78, 5 colors at level 79 - 80
  • 7: Most of the balls within the circle are covered by grey circles with question marks, except the narrow area at the top of the circle.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Only the top half of balls are revealed while the bottom half of balls are covered by grey circles with question marks.

30 (all)

81 - 85
  • 7: Two layers of colored balls along with a few on the third layer.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 4 colors throughout the levels, 5 colors at level 82 - 85
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 83, 5 colors at level 84 - 85
  • 7, TT100, SS: In addition to the colored balls that come from the conveyor belt, colored balls occasionally gravitate to the middle from the corners.

30/25/25/25/25

25 (all)

86 - 90
  • 7: Two layers of colored balls along with a few on the third layer.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Normal-sized colored balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 5 colors throughout the levels
  • TT100, SS: 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 87, 5 colors at level 88 - 90
  • 7, TT100, SS: New balls in the conveyor belt are large-sized starting from level 89 instead of normal-sized.

32 (all)

30 (all)

91 - 95
  • All: Normal-sized colored balls, black balls, and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • All: 3 colors & black/white throughout the levels
  • 7: The 3 colors are green, yellow, and light blue
  • All: Every colored ball from the conveyor belt is numbered.
  • 7, DS: From level 91 to 95, the numbers on the balls are: 3 only, 3 or 4, 4 only, 4 or 5, 5 only.
  • TT100, SS: The numbers on balls start at 2, but later in level 94, they start appearing at 3.

30 (all)

96 - 100
  • 7: Small-sized colored balls, black balls and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • DS: Small-sized numbered colored balls in the innermost ring, all with 5.
  • TT100, SS: Normal-sized colored balls, black balls and white balls in the innermost ring.
  • 7, DS: 5 colors & black/white throughout the levels
  • TT100: Besides black/white, 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 98, 5 colors at level 99+
  • SS: Besides black/white, 3 colors at the beginning, 4 colors at level 98+
  • 7: The black/white balls in the conveyor belt are large.
  • 7, TT100, SS: In addition to the balls that come from the conveyor belt, large black/white numbered balls (2) occasionally gravitate to the middle from the corners.
  • 7: The size of the balls in the conveyor belt gradually get larger as more levels are cleared.
  • 7: This minigame will be finished after clearing level 100.
  • DS, TT100, SS: Clearing level 99 will set the player back to level 99, essentially making this minigame endless.

7: 32/32/32/35/35
DS: 32/32/32/35

30/30/30/35

Multiplayer[edit]

Stick and Spin can also be played with two players. A few gameplay elements from the single-player game are present as well. The two-player game is played as a survival game, as whoever has 10 balls sticking out of the circle first will lose. As the game goes on, the balls will drop faster and faster. Numbered balls will also be present, and they will fall on both players' screens. However, if one player makes big combos, more numbered balls will be sent to their opponent.

Controls[edit]

Mario Party 7[edit]

  • Control Stick – Spin the stage
  • A Button – Drop balls

Mario Party DS[edit]

  • +Control Pad – Spin wheel
  • A Button – Drop piece

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad Left / Right: Rotate field
  • A Button: Drop ball
    • (The game will end 2 seconds after 10 balls spill over.)

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Control Stick (Left and Right) – Rotate Field
  • Single Joy-Con Right Button – Drop Ball

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 7[edit]

One Player[edit]

  • Rules – "Connect 5 or more balls of the same color to eliminate them. When you clear a set number, you'll go to the next stage."
  • Advice 1 – "The number in the center shows how many balls are remaining."
  • Advice 2 – "If a stack gets too high, balls will flow over the top of the circle. If 10 balls overflow, you lose--so watch for the blue warning lights."

Two Players[edit]

  • Rules — "Connect 5 or more balls of the same color to eliminate them. The first person to have 10 balls sticking out of the circle loses."
  • Advice — "Use the special Vexing Balls to give your opponent no end of trouble!"

Mario Party DS[edit]

One Player[edit]

  • Rules – "Rotate the cylinder to clear balls by connecting five or more of the same color. You have to clear a certain number of balls to clear a level."
  • Tips – "If 10 or more balls stick out past the outer blue ring, your game will end after two seconds, so be careful!"

Two Players[edit]

  • Rules – "Rotate the cylinder to clear balls by connecting five or more of the same color. You'll lose if 10 or more balls stick out past the outer blue ring."
  • Tips – "If you clear a lot of balls, you can cause trouble for your opponent!"

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description – "Rotate the field and connect 5 or more same-colored balls to clear them!"
  • On-screen (Vs. mode) – "Connect 5 or more same-colored balls to clear them!"
  • On-screen (Endless mode) – "Connect 5 or more same-colored balls and clear the number shown!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • "Connect five or more balls to remove them! Numbered balls go to your rival if removed. If 10 balls cross the edge, it's game over."

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かいてんパズル
Kaiten Pazuru
Spin Puzzle
Dutch Keren en kleven Spin and stick
French (NOA) Attraction nucléaire Nuclear Attraction
French (NOE) Magnepuzzle Portmanteau of magnet and puzzle
German Kullerkoller Roly-poly
Italian Pallapuzzle Ball Puzzle
Korean 회전 퍼즐(DS)
Hoejeon Peojeul
회전 구슬 퍼즐 (Superstars)
Hoejeon Guseul Peojeul
Spin Puzzle

Spin Orb Puzzle
Portuguese Roda de Grude "Sticky Wheel", pun on bola de gude (marble)
Russian Шародром
Sharodrom
Spanish Atracción nuclear Nuclear Attraction

Trivia[edit]

  • This minigame is the only one other than Block Star not originally introduced in Mario Party to appear four times in the series.