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Appears in Mario Party 5
Type 2-vs.-2 mini-game
Music track In Calm Water
Music sample

Submarathon is a 2-vs.-2 minigame found in Mario Party 5. The name is a portmanteau of the words "submarine" and "marathon." This is the only minigame in Mario Party 5 in which the song "In Calm Water" plays; said song is a cover version of the Underwater Theme from Super Mario Bros.


The minigame starts with a clam onscreen. It then spits out the red team members in their Cheep Cheep submarine. The screen then splits, showing both teams.


The minigame consists of two teams of two players, who must race to the finish by riding Cheep Cheep-shaped submarines, one red and the other blue. The upper half of the screen shows the red team, while the lower half shows the blue team, and the divider contains a small straight line that shows how far each team is from the goal. The players must reach the goal by taking turns pumping the lever to accelerate their submarine; if a player gets tired, their movement rate visibly slows down. Players should switch places at appropriate times in order to maintain their submarine's pace and prevent either one from becoming extremely tired, though it is possible to reach the goal quickly without switching at all. The first team across the goal wins. If neither team reaches the goal within five minutes, the minigame ends in a draw.


Player controlling lever[edit]

  • L Button + R Button (Simultaneously) – Accelerate
  • Y Button – Switch places

Resting player[edit]

  • A Button – Blink eyes/Move lips

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Race your submarine to the finish line. One character uses the lever, while the other one rests. Whoever finishes first wins."
  • Advice"Switching is the key! When one character gets tired, switch places with the other character."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プクプクせんすいてい
Pukupuku Sensuitei
Cheep Cheep Submarine
French Course sous-marine Underwater race
German Tauchboot-Rennen Dive Boat Race
Italian Sottomarino Smack Cheep Cheep Submarine
Spanish El Cheepmarino The Cheepmarine


  • If Waluigi wins, he holds his arms in a different position than he does in other minigames.