The Beat Goes On

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The Beat Goes On
MP3 The Beat Goes On.png
Mario Party 3
Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 4-player minigame
Music Bang Out a Drum (Mario Party: The Top 100)

The Beat Goes On is a four-player minigame found in Mario Party 3 and Mario Party: The Top 100. The name of the minigame may be a reference to Sonny Bono and Cher's song of the same name.


Artwork of Donkey Kong playing the drums from the minigame.

The minigame starts with the Spear Guys playing four drum beats (two in Mario Party: The Top 100). Players take turns copying the beat the Spear Guys made, while beating another drum of their choosing after copying the beat, with the next player having to replicate the beat as well as the added drum then adding another. If a player plays an incorrect drum, or doesn't play a drum in time, the Spear Guys throw torches at them, kicking them out of the minigame. The last player remaining wins. In Mario Party 3, if a total of 16 drum beats are played and there are two or more players remaining, the minigame ends in a draw.


If the other players are burned, the winning player's lily pad then returns to the starting point and the player does their victory pose. If all drums are played, the players sulk while the lily pads move.


Mario Party 3[edit]

  • A Button, B Button, Z Button – Play Drum

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Y Button/B Button/A Button: Bang drum

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

  • Game Rules"Remember the order in which the drums are played, then add the drum of your choice at the end."
  • Advice"If your drum timing is off, you'll lose. So keep the beat!"

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Remember the beats the last drummer played and play the same ones, plus one of your choice!"
  • On-screen"Bang along with the guide, then add your own button!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たたいてドラム
Tataite doramu
Play the Drum
Spanish Dale al Tam-Tam (Mario Party 3)
Dale al bongó (Mario Party: The Top 100)
Hit the Djembe (Mario Party 3)
Hit the bongo (Mario Party: The Top 100)
French Chauffe Marcel! Pun with the expression Chauffe, Marcel!, meaning "Give everything you've got!", and chauffe, meaning "heat up"
Dutch Doordrummen Keep on drumming
German Busch-Bongo Bongo in the Bushes
Italian Ritmi tribali Tribal rhythms