The Beat Goes On

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The Beat Goes On
The Beat Goes On from Mario Party 3.
Mario Party 3
Appears in Mario Party 3
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 4-Player minigame
Music track Bang Out a Drum
Music sample
Mario Party 3:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

The Beat Goes On is a 4-Player minigame found in Mario Party 3 and Mario Party: The Top 100. Its name 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 takes place in a nighttime jungle lake and starts with a Spear Guy playing four drum beats (two in Mario Party: The Top 100). Players on their lily pads take turns copying the beat the Spear Guy made, while beating another drum of their choice after copying the beat, with the next player having to replicate the beat as well as the added drum and then adding another. If a player plays an incorrect drum or does not play a drum in time, several Dancing Spear Guys throw torches at them, eliminating them. The last player remaining wins. In Mario Party 3, if a total of 16 drum beats is played and there are two or more players remaining, the minigame ends in a draw.


The ending to The Beat Goes On in Mario Party 3

In Mario Party 3, 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 drum beats are played, the remaining players do losing poses while their 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!"


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

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