The Beat Goes On

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The Beat Goes On
The Beat Goes On from Mario Party 3.
The Beat Goes On from Mario Party: The Top 100
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.


Donkey Kong
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 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!
Derived from a quote from a sketch by French comedians Dupont and Pondu from the early 1960s, where a man tries to seduce a woman while his friend plays the accordion; every time the music stops, this man tells his friend Marcel to "heat up" (chauffe), like an excited audience in a jazz club would. This catchphrase was later made even more famous by Belgian singer Jacques Brel to his accordionist Marcel Azzola telling him to play faster in a famous recording of his French song "Vesoul".
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