Tug o' War

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Tug o' War
Tug o' War
Tug o' War from Mario Party: The Top 100
Tug o' War from Mario Party Superstars.
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type 1-vs-3 minigame
Time limit 30 seconds (Mario Party)
20 seconds (Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars)
Music track Let's Limbo
Music sample
Mario Party:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Mario Party Superstars:

Tug o' War is a 1-vs-3 minigame found in Mario Party, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars. It is based on the real-life game tug of war.

This minigame, Paddle Battle, Pedal Power, and, to some extent, Cast Aways and Deep Sea Divers were infamous for causing hand injuries until Nintendo reached a deal to provide padded gloves to players. However, in Mario Party: The Top 100, the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad is safer to spin quickly without injuries. In Mario Party Superstars, due to the game utilizing control sticks again, a disclaimer is placed on the rules screen, warning players not to use their palms to turn the stick to avoid hand injury and stick damage. For the Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online re-release of Mario Party, a warning appears upon the game being started, advising players not to use their palms to rotate the stick.


The player in the Bowser Suit has to pull the rope alone, while the other three players have to pull the rope together. The side that rotates slower will fall into a giant Piranha Plant's mouth. If no one falls into the Piranha Plant's mouth within the time limit, the minigame ends in a tie.

In Mario Party, if the team players lose, the player in the Bowser Suit wins five coins from each player, or simply 15 coins if one or more players have fewer than five, while the ones with at most five just lose all their coins; if the team players win, they each get five coins from the player in the Bowser Suit. In Superstars, this is changed to the usual outcome of the winning side earning 10 coins.

In Mario Party, this minigame has a Bowser variation triggered from a Bowser Space. Here, whoever loses the minigame loses coins. If a draw occurs, everyone loses coins.

On Mini-Game Island, the player is the solo player in the Bowser Suit and must make the team players fall into the Piranha Plant's mouth.


Whoever loses is pulled into the Piranha Plant's mouth and is eaten.

In Mario Party, the losing player's/players' coins are then spit out towards the winning player(s), unless it is a Bowser event. If the solo player wins, they walk up, look in, and then laugh. If the team players win, they do a victory dance.

In Mario Party Superstars, if the solo player wins, they pump their fist.


Mario Party[edit]

  • Control Stick – Rotate to pull rope

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Rotate Circle Pad: Pull rope

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Rotate Control Stick: Pull Rope

To avoid irritation to your skin and/or damage to the control stick, do not rotate it with the palm of your hand. (American English version)

Do not play using the palm of your hand or other areas with sensitive skin. (British English version)

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"It's a 3-vs-1 Tug o' War against the player in the Bowser Suit. Rotate Control Stick to pull the rope."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"It's a 3-on-1 Tug o' War! Rotate Control Stick to tug the rope. Pull the other team off of the cliff to clear the game."
  • Game Rules (Bowser)"Rotate Control Stick as fast as you can, because if you lose, Bowser will steal some of your Coins."
  • Advice"Just rotate your Control Stick! When you fall from the cliff, you get eaten by a giant Piranha Plant."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"One against 3 is hardly fair–unless that one wears a super-strong Bowser suit!"
  • On-screen (Solo)"Pull the rope and drag your rivals off the cliff!"
  • On-screen (Team)"Pull the rope and drag your rival off the cliff!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Solo side: "Use your super strength to pull the rope and drag the opposing team off the cliff!"
  • Team side: "Pull your rival off the cliff first!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つなひきデンジャラス
Tsunahiki Denjarasu
Dangerous Tug of War

Chinese (simplified) 危险拔河
Wéixiǎn Báhé
Dangerous Tug of War

Chinese (traditional) 危險拔河
Wéixiǎn Báhé
Dangerous Tug of War

Dutch Touwtrekken
Tug of war
French Tir à la corde
Tug of war
German Großes Tauziehen
Big Tug of War
Italian Tug 'o[sic] War[1] (Mario Party)
Tiro alla fune
Tug of war; lit. "Rope pulling"
Korean 위험한 줄다리기
Wiheoman Juldarigi
Dangerous Tug of War

Portuguese Cabo de Guerra
Tug of War
Russian Перетяни-канат
Shortened from перетягивание каната (peretyagivanie kanata, "tug of war")

Spanish Tira de la cuerda
Tug of war


  • In Mario Party, the text erroneously reads "<players' names> WINS!" if the trio wins.


  1. ^ Mario Party European instruction booklet. Page 141.