Tug o' War

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Tug o' War
Tug o' War
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)
Music Let's Limbo
Mario Party:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

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 from the original (along with Cast Aways, Paddle Battle, and Pedal Power) was 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 Circle Pad was used since the Circle Pad on the 3DS made it safe to spin quickly without injuries.


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 Piranha Plant's mouth.

In Mario Party, if the team players lose, the player in the Bowser Suit wins five coins from each player; if the team players win, they each get five coins from the player in the Bowser Suit.

This minigame has a Bowser variation, sometimes triggered from a Bowser Space. Here, whoever loses the minigame loses coins. If a draw occurs, then everyone loses coins.

In 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.


Mario Party[edit]

  • Control Stick – Rotate to pull rope

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Rotate Circle Pad: Pull rope

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!"


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
Dutch Touwtrekken Tug of war
French Tir à la corde Tug of war
German Großes Tauziehen Big Tug of War
Italian Tiro alla fune Tug of war
Spanish Tira de la cuerda Tug of war


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