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 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.

The original version of this minigame (along with Cast Aways, Paddle Battle, Pedal Power, and to some extent Deep Sea Divers) 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'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.

Gameplay[edit]

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. 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; 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, 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.

Ending[edit]

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.

Controls[edit]

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.

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!"

Gallery[edit]

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
Korean 위험한 줄다리기
Wiheoman Juldarigi
Dangerous Tug of War
Portuguese Cabo de Guerra Tug of War
Russian Перетяни-канат
Peretyani-kanat
Shortened from "перетягивание каната" (tug of war)
Spanish Tira de la cuerda Tug of war

Trivia[edit]

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