Day at the Races

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Day at the Races
Day at the Races: Four creatures trying their best to race towards the finish; with characters icons next to them that indicate their players' picks on which creature would likely win. From Mario Party 2.
Appears in Mario Party 2
Type Battle mini-game
Time limit 10 seconds per turn
Music track The Blue Skies Yonder
Music sample

Day at the Races is a Battle minigame in Mario Party 2. The name is derived from the title of the 1937 film A Day at the Races by the Marx Brothers.


Day at the Races: Four different creatures (from left to right: Whomp, Thwomp, Boo, and Bob-omb) lining up to prepare for the race. From Mario Party 2.
Participants on the starting line, preparing to begin the race

The minigame involves the players choosing one of the four characters, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When this minigame is played during a party, turn order is determined by the current standing in reverse order.

  • Whomp – Walks fast but falls over and takes a long time to get up.
  • Thwomp – Rises above the floor and jumps forward but then drops down and takes a long time to get up.
  • Boo – Disappears and then reappears much farther than before, but falls on its face on the ground sometimes.
  • Bob-omb – Starts a spark running from its fuse and moves very fast but occasionally falls over.

Players can increase their chances of winning by looking at the characters' idle animations. Each one has three states: slow, medium, and fast. The fast versions of each racer have the highest chance to win, except for the Thwomp, whose chances are very low regardless of which animation it has.[1]

Once the players choose their characters, the minigame announcer alerts the players to start the race. Once the race starts, each of the four characters races to the end, and the first character to cross the finish line wins the minigame for that player.


  • Control Stick – Select character
  • A Button – Confirm

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"The race is about to begin! Pick the character you think will reach the finish line first... And they're off!"
  • Advice"Just because a character is ahead doesn't mean it will win... Watch out for come-from-behind victories!"

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャラクターレース
Kyarakutā Rēsu
Character Race

French Un Jour Aux Courses
A day at the races
German Wett-Rennen
Pun of the words "wetten" which means "(to) bet" and "Wettrennen" which means "race"
Italian Alle Corse
At the Races
Spanish Un Día en las Carreras
A Day at the Races