Ground Pound (minigame)

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Ground Pound
The minigame Ground Pound.
Appears in Mario Party
Type 1-Player mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Can It be Done?
Music sample

Ground Pound is a 1-Player minigame found in Mario Party.


Before the game starts, the player has to look carefully at the pegs before the butterflies cover the tops. In order to win, the player must hip-drop all the pegs with flat tops. Hip-dropping a peg with a pointy top injures the player and causes them to lose time. Sometimes, the butterflies do not cover the pegs completely, thus giving the player a better advantage.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A ButtonJump
  • A Button + Z Button – Hip Drop

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"Hip Drop onto the flat-topped posts. Try to remember which are flat and which are pointy before the butterflies land."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Pound the flat-topped posts with Hip Drops. Clear the game by pounding all the flat-topped posts."
  • Advice"Watch carefully. Look beneath the butterflies, and you'll see parts of the posts."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ひっこめヒップドロップ
Hikkome hippudoroppu
Hip-drop Retracting

French Pilonna-jeu
Pound game (also a pun on papillon (butterfly)
German Boden-Rammen
Italian Ground Pound[1]


  • The term "Ground Pound" was not used in the minigame descriptions in Mario Party and Mario Party 2. Instead, the term used was "Hip Drop." This was changed to "Ground Pound" in the later Mario Party games, starting with Mario Party 3.


  1. ^ Mario Party European manual, pag. 141