Pound Peril

Pound Peril
Pound Peril from Mario Party 5
Appears in Mario Party 5
Type Duel mini-game
Time limit 60 seconds
Music track Serious Competition
Music sample

Pound Peril is a Duel minigame found in Mario Party 5.


There are twelve switches in a circle. By ground-pounding these switches, players attempt to find the one that does not hurt them. Hitting a wrong switch hurts the player with a poison liquid spill, zapper, ten-pound weight, or spring. The switches reset after being pressed, making it harder to find the correct one. Players can also punch, kick, and ground-pound each other to stun them temporarily. If a player ground-pounds the correct switch, a jingling sound is heard from the spotlight and confetti appears. If neither player finds the correct switch in the time limit, the minigame ends in a draw.


  •   – Move
  •  Jump
  •   – Punch
  •     – Ground Pound
  •     – Kick1

1 - The Controls section for this minigame does not show this method.

In-game textEdit

  • Rules"Find the one switch of the twelve that will not inflict any harm. The other eleven are hidden surprises of pain and misery."
  • Advice"The switches reset after they're pressed, making it harder to remember which ones have or haven't been pressed."

Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヒップでスイッチ!
Hippu de Suitchi!
Switch with Ground Pound!

French Saute-Bouton
Pun with "Bouton" (Button) and "Saute-Mouton" (French name of Leapfrog)
German Schalter-Stampf
Switch Stomp
Italian Interruttore traditore
Traitor switch
Spanish ¿Qué interruptor es?
Which Switch is It?