West of Tadpole Pond
- You’ll participate in this automatically for the first time after exiting the Kero Sewers.
- In the first part, Mario is descending Midas Falls, but you can slow the fall in order to acquire coins and Frog Coins.
- You can also enter a few caves to trigger events either helpful or harmful.
- In the second part, the barrel-jumping part, you must have Mario leap from barrel to barrel at the appropriate times or else go off-course.
- Going off-course isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as you can acquire further coins this way.
- Avoid the fish that jump out, or else you’ll lose some coins.
- The more coins Mario obtains, the better his prize. It costs 30 coins to play.
- Rewards include Frog Coins. 81 coins fills out a spot in your Play Book.
- You’ll receive the Koopa Shell weapon for Mario after your inaugural trip.
- On the rightmost screen at Tadpole Pond, you’ll find a body of water that Tadpoles will appear in. Toadofsky, famous composer, is on the far end.
- By playing the correct melody, Toadofsky will be ‘inspired’. There are three melodies, though you must return later on to play the others.
- The minigame is played by timing your jumps between Tadpoles to specific tunes.
- The eight basic sounds (Do, Re, Mi, etc) are represented by the four lines in the water and the spaces between them.
- Each song you successfully play rewards you one of three Juice Bar cards.
- The Alto Card is for Frog Sage’s Suite. The Tenor Card is for Moleville Blues.
- The Soprano Card, which unlocks the best items, is for Monstro Town.
- As far as we can tell, you must unlock these in order.
- Your goal here is to keep up with the foe, with Mario reaching out to touch Peach as many times as possible during the chase.
- Please, for all that is holy, do not misunderstand what the previous bullet point means here.
- This is a one-time minigame, so do your best!
- Every time Mario reaches Peach, you’ll gain a Flower.
- Acquiring set numbers of Beetles will reward you with coins.
- Return here without a Beetle Box later, and you can scoop up a few Flowers.
Booster Family Portraits
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- A weapon for Bowser, the Chain Chomp
- This is essentially Pop the Weasel, Mario-style. You’re trying to jump on Goombas while avoiding Spikeys.
- There are two types of Goomba: the normal ones and the rare gold variety.
- Normal Goombas get you one point. Golds get you three. Each Spikey that Mario lands on subtracts your score by one.
- Reaching 20 points gets you a Flower Tab. 26 gets you a Flower Jar.
- The remaining rewards are coins.
- There’s a chance you’ll play this minigame after battles. Doing so hinges on acquiring the ‘Lucky Bonus Flower’ from certain enemies.
- The acquisition of Lucky Bonus Flowers is luck-based, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding a fair few throughout the game.
- Other methods include using the Lucky Jewel item to guarantee the status.
- It’s a rotating cups game – you want to keep your eye on the egg containing Yoshi, selecting it at the end.
- In our experience, the rotations are fairly easy to keep track of.
- Successfully choosing Yoshi doubles your EXP and coins rewards from the fight.
- You’ll be invited to play this at your leisure after getting the third Star Fragment and rescuing the children.
- Don’t bother spending ten coins for this. Choose 30 instead, since that’s the only option that gets you coins.
- The 50 coins you can receive here hinge entirely on whether you’ve beaten your prior record.
- The minigame alternates between two-dimensional and three-dimensional parts.
- Gather mushrooms to increase the cart’s speed, and be sure to snag some extra coins along the way when you can.
- Consider going slowly on this at first, because you’ll hit a point that your own record just isn’t going to get broken, at which point there’s… really no point in this.
- The goal is to jump from shell to shell until you reach the summit. Rewards are based on the speed at which you achieve this.
- If you poorly time your jumps, the shells will be right above you, and they’ll thwart your efforts.
- As such, you’ll want to get a good read on the shells’ individual routes. This will take a few rounds.
- Ten or fewer seconds gets you the Troopa Medal. This raises the equipped character’s attack stat at the cost of prohibiting bonuses from well-timed strikes.
- Otherwise, the rewards are Frog Coins.
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- This is something of a rhythm game, racing than a straightforward racing game.
- You’ll be aiming to time your button presses to the ‘A’ and ‘B’ button prompts.
- This game is kind of infuriating, to be honest.
- You’ll bet with Yoshi Cookies, and earn Yoshi Cookies based on your performance.
- Yoshi Cookies can be used to summon Yoshi in battles. When he eats enemies, you’ll sometimes gain foe-specific items.
Sunken Ship Puzzle
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Knife Guy Juggling
- You can’t participate in Grate Guy’s Casino until you acquire the Bright Card.
- Head to Booster Tower for this. Ascend, and you’ll find Knife Guy.
- Keep an eye on the yellow ball Knife Guy juggles, and correctly guess which hand he’s holding it in afterward.
- The Bright Card is your reward for accomplishing this multiple times.
Look The Other Way
Grate Guy’s Casino
- Mario needs to look left if the guy looks right – and vice versa.
- This is pretty much a coin flip each time, but it’s mercifully fast.
- Winning one hundred – yes, one hundred – times earns you the excellent Star Egg.
- Otherwise, your reward is randomly selected from a list of five items ranging from awful to great.
Grate Guy’s Casino
- You’ll see some cards with Mario characters on them. Afterward, you’ll need to remember which characters are on which cards.
- You should aim for at least three successes per round, as your rewards begin from there.
- Amusingly, this used to be Blackjack back in the original Super Mario RPG. Is Blackjack really that bad?
- Various recovery items, chosen at random.
Grate Guy’s Casino
- It’s Slots. Make no mistake, it’s just Slots. Another change from SNES to Switch!
- A wonderful secondary change here – it’s free, whereas it used to cost a few coins.
- Line up three mushrooms for a Mushroom (naturally.)
- Line up three flowers for a Flower Syrup.
- Line up three stars for an Energizer!