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Tug o’ War minigame in Mario Party Superstars includes an in-game safety warning

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If you take a trip down memory lane to the very first Mario Party released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, you may recall one particular minigame that caused various hand injuries amongst friends and family due to its furious control method of spinning the analog stick as fast as possible. Tug o’ War makes a return in the upcoming Mario Party Superstars, and Nintendo has made sure to issue a safety warning this time around in an attempt to protect themselves from liability. The in-game warning reads; “To avoid irritation to your skin and/or damage to the control stick, do not rotate it with the palm of your hand.”

Back in March of 2000, Nintendo had received around 90 complaints of hand cuts and blisters due to the Tug o’ War minigame. This resulted in the company paying over 80 million USD to send protective gloves in compensation to those that purchased a copy of Mario Party. It seems Nintendo has since learned their lesson, and are now clearly alerting players about how to properly avoid injury.

Mario Party Superstars is coming to Nintendo Switch on 29th October.

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17 thoughts on “Tug o’ War minigame in Mario Party Superstars includes an in-game safety warning”

  1. Before anyone gets dramatic the n64 control stick and switch control are different switch one is a lot more durable, the only thing you’ll have to worry about would be joycon drift.

      1. I’ll be playing with a pro controller so I won’t have to worry about that, the minigame seems like an automatic lost if you play vs expert cpus, the button mashing minigames in super Mario party are kinda already rigged when you play against them, especially in the pull it together minigame.

        1. Same here. I will also will be playing it with my new pro controller to avoid my Joy-Con drifts and the control stick falling out of the joy stick. I never even play the first original Mario Party game back then.

        2. I just realized you where talking about the control stick breaking in terms of becoming unusable. Cause of the nature of post I thought you meant the Switch controller won’t wear down, sharpening it up and start digging into your palms like with the N64 controllers.

    1. “It seems Nintendo has since learned their lesson”

      Not really.

      If they Have already noticed the minigame’s main issue, they shouldn’t have brought it back at all. And don’t you think no matter how careful you rotate the control stick, it will rough it up either way, especially on the joycons?

      1. It’s not for protecting the controller. When Mp came out they had to face lawsuits from kids getting paml blisters.

  2. Nintendo might have learn there lesson from that lawsuit back then, but it still didn’t change the fact that the mini game will have the controllers be rough up and it falls from your controller everytime you play a type of mini game like this. I will used my pro controller for this. You know, some mini games should have a safety warning in case something else goes horribly wrong.

  3. There’s no way Nintendo could have gave this mini-game the same controls. That sounds crazy. I blamed this mini-game for causing the sticks to get loose on my N64 controllers back in the day (all of which I’ve replaced with new sticks).

    I remember being the champion in this mini-game whenever I was on the single player side. My brother could never figure out how the heck I won every time (same with all button mashing mini-games). I only wish I had at least one person to play with now. But I don’t have jack crap. (- _ -)

    1. Honestly, with this mini game being iconic for the N64 Mario Parties and Superstars being a celebration for the N64 Mario Party games, it would be more weird for it to be excluded if anything. Modern controllers do not have the same liability as old N64 controllers do, so naturally they don’t have to worry as much about this issue anymore. Tbh, I don’t even think this safety warning was necessary.

  4. This reminds me of that one part in Starfox Adventures. Ugh… I nearly rage quitted on the game because it would hurt my wrist. I was stubborn & refused to stop til I beat it. My ego got a nice boost when I got past it. But my hand wasn’t happy. Lol

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