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Mario Party 4

Developers: Hudson Soft, CAProduction
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: GameCube
Released in JP: November 8, 2002
Released in US: October 21, 2002
Released in EU: November 29, 2002
Released in KR: 2002

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
MinigameIcon.png This game has unused modes / minigames.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Mario Party 4 is the first GameCube Mario Party game. The first of four.

Other than getting a big graphical upgrade (and introducing many of the standard character and enemy designs we still see in Mario games to this day), it's pretty much the same game as the first three.

To do:
Investigate m300.bin, m302.bin, m303.bin, m330.bin, m333.bin, and saf.bin. They may be unused minigames from an earlier build with a different art style.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Unused Graphics


Early Final
Mp4 M430 file22.png Mp4 M447 file44.png

An early, brighter version of Mario's icon. It can also be found in m410.bin and m430.bin.


MP4 Instpic file45.png

A placeholder message reading "NOW PRINTING". Similar graphics can be found in the previous Mario Party installments.


Mp4 Mpex file20.png

Ztar was originally supposed to have his own board in the Extras Room, which roughly translates to Ztar's Shredded Party. In the final game, he only hosts Beach Volley Folley.


saf.bin has many strange textures, sprites and images hidden inside.


MP4 result file74.png

A white screen with red text that translates to "It was a result."

Unused Models


Extras Room

An early, untranslated banner for the Extras Room.


Mp4 byokodori boo.png

An off-model Boo.


MP4 EarlyCoin.png

An earlier version of the coin.

MP4 EarlyGoomba.png

An earlier version of the Goomba model, closely resembling the Nintendo 64 era design.

MP4 saf tweester.png

A red Tweester. This character would later appear in Mario Party 5, albeit not red.

MP4 saf net.png

An early version of the net in Butterfly Blitz.

MP4 saf g000m009 model.png

A strange, poorly textured crater.

MP4 saf sc model.png

A panel with arrows.

Unused Mini-Games

To do:
The programming for all these minigames have been deleted (at least in the North American versions). See if they exist in other revisions or regions.

Several unused, test, and early versions of minigames exist in the game's data folder all under the prefix m3XX. While the programming for these minigames have been deleted, the resources for them remain intact.


Three polygonal spheres that are very alike, but only differ in color. The red sphere is named M, the blue one L, and the pink one P.

(Source: Original TCRF research)


This file contains several unused objects, some being more in-line with Mario Party 3's art style rather than 4's. Most of these objects seem to be themed around flowers and trees.


A small dark forest clearing with photorealistic textures.


A garden surrounded by four red siren lights, a partially broken fence, and a large tree with simplistic lime-green foliage that seems to be holding two signs with a Goomba's face crossed out. It also has a large, orange siren light on top of itself.
More interestingly, the entire garden is encapsulated inside a large red Koopa-like shell, with four spikes, eyes, a silver tag reading '0052-4' with three stars above the text, and a chain ball attached to one of it's horns. On the bottom reads 4-PLAYER GAME in large green text.

(Source: Original TCRF research)


m303 is an unused minigame with elements centered around Tweesters, clouds, and the sky.


The main stage where the minigame takes place. A globe surrounded by a rainbow can be seen, alongside a monitor by the edge of the globe.


An arena platform surrounded by clouds. Due to the curvature of the shadow mesh, this was most likely to be placed on top of the globe.

m30314.lz.atb contains several images for the monitor's display.

MP4-m303-f rainbow.png

A rainbow.


A cutout of two clouds supported by pillars. Both clouds have an animation of them circling around the center point.


A large, red, and rectangular block. The mesh's name is simply test, so this was most likely only intended for testing purposes.

(Source: Original TCRF research)


This file contains a nearly complete early set of graphics for the minigame Paratrooper Plunge. The programming for the minigame has been deleted, however.

E3 Menu

Replace filesel.bin (data Folder) and fileeseldll.rel (dll folder) with E3Setup.bin, and E3SetupDLL.rel to replace the main game menu with an earlier one seen at E3, or alternatively use one of the below Gecko codes.

Version Gecko code
USA 04130030 8012F7B5
Japan 0412FC10 8012F39D
Europe 0412FE50 8012F5D5

Good Vivrations Note: You can only select one at a time.
Interestingly, Donkey Kong and Wario can't be selected on this menu, presumably because their characters weren't done in time for E3.
"Vivration" changes the Rumble setting.
Two game modes can be selected:

  • "Board" leads to a choice between Toad's Midway Madness and Goomba's Greedy Gala. As soon as the game starts in Board mode, the game goes straight to the "Last 5 Turns" screen. After that, the game will continue like normal. Unlike "Mini-Game" mode, there are explanation screens when the game starts the mini-games.
  • "Mini-Game" gives a list of mini-games to play. These mini-games boot up without explanation screens.
    Once a game is finished, the player is booted back to the menu.

The following mini-games are available:

  • Booksquirm
  • Trace Race
  • Domination
  • Three Throw
  • Mr. Blizzard's Brigade
  • Stamp Out!
  • Hide and Go BOOM!
  • Tree Stomp
  • The Great Deflate
  • Revers-a-Bomb
  • Order Up
  • Fruits of Doom
  • Chain Chomp Fever
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Game's Development Name

Found in every .str file in the game is a path on the developer's computer: 'e:\project\mpgce\[...]' (the rest of the path varies based on the .str file.)

'mpgce' could possibly stand for 'Mario Party Game Cube Edition'.

Debug Menu

Debug Menu Listing
A complete listing of what is accessible from the menu.

Replace w01.bin (data folder) and w01Dll.rel (dll folder) with selmenu.bin and selmenuDll.rel or use one of the below Gecko codes. Start a new Party Mode game and select Toad's Midway Madness as the board. Once the game starts, you should boot into a debug menu!

Version Gecko code
USA 041300A8 8012FD0E
Japan 0412FC90 8012F8F7
Europe 0412FEC8 8012FB2E
(Source: Original TCRF research)
(PAL Gecko code: [Ralf])

Nice font.
This setup is very similar to the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games, but this one doesn't have a cool background.

Press Up/Down to select a mini-game, and Left/Right to switch between pages.
The A / Start buttons chooses a mini-game, and the B button goes to the previous menu.

Before a mini-game is played, this rudimentary character select screen appears.

There are two special options in this menu: "MESS CHECK" and "STORY TEST"

Message Test

This is a test of every message in the game.

  • A Button: Next message.
  • B Button: Previous message.
  • L Button: Previous message bank.
  • R Button: Next message bank.
  • Start Button: Exit menu.

Story Test

Text against black background.png
A test of the cutscenes on each board.

  • Up/Down: Change selection.
  • Left/Right: Change clear flags.
  • A Button: Choose selected option.
  • B Button: Go to previous set of choices.

Press the A button on the clear flags menu to play the scene.

Additional Debugging Material

Miscellaneous debug materials not accessible through the debug menu, but instead have to be accessed through hacking devices to see.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Movie Test

Found only in the Japanese release of the game are files ModelDll.rel and ModelDll.str. Replacing corresponding files of a minigame loads up a movie tester.

  • C Stick: Move window
  • L and R Buttons: Resize window.
  • A Button: Next movie
  • B Button: Restart movie
  • Start Button: Exit

Model Test

A panned view of the area.

Use one of the below Gecko codes and start Shy Guy's Jungle Jam to be sent into this screen. This screen tests minigame start and end animations.

Version Gecko code
USA 041300B8 8012FC2A
Japan 0412FCA0 8012F802
Europe 0412FE50 8012FA4A

The area contains Mario looking around, a constantly moving flag with a ring of flames underneath the ground surrounding it, and 10 Whomps.

The A button does the "Draw!" animation, the B button does the "Start!" animation, the X button changes which "Start!" animation plays with 7 animations total, the Y button does the "New Record!" animation with a time of 0'00"98, Start stops all animation and any input besides itself; The L & R buttons zoom in and zoom out respectively, the Analog stick rotates the camera, the C-Stick moves the camera, and the rest of the buttons don't do anything.

Memory Usage Meter

MP4-Memory Usage.png

The memory usage meter from the N64 games is back with minor changes. Use one of the below Gecko codes to activate it. The box is now quite a bit smaller.

Version Gecko code
USA 0402FB80 60000000
Europe 0402FB88 60000000

Overscan Border Display


Enter one of the below Gecko codes and you will see the screen surrounded by red borders which specify the region of the screen that is safe for UI elements to use. The borders specify that within 16 pixels from the horizontal edges and within 40 pixels of the vertical edges are not safe to use.

Version Gecko code
USA 0400B258 60000000
Europe 0400B260 60000000

Reversal of Fortune Explanation

MP4-RoF Explanation.png

The Reversal of Fortune has an explanation screen that is never seen due to being directly loaded while in a board. Use one of the below Gecko codes to add the minigame to the 4-player minigames list. Both Controls Explanation 2 and Game Rules show "Mario". The image to the right shows the "Now Printing" texture in use.

Version Gecko code
USA 00131CBA 00000000
Japan 0013189A 00000000
Europe 00131B82 00000000


In the Order Up mini-game, in all versions of the game, there is a poster with the caption 'Kinopio Burger'. As Kinopio is Toad's Japanese name (and Kinopio Burger is the mini-game's Japanese name), this is a detail that was overlooked during localization.

Offscreen Details

Some details which are technically used, but never visible to the player.

Hidden Note


In the center of the Options Room is a note which flashes multiple colors.

Starry Ceiling


The small room that you appear in after selecting a mode has a starry ceiling.

Hidden Order Up Poster

MP4-orderupposter.png MP4-orderuppostertexture.png

In the Order Up mini-game, there's a poster hidden off to the right which is a mushroom with "K" on it.

Extras Room Sign

Marioparty4 extraback.png

The Extras Room sign has an unseen, untranslated backside.

(Source: Ferrox)

Unseen Texture Details

While these textures are used, they have details that aren't normally seen.

MP4 S3TCggd05.png
The signs in Paths of Peril have text that says "GURUGURU DANGAR". This text is impossible to read in-game due to the fixed camera angle.

MP4 Db99.png
The sky in Right Oar Left's ending has trees that are hidden behind the rocks.

999 Stars Messages

Normally, it is impossible to obtain 999 Stars in one game. If cheats are used to set your Star count to 999, it's possible to see some unused messages when you reach the Star space. Each board host has their own unique dialogue for when this happens.

Board Message
Toad's Midway Madness I'm so sorry, but you already
have too many Stars.
Koopa's Seaside Soiree I hate to say this, but you
can't hold any more Stars.
Goomba's Greedy Gala OH! That's too bad, kid. You
can't carry any more Stars!
Boo's Haunted Bash ...Ee hee hee hee. You can't
carry any more Stars.
Shy Guy's Jungle Jam I'm so sorry, but you
can't hold any more Stars.
Bowser's Gnarly Party Ah ha ha ha! You can't
hold any more stars.

Regional Differences

Shy Guy's Jungle Jam

Japan International
Mp4 waterfall jp.png Mp4 waterfall us.png

The waterfall was remodeled for some reason in the international releases.

PAL Framerate

In the US and Japanese versions the game runs at 60 FPS while the PAL version runs at 50 FPS meaning the gameplay is slower on PAL. This creates a problem however. The timer that is used in minigames isn't based off the FPS which means the timer counts up or down at the same speed in all versions. So in the PAL version some minigames are shorter and setting new records for minigames is much more difficult.