Super Mario RPG Remake - Beetle Mania Mini Game Guide

Beetle Mania mini game guide for Super Mario RPG Remake (2023), including how to unlock the secret mini game, how to get high scores, rewards, how to change Beetle Mania stage (background), and other useful tips.

Super Mario RPG Remake - Beetle Mania Mini Game Guide

Beetle Mania Mini Game Guide for Super Mario RPG Remake

Mini Game Overview

The Beetle Mania mini game in Super Mario RPG Remake is a secret unlockable mini game that requires you to shoot Koopa shells moving around the screen to get high scores.

How to Unlock Beetle Mania Mini Game

Purchase the game from the Toad at the inn in Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Mario RPG Remake - Beetle Mania Mini Game

The Beetle Mania mini game is unlocked by purchasing the handheld game console (Gameboy) from the Toad at the Mushroom Kingdom inn for 500 Coins. You need to talk to him 4 times before he will offer to sell it to you.

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How to Play Beetle Mania

Start the game from the menu screen.

Unlike most mini games in Super Mario RPG Remake, Beetle Mania is accessed via the game’s menu screen (likely a nod to the mini game being playable from the handheld game device you buy from the Toad).

Gameplay Summary and Mechanics

Super Mario RPG Remake - Beetle Mania Mini Game

The objective of Beetle Mania is to shoot down as many Koopa shells on the screen while avoiding getting hit to get high scores. While this may sound simple enough, the Koopa shells will be flying around the screen at high speed, making it challenging to avoid them while trying to hit targets.

Shooting a Koopa shell causes them to be destroyed and turn into red stars that scatter around. Other Koopa shells that are touched by the red stars are also destroyed and turn into red stars themselves, allowing you to chain multiple kills for high scores.

Note that getting hit by a Koopa shell or red star will knock your beetle down and become temporarily uncontrollable. Press the A button rapidly to quickly recover before the timer runs out to continue. The time it takes for your beetle to get back up becomes longer the more you get hit during the game.

Once you fail to recover before the timer runs out, your beetle will explode into several red stars while earning 1 death count. As you accumulate more deaths, a Heart may appear on the screen. Grab it to reduce your respawn time and extend your play time.

Beetle Mania Mini Game Controls

Input Action
Tilt Left Stick Left/Right Move left/right.
A/B/Y Fire/Recover
+ Return to menu screen.

Tips to Get High Scores

The left and right corners of the screen are relatively safe spots to avoid getting hit.

You can try staying at the left or right edges of the screen to lower the chances of you getting hit by Koopa shells or red stars. You will, of course, need to move in the event that projectiles do come your way so keep your thumb on the left stick for such instances.

Always pick up Hearts.

Remember to always grab Hearts when they appear so you can keep playing after getting knocked down many times. It is very hard to not get hit in this game so do not ignore the power-up when you see them drop on the screen.

Recover quickly after getting hit.

A good way to recovery quickly is to place your right thumb so that it is resting on the A, B, and Y buttons at the same time. This allows you to mash all buttons to respawn faster than with just rapidly hitting one button repeatedly.

Beetle Mania Rewards

No rewards for getting high scores.

You do not get any reward for achieving high score in Beetle Mania. Because of this, you should simply spend time on the mini game as a change of pace or if you want to compare scores with your friends.

How to Change the Beetle Mania Stage (Background)

Changes based on the party member in the middle slot.

You can change the Beetle Mania mini game’s stage (background) by assigning different party members in the middle slot of the active party. Below is a summary of Beetle Mania stages and how to play on them.

Stage (Background) Middle Slot Character
Forest Mallow, Bowser
Sky Geno, Peach

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