Minigame

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Minigame logo, seen in New Super Mario Bros.

A minigame (sometimes formatted as "mini-game") is a short game which may reward coins, items, or higher scores. However, some main games may require completion of a minigame to access a new area or gain a key.

Super Smash Bros. series minigames[edit]

Wario Land II[edit]

Wario Land 3[edit]

Wario Land 4[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars minigames[edit]

Mario Party series minigames[edit]

An in-game screenshot of Catchy Tunes, a minigame from Mario Party 7.

The Mario Party series has many types of minigames. Most award ten coins while some award items. In Mario Party, a few minigames can cause a player to lose coins, although this system was changed in later Mario Party games for being too harsh.

Minigame types[edit]

1-player minigames[edit]

1-player minigames are minigames played alone. These minigames are usually accessed by landing on the Star Space. If the player fails, they lose 5 coins; but if they win, the player wins 10 coins, unless it's a different kind of minigame, like Whack-a-Plant, where players can't win or lose.

4-player minigames[edit]

Frozen Frenzy, a 4-Player minigame from Mario Party 5.

4-player minigames are minigames that pit all four players against each other. These minigames are made in a sense of equality between all players. This system has remained unchanged since the first Mario Party; however, in Mario Party 9, they are renamed, being called Free-for-All minigames

1 vs. 3 minigames[edit]

Luigi, Donkey Kong, and Waluigi attempt to hit Wario with a coconut in Coconut Conk.

1 vs. 3 minigames are games that challenge a single player against the other three. They typically come in three forms, the three players trying to take down or hinder the single player, the single player trying to take down or hinder the other three players, or both the single and three players trying to achieve a similar goal, with the single player usually getting some form of advantage. In Mario Party 9, they are called 1-vs.-Rivals minigames.

2 vs. 2 minigames[edit]

Burnstile, a 2 vs 2 minigame from Mario Party 6.

2 vs. 2 minigames are minigames that have the player paired-up with another player. Players often need to work together and cooperate to beat these games. Mario Party 9 is the only Mario Party game (not counting Mario Party Advance) not to feature this category of minigames, but Shell Soccer qualifies as a 2 vs. 2 minigame.

Item minigames[edit]

Item minigames are games that a player can play to get an item. If the player gets Baby Bowser, they get nothing. They only appear in Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 3.

Bowser minigames[edit]

Bowser minigames are Bowser's own minigames. Bowser minigames are often extremely unfair to the players, as Bowser makes all the rules. Bowser minigames are also similar to 4-player and 1 vs 3 minigames (where the 1 is the player who landed on the Bowser Space), except that they produce a loser instead of a winner. The loser can lose coins, Stars (if they have one, or more), or items.

In Mario Party 9, Bowser's Minigames are referred to as Reverse Minigames where the player has to lose in order to win Mini Stars.

In Mario Party 10, there are Bowser Minigames too. If someone loses, he loses hearts.

Donkey Kong minigames[edit]

Toadette, Daisy, Waluigi, and Wario collecting bananas in Banana Shake.

Introduced in Mario Party 5, Donkey Kong minigames are minigames run by Donkey Kong which are often short. They usually have players focus on collecting as many bananas as possible. After the Donkey Kong minigame is finished, players can trade their bananas to Donkey Kong for coins. They can also gain more depending on the DK Roulette.

Duel minigames[edit]

Toadette and Wario battling it out in Eyebrawl, a duel minigame from Mario Party 8.

Duel minigames are minigames that involve two players to play a minigame against each other. Most usually have high stakes. They are the only type of minigame in any 1-vs-1 game mode. The challenging player can choose to either play for coins or Stars. This is provided that the challenging player himself has enough to wager. From Mario Party 7 onwards, the winner's prize was decided by a roulette wheel.

Mini minigames[edit]

Mini minigames are a type of minigame in Mario Party 4. It can be played only by a character that has the effects of a Mini Mushroom. There are two types of Mini minigames, those that involve winning items, like Item-Go-Round and Item Poker, and those that involve winning coins, like the Coin Slots and Tropical Fishing.

Battle minigames[edit]

Mario, Daisy, Waluigi, and Wario competing in a race in Insectiride, a Battle Minigame.

Battle minigames are minigames that take coins from all the players, then gives them back in different amounts based on the results. The amount of coins taken can go from 10 (later 5) to 50 coins per player. Unlike other minigames, the rank order is important- a player can still win some coins for being in second place. Like the 4-player minigames, most minigames are evenly matched between the four players. The scoring for Battle games up to Mario Party 5:

  • 1st: 70% of the total no. coins ; 50% for tie ; 33% for 3-way tie ; 25% if all players win/lose
  • 2nd: 30% of the total no. coins ; 15% for tie ; 10% for 3-way tie

If the total number of coins is not a multiple of 10, one random player gets a bonus coin.

In Mario Party 6, the scoring was changed slightly:

  • 1st: 70% of the total
  • 2nd: 25% of the total
  • 3rd: 5% of the total
  • 4th: 0% of the total

In Mario Party DS, there are some big changes. Depending on the turn number ranging from 2-30, the players can pay up to 60 coins and the scoring is a bit different from the previous installments. The reward distribution is:

  • 1st: 65% of the total
  • 2nd: 30% of the total
  • 3rd: 5% of the total
  • 4th: 0% of the total

In Mario Party 9, players can engage in a battle minigame by landing on the "Battle Minigame" space. Once a player has done so, a Hammer Bro. will come and take three Mini Stars per person:

  • 4-Player Battle:
    • 1st: (50%) 6 Mini Stars
    • 2nd: (33.3%) 4 Mini Stars
    • 3rd: (16.7%) 2 Mini Stars
    • 4th: 0 Mini Stars

3-Player Battle:

    • 1st: (66%) 6 Mini Stars
    • 2nd: (33%) 3 Mini Stars
    • 3rd: 0 Mini Stars

Sometimes landing on the space mentioned above, will cause a Fire Bro. to appear. The Fire Bro only makes last place lose ten Mini Stars, while the winners split the ten of the results:

  • 4-Player Battle:
    • 1st: +5 Mini Stars ; +4 for tie ; +3 for 3-way tie ; +9 if three players tie for last place ; +6 if two players tie for 2nd place or last
    • 2nd: +3 Mini Stars ; +2 for tie
    • 3rd: +2 Mini Stars
    • 4th: -10 Mini Stars ; -5 Mini Stars for tie ; -9 for 3-way tie
  • 3-Player Battle:
    • 1st: +7 Mini Stars ; +5 for tie ; +10 if two players tie for last
    • 2nd: +3 Mini Stars
    • 3rd: -10 Mini Stars : -5 for tie

Also, if a player lands on a Bowser Space the players can be forced into battling for half of each player's Mini Stars. However, Bowser keeps any left over Mini Stars.

  • 4-Player Battle:
    • 1st: (50%)
    • 2nd: (30%)
    • 3rd: (20%)
    • 4th: (0%)
  • 3-Player Battle:
    • 1st: (75%)
    • 2nd: (25%)
    • 3rd: (0%)

8-Player minigames[edit]

The 8-Player minigame, Real Smoothie.

8-Player minigames are minigames only in Mario Party 7. They are played with 8 players, in 4 teams of 2. The first player of each team uses Control Stick and L Button while the second player of each team uses Camera stick and R Button. They are only accessible in 8 Player parties.

Rare minigames[edit]

Mario and Toadette competing against Waluigi and Wario in Dunk Bros.

Rare minigames are special minigames that don't appear at all in parties. They are sometimes very long and have special options that other minigames don't.

Bowser Jr. minigames[edit]

Featured only in Mario Party 9, Bowser Jr. minigames are only played when landing on a Bowser Jr. Space. These minigames involve two players, a captain and a partner competing against Bowser Jr.

Boss Battles[edit]

Chain Chomp Romp, a Boss minigame.

Also appearing in Mario Party 9, Boss Battles are played when the players reach a Boss Battle Space. Each board features two bosses. In these mini-games, players must defeat an enemy by working together (except in Diddy's Banana Blast and DK's Banana Bonus), though each one tries to get more points than the others. These minigames have no time limit and end only when the boss health meter is empty. When half of the health meter is empty, the boss gets more diverse ways to attack.

Mario Party DS also has Boss minigames, though they are one-to-one showdowns. In Mario Party: Island Tour, boss battles can be played in Bowser's Tower and are also one-on-one.

Mario Party minigame lists[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Mario Party 7 has the most minigames, at 88 minigames. Mario Party 6 and 9 are tied at second place, at 82 minigames.
  • Mario Party and Mario Party Advance are tied at last place, at 49 minigames. The second-to-last is Mario Party 4, with 62 minigames.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! minigames[edit]

Single Player[edit]

Dual-Player[edit]

WarioWare: Twisted! minigames[edit]

They are accessible from "Games" category of souvenirs.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves minigames[edit]

All minigames are unlocked by progressing through the game, with the exception of Pyoro S, which requires unlocking every microgames.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

See also: Bonus Area

Mario Tennis Series[edit]

The Mario Tennis game series have all had Minigames of some sort, with most being Tennis-Based, although there are some exceptions.

Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)[edit]

Luigi Shooting Stars from Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color).

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Mario Tennis: Power Tour[edit]

Treadmill, the first minigame in Mario Tennis: Power Tour.

Super Mario 64 DS minigames[edit]

Super Mario 64 DS features a grand total of 36 minigames (mini-games), which are divided among the game's four playable characters. Two of each character's minigames are unlocked along with the characters themselves, while the remainder are unlocked by catching Rabbits. All of the minigames utilize the DS's touch screen.

Yoshi's Games[edit]

Yoshi's minigames are puzzle based.

  1. Wanted!
  2. Loves me...?
  3. Hide and Boo Seek
  4. Puzzle Panel
  5. Boom Box
  6. Tox Box Shuffle
  7. Which Wiggler?
  8. Mix-a-Mug
  9. Puzzle Panic

Mario's Games[edit]

Mario's minigames are action themed.

  1. Mario's Slides
  2. Bounce and Pounce
  3. Sort or 'Splode
  4. Trampoline Time
  5. Shuffle Shell
  6. Bounce and Trounce
  7. Connect the Characters
  8. Shell Smash
  9. Trampoline Terror

Luigi's Games[edit]

Luigi specializes in "table" games, also known as gambling games.

  1. Memory Match
  2. Pair-a-Gone
  3. Picture Poker
  4. Mushroom Roulette
  5. Mario Slot
  6. Lucky Stars
  7. Pair-a-Gone and On
  8. Memory Master
  9. Super Mario Slot

Wario's Games[edit]

Wario has the most diverse collection of minigames, almost no description applies to all of them.

  1. Bob-omb Squad
  2. Snowball Slalom
  3. Bingo Ball
  4. Coincentration
  5. Psyche Out!
  6. Slots Shot
  7. Lakitu Launch
  8. Intense Coincentration
  9. Giant Snowball Slalom

New Super Mario Bros. minigames[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. featured minigames in much the same vein as Super Mario 64 DS. Indeed, some of the more popular Super Mario 64 DS minigames are copied exactly for New Super Mario Bros. However, most of the minigames are new, and many are multiplayer, something never seen in Super Mario 64 DS's games.

Vs. Battle[edit]

Action[edit]

  1. Snowball Slalom
  2. Vs. Lakitu Launch
  3. Run, Bob-omb! Run!
  4. Whack-a-Monty
  5. Balloon Racing
  6. Snowball Slam

Puzzle[edit]

  1. Wanted!
  2. Which Wiggler?
  3. Hide and Boo Seek
  4. Puzzle Panel
  5. Loves Me...?
  6. Coincentration

Table[edit]

  1. Speed
  2. Memory Match
  3. Picture Poker
  4. Luigi's Thrilling Cards
  5. Luigi-Jack
  6. Bob-omb Reverse

1 on 1[edit]

  1. Vs. Mario's Slides
  2. Bob-omb Sudden Death
  3. Jumping Brothers
  4. Lakitu Launch
  5. Jumping Sudden Death
  6. Vs. Trampoline Time
  7. Bob-omb Trampoline
  8. Vs. Pair-a-Gone

1 Player[edit]

Action[edit]

  1. Snowball Slalom
  2. Lakitu Launch
  3. Danger, Bob-omb! Danger!
  4. Whack-a-Monty
  5. Balloon Racing

Puzzle[edit]

  1. Wanted!
  2. Which Wiggler?
  3. Hide and Boo Seek
  4. Puzzle Panel
  5. Coincentration

Table[edit]

  1. Memory Match
  2. Picture Poker
  3. Pair-a-Gone

Variety[edit]

  1. Mario's Slides
  2. Sort or 'Splode
  3. Bounce and Trounce
  4. Bob-omb Squad
  5. Trampoline Time

Super Paper Mario minigames[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy minigames[edit]

New Super Mario Bros Wii minigames[edit]

These appear in Toad Houses within each world:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 minigames[edit]

Nintendo Land Attractions[edit]

Competitive[edit]

Team[edit]

Solo[edit]

Game & Wario minigames[edit]

Game & Wario is a game for Wii U that has 16 minigames. These games usually try to showcase the Wii U GamePad's capabilities. All of their titles are based off of how the original Game & Watch's games had one name.

1-player minigames[edit]

Gameplay of the minigame Taxi.

Multiplayer minigames[edit]

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move minigames[edit]

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS that has four minigames. These minigames use the stylus on the bottom screen. ¾ of these minigames launch an object on the play area.

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