Balancing Act (minigame)

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Balancing Act
Wario in Balancing Act from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Music track Friendly Competition
Music sample

Balancing Act is a Duel minigame in Mario Party 8. Balancing acts in real life refer to someone holding a stack of things while riding a unicycle.


The camera pans around the inside of a circus tent before coming to rest on the entrance to the tent. The first player rolls through the entrance, balancing on top of a ball, as a spotlight follows them. The player rolls the ball up a small ramp onto a circular platform. The screen splits to show the first player on top and the second player on the bottom (in between the two screens is shown a map of the course the players must follow, as well as the players' locations), and the game begins.


Each of the two players is now in the middle of a balancing act on a ball. The objective is to roll on the ball to the other side of the obstacle course first. The only obstacles are the elevating platforms, which keep the player from advancing if they do not get on them before they rise, and the Thwomps, which both block the path when on the ground and squish the player from above. When flattened, the player has to wait a few seconds before recovering and being able to move again.


The winning player stands in the middle of the circus tent with the ball behind on the ground and does the victory pose as confetti falls.


  • Wii Remote
    • Roll forward
    • Roll backward
  • Buttons: None

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Roll your ball through a Thwomp obstacle course to reach the goal before your opponent."
  • Hint"Getting smooshed by a Thwomp will cost you some time, so think twice about rushing in unless you're sure it's safe."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たまのりサーカス
Tamanori Sākasu
Ball Balance Circus
French Déséquilibriste Unbalance Artist
German Kugelkoller
Italian Equilibrio Precario Shaky Balance
Korean 공타기 서커스
Gongtagi Seokeoseu
Ball Riding Circus
Spanish Equilibrio perfecto Perfect Balance