Bumper Balloons

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Not to be confused with Bumper Balloon Cars or Bumper Balls.
Bumper Balloons
Bumper Balloons from Mario Party 8
2-vs.-2 minigame version
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type 2-vs.-2 minigame
Duel minigame
Music track Chase and Overtake
Music sample

Bumper Balloons is a 2-vs.-2 and Duel minigame found in Mario Party 8. Its name is a pun on "bumper cars." This minigame takes place in a similar setting to Kartastrophe, albeit on a differently shaped track more fit for battles.


The camera focuses in on each team/player before zooming out to show the entire driving area, at which point the minigame begins.


Players must hold the Wii Remote sideways to play this minigame. The objective for the player is to pop all of their team/own color's balloons before the opposing team/player can pop its/theirs. To pop a balloon, a player must simply drive into it. The player must be careful not to pop the other team's/player's balloons. Whichever team/player has all its/their balloons popped first wins the minigame.


The vehicles are parked in the center of the track, and winners do victory poses while losers do losing poses.


  • Wii Remote: Turn steering wheel
  • Buttons
    • Two Button – Accelerate
    • One Button – Decelerate/reverse

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules (2-vs.-2)"You and your teammate must pop balloons that match your team color before your rivals pop theirs first!"
  • Rules (Duel)"Pop balloons that match your car's color before your rival succeeds in doing so!"
  • Hint (2-vs.-2)"Watch where you're driving. Don't accidentally pop the other team's balloons!"
  • Hint (Duel)"Watch where you're driving. Don't accidentally pop your opponent's balloons!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カートでふうせんわり
Kāto de fūsen wari
Kart Balloon Popping

French Eclate-Ballons
Burst Balloons
German Ramm-die-Ballons
Ramming the Balloons
Italian Carambola di Palloncini
Balloon Carom
Korean 카트로 풍선 터뜨리기
Kateulo Pungseon Teotteuligi
Popping Balloons With a Kart

Spanish Airbags


  • The garage contains objects such as tires and crates, which are never seen in-game since the garage door never opens.[1]