Bumper Balloons

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This article is about the minigame from Mario Party 8. For the similar minigame from Mario Party 2, see Bumper Balloon Cars.
Bumper Balloons
2-vs.-2 minigame version
Duel minigame version
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type 2-vs.-2 minigame
Duel minigame
Music Chase and Overtake

Bumper Balloons is a 2-vs.-2 minigame and Duel minigame found in Mario Party 8. The name of the minigame is a pun on "bumper cars."


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


Players must hold the Wii Remote sideways to play this minigame. The objective of the game is to pop all of their own team color's balloons before the opposing team can pop theirs. To pop a balloon, the player must simply drive into it. Whichever team pops all its balloons first wins the minigame.


The vehicles are parked in the center of the track, and the winners do a victory pose.


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

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules (Solo)"Pop balloons that match your car's color before your rival succeeds in doing so!"
  • Rules (Team)"You and your teammate must pop balloons that match your team color before your rivals pop theirs first!"
  • Hint (Solo)"Watch where you're driving. Don't accidentally pop your opponent's balloons!"
  • Hint (Team)"Watch where you're driving. Don't accidentally pop the other team'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
Spanish Airbags -
French Eclate-Ballons Burst Balloons
German Ramm-die-Ballons Ramming the Balloons
Italian Carambola di Palloncini Balloon Carom


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