Card Smarts

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Card Smarts
MP9 4-Player Card Smarts.png
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Free-for-All mini-game
Time limit 5 seconds
Music Think About It

Card Smarts is a Free-for-All minigame featured in Mario Party 9. The name is a pun on the American game show Card Sharks. The concept of this minigame is similar to Deck Hands from Mario Party 7.


The players stand around a table in front of a background as seen in the game's credits. The camera goes to the captain, who is dealt cards. The screen splits to all players.


Players must try to have the highest card for three rounds.

Players move their cursors back and forth until the timer reaches zero, at which they play their selected card. In their hand, each player has one 5 card, two 4 cards, two 3 cards, two 2 cards, and one 1 card. Once a card is used, it is gone for the rest of the game. Players have five seconds to select a card. If more than one player picks the same card that is the highest, each player that does this earns one point. However, if everybody chooses a card of the same kind, then nobody will earn a point. The first player to earn three points from having the highest card wins.

If one card remains, the game ends, and the remaining players will be ranked by how many points they've earned. If all the players don't reach three points by their last card, they all lose and are ranked fourth place. If the remaining players' last cards are the same as each other's, then nobody will earn a point.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Choose a card from your hand. Whoever plays the card with the highest number earns one point. Be the first player to earn three points to win!"
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to select a card and Two Button to confirm. You can change your card as you want before the timer runs out."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かけひきカードバトル
Kakehiki kādo batoru
Strategy Card Battle
Spanish Cartácticas Pun with carta (card) and tácticas (tactics)
French À la carte Pun with carte (card) and à la carte
German Hoher Einsatz High Use
Italian Carta più alta vince The highest card wins
Chinese 卡牌比大小
Kǎ pái bǐ dàxiǎo
Card Sizes