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Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel mini-game
Controls Wii Remote: Hold sideways
Buttons: +Control Pad Move cursor/player
Two Button Choose card
Music It's on Now

Cardiators is a Duel minigame that appears in the game Mario Party 8. Its name is a portmanteau of "card" and "gladiators". The Wii Remote is held sideways for this minigame.


The two players enter a gladiator-like stadium from gated entranceways opposite of each other. Both players face each other in the middle of the stadium, and the game begins.


In the middle of the stadium appear three face down cards, each with a number from one to three. Both players choose a card, each of which has a number. The player with the highest number goes first.

Both players now compete in an RPG-style card battle. Both players have the same amount of Health Points (20). A set of cards is displayed facedown on a nearby table. Each player has ten seconds to pick a card before whatever card he or she happens to be standing in front of is automatically picked for them. The card the player picks has a character (such as a Penguin or a Thwomp) and a number. The character on the card then comes charging in and attacks the opponent, taking away HP. The amount of HP taken corresponds to the number on the card. The best card that one can get is worth is the "12" (which has the Chain Chomp), while the worst is the "1" (which is the Penguin) and "2" (which is the Ukiki). After the first player is done attacking, the opposing player then goes to the cards, grabs one, and attacks their opponent.

This process goes on until one of the players runs out of HP and loses the game.


Card Damage Done Attack
Penguin CardPenguin.png 1 A Penguin attacks by sliding into the player. CardiatorPenguin.png
Ukiki CardUkiki.png 2 An Ukiki jumps and land on the player's head. CardiatorUkiki.png
Bob-omb CardBobomb.png 5 A Bob-omb explodes in the player's hands. CardiatorBobomb.png
Three Ukikis CardHordeUkiki.png 6 Three Ukikis move towards the player and consecutively jump on the head. UkikiHordeCardiator.png
Seven Penguins CardHordePenguin.png 7 Seven Penguins run over the player. PenguinHordeCardiator.png
Wiggler CardWiggler.png 8 A Wiggler enters, red with rage, and runs at the player. WigglerCardiator.png
Bullet Bills CardBulletBill.png 9 Three Bullet Bills fly towards the player. BulletBillCardiator.png
Thwomp CardThwomp.png 10 A Thwomp falls and flattens the player. ThwompCardiator.png
Chain Chomp CardChainChomp.png 12 A Chain Chomp enters and flings the player into the air. This is the most powerful card of all. ChainChompCardiator.png


The camera zooms in on the winning player, who stands behind the table of cards and does his or her victory pose as the losing player remains sitting on the ground behind him or her, still dazed from the last attack.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Take turns selecting cards that launch attacks on your rival. Reduce your rival's life meter to zero to win!"
  • Hint"There's no way to know what a card will do until you've selected it. Good luck!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カードコロシアム
Kādo koroshiamu
Card Colosseum
Spanish Gano por la mano Won by hand
French Cartes à Jouter Jousting Cards; pun on cartes à jouer (playing cards)
German Kartenarena Card Arena
Italian Carte e Arena Cards and Arena