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Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Time limit 10 seconds per turn
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 two players enter a gladiator-like stadium from gated entranceways on opposite ends and face each other in the middle of the stadium.


Three facedown numbered cards appear, each with a number from one to three. Both players select a card, and the player with the higher number goes first.

The players compete in an RPG-style card battle, with 20 Health Points each. A set of numbered cards from 1 to 12 is displayed facedown on a nearby table. Each player has ten seconds to pick a numbered card, which will also have a character on it; if they do not make a selection, the card their cursor highlights is automatically picked for them. The character is summoned to attack the opponent and deal damage equal to its value. The first player to reduce their opponent's HP to 0 wins.


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 lands 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 their victory pose as the losing player remains sitting on the ground behind them, still dazed from the last attack.


  • Wii Remote
    • Hold sideways
  • Buttons
    • +Control Pad – Move cursor/player
    • Two Button – Choose card

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