Cardinal Rule

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Cardinal Rule
Cardinal Rule from Mario Party 7
Appears in Mario Party 7
Type 2-vs.-2 minigame
Time limit 10 seconds per round
Music track Lazy Day Lollygag
Music sample

Cardinal Rule is a 2-vs.-2 minigame in Mario Party 7. The term "cardinal rule" is used for the most fundamental and important rules in a code of conduct.


Four Shy Guys toss 18 cards onto the carpet, and the four players fall from the top of the screen onto the carpet.


Both players on two teams have to ground-pound the card pair that matches the one shown in the large mirror at the back of the room. However, many cards can be variations of one card. For example, there can be a Bob-omb, Koopa Troopa, and Goomba card with their eyes open or closed. The first team to get three pairs wins the game.


The winning and losing teams perform their victory and losing animations, respectively, while the Shy Guy on the winning team's side cheers and the one on the losing team's side holds its head in disappointment.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A ButtonJump
  • A Button A Button – Ground Pound

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Look at the card in the center of the screen, then Ground Pound the matching card pair."
  • Advice"The first team to win 3 times takes the match. Watch out, however! Many cards look alike."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese みつけてカード
Mitsukete kādo
Find the Card

French Les Deux font la Paire
Two Make the Pair (expression meaning "They are two of a kind")
German Zwillingssuche
Twins Search
Italian Salta e accoppia
Jump and connect
Spanish Espejo, espejito
Mirror, Little Mirror (pun on "Mirror, mirror on the wall..." from Snow White)