In the Nick of Time

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In the Nick of Time
In the Nick of Time from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type 4-Player minigame
Time limit 20 seconds per round
Music track Friendly Competition
Music sample

In the Nick of Time is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 8. Its name is a play on a phrase that means "just when needed."


A door opens as the camera goes into it. The first character is looking at the various clocks hanging in the room as one of them catches their attention. The big clock's hands spin until the minigame begins, both stopping at 12.


The objective is to align the clock's hands with the guide hands to match the clock in the center of the screen. The player controls both hands by tilting the Wii Remote clockwise or counterclockwise; naturally, the minute hand moves faster than the hour hand. The first player to match the time gets a point, causing all players' clocks to freeze until the next round starts. The first player to score three points wins. If no player reaches three points by the time 10 rounds have passed, the game ends in a tie.


The losers' clock hands shake and spring out. The winner does their victory pose but is startled by the suddenly shaking clocks. In Party Mode, if the results screen remains, the camera shows the door closing.


  • Wii Remote: Turn time forward and backward
  • Buttons: None

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Turn the clock's hands to match the image. Whoever gets three matches first wins."
  • Hint"Slow down your rotation when you get close to the correct time so you don't pass it up!"

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いまなんじ?
What Time Is It?

French Tic-Tac Attaque
Tick Tock Attack
German Zeitverschiebung
Time Shift
Italian L'Ora Esatta
The Right Time
Korean 지금 몇 시?
Jigeum Myeot si?
What Time Is It?

Spanish Alta precisión
High Precision