Ion the Prize

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Ion the Prize
A duel in Ion the Prize in Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music Feelin' Cyber

Ion the Prize is a Duel minigame in Mario Party 8, as well as a single-player minigame in Test for the Best. Its name comes from the phrase "eyes on the prize," which means staying focused on the positive outcome or goal.


The two players are in some sort of space lab and are encased in capsules. A yellow seesaw-like object appears above them. The game then begins.


The objective is to sort as many green and pink balls into their proper containers as possible by tilting the yellow plate by using the Wii Remote. The balls fall down at a steady rate, and the colors have no pattern. During the last five seconds, the speed of the balls increases substantially. The player that sorts more balls correctly within the time limit wins. If neither player sorts any balls or if both players sort the same number of balls correctly, the minigame ends in a tie.


The winner cheers as the pink and green containers retract into the alcoves on either side of the player, the metallic doors close, and the nozzle on the ceiling retracts, replaced by a hologram of a swirling fireball. If the minigame ends in a tie, nothing else will happen as "Tie" appears on the screen.

Test for the Best[edit]

In Test for the Best, the player plays alone in this minigame and must sort as many balls to the right color as possible within 30 seconds. The scores required to earn a certain point total are as follows:

Grade Points earned Required in minigame (NTSC) Required in minigame (PAL)
A+ 1,000 58 balls 50 balls
A 900 52 balls 45 balls
B 800 46 balls 40 balls
C 700 40 balls 35 balls
D 600 34 balls 30 balls

Note that it is possible to get a score of 59 to 62 (NTSC)/51 to 54 (PAL) balls; if this is achieved, the player receives only 1,000 points, no more than that.


  • Wii Remote: Tilt sorter
  • Buttons: None

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Tilt the sorting device to pour the colored blobs into their appropriate containers."
  • Hint"Tilt your panel just right to get blobs into the containers. Don't tilt too far, or you won't have time to react!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いろわけパニック
Irowake panikku
Color Coding Panic
French Mise à l'Éprouvette Test Tube Focus (pun on éprouvette, "test tube", and mise à l'épreuve, "put to the test")
German Teilchenteiler Particle Divider
Italian Divis-Ioni Divis-Ions
Spanish Mezcla imperfecta Imperfect Blend