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Kartastrophe from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type 4-Player minigame
Initial record 1'00"00
Music track It's a Dead Heat
Music sample

Kartastrophe is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 8, as well as a single-player minigame in the game's Test for the Best mode. It takes place on a track akin to most circuit tracks. Its name is a portmanteau of "kart" and "catastrophe."


The players drive their karts up to the starting line as the lights signal the start of the race.


The four players compete in a simple two-lap race around the circuit. Players can turn their Wii Remotes all the way to turn at sharp curves. The first player to reach the finish line wins. Ties are possible if multiple racers finish within a fraction of a second.

Test for the Best[edit]

In Test for the Best, the player is alone and must complete two laps of the circuit in the fastest time possible. The times required to earn a certain points total are as follows:

Grade Points earned Time required in minigame (NTSC) Time required in minigame (PAL)
A+ 1,000 43"00 44"00
A 900 45"00 46"00
B 800 47"00 48"00
C 700 49"00 50"00
D 600 51"00 52"00


  • Wii Remote: Turn steering wheel
  • Buttons
    • Two Button – Accelerate
    • One Button – Brake

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Finish first in a two-lap kart race against your foes."
  • Hint"Take the inside curve on a turn to finish a lap a little faster."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カートでレーシング
Kāto de rēshingu
Kart Racing
French Kartastrophe -
German Kartastrophe -
Italian Kartastrofe Kartastrophe
Korean 카트 레이싱
Kateu Reising
Kart Racing
Spanish Kartástrofe Kartastrophe