Loco Motives

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Loco Motives
Loco Motives from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Music Friendly Competition

Loco Motives is a Duel minigame found in Mario Party 8. Its name is a pun on "locomotives."


A train track with the players' trains and balloons is shown. Both players point at a train with their cursors, reversing its direction. The game then starts.


The players have to tap their trains to reverse the direction they go so that they do not pop their colored balloons. Each player has three trains and five balloons to watch. If a train gets near a balloon, its siren will go off. A train will stop moving once it pops a balloon. A player cannot pop their opponent's balloons, as the player must pop their own first. Burst balloons will come back, and trains will start moving again a little after making contact. The first player to pop three of their balloons loses.


The winner does a victory pose while the loser sulks. The screen then cuts to the winner's train, which is traveling around the track.


  • Wii Remote: Use the Pointer to move the cursor.
  • Buttons
    • A Button / B Button – Switch target's direction

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Keep your trains from hitting your balloons. Point-select your trains to reverse their direction."
  • Hint"When a train's light comes on, it means that the train is approaching a balloon. Reverse its direction fast!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Train-Train Électrique Electric Trains
German Pendelverkehr Pendulum Traffic
Italian Mini-Trenini Mini Toy Trains
Spanish Locomotoras locas Crazy Locomotives