Loco Motives

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Loco Motives
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel mini-game
Controls Wii Remote: Use the Pointer to move the cursor.
Buttons: A Button / B Button Switch target's direction
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 will be shown. Both players point at a train with their cursor, 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. If a train gets near a balloon, its siren will go off. Each player has three trains and five balloons to watch; the players have to compete until one player pops three of his or her balloons, resulting in a win for the opponent. The trains will stop moving once they pop a balloon. It is also impossible for a player to pop their opponent's balloons, as the player has to pop their own first. Burst balloons will come back and trains will start moving again a little after making contact.


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

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
Spanish Locomotoras locas Crazy locomotives
French Train-Train Électrique Electric Trains
German Pendelverkehr Pendulum Traffic
Italian Mini-Trenini Mini Toy Trains