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A minigame (sometimes formatted as "mini-game") is a short game which may reward coins, items, or higher scores. However, some main games may require completion of a minigame to access a new area or gain a key. The most common form of minigames is from the Mario Party series.
Super Smash Bros. series minigames
Wario Land series minigames
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars minigames
Mario Party series minigames
The Mario Party series has many types of minigames. Most award ten coins while some award items. In Mario Party, a few minigames can cause a player to lose coins, although this system was changed in later Mario Party games. Since Mario Party 2, players can now practice minigames before trying them out for real.
Only featured in Mario Party, 1-player minigames are minigames played alone. These minigames are usually accessed by landing on the Minigame Space. If the player fails, they lose 5 coins; but if they win, the player wins 10 coins, unless it is a different kind of minigame, like Whack-a-Plant, where players cannot win or lose.
4-player minigames are minigames that pit all four players against each other. In Mario Party, the two games Key-pa-Way and Running of the Bulb require the four players to work together and if they succeed, they all get coins. However, this concept has not been used in any other Mario Party game and instead only versus games. This system has remained unchanged since the first Mario Party; however, in Mario Party 9, they are renamed, being called Free-for-All minigames
1 vs. 3 minigames
1 vs. 3 minigames are minigames that challenge a single player against the other three. They typically come in three forms, the three players trying to take down or hinder the single player, the single player trying to take down or hinder the other three players, or both the single and three players trying to achieve a similar goal, with the single player usually getting some form of advantage. In Mario Party 9, they are called 1-vs.-Rivals minigames.
2 vs. 2 minigames
2 vs. 2 minigames are minigames that have the player paired-up with another player. Players often need to work together and cooperate to beat these games. Mario Party 9 is the only Mario Party game (not counting Mario Party Advance) not to feature this category of minigames, but Shell Soccer qualifies as a 2 vs. 2 minigame.
Item minigames are games that a player can play to get an item. They are triggered by landing on an Item Space. If the player gets Baby Bowser, they get nothing. They only appear in Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 3. In Mario Party 2, the minigame played depends on what board is played on. In Mario Party 3, the Item Space may trigger a roulette to decide a minigame to be played. The below table displays information pertaining to which board has which item minigame is played in which board in Mario Party 2.
Bowser minigames are Bowser's own minigames. Bowser minigames are often extremely unfair to the players, as Bowser makes all the rules. Bowser minigames are also similar to 4-player and 1 vs 3 minigames (where the 1 is the player who lands on the Bowser Space), except that they produce a loser instead of a winner. The loser can lose Coins, Stars (if they have one, or more), or Items.
In Mario Party, Bowser Minigames are minigames where players compete against each other in one of four of four player minigames or a one vs three minigame where each player on the losing side must hand over somewhere between 10-50 coins. If there are no losers due to the game not ending in the time limit, then Bowser steals coins from everyone.
In Mario Party 4, Bowser Minigames are minigames where players compete against each other and the one player who messes up loses. The loser loses either half or all of their coins, or all of their items.
In Mario Party 5, and Mario Party 6, and Mario Party 7, there are Bowser minigames where each player must survive attacks from Bowser and/or Koopa Kid (in Mario Party 7) in a given time limit and each player that does not survive loses. Each loser in the minigames loses either half or all of their coins, all of their items (5 and 6) or a star (7)
In Mario Party 10, there are Bowser Minigames too. If someone loses, they lose Hearts. Reverse minigames from Mario Party 9 also return in this game. If someone loses, they will win twenty Mini Stars.
Donkey Kong minigames
Introduced in Mario Party 5, Donkey Kong minigames are minigames run by Donkey Kong which are often short. They usually have players focus on collecting as many bananas as possible. After the Donkey Kong minigame is finished, players can trade their bananas to Donkey Kong for coins. They can also gain more depending on the DK Roulette.
First appearing in Mario Party 2, duel minigames are minigames that involve two players playing a minigame against each other. Most usually have high stakes. They are the only type of minigame in any 1-vs-1 game mode. The challenging player can choose to either play for coins or Stars. This is provided that the challenging player himself has enough to wager. From Mario Party 7 onwards, the winner's prize is decided by a roulette wheel.
Mini minigames are a type of minigame in Mario Party 4. It can be played only by a character that has the effects of a Mini Mushroom. There are two types of Mini minigames, those that involve winning items, like Item-Go-Round and Item Poker, and those that involve winning coins, like the Coin Slots and Tropical Fishing.
Battle minigames are minigames that take coins from all the players, then gives them back in different amounts based on the results. The amount of coins taken can go from 10 (later 5) to 50 coins per player. Unlike other minigames, the rank order is important – a player can still win some coins for being in second place. Like the 4-player minigames, most minigames are evenly matched between the four players.
In Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, and Mario Party 9, battle minigames are played when a player lands on a Battle Space. From Mario Party 5 until Mario Party 8, battle minigames are not triggered when landing on any particular space (except for landing on a Battle Space in Mario Party 6's Solo Mode), but instead played at the end of a turn, like a normal minigame. Here, players are able to vote on which battle minigame they want to play, out of a list of three battle minigames. The minigame that gets the most votes after each player has voted, is the one played. If there is a tie in the votes between two minigames, the minigame with the least votes is played instead.
The scoring for Battle games up to Mario Party 5:
If the total number of coins is not a multiple of 10, one random player gets a bonus coin.
In Mario Party 6, the scoring was changed slightly:
In Mario Party DS, there are some big changes. Depending on the turn number ranging from 2-30, the players can pay up to 60 coins and the scoring is a bit different from the previous installments. The reward distribution is:
Sometimes landing on the space mentioned above, will cause a Fire Bro to appear. The Fire Bro only makes last place lose ten Mini Stars, while the winners split the ten of the results:
8-Player minigames are minigames only in Mario Party 7. They are played with eight players, in four teams of two. The first player of each team uses and while the second player of each team uses and . They are only accessible in 8 Player parties.
Introduced in Mario Party 3, rare minigames are special minigames that do not appear at all in normal Party Mode. They are sometimes very long and have special options that other minigames do not have.
Bowser Jr. minigames
Featured in Mario Party 9, Bowser Jr. minigames are only played when landing on a Bowser Jr. Space. These minigames involve two players, a captain and a partner competing against Bowser Jr. If the players win, they get 5 Mini Stars each. If they lose, Bowser Jr. steals 5 Mini Stars each. They also appear in Mario Party 10. They can only be activated by selecting them from Bonus Games or landing on an event space on Bowser's Board in amiibo party. Players who win get 10 coins or a Star, and players who lose must pay 10 coins. Unlike Mario Party 9, players who face Bowser Jr. do not receive a partner.
Also appearing in Mario Party 9, Boss Battles are played when the players reach a Boss Battle Space. Each board features two bosses. In these minigames, players must defeat an enemy by working together (except in Diddy's Banana Blast and DK's Banana Bonus), though each one tries to get more points than the others. These minigames have no time limit and end only when the boss health meter is empty. When half of the health meter is empty, the boss gets more diverse ways to attack.
Mario Party DS also has Boss minigames, though they are one-to-one showdowns. In Mario Party: Island Tour, boss battles can be played in Bowser's Tower and are also one-on-one. Boss Battles return in Mario Party 10.
Mario Party minigame lists
WarioWare series minigames
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! minigames
They are accessible from "Games" category of souvenirs.
Mario Tennis series minigames
The Mario Tennis game series have all had Minigames of some sort, with most being Tennis-Based, although there are some exceptions.
Super Mario 64 DS minigames
Super Mario 64 DS features a grand total of 36 minigames (mini-games), which are divided among the game's four playable characters. Two of each character's minigames are unlocked along with the characters themselves, while the remainder are unlocked by catching Rabbits. All of the minigames utilize the DS's touch screen.
Yoshi's minigames are puzzle-based.
Mario's minigames are action-themed.
Luigi specializes in "table" games, also known as gambling games. This is also the only reason why the Virtual Console PAL re-release of Super Mario 64 DS got a PEGI 12 rating.
Wario has the most diverse collection of minigames, almost no description applies to all of them.
New Super Mario Bros. minigames
New Super Mario Bros. features minigames in much the same vein as Super Mario 64 DS. Indeed, some of the more popular Super Mario 64 DS minigames are copied exactly for New Super Mario Bros. However, most of the minigames are new, and many are multiplayer, something never seen in Super Mario 64 DS's games.
1 on 1
Super Paper Mario minigames
These minigames are found in the arcade on floor B1. The first three are unlocked from the start, costing 10 Flipside Tokens, while Hammer Whacker can be played once getting a golden card from Flopside. This mini game costs 20 tokens.
Super Mario Galaxy minigames
New Super Mario Bros. Wii minigames
These appear in Toad Houses within each world:
Super Mario Galaxy 2 minigames
These are scattered across the galaxies.
Nintendo Land attractions
Game & Wario minigames
Game & Wario is a game for Wii U that has 16 minigames. These games usually try to showcase the Wii U GamePad's capabilities. All of their titles are based off of how the original Game & Watch's games had one name.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move minigames
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS that has four minigames. These minigames use the stylus on the bottom screen. ¾ of these minigames launch an object on the play area.
Paper Mario series minigames
In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there is only one minigame located at Stump Glade.
Minigames are found in various places in the game.