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The player participating in the minigame Pair-a-Gone with Luigi as the card dealer. Screenshot from Super Mario 64 DS
The minigame in Super Mario 64 DS
Appears in Super Mario 64 DS
New Super Mario Bros.
Type Luigi's minigame (Super Mario 64 DS)
Table minigame (New Super Mario Bros.)
Music sample

Pair-a-Gone is one of Luigi's minigames in Super Mario 64 DS and a Table minigame in New Super Mario Bros. In addition to stating the minigame's basic mechanics, the name "Pair-a-Gone" seems to be a pun on "paragon," which can mean "a sole example" or "to rival," both of which can be thought of as relating to this minigame and the skill required to succeed at it. The gameplay is identical to that of Nestor.

Another version of the minigame called Pair-a-Gone and On (which is somewhat similar, though it lasts forever) also appears as one of Luigi's minigames in Super Mario 64 DS.


The game consists of 50 cards with pictures on them, which the player must match either up, down, left, right, or diagonally. To win coins, the player must be able to match all of the cards. If the player is unable to match all of the cards, one coin is deducted for each card remaining and a Star is deducted. If all the cards are cleared, coins are given and a Star is obtained, which puts more cards in number and/or kinds in the deck after a certain number has been collected.


This lists the different types of cards the player can get.

*Appears only after the player gets a certain number of Stars.

In-game instructions[edit]

  • Super Mario 64 DS: "Touch 2 identical cards that are connected horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to make them disappear. Clear them all to win!"
  • New Super Mario Bros.: "Match up cards horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to remove them from the table. Clear all the cards to win!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ルイージ・カルロ
Ruīji Karuro
Luigi Carlo

Chinese 连连看
Lián lián kàn

French Les paires s'en vont
The pairs are going
German Gleich und Gleich 1
Same and Same 1
Italian Appaiacarte
Paired cards
Korean 루이지의 그림 없애기
Ruiji ui geurim eopsaegi
Luigi's Picture Elimination

Spanish Empareja y despeja
Match and Clear