Pair of Aces

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Pair of Aces
Pair of Aces
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Bowser Jr. minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Bowser Jr. Battle 4
Music sample

Pair of Aces is a Bowser Jr. minigame in Mario Party 9. Its name likely comes from a term used in poker. Its controls are similar to those of the minigame Gun the Runner from Mario Party 8.


Laughing, Bowser Jr. flies in his Junior Clown Car by a cloud, then into a clearer area. The players both fire their cannons in Bowser Jr.'s direction, but he dodges by moving in a circle.


The pair must try to shoot Bowser Jr. with cannonballs three times before time runs out. Bowser Jr. evades the cannonballs in one of several patterns, such as circles or zigzags. Occasionally, he shoots a fireball, which, if not dodged, prevents a player from firing for several seconds. Whenever a player hits Bowser Jr., he loses a heart and gains temporary invincibility. When he is down to one heart, he begins sweating profusely. If the players fail to hit Bowser Jr. three times in 30 seconds, he is victorious.


If the players are victorious, Bowser Jr. and his Junior Clown Car will fall, spiraling, off the screen. If he is victorious, he will taunt the players.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Blast Bowser Jr. out of the sky! Hit him with three shots from your cannon to win!"
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote vertically. Point at the area you want to shoot your cannon, and press A Button to fire. Press B Button to dodge Bowser Jr.'s incoming attacks."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 雲海シューティング
Unkai Shūtingu
Cloud Sea Shooting
Chinese 雲海炮擊戰
Yúnhǎi pàojī zhàn
Cloud Sea Bombardment Battle
French Canardage dans les nuages Sniping in the clouds
German Flieger-Asse Flyer Aces
Italian Scontro tra le nubi Fight in the clouds
Spanish (NOA) Tiroteo aéreo Sky Gunfire
Spanish (NOE) Tiroteo celestial Sky Gunfire