Pumper Cars

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Pumper Cars
Pumper Cars from Mario Party 8
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Duel minigame
Music track Proceed without Fear
Music sample

Pumper Cars is a Duel minigame featured in Mario Party 8, as well as a single-player minigame in Test for the Best. The name is a pun on "bumper cars."


The camera goes through part of a mine, then it comes to the first player. The screen splits into two to show the second player.


Players must hold the Wii Remote sideways and pump their handcarts all the way to the finish. To operate the levers correctly, the players must shake Wii Remote up and down while holding A Button and One Button. If the player does not hold both buttons, the cart does not move. The first player to reach the goal wins. If neither player reaches the goal within five minutes, the minigame ends in a tie.


The screen cuts to the winning player in a different perspective; the player stops to do a winning pose and then continues pumping.

Test for the Best[edit]

In Test for the Best, the player plays alone in this minigame and must reach the goal as fast as possible. The scores required to earn a certain point total are as follows:

Grade Points earned Required in minigame (NTSC) Required in minigame (PAL)
A+ 1,000 14.50 17.50
A 900 15.00 18.00
B 800 15.50 18.50
C 700 16.00 19.00
D 600 16.50 19.50


  • Wii Remote: Hold down A ButtonOne Button and move Wii Remote up and down to operate the lever.
  • Buttons: Hold down A ButtonOne Button to operate the lever.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Pump the handcart lever to get your vehicle to the finish line first!"
  • Hint"Pump up and down as quickly as you can! Small but certain hand motions work better than overdramatic ones!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どうくつトロッコレース
Dōkutsu torokko rēsu
Cave Cart Race
French Mine de Rien Nothing Mine (expression meaning either "casually" or "Even if it does not seems like it...")
German Drasinenrennen Handcar Race
Italian Tira la Carretta Pull the Cart
Spanish Mina tenebrosa Dark Mine