Saucer Swarm

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Saucer Swarm
Wario getting zapped in Saucer Swarm in Mario Party 8
Battle minigame version
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Battle minigame
Duel minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Initial record 20 points
Music track Feelin' Cyber
Music sample

Saucer Swarm is a Battle and Duel minigame in Mario Party 8, as well as a single-player minigame in Test for the Best.


A large UFO is seen overhead, releasing many smaller UFOs from underneath it. As the camera zooms down, the first player is shown riding a laser blaster as the aliens touch down on the ground in front of them. The screen then splits to reveal all players.


The many small UFO-like aliens are trying to home in on the players' blasters and attack, so the players must shoot them to keep them at bay. Each UFO alien the player shoots is worth a point. An additional golden UFO alien who floats around erratically in the background is worth two points if shot. If an alien gets too close to the player, the latter is electrocuted and momentarily stunned. Whichever player(s) shoot(s) the most aliens win(s). If both players have the same score in the Duel variant, it ends in a tie; if they break the current record while doing so, it counts as a new record even though neither player won. This also applies to Swing Kings.


Wario getting abducted in Saucer Swarm in Mario Party 8
Luigi watches Wario get abducted.

Winners perform their victory poses, while losers get abducted by the alien spaceship. Winners then watch the spaceship fly off. In the Battle variant, if everyone has the same score, everyone wins, and no one is abducted. In case of no one scoring or both players tying in the Duel variant, all the players are abducted by the alien spaceship.

Test for the Best[edit]

In Test for the Best, the player plays alone in this minigame and must shoot as many aliens as possible within 30 seconds. The scores required to earn a certain point total are as follows:

Grade Points earned Score required in minigame (NTSC) Score required in minigame (PAL) Title
A+ 1,000 52 saucers 50 saucers Titanium Defender
A 900 48 saucers 46 saucers Silver Defender
B 800 44 saucers 42 saucers Iron Defender
C 700 40 saucers 38 saucers Average Defender
D 600 36 saucers 34 saucers Sleepwalking Shooter
F 0 N/A N/A Spaced-out Shooter


  • Wii Remote: Pivot
  • Buttons
    • Two Button – Shoot

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Shoot more of the incoming invaders than your rivals!"
  • Hint"An invader will stun you for a few seconds if it hits your base. Keep pivoting to survey the whole field!"


  • The giant UFO model used in this minigame was reused in Wii Play: Motion in the UFO stage of the Trigger Twist mode.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たおせインベーダー
Taose Inbēdā
Invader Killing

French Vaisseaux Spéciaux
Special Ships (pun on vaisseau spatial (spaceship))
German Kampf den Untertassen
Battling the Saucers
Italian Invasione UFO
UFO Invasion
Korean 침략자를 물리쳐라 !
chimlyagjaleul Mullichyeola !
Defeat the Invaders!

Spanish Enjambre de platillos
Saucer Swarm