Saucer Swarm

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Saucer Swarm
Wario getting zapped in Saucer Swarm in Mario Party 8
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.

Introduction[edit]

A large flying saucer is seen overhead, releasing many smaller flying saucers 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.

Gameplay[edit]

The many small flying saucer-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 flying saucer alien the player shoots is worth a point. An additional golden flying saucer 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 flying saucers win(s).

If both players get the same score in the Duel variant that breaks the current record, it counts as a new record even though neither player won. This also applies to the other Duel minigames with a record system, such as Swing Kings.

Ending[edit]

Luigi watches Wario get abducted.

The winner(s) perform(s) their victory poses(s), while the losers get abducted by the alien spaceship. The winner(s) then watch(es) the spaceship fly off. It is possible that no one loses, in which case no one will be 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 flying saucers as possible within 30 seconds. 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 52 saucers 50 saucers
A 900 48 saucers 46 saucers
B 800 44 saucers 42 saucers
C 700 40 saucers 38 saucers
D 600 36 saucers 34 saucers

Controls[edit]

  • 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!"

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Vaisseaux Spéciaux Special Ships (pun on vaisseau spatial (spaceship))
German Kampf den Untertassen Battling the Saucers
Italian Invasione UFO UFO Invasion
Spanish Enjambre de platillos Saucer Swarm