Saucer Swarm

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Saucer Swarm
Battle minigame version
Duel minigame version
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type Battle minigame
Duel minigame
Initial record 20 points
Music Feelin' Cyber

Saucer Swarm is a Battle and Duel minigame in Mario Party 8.


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.


The many small flying saucer-like aliens are trying to home in on the players' blaster and attack, so the players must shoot them to keep them at bay. 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 or players shoot the most flying saucers within the time limit win(s).

Note: If both players get the same score in the Duel variant that breaks the current record, it counts as a new record even though no one wins. This also applies to the other Duel minigames with a record system, such as Swing Kings.



The winning players perform a victory dance, and the other players soon find themselves being abducted by aliens. The winners then watch 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]

This minigame appears in Test for the Best. The player plays alone in this minigame, and their objective is to 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 (America / Japan) Required in minigame (Europe / Australia)
A+ 1,000 52 saucers 50 saucers
A 900 48 saucers
B 800 44 saucers
C 700 40 saucers
D 600 36 saucers


  • 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!"

Names in other languages[edit]

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