Shell Game (minigame)

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This article is about the minigame from Mario Party. For the microgame of the same name from WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, see Shell Game (microgame).
Shell Game
The minigame Shell Game.
Appears in Mario Party
Type 1-Player mini-game
Time limit 10 seconds
Music Taking Coins
Music

Shell Game is a 1-Player minigame found in Mario Party. Its name alludes to the shell game, upon which this minigame is based. This minigame shares its setting with Knock Block Tower, taking place on top of a castle tower.

Introduction[edit]

Four Koopa Troopas open their Treasure Chests. A pile of Coins flies into a random chest. The chests close, and the Koopas get into their shells and shuffle around.

Gameplay[edit]

The object of this minigame is to watch the Koopa Troopa with the Treasure Chest and pick the same one after the shells have shuffled. There is a total of four Koopa Troopas, each one identical to each other. If the player picks the wrong Koopa Troopa, five Coins are lost as a result from losing the minigame. The game rewards the player with ten Coins if the minigame is won.

The player is able to jump, punch, and hip-drop in this minigame. None of these moves are of use when the player interacts with the shells.

Ending[edit]

If the player picks the right shell, the Coins fly toward them, and the player does a winning pose. If not, the correct Koopa will open its chest with the Coins falling off the tower. The player slumps in disappointment.

Controls[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Jump
  • B Button – Attack
  • A Button + Z Button – Hip Drop

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"The Koopa Troopas hide their chests. Find the Koopa Troopa that has the treasure."
  • Advice"Watch carefully to see which Koopa Troopa has the treasure chest filled with Coins."

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコノコたまてばこ
Nokonoko Tamatebako
Koopa Troopa Treasure Chest
French Coquilla-jeu From jeu (game) and coquillage (a seashell, rather than carapace, a turtle shell)
German Hütchenspiel Shell Game