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
Appears in Mario Party
Type Single-player mini-game
Time limit 10 seconds
Music Taking Coins

Shell Game is a 1-player minigame found in Mario Party. This minigame takes place on top of a castle tower, along with a couple of other 1-player minigames.


Four Koopa Troopas open their treasure chests. A pile of coins fly into the chest farthest to the left. The chests close and the Koopas will get into their shells and shuffle around.


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 are 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 ten coins if the minigame is won.


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


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."


  • Strangely, the game has many unneeded controls, because the player only has to approach the shell. The Koopa Troopas are also irregularly large.

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 Seashell Game (The translator appears to have confused "Coquillage" (Seashell) with "Carapace" (Turtle shell)
German Hütchenspiel Literal translation