Tread Carefully (minigame)

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Tread Carefully
Shell Shocked.png
Shell Shocked from Mario Party: The Top 100
Tread Carefully from Mario Party Superstars.
Tread Carefully from Mario Party Superstars.
Stage 3 of Tread Carefully in Mario Party Superstars
Appears in Mario Party 2
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party Superstars
Type 4-Player minigame
Time limit 60 seconds
Music track Going for the Coins
Music sample
Mario Party 2:

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Mario Party Superstars:

Tread Carefully is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 2, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars; in the first two, it is known as Shell Shocked. The term "shell shock" is used to describe a disturbance caused by a prolonged exposure to active warfare. The Mario Party Superstars name is a pun on the verb "tread" (meaning "to step") from the common phrase "tread carefully" and the treads of a tank.


Baby Bowser's Shell Shocked
Shell Shocked as seen in the Mini-Game Coaster

The players attempt to knock out the rest of the players by shooting cannonballs with Koopa Tanks, tanks resembling Koopa Shells. In Mario Party 2, the Koopa Tank color depends on the character being played: red for Mario, blue for Luigi, pink for Peach, green for Yoshi, purple for Wario, and brown for Donkey Kong. In Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Party Superstars, however, the colors are instead assigned by player number: red, blue, green, and yellow (for Players 1–4, respectively). Players can also use a lob shot, generally used if a player is behind a Warp Pipe. Two cannonballs that hit each other explode upon contact. A player that gets hit with a cannonball twice becomes eliminated. In Mario Party 2 and Superstars, there are three randomly selected levels, which can be chosen by players in their respective free play modes.

The levels vary depending on how many Warp Pipes are placed as obstacles.

  • Stage 1: One pipe in the center.
  • Stage 2: One pipe in the center of each wall. This is the stage used in The Top 100.
  • Stage 3: One pipe in the center, with eight pipes surrounding it.

In the Mini-Game Coaster, the stage that is used is dependent on the skill level that is played: Stage 2 is used for Normal, and Stage 1 is used for Hard. This is also the final minigame, where the human player takes on a team of three Koopa Kids, with Stage 3 being used.

In Mario Party 2, if all four players are eliminated from the minigame or the time limit reaches zero, the minigame ends in a draw.


Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Straight shot
  • B Button – Lob shot
  • Z Button – Fix aim

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Circle Pad: Move
  • R Button: Strafe
  • B Button: Shoot upward
  • A Button: Shoot forward

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Shoot
  • B Button – Shoot Upward
  • Hold L Button / R Button to Strafe

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"Captain a Koopa Tank in an all-out duel! If you get hit twice, you're shell-shocked!"
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)
    • World 4-5"Pilot your Koopa Tank and take on your rivals! Knock all opponents out to clear the game!"
    • World 9"It's a Baby Bowser Tank battle! Defeat all three Baby Bowsers to clear this Mini-Game!"
  • Advice"Press the Z Button Button to fix your aim in one direction and move in another."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Shoot the rival tanks! Get hit twice, and you're out!"
  • On-screen"Shoot the rival tanks!"

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • "Shoot the rival tanks! Get hit twice, and you're out."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッカンせんしゃ
Dokkan sensha
「ドッカン」is a pun on「土管」(dokan, pipe) and「ドカン」(dokan, Japanese onomatopoeic term equivalent to "kaboom"), and「せんしゃ」means "tank"

Dutch Tankslag
Tank Battle
French (NOA) Carapace de choc
Shocking shell
French (NOE) Carapace Castagne
Shell Rumble
German Panzer-Schlacht
Tank Battle / Shell Battle (the word Panzer means both "tank" and "shell")
Italian Mine Vaganti (Mario Party 2)
Mine vaganti (Mario Party: The Top 100 and Superstars)
Loose Cannons; lit. "wandering mines"
Loose cannons
Korean 쾅쾅 전차
Kwangkwang Jeoncha
Pow Pow Tank

Portuguese Cascanhão
Portmanteau of casca (shell) and canhão (cannon)
Russian Танкодром
Tank Drome

Spanish (NOA) Tanques tácticos
Tactical tanks
Spanish (NOE) Choque de Conchas
Shell Collision