Swing Kings is a 4-Player and Duel minigame in Mario Party 8, and it is one of ten minigames featured in Test for the Best. One minigame in Mario Party 7 is extremely similar, which is playable only on Neon Heights. Another minigame from Mario Party 5, called Dinger Derby, is also similar, though 30 balls are pitched.
Swing Kings is one of the minigames from Mario Party 8 ported to the Japan-only arcade game Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher. Here, it is a Bonus Chance Game.
The camera is zoomed in on the first player, who is standing on home plate with a Shy Guy beside a basket of baseballs. The screen then splits into multiple screens, one for each player, and the minigame begins.
A Shy Guy throws a baseball at the character, and the player has to swing the and hit the ball. Occasionally, the Shy Guy will throw a ball higher or lower than normal. The Shy Guys throw 20 balls at each player; after all the balls have been tossed, the minigame ends. The player who hits the most baseballs wins the minigame.
Victorious characters perform their winning poses on a baseball field, while in the background the losing players run around the field, collecting the baseballs and tossing them into a bucket. Except when this minigame is played as a Duel minigame, it is possible for there not to be a loser. If no one gets any points or if both players tie in the Duel variant, then a tie occurs.
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 as "Tie" will appear on the screen after the "New Record" fanfare. This also applies to the other Duel minigames with a record system, such as Saucer Swarm.
Test for the Best
In Test for the Best, the player is alone and must hit as many of the balls as possible in 20 pitches, with the player earning 50 points for their score for each ball hit. The scores required to earn a certain point total are as follows:
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