Swing Kings

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Swing Kings
Swing Kings from Mario Party 8
4-Player minigame version
Appears in Mario Party 8
Type 4-Player minigame
Duel minigame
Initial record 10
Music track Challenge!
Music sample

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 introduction to Swing Kings

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 Wii Remote and hit the ball. Occasionally, the Shy Guy throws 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(s) who hit(s) the most baseballs win(s) the minigame. In the 4-Player variant, 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 break the current record with the same score in the Duel variant, it counts as a new record even though neither player won.[1][dead link] This also applies to Saucer Swarm.


Wario collects baseballs in Swing Kings from Mario Party 8.
Toadette wins while Wario collects the baseballs.

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. If the results screen remains in Party Mode, the losers eventually finish picking up all the balls and just stand in their idle animation.

Test for the Best[edit]

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:

Grade Points earned Score required in minigame Title
A+ 1,000 20 hits Home Run King
A 900 18 hits Savage Slugger
B 800 16 hits Strong Slugger
C 700 14 hits So-So Slugger
D 600 12 hits Fly Swatter
F 0 N/A Bat Butterfingers


  • Wii Remote: Swing bat
  • Buttons: None

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Hit baseballs into the outfield. You'll get 20 pitches."
  • Hint"Don't put too much swing into it, or you won't be ready for the next pitch."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホームランダービー
Hōmuran Dābī
Homerun Derby

French Accro-Batte
Addict-Bat (pun on acrobate, "acrobat")
German Baseball-Ballerei
Baseball Shoot
Italian In Battuta
Korean 홈런더비
Homreon Deobi
Homerun Derby

Spanish Vaivén