Tread Carefully (minigame)

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

Mario Party: The Top 100:

Tread Carefully,[1] originally known as Shell Shocked, is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party 2, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars. 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 common phrase "tread carefully" and the treads of a tank.


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 colors depend on the character being played: Mario rides a red tank, Luigi rides a blue tank, Peach rides a pink tank, Yoshi rides a green tank, Wario rides a purple tank, and Donkey Kong rides a brown tank. In Mario Party: The Top 100, 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 if a player is behind a Warp Pipe. A player that gets hit with a cannonball twice becomes eliminated. In Mario Party 2, there are three randomly selected levels, which can be chosen by players in Mini-Game Land.

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 plays against a team of three Koopa Kids, with Stage 3 being used.

In Mario Party 2, if all four players are knocked out of the game 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

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!"


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッカンせんしゃ
Dokkan sensha
Pipe/Kaboom Tanks
Dutch Tankslag Tank Battle
French Carapace Castagne Shell Rumble
German Panzer-Schlacht Tank Battle / Shell Battle (the word Panzer means both "tank" and "shell")
Italian Mine Vaganti Loose Cannons
Portuguese Cascanhão Portmanteau of casca (shell) and canhão (cannon)
Spanish (NOA) Tanques tácticos (Mario Party: The Top 100) Tactical tanks
Spanish (NOE) Choque de Conchas Shell Collision


  1. ^ Nintendo. (October 5, 2021). Mario Party™ Superstars for Nintendo Switch™ — Official Site Nintendo. Retrieved October 5, 2021.