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Mario Party 8
Mario Party 8 - North American boxart
The boxart for Mario Party 8.
Developer(s) Hudson Soft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario Party
Release date JP July 26, 2007
KO November 11, 2008
NA May 29, 2007
EU June 22, 2007
AU July 19, 2007
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Ratings ACB: General
CERO: All ages
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: Three years and older
USK: Six years and older
Platform(s) Wii
Previous game Mario Party 7
Next game Mario Party DS

Mario Party 8 is the eighth installment in the Mario Party series and the first game for the Wii console. It features Mario, his friends and enemies visiting a large carnival called the Star Carnival, which is hosted by MC Ballyhoo and Bigtop.


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Mario and the gang come to the Star Carnival and enter a contest to see who can win the grand prize of a year's worth of candy! MC Ballyhoo and Big Top host it all, and have the contestants square off on all five boards. The winner emerges and MC Ballyhoo presents the winner with their prize, a year's supply of candy, and a new prize, the legendary Star Rod. But then Bowser comes flying down and takes the Star Rod and challenges Mario and the gang to come to his board, Bowser's Warped Orbit. Upon arrival, the winner has to take on either Hammer Bro. or Blooper. Once victory is achieved, Bowser decides to take matters into his own hands and fights the winner in Superstar Showdown. When Bowser is defeated, the player is awarded their prize (for real this time), and the mini-game stand opens.

Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.


Playable Characters

Non-playable characters

Board Maps


Here is a list of mini-games in Mario Party 8.


On July 13, the game was recalled in the United Kingdom due to the word "spastic" in the game. The word spastic is considered to be a highly offensive word in the United Kingdom. The word was replaced with the word "erratic" on the re-release day August 3. The word "spastic" was used in the phrase "...turn this train spastic...".



  • This was the first Mario Party game on Wii.
  • This game is the only Mario Party game to feature Blooper, Hammer Bro., and Miis as playable characters.
  • This is also the first Mario Party game to feature Donkey Kong's main voice.
  • This is the second and final Mario Party games to feature Dry Bones as a playable character.
  • This is the only Mario Party game without Koopa Kid (known as Mini-Bowser in PAL regions) or Bowser Jr.
  • This is the first Mario Party where the players' stats while playing in a board is not in the four corners of the screen; it is shown in a column in the top right corner.
  • This is the only Mario Party game to show all the mini-games in the selected category on the roulette wheel, instead of only three, four or five.
  • With 14 characters (excluding Miis in the Extra Zone), Mario Party 8 has the most playable characters in the Mario Party series.