Mario & Luigi Dream Team; The Mad Skillathon

In the last game (Bowser’s Inside Story), there was this extra area you could visit to try and complete difficult mini games based on your Bros Attacks (known as the Cholesteroad).    In Dream Team, this is called the Mad Skillathon and is located in Wakeport.  Here’s some information on each game, its aims and its prizes:

3D Green Shell

The first of the Mad Skillathon games, this one is basically the same thing as the shell mini game in Bowser’s Inside Story. Kick the shell at the enemies like you would in a normal battle, and that’s about it.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Rally Belt

Fire Flower

Another fairly simple seeming mini game, this one has you chuck fireballs at enemies like if you used the normal Bros Attack.  And every now and then, a giant enemy will appear, leaving Mario and Luigi to rapid fire shoot fireballs at it for massive amounts of points (until a progress bar runs out and the enemy is destroyed).  Not really many tips here, it’s purely a reflex button pressing game.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Flame Hammer

Bye Bye Cannon

Memorisation time!  Yep, the Bye Bye Cannon mini game has the attack used over and over, with the patterns that Mario and Luigi land in getting steadily more and more complex.  My advice?  Maybe get someone to sit next to you and note down the orders Mario and Luigi are fired out the cannon in, then repeat them back as it happens.  Or take advantage of your photographic memory, if you happen to have both one of those and super fast reflexes.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Strike Gloves

Dropchopper

The first challenge that plays a tad differently to the attack its based on, this is sort of like a flying mini game where you have to collect orbs to add time to the counter, avoid dangerous electrified balloons and drop down on enemies when above them to build up a combo.

It’s actually not that bad to be honest (with the timer being added to after you’ve landed on four or so enemies in a row), the irritation here is merely the timer and the ridiculously slow movement speed.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Action Boots

Bomb Derby

Basically, the attack as it’s used normally, with different types of bombs that are thrown/move slower or quicker. I can’t say much here.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Bare Boots DX

Slingsniper

Target shooting!  Yeah, this is actually not that bad a mini game, as long as you have some conviction in your decisions and are willing to let go the minute the cursor flashes (which it does when its over an enemy, guaranteeing you a hit).

Just be warned, the later enemies turn invisible at certain points, so you’ll have to shoot at where you expect them to be/where they just were rather than wait for them to become visible again.

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: EXP Bro Gloves DX

Star Rocket

Finally, you’ve got the Star Rocket mini game.  Possibly the best of the lot, this is basically like a 2D shoot em up style experience with gyro controls.  Collect points, avoid damage balloons… except when you get a Super Star and can charge straight through the middle of ’em for a bit.

It’s surprisingly easy to be honest, and I suspect it’s even easier if you’re either a shmup fan or have played that Ashley mini game in Game & Wario on the Wii U (since the controls likely work fairly similar).

Prizes:

B Rank: 100 Coins

A Rank: 300 Coins

S Rank: Perfect Bro Gloves

Where is the Mad Skillathon?

It’s in Wakeport.  From the entrance, go down two screens and go left, and you’ll see a Shelltop with sunglasses and some bird like guys on a stage.  Talk to the Shelltop guy/presenter to start the Mad Skillathon challenges.

Is the Skillathon actually worth it?

Maybe, it’s a nice fun diversion from the main storyline and the games are the type that are fun to play when you’ve got about three minutes between daily activities.

Just keep in mind that the prizes are not fantastic.  Seriously, they’re mostly just fancier/slightly more powerful versions of gear you can buy in any old shop (but hey, if 40% rather than 20% is a big deal, go for it).