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The game is almost over and you're running out of time but you have to finish a mission before the bomb explodes? You have to find a gold key before Bowser squishes on you in Mario Party 7? Should you get to the goal before the gate closes? Should you rev up your go-kart before the start signal turns green in a Mario Kart race? Well you came to this article about the countdown timer. The countdown timer is a concept that tells you how much time is left until the game or mission ends and the race begins. The timer starts at any amount depending on which game you're playing and when time is up, then the whistle is blown, telling you that time has officially run out. If you want to learn the various ways the countdown timer is used for, then you came to this page. Listed below are some of the various ways that countdown timers are used in games.


One of the ways the timer is used for in Super Mario Galaxy 2, minigames!
  • Fighting: Fighting is the first way that the countdown timer is used. It allows you to defeat your opponent in that amount of time. Some games that is used are: Street Fighter IV, the Super Smash Bros. franchise, the Mortal Kombat series and Tekken 5.
  • Sports: Sports is the 2nd way the timer is used. It shows you how much time is left during various sports games. Basketball, soccer and football are some examples that the timer is used for. Even Mario Strikers Charged, Punch-Out!!, the Madden NFL series, and Mario Hoops 3 on 3 used it. Other games include: NHL 09, NBA Live 09, Mario Sports Mix and more.
  • Missions: The next way that the timer is used for is missions. These missions has a countdown timer that shows you how much time is left during your mission. If you finish your mission before the timer runs out, then you win but if time runs out on you, then you fail. Super Mario Galaxy is one of the games that has missions like: collecting purple coins, catching bunnies, racing against penguins and blowing up trash with Bob-ombs. Complete it and you'll get one star that will be added to your star total. Other games that used this concept are the Metal Gear Solid series and the Resident Evil series.
  • Racing: The 4th way that the timer is used for is racing. The Mario Kart franchise is a great example because in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii , these 2 games have missions that gives the players a chance to race to the finish line , collect coins, and beat your opponents in that alloted time. Also there's battle mode that last 3 minutes per match (Mario Kart Wii), so that counts as another example and when the race is about to begin, then Lakitu's start signal is also acceptable in this way. Even the Wave Race series and the Need for Speed series used it. Other games included in this way are: the NASCAR series and the SSX series.
  • Minigames : Minigames is another good way that the countdown timer is used for. These minigames have a countdown timer that shows you how much time is left during the minigame. Minigames last from 3 seconds to a minute long. The franchise that minigames is used is the Mario Party series. Some minigames that used this concept are: Flower Shower, Mario Matrix, Treasure Dome!, Shake It Up and more. Other games that have minigames are: Resident Evil 4 and 5 (The Mercinaries), the Mario Baseball series, Super Mario 64 DS, New Super Mario Bros. and Wario: Master of Disguise. Even the Super Mario Galaxy series has minigames, too.
  • Levels : The 6th way the timer is used is finishing levels. In most platforming games like New Super Mario Bros., Sonic Rush and more, these levels has a timer that tells you how much time you have to complete your level. If you finish it, then you'll get time bonus points equal to the amount of time you have left. If not, then you'll lose a life so be careful when you're completing levels.

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