Desert Dash

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Desert Dash
Mario Party
Mario Party: The Top 100
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party: The Top 100
Type 2-vs-2 mini-game
Music Let's Limbo

Desert Dash is a 2-vs-2 minigame that is found in the Nintendo 64 game Mario Party. It consists of two players in a team cooperating with each other by moving their legs attached onto the logs to move. It is similar to the more challenging Dungeon Dash minigame. It reappears in Mario Party: The Top 100.


On the screen, the player will see the sun that is about to set. There are some trees and rocks at both sides of the lane on the grass. The camera moves backward, revealing the finish line with a sign post, and a Thwomp as an obstacle. Then the screen splits in two and shows the two teams, whom have log boards on their feet, as the minigame begins.


The members of the teams have log boards on their feet, and they have to work together to cross the finish line. To go forward, both players in a team will have to step on a certain side, using their feet, as the dialog appears on each team showing which way both players will have to go to move forward, at the same time. If one of the players in a team moves in the wrong direction with their foot, the team will collapse onto the ground and then have to stand up to resume. If this occurs, the team will lose some time and the other team may get ahead.

Additionally in the minigame, there is a Thwomp in the air nearby, as an obstacle, attempting to crush the teams as they pass by. After falling, the Thwomp slowly lifts up from the ground to fall again when it reaches the highest height it can get to, and the process repeats. If one of the teams gets crushed by the Thwomp, the team will lose some time, like when they fall over.

The first team to cross the finish line wins the minigame.

Mario Party: The Top 100 mostly retains the minigame's basic gameplay, except that the first team's log boards are red instead of green and second team's log boards are blue instead of red. The Thwomp has also been updated to match its current appearance. Additionally, when a team collapses, the notification to move the Circle Pad to the left or right turns red instead of a red X marking appearing over it.


Mario Party[edit]

  • Control Stick right – Step with right leg
  • Control Stick left – Step with left leg

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Slide Circle Pad Right: Move right leg
  • Slide Circle Pad Left: Move left leg

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"Break into teams for a ski race in the desert. Push Control Stick in the same direction at the same time."
  • Advice"If the two of you don't push Control Stick at the same time, you'll fall down."

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • Description"Work with your teammate and sync your moves to reach the goal!"
  • On-screen"Move as a team to reach the goal first!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ムカデGO!GO!
Mukade GO! GO!
Centipede GO! GO!
Spanish Esquí en el desierto Desert ski
French Ski de dunes Dunes ski
Dutch Zandlopers Literally Sand Runners, but also a pun on zandlopers (hourglasses)
German Wüstensprint Desert Dash
Italian Sci nel deserto Desert ski