Dust Buddies (Mario Party DS)

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Dust Buddies
4-player mode for Dust Buddies in Mario Party DS
4-Player minigame version
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type 4-Player minigame
Duel minigame
Music track Bouncing Around
Music sample

Dust Buddies is a 4-Player and Duel minigame appearing in Mario Party DS. Its name is a pun on "dust bunnies."


The game starts with the two or four competitors walking down a hallway when a vacuum cleaner comes. The competitors then start running away from the incoming vacuum.


Duel minigame version

Players must run away from the vacuum cleaner in the hallway to avoid getting sucked up while dodging obstacles, such as fluffs, balls, film strips, ribbons, and buttons, along the way. The layout of these obstacles is random each game, and they have varying effects:

  • Film strips, ribbons, and an envelope (which is always present at the end) will pull players standing on them into the vacuum.
  • Dust bunnies slow players and prevent them from jumping.
  • Buttons and balls trip and stun players that run into them. Balls will also rebound at a random angle upon hitting the vacuum cleaner.

The last player standing, or the players who cross the finish line, is the winner. If all the players get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner, the minigame is considered a tie.


At the end of the minigame, all characters are on top of a dresser. The winner(s) then do(es) their victory dance(s) while the loser(s) do(es) their losing pose(s).


  • +Control Pad – Move
  • A ButtonJump

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Avoid getting sucked up by the vacuum until you reach the finish, or just be the last one standing."
  • Tips"Sidestep the buttons and balls. Be careful when you step on ribbons or film strips, because the vacuum will quickly suck those up."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese そうじきエスケープ
Sōjiki Esukēpu
Vacuum Cleaner Escape
French Ménage Sauvage Wild Cleaning
German Flusen auf der Flucht Lints On The Run
Italian Via con la Polvere Away with the Dust
Korean 청소기 피해 전력 질주
Cheongsogi Pihae Jeollyeok Jilju
Sprint to Dodge the Vacuum Cleaner
Spanish ¡Orden en la casa! Tidiness in the House! Pun on ¡orden en la sala! meaning "calling the room to order"