Dust Buddies (Mario Party DS)

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Dust Buddies
Dust Buddies MPDS.png
4-player mini-game
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type 4-player mini-game
Duel mini-game
Music Bouncing Around

Dust Buddies is a 4-player and duel mini-game appearing in Mario Party DS. Its name is a pun on dust bunnies.


Duel mini-game

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.


Players must run away from the vacuum cleaner in the hallway to avoid getting sucked up, dodging obstacles, such as fluffs, balls, film strips, ribbons, and buttons along the way.

What obstacles are located in a given location and how many there are change in each game. If the player is on a ribbon or a photo negative, they are most likely going to get sucked up faster. If the player is on a dust bunny, they will slow down. If the player hits a button, they will fall down. The ball is just a regular obstacle. However, if it hits the vacuum cleaner, it will rebound, and will make those who are hit stunned for a second. Either the players who cross the finish line or the last player standing are the winners.


In the end of the minigame, all characters will be on top of a dresser. The winner(s) then does the dance they do whenever they win a minigame. If all the players get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner, it is considered a tie.


  • +Control Pad – Move
  • A Button – Jump

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
Spanish ¡Orden en la casa! Tidiness in the house!
French Ménage Sauvage Wild Household
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