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The minigame Key-pa-Way.
Appears in Mario Party
Type 4-Player mini-game
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track The Room Underground
Music sample

Key-pa-Way is a 4-Player minigame in Mario Party. Its name and gameplay are based on the real-life game Keep Away (a key is used in the minigame, rather than a ball). This is one of the two minigames in Mario Party that require four-way cooperation, the other being Running of the Bulb.


All the players must team up to win this minigame; one player gets a key, and the rest of the players have to intercept the key like a team. If the player with the key makes it to the key lock, all the players win, earning ten Coins. If one of the five Spike Koopas gets the key or the timer runs out, the minigame ends and all players lose five Coins.


  • Control Stick – Move
  • A ButtonJump
  • B Button – Throw key

In-game text[edit]

  • Game Rules"Open the door without letting the Spike Koopas get the key. If they do, the game ends. Press B Button to pass the key."
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Island)"Keep the key away from the Spike Koopas and open the door. Clear the game by opening the door."
  • Advice"It gets easier to pass to your teammates as Spike Koopas approach."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キー!KEY! キープ
Kī! KEY! Kīpu
Kee! KEY! Keep

French Clé-pas-touche!
"Key don't touch!", pun on Hé-pas-touche! (Hey don't touch!)
German Draußen bleiben
Keep out
Italian Key-pa-Way[1]


  1. ^ Mario Party European manual, pag. 141