The character runs into the area the game is played in before the minigame starts. Once it does, they immediately run to the first pillar.
The player must sneak past all the Koopa Kids in the area by walking past them while they are not looking. The player can hide from the Koopa Kids by staying behind the pillars. The player has 99 seconds to sneak past all the Koopa Kids. When sneaking, they can either walk past or hold down to dash past. Occasionally, there are Koopa Kids that turn around nearly immediately. Additionally, there are also wider spaces containing a Bowser statue between pillars, which occasionally have two Koopa Kids on lookout. Sneaking past Koopa Kids occasionally also rewards the player with a time bonus. If one of the Koopa Kids sees the player running by, the minigame ends and the player loses.
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