Sand Trap

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This article is about the minigame in Mario Party 9. For the obstacle in the Mario Golf series, see Bunker.
Sand Trap
Sand Trap
Appears in Mario Party 9
Type Bowser Jr. minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music track Bowser Jr. Battle 5
Music sample

Sand Trap is a Bowser Jr. minigame in Mario Party 9. The name of this minigame is a play on the name of an obstacle in golf.


Bowser Jr. stands in the top right corner of the field. Both players ground-pound, and Bowser Jr. narrowly escapes as the block he was standing on disappears. He then taunts the players from his new square.


The pair must try to force Bowser Jr. to fall by removing the square he is standing on. To do so, the players must ground-pound switches simultaneously. One player can highlight rows, and the other player can highlight columns. The sand block where a glowed row and column intersect disappears. However, if a player is not well aligned with the switch for the row or column, it is not highlighted. A square stops being highlighted after one second. Bowser Jr. can be trapped and made easier to remove by eliminating all of the squares around the one he is standing on. If the players fail to drop Bowser Jr. within 30 seconds, he is victorious.


If the players are victorious, Bowser Jr. struggles in midair for a second before screaming and falling, then the players strike their victory poses. Otherwise, Bowser Jr. strikes his victory pose and laughs.

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Drop Bowser Jr.! Ground-pound a switch to highlight a row of blocks. Do it at the same time as your teammate to make a block disappear where your two rows intersect."
  • Controls"Hold the Wii Remote sideways. Press +Control Pad to move, Two Button to jump, and Two Button while jumping to perform a ground pound."

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 砂ばくの落とし穴
Sabaku no Otoshiana
Desert Pitfall
Chinese 沙漠陷阱
Shāmò xiànjǐng
Desert Trap
French Sables croulants Pun with sables mouvants (quicksand) and croulant (crumbling)
German Sandtreibjagd Sand Traction Hunt
Italian Sabbie cadenti Falling Sands (pun on "Falling stars")
Spanish Trágame, tierra Swallow Me, Ground (expression meaning "I wish I was dead!")