Shortcut Circuit

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Shortcut Circuit
4-player mode for Shortcut Circuit in Mario Party DS
4-Player minigame version
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type 4-Player coin minigame
Duel coin minigame
Music track Into the Fairy Tale
Music sample

Shortcut Circuit is a 4-Player and Duel coin-collecting minigame that is found in Mario Party DS. The minigame's name is a pun on the phrase "short circuit," where electricity takes an unwanted path.


In the scene, the minigame sets on a detailed circuit board with four rows of attached chips extending away from the player. The four players with their colors they obtained appear, walking forward on the paths, and spot about four bridge pieces, each with its own different color. The first two players go across the chip paths by using the bridge pieces, and then the next two players do the same. Shortly after that, the bridge pieces disappear, and the players stand on the start spots. Shortly after that, the minigame begins.


In the minigame, the players attempt to gather coins that appeared between the chip paths by using one of two types of bridge pieces: one to go left, and the other to go right. Occasionally, the players spot a Red Coin that is worth five coins. The players can use the bridge pieces to gather coins by using Stylus. When the player lets go of Stylus, the player places the bridge piece in a certain spot during gameplay. When a bridge piece is used by a player that passes by, the bridge piece disappears because the player uses it to go across to another path. Crossing a bridge piece takes some time for the player as the other players go ahead from them.

There are two limitations when the players are using bridge pieces. The first limitation is that if a player reaches a bridge piece that another player placed, the player can use it to cross onto another path instead of the other player. The second limitation is that when a player places the bridge piece in a certain place, and another player tries placing a bridge piece between one of the sides of the bridge piece, the player cannot place their bridge piece there. The reason is that both sides of the bridge piece prevent other bridge pieces from being placed on either side.


  • Stylus – Touch and hold to drag a path piece
  • Stylus – Let go to drop a path piece

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Grab as many coins as possible. You'll travel in the direction of path arrows, so drag the bridge pieces to make paths that carry you through coins."
  • Tips"Each bridge piece can be crossed only once. So lay pieces down strategically so you reach them before others do."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジグザグコインキャッチ
Jiguzagu Koin Kyatchi
Zigzag Coin Catch

French (NOA) à contre-courant
French (NOE) Courant Alternatif
Alternative Current
German Platinen-Parcours
Circuit Board Parcours
Italian Ponti d'Oro
Gold Bridges
Korean 지그재그 코인 캐치
Jigeujaegeu Koin Kaechi
Zigzag Coin Catch

Spanish Corto circuito
Pun on circuito corto and cortocircuito, both meaning "short circuit"