Spiny Desert

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Spiny Desert
MP3 Spiny Desert Board.png
Appears in Mario Party 3
Difficulty ☆☆
Availability Default
Description Shifting sands & burning sun.
Music sample
“You’re all here! Welcome to the legendary Spiny Desert! In this land of the burning sun, you’ll battle to become the Superstar.”
Millennium Star, Mario Party 3
The Spiny Desert logo

Spiny Desert, as the name implies, is a desert-based board in Mario Party 3. It is inhabited by Pokeys, Kleptos and a Chain Chomp. The board is divided into two sections: one half day, and the other (smaller) half night. The constant challenge of this board is to get to the real Millennium Star, because there are two on the board, but one of them is always a mirage (a usual illusion in deserts), making this the only board with an objective for getting the Star different from the other boards. Genie Lamps always bring players to the correct Millennium Star. Happening Spaces are around sand pits on both sides of the board. Players who land on one on either side are caught by the pit (along with anyone else around it) by a creature called Arijigokun,[1] and are transported to the sandpit on the other side. Action Time happens when players decide to take the path with 2 cacti on it. Players have to jump over both cacti to get to the other side of the path. If they hit the first cactus, they bounce in pain over to the sign with the cactus picture on the right side of the board. If they hit the second cactus (the one with the flowers on its head), they bounce in pain over to the sign with the cactus picture on the left side of the board.

In Story Mode, the human player goes up against 3 opponents and battles here to get the Strength Star Stamp.


The following table shows how many spaces there are on the board, and how many there are of a certain type.

Type of Space Number of Spaces
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Blue Spaces
RedSpace MP3.png
Red Spaces
ItemSpace MP3.png
Item Spaces
HappeningSpace MP3.png
Happening Spaces
BowserSpace MP3.png
Bowser Spaces
BattleSpace MP3.png
Battle Spaces
BankSpace MP3.png
Bank Spaces
ChanceSpace MP3.png
Chance Time Spaces
GameGuySpace MP3.png
Game Guy Spaces
Total of Spaces 100


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジリジリさばく
Jirijiri sabaku
Scorching Desert
French Desert Épineux Thorny Desert
German Dornen-Dürrwüste Thorny Dry Desert


  1. ^ Official Japanese Mario Party 3 website (Spiny Desert). Nintendo. Retrieved May 31, 2019.