Trace Cadets

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Trace Cadets
4-player mode for Trace Cadets in Mario Party DS
4-player mini-game version
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type 4-player mini-game
Duel mini-game
Music track Contemplation
Music sample

Trace Cadets is a 4-player and duel minigame that appeared in Mario Party DS. Its name is a pun on "space cadet", which is a term used for people with a flighty, inattentive personality.


A large grid of Tetromino-like pieces will appear on four individual grids, and players will draw lines around the perimeter of the shapes. Whoever fills out their square first wins, and if no one fills out their square within five minutes, the minigame ends in a tie.


If the minigame ends after one, two or three player(s) filled out their square(s), the spotlight shines on the player's square, the player(s) do(es) their winning mugshot(s) as the losing player(s) do(es) their losing mugshot(s). If it ends in a tie, all players do their losing mugshots as it's getting dark.


  • Stylus – Draw a shape

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Build upon your corner by tracing the outlines of any bordering shapes. Here's a complication: you must sketch each shape without lifting your stylus."
  • Tips"You can't trace just any shape on your field. The only pieces you can trace are those that are outlined in your character's color."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピースをかいて
Pīsu o kaite
Piece Drawing
French Trait pour Trait Line for Line (Expression meaning "Exactly the same")
German Klötzchen-Künstler Block Artists
Italian Disegna la Figura Draw the Figure
Korean 퍼즐 조각 그리기
Peojeul jogak geurigi
Puzzle Piece Draw
Spanish Trazo a trazo Trace by Trace