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Mario Party (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Mario Party is a party game for 1 to 4 players. The festivities are based on a board game format, right down to the fact that players must roll a die to determine how many spaces to move. Players land on different squares, each space holding one of more than fifty different mini-games. These quick competitions determine who will earn coins and stars, and who will go home empty handed.

The mini-games are spread over eight different game boards, all of which are not immediately available. Some of the games pit every man or princess against the others, some are two-on-two, and others are even three against one. One challenge is loosely based on "Simon Says", another involves a two-on-two bobsled race, and one game makes one player attempt to cross a rope while the other three do their best to shake the player off. There are skill games, racing games, puzzle games, and other types.

A good portion of the actual game boards are animated, with hidden dangers and special challenges scattered everywhere. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Yoshi, and Wario are all invited to the party, and each character has his or her own game board.

Screenshots

Mario Party Nintendo 64 Trying to throw the others into the sea.
Mario Party Nintendo 64 The Mushroom Shop
Mario Party Nintendo 64 Game select
Mario Party Nintendo 64 Luigi encountering Bowser.

Alternate Titles

  • "马里奥聚会" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "マリオパーティ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The best of the Mario Party series Dark Lord (46) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
Mag'64 Apr 07, 1999 87.5 out of 100 88
Consoles Plus Feb, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1999 1.75 out of 6 85
Nintendo Land 2003 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Power Magazine Feb, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN Feb 11, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Feb 08, 1999 7.2 out of 10 72
All Game Guide 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Lawsuit

In a couple of the minigames, the player was required too spin the analog stick in a circle rapidly: since the most effective way of doing this was to place your palm on the controller and spin it, many players developed visible callouses. Eventually a lawsuit was filed and Nintendo opted too send out free gloves to all Mario Party owners instead of getting sued.

Awards

  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #185 in the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best N64 Multiplayer Game in 1999
Information also contributed by Big John WV

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Chris Martin (1098) added Mario Party (Nintendo 64) on Mar 29, 2001