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Mario Party 3 (Nintendo 64)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.nintendo.com - Nintendo 64:

    Let's party! Over 70 new mini-games make this Mario's biggest bash ever!



    Nobody -- and we mean nobody -- can party like Mario. The portly plumber has already hosted two wild celebrations on Nintendo 64, and with Mario Party 3 the stakes are higher than ever. Featuring 70 all-new minigames to master and wild new interactive game boards, this is one party you'll want to RSVP for ASAP.

    This time around, the Mushroom Kingdom crew is partying down to figure out who deserves to keep the Millennium Star which has just fallen into Princess Peach's courtyard. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario and DK decide to solve their dispute in the only logical manner: by playing board games filled with challenging four-player minigames!

    The best way to enjoy Mario Party 3 is to get on the phone and call a few friends to join in on the fun. After each player chooses a character, the frenzied hunt for Stars begins. Mario Party 3 plays a lot like a traditional board game, in that players roll a die to move around a game board. The beautifully rendered game boards are filled with hazards, like a giant rolling snowball in Chilly Waters and runaway mine carts in the Creepy Cavern.

    Players earn Coins by competing in a wide variety of minigames, sometimes teaming up with friends and other times working alone. Mario Party 3 is packed to the gills with new games you've never seen before, like Eatsa Pizza, where you try to be the first player to scarf down a pizza the size of a swimming pool. Another cool game called Dorrie Dip lets you ride on the back of the giant lake monster from Super Mario 64.

    Once you have a decent stash of Coins in your pocket, then you can purchase a Star when you land on the elusive Star space. The player with the most Stars at the end of the game is the winner, but it's not quite as simple as it sounds. Stars are constantly stolen and swapped from one player to the next, either by Boo's thievery, Toad's game of chance or Bowser's nasty tricks. To come out on top in Mario Party 3, you have to mix in a little luck with your gaming skills.

    In addition to its tried and true formula for four-player fun, Mario Party 3 introduces a totally new way to play called Duel Mode. Duel Mode allows two players to compete against each other by hiring assistants like Toad, Thwomp or Boo to help them attack their opponents to win the game. Other helpers for hire include a Koopa Troopa, Goomba, Snifit, Bob-omb or Piranha Plant.

    Whether you're a seasoned Mario Party vet or this is your first invitation to a Mushroom Kingdom bash, you'll have a blast racing against your friends to grab every last Star you can get your hands on. Even if your friends are grounded, you can throw yourself a single-player party with Mario Party 3's Story Mode. Either way, Mario Party 3 is an action-packed fun-fest with slick graphics, great gameplay variety and unbeatable replay value.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53668) on Apr 28, 2005.

Back of Box (US):
    Party all night long!

    Mario and friends are throwing a party, and you're invited. It's their biggest bash yet, with seventy totally new Mini-Games and five brand, new adventure boards. You'll be the life of the party as you punch, pound and stampede right over your opponents in a multiplayer melee or go head-to-head in the new two-player duel mode. You can even unlock new characters in the one-player challenge. With so much fun and excitement, this is a bash you'll just have to crash!

    • 70 ALL-NEW Mini-Games - Pelt your friends with snowballs atop Snowball Summit, keep them guessing in Hide & Sneak, or bury them in a pile of garbage blocks at Mario's Puzzle Party. Get ready for even more tricky tactics, silly surprises and frantic four-player fun!
    • It's a battle of wits in the new two-player duel mode! Use hired help like Goombas, Koopas, Whomps and Chomps as you try to outmaneuver and attack your opponent on five different boards. The last one standing wins the match.
    • Fashionably late but unruly as ever, Waluigi finally joins Yoshi, DK, Wario and the rest to raise the roof and rock the house!

    Contributed by Freeman (16691) on Dec 10, 2004.