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Mario and friends are invited to the Star Carnival. Of course, they are thrilled to join. Whoever wins the main event, the Star Battle, receives a year's supply of candy. To win they must play through board games against each other. Mario and pals can also choose to play a more traditional party (much like other Mario Party games).

In the first Mario Party game for Wii, the basic rules are the same: players still compete to win stars. However, the mini-games have been completely revamped to take advantage of the Wii remote. For example, some have players point the remote at the screen to shoot guns or other such things. Other mini-games use the motion sensor to shake soda cans, cut logs in half, hammer nails in place, paint, fly planes, drive cars, etc. There are still others that are played more traditionally by holding the Wii remote on its side and using the control pad to move and the buttons to perform actions, such as jumping and/or punching.

Players can choose between five different modes: Party Tent, Star Battle, Mini-games, Extras Zone, or Fun Bazaar. In Party Tent mode, players play on boards with a choice between battle royales, teams, or duels. In a Battle Royale, people compete for stars: the winner is determined by number of stars and/or coins after a certain amount of turns. In Team Battle, players split off into teams. And in a duel, two players compete against each other.

Star Battle is basically a duel on each board against different characters (for one player). The player wins each board by completing a certain task. For instance, the player must collect so many stars on some boards. For other boards, he or she has to get to the star with a certain amount of coins.

Screenshots

Mario Party 8 Wii And now some clouds!
Mario Party 8 Wii Selecting my character.
Mario Party 8 Wii The Carnival and main setting of the game.
Mario Party 8 Wii Numerous modes to choose from.

Alternate Titles

  • "마리오 파티 8" -- Korean spelling
  • "マリオパーティ8" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Nintendo-Online.de Jul 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
V2.fi Jul 24, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.fr Jun 29, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Video Game Talk Jul 29, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamer.nl Jul 11, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Tweakers.net Jul 05, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot May 29, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
JeuxActu Jun 22, 2007 12 out of 20 60
411mania.com Jun 18, 2007 6 out of 10 60
WiiDSFrance Feb 25, 2009 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

UK release

If you look at the release information, you'll notice that the original UK release date is later than the other European release dates. The reason for this is that the UK release had a problem during production. Soon after the release, all copies were recalled. One of the dialogues contains the lines “Magikoopa magic! Turn the train spastic Make this ticket tragic!” In British English, the word spastic refers to someone with physical and mental disabilities, and is considered politically incorrect. Just one month before, Ubisoft had the PSP game Mind Quiz pulled from the shelves because of the same word.

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gamewarrior (5060) added Mario Party 8 (Wii) on Jun 15, 2007