Mario Party

Moby ID: 3537
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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.

Spellings

  • マリオパーティ - Japanese spelling
  • 马里奥聚会 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 마리오 파티 - Korean spelling

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Critics

Average score: 79% (based on 27 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 57 ratings with 1 reviews)

The best of the Mario Party series

The Good
I like that this game was original and innovative. Nobody had ever tried it before. Packed in are tons of mini-games and AI opponents. You can also play with up to 4 players.

The Bad
I didn't like that it had taken a company so long to take a risk and make something new and original.

The Bottom Line
Mario party is definitely the best of the Mario Party series. It's a lot of fun to play with your friends or by yourself. It's a great innovative game.

Nintendo 64 · by Dark Lord (31) · 2005

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

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Game added by Chris Martin.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, gamewarrior, Chris Chidester, DreinIX, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added March 29, 2001. Last modified June 19, 2023.