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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.4
Overall User Score (11 votes) 3.6

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GamerDad (Nov 07, 2005)
With a cartridge that is chock full of short game playing goodness, Mario Party Advance is a good buy for anyone looking for light, easy to play entertainment. It is an excellent choice for younger players, or those looking for easy multiplayer games. Unfortunately, the easy difficulty means more mature gamers will find the single player opportunities lacking. Other than the fairly easy story mode, there are only a few challenges available to play against the computer. This is a recommended purchase for families with fewer Game Boys than players, but recommended with reservations for those who don't think they can take advantage of the many multiplayer modes.
GameLemon (Dec 15, 2005)
There's no doubt that Nintendo screwed up just a little at trying to include any sort of multiplayer aspect into this game. And, given the game's title, some gamers will undoubtedly be disappointed by that. But to be honest, Mario Party Advance is not really a Mario Party game in the form we have been used to. It's really best as a single-player mini-game extravaganza with a storyline and some hilarious dialogue. So if you can get over those Mario Party stereotypes (don't worry, we all fight them), you'll probably find it pretty fun.
4Players.de (Jul 02, 2005)
Ich mag mich täuschen, aber eine Party findet meiner Ansicht nach selten allein statt – und Mario Party Advance ist alles in allem ein sehr unbefriedigendes Mehrspielererlebnis für ein Spiel, das den Ausdruck »Party« im Namen trägt! Zumal das Hin und Her mit »ein Modul benötigt«, »mehrere Module benötigt« und »alle vier Spieler an einen GBA!« wirklich alles andere als Party-freundlich ist. Allein hat man mit dem grafisch des Öfteren an Gameboy Color-Titel erinnernden Game durchaus seine Freude: viele Mini-Games, ein guter Wiederspielwert, verrückte Ideen. Wer aber eine wirkliche Mario Party erleben will, sollte sich besser an die N64- bzw. GameCube-Games halten. Das GBA-Game hat mit diesen Vorbildern nicht viel zu tun.
N-Zone (Jul 15, 2005)
Es ist sicherlich ein schwieriges Unterfangen, einen beliebten Mehrspieler-Titel auf den GBA zu portieren. Der Ansatz im Einzelspieler-Modus ist durchaus gut gelungen, doch leider erweist sich das Spielprinzip als zu langatmig und schwierig, um dauerhaft zu faszinieren. Da helfen auch die abwechslungsreichen Aufgaben nicht viel. Hinzu kommt die durchschnittliche Optik. FĂĽr ein kurzes Spielchen aber ganz spaĂźig!
Ein Mario Party scheint für den GBA ja ideal zu sein. Umso unverständlicher, dass ausgerechnet hier der Schwerpunkt auf dem Singleplayer-Modus liegt. Zugegeben, der ist recht niedlich gemacht und für kurze Zeit ganz spaßig, aber wie man es von Mario Party kennt, kommt die Langzeitmotivation erst mit mehreren Spielern.
Fragland.net (Jul 20, 2005)
Is Mario Party Advance state of the art? No, it is not because some mini-games are stupid and/or dull (which is inevitable because of the amount) and the multiplayer part is, despite some efforts, not that of a party-animal. The sound and graphics do not really push the GBA to its extreme but there are games that do a lot worse, believe me. The single-player on the other hand, is elaborated quite well so if that is what you demand, you might want to buy it. However, I do recommend a one-day-rental first so you can check it out thoroughly and see if it is still worth the purchase at the end of the day.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 13, 2005)
Pour sa première adaptation sur GBA, Mario Party remanie la formule originelle pour la destiner en priorité au jeu en solo. Même si le soft demeure toujours jouable à plusieurs, le mode multi s'efface sans doute un peu trop dans cet opus GBA qui demeure pourtant toujours aussi divertissant. Il est tout de même plaisant de voir que la série s'efforce de prendre une orientation différente sur portable, mais ceux qui attendaient un titre idéal à plusieurs seront vraisemblablement déçus.
GameSpot (Mar 31, 2005)
All told, Mario Party Advance is quite different from the Mario Party games we're familiar with on the N64 and GameCube. The majority of the minigames and play modes included with the GBA game are geared toward single-player play. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that Mario Party Advance isn't much of a party when multiple players are involved.
MAN!AC (Jun 03, 2005)
Für Solisten ist das neue Abenteuer besser, aber bei weitem nicht optimal: Mit den neuen Minimissionen ist die "Mario Party" im Einspieler-Modus unterhaltsamer als das große Konsolenvorbild. Ohne KI-Konkurrenz braucht Ihr jetzt auch nicht die Züge virtueller Spieler abwarten. Mit der dritten Dimension verabschiedet sich aber auch die Spieltiefe: Die meisten Minispiele gerieten zu reichlich stupiden Reaktionstests, die zwar nett anzusehen, aber kaum motivierend sind - mit dem schnellen Wechsel eines "Wario Ware" hat das Sinn, die Würfelkarte zieht das Spielprinzip aber gehörig in die Länge. Auch technisch macht die Mario-Clique kein Fass auf: Kaum Sprachausgabe sowie kleine Figuren bringen wenig Schwung in den Minispielmarathon.
Gaming Target (Apr 15, 2005)
Overall, Mario Party Advance is a real disappointment. After all of the delays, I was expecting something with more depth. The end result turned out to be a single-player oriented game, which defeats the purpose of the Mario Party series. If you are looking for a Mario Party game, definitely go with one of the GameCube versions. You will have a lot more fun and will find a lot more replay value. However, if you are searching for a game full of mini-games for the GBA, then a WarioWare game is what you should get.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 24, 2006)
And that’s what Mario Party Advance is. A cute idea with limited appeal thanks to the spotty quality of the minigames and the watered down multiplayer. If you're looking for Mardi Gras to break out on the bus to work, you'd be better off buying a bag of beads.
IGN (Mar 25, 2005)
Mario Party Advance isn't so much a fiesta this time around, at least in comparison to what console gamers have gotten in past editions of the series. The GBA version is more focused on the single player experience, because much of the game won't become available until they hit the board game solo. That wouldn't be so bad if the single player adventure was tighter and more creative than what's been created here -- the main experience is slow-paced and unexciting, and many of the mini-games wouldn't even be worthy in a regular platform game design. But the game's not all that bad, with a nice assortment of basic one-off challenges that can be played at any time...once you've unlocked them in the main game, of course. It, at the very least, offers a lot of bang for the buck.
GameSpy (Mar 30, 2005)
While there's some fun to be had with Mario Party Advance, and quite a few great game-playing aspects, it's a bit tedious and tired when you look at the slew of other excellent multiplayer games have been released for the GBA. Check some of those first. And if you still want to partaay, then slide this into your machine.
Jeuxpo.com (2005)
Mario Party Advance aurait pu nous divertir avec une aventure plus élaborée et plus directe. Le jeu se noit dans des phases de dialogues interminables et l'esprit Mario Party n'est plus. Les personnages se sont assagies, seul le multi est plus réussi bien que limité à deux. Bref cette adaptation GBA déçoit.
1UP (Apr 05, 2005)
But even with so many more modes, well-designed mini-games and gags, and a fair amount of replay value, I didn't feel like I got the chance to play the Mario Party. I spent more time planning my moves on the board and painfully trying to remember where so-and-so lived than getting to play the mini-games. Though I'm open to new possibilities and reinterpretations of Mario Party, playing this game made me want to just jump on my Gamecube and play the original console versions -- even if I have to play against 3 CPU players because frankly, being the only player on a board game that's advertised as a party is just disheartening.
Games TM (Jun, 2005)
It's hard to see exactly who Nintendo thinks Mario Party Advance will appeal to. Fans of the franchise tend to enjoy the multiplayer board game aspect - they'll hate this. WarioWare fans are used to a wide and quirky spread of games - they'll hate this. Newcomers will see the boardbased single-player slog as nothing but hard work - they'll hate this. And as for people who hate wasting ₤30... well, we'll leave that for you to figure out.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 07, 2005)
And if you haven't got the message yet, Mario Party Advance is possibly the worst videogame Nintendo has had the misfortune to publish. Avoid at all costs; this is disgracefully bad.

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