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The first portable incarnation of the Mario Party series, Mario Party Advance shakes things up quite a bit on the GBA. With the focus on the single-player, there are all kinds of single-player mini-games, one giant single-player board to traverse instead of multiple ones (Shroom City), and all kinds of different Gaddgets and gameplay modes to indulge in.

The main single-player experience involves traveling across "Shroom City," which is a major departure from the standard set-up in past Mario Party titles. You have the choice to be Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Yoshi, and depending on who you choose, you'll start at a different spot on the board, which is quite large.

You're given die rolls to navigate the board and, when you reach special sections of the map, complete special quests, which often involve helping residents of Shroom City and/or participating in special challenges. Most quests involve collecting some sort of object elsewhere or a mini-game. By completing these quests, you'll collect stars, which eventually allow for special boss bouts with Bowser, and you'll unlock mini-games and Gaddgets, which are simple, toy-like contraptions that you can play with.

The game ends when you complete your allotted number of turns, although additional turns and die rolls can be earned during the game by completing the "Mushroom Challenges" that occur rather often. After completing your session, your rewards are saved, and you can play with your mini-games and Gaddgets in Play Mode.

There are also two additional modes available, "Party Land," where you can play special duel mini-games with a friend, and "Challenge Land," where you play through special modes that test your mini-game skills to earn coins, which can be used to purchase additional unlockables in a shop.

Finally, there is also a feature called the "Bonus Board." You can play with a board that is included with the game using the GBA. The GBA takes care of die rolls, mini-games, and end-of-the-game events.


Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Stompbot XL mini game - you have to reach the finish line before lava gets you.
Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Here for example you play a minigame where you have to cut the chain first.
Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Unfortunately Bowser comes and scatters all gadgets and minigames.
Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance When you reach a house you can either enter it or move on to the next.

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Mario Party Advance Screenshot
Mario Party Advance Screenshot
Mario Party Advance Screenshot
Mario Party Advance Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mario Party Advance: PARTY on the GO!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "マリオパーティアドバンス" -- Japanese spelling

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GamerDad Game Boy Advance Nov 07, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameLemon Game Boy Advance Dec 15, 2005 7.7 out of 10 77 Game Boy Advance Jul 02, 2005 70 out of 100 70
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Jul, 2005 69 out of 100 69
Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Apr 15, 2005 6.2 out of 10 62
MAN!AC Game Boy Advance Jun 03, 2005 62 out of 100 62
GameSpy Game Boy Advance Mar 30, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Game Boy Advance Mar 25, 2005 6 out of 10 60
1UP Game Boy Advance Apr 05, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Games TM Game Boy Advance Jun, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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