Mario Party: Island Tour continues the Mario Party franchise after the 2007 Mario Party DS release and takes it to the Nintendo 3DS. One can play with any off the previous Mario Party DS characters such as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Wario, Daisy, Waluigi, Toad and the new character Boo. A secret ninth character can be unlocked by playing through one of the available game modes.
The game is played on seven different boards (6 standard and 1 unlockable) and features 81 different mini-games in the so-called Party Mode, which also can be played "without the use of a game board in the Mini-Game Mode. Island Tour also features AR and supports Streetpass, which can be used in the third mode: StreetPass Minigames. The fourth and final mode is Bowser's Tower in which players must play through 30 floors of minigames, with every 5 floors featuring a boss battle.
The general concept of playing the game is still the same and does not much differ, compared to its previous iteration of Mario Party DS