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The Mario Party series might be a bit long in the tooth, but it shouldn't be counted out; there have been enough tweaks and changes to keep things interesting and the minigames are as fun as ever.
Cubed3 (Apr 01, 2012)
Mario Party 9 is a resounding success on so many levels, adding plenty of extra variety to differentiate itself from previous entries, whilst also learning important lessons from the limited-yet-fun Wii Party. Nintendo has delivered a party title that will appeal to veterans and newcomers alike. Let’s get this party started…
Mario Party fans and board game enthusiasts alike should rejoice as Nintendo has done it again. Mario Party 9 has brought back what made Mario Party fun in its earlier days as they have combined the right amount of new mixed in with the old to make a well-rounded party title. With the variety of new mini games and a twist to the original gameplay, with all players travelling together throughout the stages, Mario Party 9 has made good on promises of a fresh and exciting change of pace to this well-known franchise.
90 (Mar 19, 2012)
Jag har haft mycket roligt med Mario Party 9, mer roligt än med något av de föregående spelen på ett sätt. På ett annat sätt kommer Mario Party 6 alltid hålla sig starkt, med sina långa matcher, utplanerade drag och sätt att sabotera för motståndaren. Mario Party är dött, leve Mario Party.
Ultimately, Mario Party 9 is a great success for Nd Cube, which has breathed new life into a flatlining series.
NZGamer (Apr 03, 2012)
"Mario rocks the party that rocks your body."
GamingXP (Mar 04, 2012)
„Mario Party 9“ ist einer der letzten großen Titel aus dem Hause Nintendo für die doch schon in die Jahre gekommene Heimkonsole Wii. Der Entwicklerwechsel tat dem Franchise gut, denn die neuen Features gepaart mit dem erfolgreichen Spielprinzip vergangener Tage macht Lust und Laune. Während der Singleplayer-Modus „nur“ solide ist, spielt der Titel, wie auch schon die Vorgänger, im lokalen Vier-Spieler-Modus seine Stärken voll aus. Multiplayer-Spaß in Reinkultur hat einen Namen: „Mario Party 9“.
Vandal Online (Mar 06, 2012)
Si alguien tenía dudas sobre el futuro de la serie Mario Party, ahora puede estar tranquilo. No olvidamos la triste noticia de la desaparición de Hudson Soft como marca (los que idearon originalmente la serie Mario Party), pero creemos que Nintendo seguirá honrando su memoria con juegos de la serie tan bien llevados a cabo como este Mario Party 9, un título que hará las delicias de los fans del universo de Mario más que recomendable para jugar en grupo.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 12, 2012)
The game manages to keep the hectic and wild spirit Mario Party is known for while eliminating superfluous gimmicks and features that slowed the pace down instead of making it equally interesting for everybody.
80 (Mar 28, 2012)
In the end though, it boils down the same Mario Party that you either love or hate. Fans of the series will more or less like its new formula, and haters will… well, hate. Each map will provide a nice serving of competitiveness against your friends and all within a reasonable amount of time. Anyone who’s been waiting for them to do something different might want to check this game out.
GamezGeneration (Mar 07, 2012)
Nachdem Mario‘s achte Sause nicht mehr als ein laues Lüftchen war, kehrt der Party-King nun zur alten Form zurück und besticht mit einem neuen Konzept und vielen interessanten Einfällen, die die Serie deutlich aufwerten! Die Minispiele machen deutlich mehr Spaß als noch im Vorgänger und für Mehrspielerfreunde führt kein Weg an dieser Party vorbei! Mario Party 9 übertrumpft nochmals das schon ausgezeichnete Wii Party und begeistert mit Spielspaß, Umfang und einer tollen Spielbarkeit! Da geht man gerne zu einer Party!
God is a Geek (Mar 01, 2012)
Whilst Mario Party 9 doesn’t bring too much new to the series, it’s a fine effort nonetheless. Clearly aimed at a younger audience, it succeeds in bringing people together in front of the television to enjoy some Mario fun, and how can that be a bad thing?
BlogCritics Magazine (Mar 15, 2012)
Nintendo may have saved this franchise by reclaiming its development. Some may object to the number of the changes made in the gameplay but, its predecessor might as well have been a bootleg. The poor quality of the graphics, the silly waggle mechanics and the useless inclusion of Miis have been replaced with a solid first party game. While skill may now have an even smaller effect on the outcome, Mario Party is about making sure everyone has fun regardless of age, gender, or blood alcohol level and that is where Mario Party 9 largely succeeds. The smaller cast is unfortunate but the overall quality upgrade nearly makes up for not being able to play as a Boo or Dry Bones.
80 (Mar 01, 2012)
Après huit épisodes conçus dans le même moule et alors que l'on croyait la série définitivement à bout de souffle, Nintendo relance Mario Party avec un neuvième volet plein de surprises. Tous les fans n'adhéreront peut-être pas aux changements drastiques opérés dans cet opus, mais on ne peut qu'encourager cette volonté d'apporter du sang neuf en repartant quasiment de zéro au lieu de jouer la carte de la facilité. Un choix incontournable pour les amateurs de titres vraiment fun et conviviaux sur Wii !
80 (2012)
Mario Party 9 apporte enfin du sang neuf à la série. Le titre s'éloigne de ses prédécesseurs, ce qui ne plaira peut être pas à tous les joueurs, mais cette évolution du concept apporte en tout cas un nouveau dynamisme à la saga de Nintendo. Bref, le party game a su prendre des risques, et le résultat s'avère brillant.
WiiDSFrance (Mar 13, 2012)
Oui, les mini-jeux auraient pu être plus ambitieux pour tirer partie de toutes les capacités de la Wiimote, mais, lorsqu'un développeur prend le risque de tout remettre à plat pour donner aux joueurs une nouvelle expérience devant un essoufflement d'une série, on ne peut que s'incliner, surtout lorsque le résultat est aussi réussi. La nouvelle orientation prise par la série permet de trouver un second souffle et donc d'envisager un avenir radieux pour la série Mario Party, qui propose donc avec ce neuvième volet, un soft qui concerne tous les joueurs, tant par son accessibilité que par sa faon de mettre tous les concurrents dans le même bateau. Du grand art, avant un passage sur Wii U que nous attendons désormais avec une impatience non dissimulée.
Meristation (Mar 02, 2012)
Tener Mario Party 9 en nuestra estantería personal es requisito indispensable para todos los poseedores de Wii que acostumbren a realizar fiestas en casa. Más versátil, más fresco, más divertido y más variado, con un uso apropiado del mando de la consola y apto tanto para todos los públicos como para los jugadores hardcore. Bien es cierto que este título no representa la evolución suprema en el género de los party games, pero sí que se convierte instantáneamente en un referente del género en Wii.
Gamereactor (Spain) (Feb 27, 2012)
Mario Party 9 demuestra que en Nintendo son expertos en el género. Es de los mejores party games que hay en una consola con tantos exponentes como la Wii y de las mejores y más imaginativas entregas de la serie. Son razones de sobra para preparar otra fiesta. Ve comprando bebidas y llamando a los colegas.
Much has been improved since the eighth iteration, and there's a slew of new content to unlock and explore. Even the skeptics should be charmed once they've played a game or two.
Nintendo Life (Mar 01, 2012)
It's less predictable than its previous instalments, smartly ditching the dead wood in favour of a fresh approach that emphatically reminds us why the series has been going for 14 years.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 02, 2012)
Jag misstänker att Mario Party 9 nu kanske är lite för uppstyrt för en del gamla konservativa fans och vissa grenar håller som sagt inte måttet. Men ändå, Nd Cube har lyckats fantastiskt väl med att fungera som Nintendos egen Bindefeldt och styrt upp ett fräscht party som revitaliserar det lite trötta konceptet. Att festa med Mario har kort sagt aldrig varit roligare än nu.
GamesRadar (Mar 06, 2012)
If you lost interest some time around the umpteenth GameCube iteration, or the woeful Mario Party 8, MP9 is a good excuse to come back. Enough of the old concerns have been addressed and the game is more focused than ever, marking a return to simplicity that reminds us why we loved huddling around those old Nintendo consoles in the first place.
80 (Mar 06, 2012)
Summa summarum består Mario Party 9 av nästan enbart positiva nyheter. Har du inga spelsugna vänner är det inget för dig, men om du älskar seriens tävlingsmoment och slappa, okomplicerade upplägg tror jag att du blir positivt överraskad av nians nya grepp. Mario Party 9 är faktiskt en värdig avslutning på seriens nu dubbla besök på Wii-plattformen.
80 (Mar 12, 2012)
Mario Party torna quindi ai fasti di un tempo? Di sicuro i ragazzi di Nd Cube hanno svolto al meglio il difficile compito di svecchiamento, forse anche in modo leggermente troppo drastico. Alcune delle vecchie modalità, infatti, si sarebbero potute integrare benissimo alla nuova struttura, creando la commistione perfetta tra la novità e la tradizione. Anche così, comunque, ci troviamo di fronte a un party game di ottima fattura, capace di far passare serate assolutamente folli in compagnia degli amici o della famiglia, in perfetto stile Wii.
Joystiq (Mar 14, 2012)
Seasoned Party-goers and newcomers looking for an entry point into the prolific franchise, however, should consider crashing Mario's latest shindig.
78 (Mar 13, 2012)
Aber unterm Strich ist dieses Mario Party das beste seit...unglaublich, aber wahr…seit Bestehen dieses Magazins. Viel Spaß auf der Sternenjagd!
Digital Chumps (Mar 12, 2012)
Excluding Wii Party, Mario Party 9 is the first we've seen in nearly five years of what was historically a perennial series. This break in the action has provided an opportunity for reinvention, and to some extent, that's what's occurred. What it all boils down to is a clever, unexpected, and much-needed reboot of a series that previously didn't seem to have much left in the way of creativity. It won't turn haters into lovers, but it's most certainly a step in the right direction for the franchise.
Destructoid (Mar 31, 2012)
Mario Party 9 features less motion control, fewer board-game rules, and more of a videogame feel, but there's still plenty left to chance. Those waiting for a full-scale overhaul will have to wait a little longer. If you're like me -- that is, you've always wanted the Mario Party series to be more than just Mario in name, you'll definitely be pleased with the direction in which the series is headed.
Warum man auf einen Online-Modus verzichtet, scheint mir geradezu unerklärlich. Das Spiel schreit förmlich danach, es nicht nur an einer Konsole mit Freunden oder Geschwistern und Eltern geniessen zu können. Schade, damit hat man auf jeden Fall viel langfristiges Spielspasspotential verschenkt. Gleichwohl kann Mario Party 9 dennoch lange Zeit begeistern und mit seinen witzig gestalteten Minispielen an den Bildschirm fesseln. Wenn man etwas kritisieren kann, dann ist dies der Umstand, dass der Faktor Glück in diesem Teil etwas zu viel an Bedeutung gewonnen hat. Selbst wenn ihr bei den Minispielen eher miese Leistungen gebracht habt, könnt ihr am Ende als strahlender Sieger vom virtuellen Spielbrett gehen, weil das Bewertungsschema der Bonussterne nicht ganz stimmig ist. Hier wäre eine optionale Gewichtung schön gewesen, um diesen Effekt zu verringern oder gar ganz zu deaktivieren.
75 (Mar 22, 2012)
Sin embargo los minijuegos no tienen la misma suerte. Su cantidad es más que correcta, pero ninguno de ellos destaca ni resulta especialmente memorable, salvo los de los enfrentamientos contra los jefes de tablero. Además, algunos de ellos padecen de los típicos problemas de control por movimiento que pueden estropear la partida. Si tienes una pequeña reunión de amigos amantes de los juegos de Nintendo y te quieres complicar la vida, Mario Party 9 es el juego ideal.
Game Shark (Mar 09, 2012)
In the end, Mario Party 9 remains what each game in the series has been: a party game. Part of me wants to berate Nintendo for making nine Mario Party games in little more than a decade, but I've got to applaud them in this case. There's no flashy new control scheme or extraneous microphone peripheral in Mario Party 9. No, in lieu of any fancy new hardware, Nintendo simply gave the old gang the keys to the company car and actually changed the rules of the game for once-and it works surprisingly well.
Spazio Games (Mar 19, 2012)
Mario Party 9 riesce a svecchiare gran parte delle meccaniche di gioco dei precedenti capitoli, grazie anche alle contaminazioni estetiche e di gameplay provenienti da altri titoli appartenenti alla saga dell'idraulico coi baffi. Un'esperienza di gioco incredibilmente divertente in due o più giocatori dove la fortuna e l'abilità col Wii Remote saranno gli ingredienti fondamentali per il successo. Un acquisto consigliato a tutti coloro che hanno la possibilità di giocare con qualcuno al proprio fianco visto che la componente single player, per sua stessa natura, cozza con il titolo stesso del gioco.
72 (Apr 12, 2012)
This Mario Party 9 is what the title says. Little new under the sun in party land, but a game that's perfect if you want to have some fun with friends one night. That you first have to go through the singleplayer campaign is a downer, but the visual appearance as well as the goofy atmosphere make up for that. If you're not fed up with mini-games yet, you can certainly add this one to your collection.
GameTrailers (Mar 14, 2012)
An over-reliance on random chance over strategy can quickly derail the experience when things go awry at the worst possible time, but when matches come together with the right balance, Mario Party 9 does deliver the fun this exuberant series is known for.
70 (Mar 29, 2012)
Mario Party 9 remet légèrement au goût du jour une série qui tournait en rond depuis plusieurs épisodes. Même si ce neuvième numéro reste très proche de ses prédécesseurs sur le papier, il propose un nouveau système de jeu qui rend les parties plus rythmées et plus stratégiques. Cela n’empêche pas le titre de garder certain défauts de la série comme la part importante de hasard dans son gameplay de même que le fréquent manque de rythme. Un épisode qui a au moins le mérite de tenter d’innover un peu sans bousculer les habitués.
70 (Mar 02, 2012)
Mario Party 9 réussit son pari de proposer finalement une nouvelle expérience tout en maintenant les joueurs en terrain conquis. Cependant, en dehors des quelques changements opérés, même s’ils font partie d’une refonte générale des mécaniques de la série, la formule est quasiment identique aux opus précédents. Nintendo ne prend que très peu de risques et propose encore une fois un titre réussi qui satisfera pleinement les habitués de la série (qui regretteront peut-être un certain manque d’audace des développeurs) et satisfera sans problème les nouveaux venus. Si la partie « Solo » n’est pas désagréable - malgré la triche trop présente de la console -, elle mérite que l’on s’y intéresse. Mais, comme toujours, l’expérience de jeu est transcendée à plusieurs.
Wiiloveit (Apr 03, 2012)
Kids will undoubtedly get the most out of the game and purely on the merit of quality family-friendly gaming, I can, therefore, still recommend this game to such an audience. For everyone else, Mario Party 9 can be seen as a mostly good effort, but the ability to actually derive enjoyment is highly dependent upon your taking the good with the bad. And when you consider the large number of things that can rule over your experience, it's easy to see that this revival is not as strong as it should have been.
Gamereactor (Norway) (Mar 07, 2012)
Små designrelaterte forandringer og stort sett morsomme minispill til tross: Mario Party 9 klarer ikke å by på noe nytt. Formelen begynner å føles utdatert, og i tillegg er noen av minispillene enten for flaksbaserte eller for korte. Lite føles nytt, og det er trist å se at lite er forandret i løpet av den fem år lang pausen siden forgjengeren. Mario Party 9 er fortsatt et morsomt spill å spille med familie og venner, men det hersker ingen tvil om at Nintendo enten må finne opp kruttet på nytt eller legge ballen død.
70 (Feb 29, 2012)
A successful reboot for a franchise that still has a lot to give in terms of uniting gamers, and non-gamers, around its uncomplicated but endearing charms.
70 (Mar 02, 2012)
Essentially, Mario Party 9 is a great leveller. No matter if you play games for a living or only touch a controller when one is forced into you hand, chances are you'll be in with a shot of winning come the end of the each game. The Wii has always been about bringing people together to play, and Mario Party 9 does that considerably better than I thought it would.
IGN (Mar 09, 2012)
During sessions with Mario Party 9 I was still able to suppress my critical instincts and lose myself in its charms -- but booze was perhaps more essential than ever.
GameOver (Greece) (Mar 08, 2012)
Η απουσία διαδικτυακού παιχνιδιού είναι λιγάκι απογοητευτική βέβαια, και χωρίς αμφιβολία παραμένει ακόμα ένα παιχνίδι που προσανατολίζεται σχεδόν αποκλειστικά για διασκέδαση με φίλους, με το single player να αποτελεί απλά μια ευχάριστη προσθήκη παρά τις φιλότιμες προσπάθειες του. Όσοι, λοιπόν, ψάχνετε για ένα καλό party game, που θα ευχαριστηθείτε με την παρέα σας, λίγα παιχνίδια συγκρίνονται με την απλή, χαοτική και γεμάτη ανατροπές εμπειρία του Mario Party 9. Όσοι πάλι θα θέλατε οτιδήποτε άλλο, απλά προσπεράστε το.
70 (Mar 15, 2012)
Questo nono episodio rimarrà nella storia della serie, perché è il più innovativo degli ultimi anni, e i suoi minigiochi, in particolare le battaglie coi boss, sono ben realizzati. Mai come stavolta tuttavia il vincitore è deciso dal caso, elemento che appiattisce l'esperienza e ne vanifica in parte i pregi. L'online non c'è, ma in Mario Party non se ne sente troppo la mancanza. Un nuovo punto di partenza insomma, vivace, che va perfezionato. Su WiiU, ormai.
Cheat Code Central (Mar 12, 2012)
Is Mario Party 9 fun? Sure. In fact, its new gameplay formula is probably one of the most refreshing changes to hit the Mario Party franchise to date. Still, it hasn't addressed the main failing of Mario Party titles: the replay value. In the past, the long length and random nature Mario Party games made gamers forget them shortly after their release in favor of more strategic and skill-based party games like Rock Band. Now Mario Party moves quicker, but has even less of a strategic element. This makes the game less frustrating, but no more appealing than any other Mario Party title. After playing through each of the boards twice with a group of friends, I was ready to put this title on my shelf until the next Mario Party release.
Worth Playing (Mar 12, 2012)
If you have a dedicated group of friends who are ready to toss down on some Mario-themed minigames and game board shenanigans, then you're probably good to go with Mario Party 9. I don't think there's enough material here to warrant purchasing what is essentially the same game we've been playing for years. Nintendo's proven that it has the formula down to a science, and the minigame action is as fun as it's ever been, but the overall package has grown incredibly stale.
60 (Mar 03, 2012)
Mario Party, même dans sa dernière mouture, Mario Party 9, ne fait toujours pas office de jeu indispensable. Il manque toujours de rythme, les mini-jeux sont loin d'être tous convaincants et le potage a tellement été servi et reservi que forcément, l'effet de surprise n'y est plus. Cependant, si l'ensemble reste bien imparfait, force est de constater que certains mini-jeux sont vraiment tordants, que la "puterie" ambiante (moins présente finalement dans cette version) est toujours jouissive et que les déplacements groupés fluidifient l'action. Ainsi, pour les dimanches pluvieux entre amis, Mario Party 9 reste une valeur sûre et pourrait même s'avérer meilleur encore si vous lui ajoutez vos propres règles...
60 (Mar 05, 2012)
For all del, Mario Party 9 er ikke et dårlig spill og det vil garantert glede en ny generasjon Nintendo-spillere. Men det tilføyer heller ikke noe, og dersom du ikke er en spesielt stor fan av serien fra før, vil det antagelig ikke være et stort savn om du står over denne utgaven.
GameSpot (Mar 13, 2012)
Though an enjoyable addition to the series, Mario Party 9 is much too familiar and predictable.
XGN (Mar 14, 2012)
Mario Pary 9 beschikt absoluut over veel modi en opties, heeft veel nieuwe minigames die stuk voor stuk goed spelen, maar helaas zijn er te veel minpunten. Zo is de game simpeler dan ooit, kan de speler niet meer een eigen plan trekken en gaat daarmee een stukje strategie verloren. Meer dan ooit speelt geluk een rol en dat is zonde. Tel daarbij op dat de game niet online met mensen gespeeld kan worden en dat het einde van een potje veel verziekt. Dan besef je Mario Party 9 helaas geen feestje is geworden.
Game Revolution (Mar 19, 2012)
In the end, it's Mario, and it's a great party game. If you buy it, you'll get exactly what you paid for.
Game Informer Magazine (Mar 09, 2012)
There are things about Mario Party 9 that make it a better experience than previous entries, but overall it's still a disheartening experience. The best times I experienced with the game were the times when co-workers and I were laughing at each other's stupid mistakes while playing, but you really don't need a video game to fuel stupid mistakes worth laughing at.
Retro4Ever (Oct 26, 2012)
Overall, Mario Party 9 is not only my least favorite in the franchise; it is also the worst. I fully understand that the gameplay needs changes over the years such as the example when orbs were introduced, among other such innovations. However, with the new changes to the gameplay, it sucks out most of the competitiveness and challenge that previous entries thrived upon. I have owned every Mario Party, and currently own four through eight, but this title will not be among my collection. The series has officially flat lined. The good news is that at some point, the fall has to end, and you can only go up from there. Hopefully with the wake-up call of fan displeasure, the Wii U entries will be much more engaging and enjoyable.
Gamekult (Mar 01, 2012)
Avec son nouveau gameplay loin d'être convaincant et ses plateaux aussi linéaires que peu inventifs, ce nouvel opus divisera bien plus qu'il ne rassemblera. Certes, on s'amuse quand même dès qu'on est à plusieurs devant son téléviseur grâce aux mini-jeux plutôt efficaces, mais on se demande vraiment s'il fallait attendre cinq ans pour assister à un retour aussi timide. Les épreuves fonctionnent, effectivement, mais le titre aurait largement gagné à exploiter davantage les fonctionnalités de la Wiimote. Quant aux défauts que l'on reproche à la série depuis plusieurs épisodes, à savoir son rythme et ses mécaniques parfois trop aléatoires, ils n'ont même pas disparu avec les nouvelles règles. Finalement, Mario Party 9 a fait beaucoup de changements pour pas grand-chose. Un party game correct, mais qui n'a clairement plus les ambitions de ses aînés.
Minispelen har mindre fokus, vilket är synd eftersom de korta tävlingsmomenten ofta är väldigt varierade och skojiga i sin enkelhet. I övrigt handlar det för mycket om tur för att bli roligt. Det är uppenbart att brädet alltid ska balansera upp orättvis stjärnfördelning och att det ska sluta jämnt mellan deltagarna. Det är möjligen kul för de allra minsta, men det får vad jag åstadkommit att kännas meningslöst. Mario party 9 är hyfsat charmigt att spela med andra, men utan utmaning tappar det all verklig dragningskraft.