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Mario Party

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Released: 1999

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: Nintendo 64

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Hudson

Submitted by: Steven Jackson

Mario Party was the start of yet another Mario Franchise. The game had you go round a variety of game boards as six Mario characters. The characters were Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Donkey Kong and Wario. This game was innovative because once each of the four players had moved around the board the computer chose a random mini-game for them to play and depending on what spaces the players landed on it could be 4 Player Free-For-All, 1 Vs. 3, 2 Vs. 2 and 1 Player Mini-Games. The game had fifty mini-games in it and each new game in the series expanded the number from fifty. When you win mini-games you get coins and the coins are then exchanged for a star. The stars enable you to win the game and this is the main aim of the game collecting coins in a variety of ways to get stars. You can also get stars as a bonus at the end of the game which can help you sneek into the lead at the end of the game.

Mario Party had a span of different modes. These had you play a board for fun either alone or the option of playing with three other players which was called Adventure Mode. One player campaign called Mini-Game Island where you play through all the mini-games alone in the game. The ability to play all the mini-games you have collected in the Mini-Game Hut. The Bank and the Treehouse which gave you the chance to get special items in the game.

Mario Party was fun for a while but it soon got repetative and boring. The chance of getting new mini-games is slim once you have collected all the others on the random selecter which get's annoying. Some of the mini-games can be virtually impossible and extremely frustrating. The worst flaw in this game is some of the mini-games make you rotate the joystick with your hand or thumb which can cause blisters to appear. Thankfully though later Mario Party games didn't have the rotating of the joy-stick.

Mario Party was an ok game. It was unique and fun for a while but the novelty soon died. The aspect of playing mini-games was fun also but some could be extremely frustrating. The graphics were ok and the sounds were good but this game just wasn't good enough to play again and again.