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Mario Party (Series) Review
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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the specific hardware the game is played on.

Mario Party Superstars is the latest game in the series. It reintroduces the classic mini-games and boards from the previous games. They are each updated with a fresh lick of paint while maintaining the classic combination of board-game progress and miniature multiplayer challenges. Unlike Super Mario Party, that added new mechanics like character-specific blocks, Superstars eschews innovation in favour of simple two-button mini-games, no motion controls, and no character-specific advantages.

The favourite mini-games from the series feature. Bumper Balls, Face Lift, Bowser’s Big Blast and Mushroom Mix-Up return. These, like other examples, keep things simple and approachable so that even those who don't play many games can join in and do well. You can even just opt to play a collection of mini-games in the Mt. Minigames mode.

Whether you get the latest version, or find a second hand copy to run on older hardware, Mario Party is a lot of fun for the family, and a great way to spice up board game style competition. Wii Party (Nintendo Wii) and Wii Party U offer a similar experience with a broader focus on mini-games and different game modes.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The game is played in short rounds that last just a few minutes. Sometimes all against all and sometimes players team up against each other. These are collected together in experiences that last around 40 minutes.

You can choose how many turns to play which adjust how long the game will last.

CostsCosts

Mario Party usually costs £6.29 to £49.99.
 

Mario Party 10

Switch Store Wii U £19.99

Mario Party 2

Switch Store Wii U £8.99

Mario Party Advance

Switch Store Wii U £6.29

Mario Party Ds

Switch Store Wii U £8.99
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £8.99

Mario Party Superstars

Switch Store Switch £49.99

Mario Party: Island Tour

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £15.99

Mario Party: Star Rush

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99

Mario Party: The Top 100

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 and features occasional very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. Very mild violence occurs during some minigames in which characters can be hit by obstacles or opponents. The characters are not visibly harmed and simply fly off screen or grunt as stars circle their heads.

A few minigames, and one of the game's boards, features some mildly spooky elements. For example, players may have to use a flashlight to stop a giant ball and chain from coming near them. The overall atmosphere, however, remains light-hearted.

Skill Rating

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players can pick out some favourite minigames to play. Older players will enjoy competing with the rest of the family.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Each board has its own difficulty level. Plus, if players are competing against the computer, they can set the difficulty of each one to create an experience that suits their play style.
 
Our Mario Party Accessibility Report documents 1 accessibility feature:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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