Title: Mario Party 10
Console: Wii U
How we got the game: We bought it.
So before Mario Party 10, what was the last Mario Party game I played? It was probably Mario Party 8, although the installment that we’ve probably played the most was Mario Party 4 for the GameCube (Team Treasure Trek and Dungeon Duos were the best mini games!). I know we skipped Mario Party 9 entirely, which was probably why we were surprised by Mario Party 10 having all the characters travel the maps together in a car and collecting mini stars instead of the traditional power stars. May I just say that I was not impressed.
I always wanted to play Mario Party 9, but we never ended up getting it. I have to agree that I wasn’t too impressed with Mario Party 10, either. I missed playing a mini game at the end of every turn and I missed duking it out for stars. There wasn’t much strategy to this game. It was all luck. The other Mario Party games are based on luck as well, but you still have to strategize a bit.
The “mostly luck, not enough skill” aspect to the game was not impressive to me either. The mini games were my favorite part of the early games of the series, and to only play them once in a while if someone happened to land on one of their designated board spaces was discouraging. Also discouraging were the Bowser versus everyone else games. They were so rigged in favor of Bowser that it grew annoying.
I enjoyed that you could play as Bowser. I think it’s an interesting addition to the game play, but I agree–Bowser was pretty overpowered. That kind of game makes you lose friends depending on who you play with! I also wished there were more boards to play on. There are only five total. You can unlock more using Amiibos, but those stages don’t look too appealing.
I think the concept of Mario Party (like Mario Kart and Monopoly) can make you lose friends anyway, haha! Going to the board topic, I honestly had no idea about the Amiibos unlocking more boards. While I agree that more boards would definitely be nice, I do believe that the graphics of the boards and characters that come with the game were done nicely. I especially enjoyed the underwater board, surprisingly enough!
I didn’t know about the Amiibos, either. I just looked it up! The graphics were pretty awesome, I have to say. As much as I didn’t enjoy the game play as much as I used to, I did enjoy the updated graphics and music and character styles.
Yes, I believe the updated graphics were the best part of the game. I did also enjoy the mini games that we did play, even if we couldn’t play them as frequently as we did in the past games of the series. The Boss Battles in the middle and at the end of the boards were interesting as well. Fighting with and against the other characters at the same time to defeat the boss but get the most points was great! Other than those few aspects, though, Mario Party 10 was not that brilliant. It was good for a few casual games with friends, but it’s not a game that will be broken out to play very often.
I forgot about the boss battles! Those were great additions to the game play.
This certainly wasn’t my favorite Mario Party installment, but I have to admit that, like you said, it’s fun to play every once in a while. We haven’t played in a while, but now that we’re talking about it I kind of want to play it again!
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