Top Tuesday: Favorite Mini Games In Super Mario Party

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing Super Mario Party so much lately. There are about 80 new mini-games in the game so I thought I’d talk about some of my favorites.

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5. Net Worth

This is one of the four-player cooperative games from the River Survival mode. It’s a four-player game where you all have to work together instead of against each other. You all hold a fishing net and when a bunch of Cheep Cheep come swimming by you have to collectively pull your Joy-Con up to lift the net. This is a lot more fun when playing with other people because you have to actually communicate. It’s satisfying to get a lot of Cheep Cheep as well.

4. Bumper Brawl

This is a crazy version of Bumper Balls from Mario Party 2. The difference is that there will most likely always be a winner. This is a four-player ally mini-game which means it’s every man for himself but you have the help of your allies (should you be lucky enough to have any). The sound effects for this game is great as you’re all in hamster-like balls. Depending how many allies are on the board as well this game gets pretty crazy which is a lot of fun.

3. Absent Minded

This is a “quiz” from Toadette. It’s a four-player mini game. There are three rounds where you’re given three pictures and then have to choose which picture is missing from the big one. The pictures will pixelate slowly on screen or flash real quick throughout the screen. It’s a clever game and harder than it seems.

2. Rattle and Hmmm

This one is similar to Absent Minded except instead of seeing it’s about feeling. It’s another four-player mini game where Toadette “quizzes” you. There are three rounds of three characters doing something on screen and each one has a unique rumble you feel in the Joy-Con. The curtain closes, a rumble happens, and you have to guess who made the rumble. This is another one that’s not as easy as it seems.

1. Slaparazzi

Yet another four-player game and this is the best one, especially if you’re playing with three other people in real life. A Koopa has a camera and tries to get many different angles of you and your friends. You have to try to be the center of attention which means punching your friends out of the way. Once Koopa takes the photo, the picture is shown on screen. The pictures that come out – the poses and faces of the characters – are absolutely hilarious and well done. There are more than five rounds for this game too which is nice so you can really have a lot of fun with it.

Have you played Super Mario Party yet? What are some of your favorite mini-games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pioneer Times

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Our days are saturated with technology, especially for those of us who love video games. Watching a DVD of an old show led me to wonder about how we would survive in an age before all of these technical advancements…

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I don’t watch too much television. Rather, Rachel and I tend to stick on some of our favorite YouTube or Twitch channels to listen to while we work or hang out if we’re not gaming or writing. Lately, DVDs of the old show “I Love Lucy” is what I’ve been putting on as background noise.

It’s an older show, one that originally ran in the 1950s and is still prevalent today with its comedy. Rachel’s and my older sister Lisa is the expert on stars from that era, and it’s due to her influence that “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick van Dyke Show,” and “Happy Days” are a couple of our favorites to return to again and again.

“I Love Lucy” has an episode called Pioneer Woman where the husbands and wives bet each other that they couldn’t live like their grandparents had in the 1900s — no electricity, needing to churn their own butter, bake their own bread, sew their own clothes, etc. The wives revolted over housework and wanted “modern” conveniences, like an automatic dishwasher.

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Many of their modern conveniences are technology that we take for granted nowadays and, honestly, many we cannot live without. When was the last time you didn’t use your cell phone for a day? Are you able to do your day job without the help of a computer or any type of technology? Does the last video game you played have online capabilities to play and connect with others?

I’m constantly on the computer with my job, and it’s beyond frustrating when some aspect of it doesn’t work, whether its our Internet, the computers themselves, or one of the many programs we use to keep everything running smoothly. Our blogs and social media are used everyday at home for our writing, gaming, and connecting with friends. It absolutely sucks whenever our Internet decides to be spotty — it’s like we’re cut off from the rest of the world.

Gaming is a huge part of my life, having connected me with amazing people and friends through the Internet, as well as inspiring my writing and art in more ways than one. I am constantly amazed at the advancements in technology we have made in my lifetime, and I truly wonder if we could ever spend even a day without the tech we have at our fingertips.

Do you realize how often you use technology? Do you think you could survive in the 1900s after the comfort and ease of today’s technology?

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#GamingTogether

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This month on Monday through Friday, we started doing a new hashtag called #GamingTogether on Twitter. Each day poses a new question to start up some more fun conversations about video games with fellow like-minded people and friends. We’re about halfway through the month and decided it was time to share our own answers for the questions.

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#GamingTogether is meant to bring out a fun community for gamers to get to know one and another and connect. It can be found on our Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Today, we’ll answer questions from the first two weeks!

Day 1: Do you have a gaming buddy or someone special to play games with?

Kris: I feel as if the answer to this question is obvious to those who know us, haha! Rachel is my closest gaming buddy, and I’m lucky she started playing video games with me all those years ago.

Rachel: I feel obligated to say Kris. But no, really, Kris is my gaming buddy. Always has been, always will be.

Day 2: What’s your favorite home console?

Kris: At the moment, probably the Nintendo Switch, but I do have a lot of fond memories of the Nintendo 64.

Rachel: Echoing Kris, my favorite right now is the Nintendo Switch. But before that it was the Nintendo Gamecube. Though it’s hard to choose between that and the Nintendo 64.

Day 3: What’s your all-time favorite game?

Kris: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the SNES.

Rachel: Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64.

Day 4: If you could live in any video game world, which would it be and why?

Kris: I’m torn between Pokemon and Hyrule from the Legend of Zelda series. Each would be an awesome adventure, with Pokemon definitely focused more on exploring and growing while Hyrule would be beautiful. For Hyrule, it would also depend on the timeline, I’m sure!

Rachel: I actually wrote a blog post about this more in depth. My short answer though would be Pokemon.

Day 5: In Pokemon, if Grass, Fire, and Water were not an option, what type would you like your starter to be?

Kris: I’d choose Flying or Ground as my starting type. Both have an abundance of weaknesses, yes, but they have some of my favorite moves and I enjoy the strategies I can come up with for them.

Rachel: I would choose to have a Ghost-type Pokemon. They’re my favorite type aside from Fire.

Day 6: Which piece of The Legend of Zelda’s Triforce would you wield — Power, Courage, or Wisdom?

Kris: Honestly… I like Power. Unlike Ganondorf, I’d use my Power for good to help the world. Courage would probably be second.

Rachel: I think Wisdom would be my best bet. I’m kind of a coward and I don’t think I’d handle the courage badge so well. Power? I just can’t see myself wielding that either.

Day 7: What class in Fire Emblem would you be?

Kris: My favorite classes are the rogue and sniper classes, but I totally wouldn’t mind being a wyvern rider. Having a giant dragon-like flying mount would be amazing!

Rachel: Being a wyvern rider would be awesome, but my go-to would be a Mage. I like magic and fire!

Day 8: What is your favorite piece of gaming merch that you own?

Kris: There’s so many to choose from… I have a little Jolteon plush, a Koopa Troopa plush from Rachel, and a perler bead Geno that I bought from a talented artist back in March at Canada’s EGLX that are all at the top of my list.

Rachel: My Pokemon card collection. Hands down. I love all my figurines, art, plushies, etc., but my Pokemon card collection just keeps growing and growing.

Day 9: Who is your preferred Mario brother — Mario or Luigi?

Kris: I’m probably leaning more towards Luigi as the underdog, but I don’t mind Mario.

Rachel: Luigi! I don’t even really have much of a reason why… I’ve just always gravitated towards him. Maybe it’s because I’m always second player too.

Day 10: Who is your favorite character on the Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster (so far)?

Kris: Sheik is my absolute favorite, but I’m excited to see Chrom there as well! Robin is also one of my favorite fighters.

Rachel: Zelda, of course. She’s always been a go-to. But I’m super excited to get the chance to play as Young Link and Roy again. They were always my favorites back in the day. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of Villager, I’m interested to see what Isabelle can do.

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Ranking The Four Super Mario Party Boards

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Super Mario Party has made many old-school fans happy with the return of the classic boards, where characters take turns moving around to head to the star space while playing mini-games in between the rounds for coins. While the past couple of Mario Party games had boards, the way they were executed wasn’t up to par with the majority of fans. Super Mario Party seems to have gotten it right.

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Super Mario Party has a great set up of boards and it’s executed well this time around. My biggest complaint is that the boards are too small, but for the amount of turns and the different mechanics used in the game, the board sizes work. However, a lot of people complain that there’s only four boards total and want more. However, four boards isn’t that much of a difference compared to some of the other Mario Party games. In order from Mario Party to Mario Party 10, here are the number of boards for each Mario Party game in chronological order: 8, 6, 6, 6, 8, 9, 6, 6, 7, and 5. Six is obviously the average of boards so having two less seems like a lot to some, but it’s not much of a difference. I’m personally happy with the types of boards we got for this game.

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The first Mario Party had 8 boards? I don’t remember that… I suppose it makes some sense, with each character having his/her own board, then perhaps Bowser and a final board for the “story.” The four boards for Super Mario Party work fine if you take into consideration the other modes that Nintendo stuffed into the game, many of which were modes from Star Rush and even Top 100, just executed much better. Then of course there’s the possibility of more boards being DLC, so who knows? With only four boards, we’ve played them all quickly and each of us have our favorites.

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I’m skeptical that they’ll add DLC down the line, but I guess that’s a discussion for another day. If you haven’t played Super Mario Party yet, then feel free to stop reading since this may contain small spoilers for you. There are three boards you can play right away and the fourth and final board is unlocked once you’ve played the other three boards. There’s Whomp’s Domino Ruins, King Bob-omb’s Powderkeg Mine, Megafruit Paradise, and Kamek’s Tantalizing Tower. All four definitely have their perks, but I certainly have my favorites. Kris, how would you rank these four boards in order from your favorite to least favorite?

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I think my favorite is Kamek’s Tantalizing Tower. While it was the smallest, the race to get to the star spot and the price changing for the stars, allowing you to possibly get more than one if you had the coins, made it quite the challenge. There was also plenty of opportunities to sabotage your opponents too! Megafruit Paradise is up there in the list, as I enjoyed the bright colors, the board’s secrets, and the fact that it seemed to be on one of the largest boards. Whomp’s Domino Ruins is probably third in line, as the dungeon aesthetic was cool, then King Bob-omb’s Powderkeg Mine. King Bob-omb’s board wasn’t too bad, but it just didn’t climb the ladder of my favorites for some reason. What about you, Rachel?

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I agree that Kamek’s board was my top favorite of the four. I loved how you could get up to two stars, especially whereas the stars now cost 10 coins instead of 20 coins like the other games. However, the price changed to be either 5, 10 or 15 coins per star whenever someone reached Toadette. It was a good challenge. Next would be King Bob-omb. I felt as though that one had the most stakes during gameplay. King Bob-omb stood in the middle with many event (happening) spaces around him which ticked down a clock before his fuse blew. If you were caught in the middle when he blew up, you’d lose half of your coins. There are also smaller bob-ombs that may go on your “team.” They roll a dice block as well like your allies, except their dice block is 0, 0, 0, -1, -1, -1. So it can mess you up. Also, if you already have three allies and get a bob-omb, the bob-omb automatically kicks a random ally out and you lose a friend. Third on the list was Megafruit Paradise. I enjoyed the four different islands and with limited ways to get to each one certainly made for an interesting challenge. Whomp’s board was just kind of like a plain Jane to me. There wasn’t a whole lot at stake and it’s also the first board so I’m assuming it’s to ease the players into the game.

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I’m glad we can agree on at least one of the boards, haha! Overall, none of them were bad, although they definitely had elements from previous Mario Party boards that made some of them have that familiar nostalgic feeling. Like, Megafruit Paradise reminded me of the Yoshi board from the original Mario Party, and the Whomps moving and blocking paths in the Whomp’s Domino Ruins had been an obstacle in previous Mario Party boards as well.

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Yeah, overall, all the boards were great in their own right. I enjoyed playing them even if they were small and there aren’t many boards to choose from. I think Nintendo did a great job with the boards for Super Mario Party.

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Friday Favorites: Super Mario Party Features

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Last Friday, Super Mario Party was released for the Switch, much to everyone’s excitement. Rachel and I streamed it last Friday night on our Twitch channel, having a great time exploring the game and being thrilled that it seemed to go back to its roots with a few of the better updated features from the more recent Mario Party games.

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Character Roster

Character rosters are usually a hit or miss for me. Fire Emblem Warriors, despite my love of the franchise’s characters, has too many sword users and Mario Kart 8 has too many clones — Pink Gold Peach, all the baby characters, the Koopalings — for example. Super Mario Party has a great character roster with a fantastic balance between the hero and villain characters. While I’m still on the fence with Bowser being on the roster, since I’m used to him being more an antagonist (as much as you can be an antagonist in a Mario Party game), I can’t deny it’s amusing seeing him marching around the board!

Special Character Die

Mario Party games are usually all about luck when it comes to going around the game boards with a bit of skill for the mini-games. With each character having their own special die, it brings a bit of strategy to going around the boards. The standard die allows you to move one to six spaces. Some characters have die that help you gain or lose some coins while giving you a chance to move more spaces than the standard die. There’s a risk with every die, but plenty of chances to get ahead if your plan pans out.

Allies

The allies is a feature that was first showed in Star Rush, which… wasn’t the best Mario Party game. I did enjoy the way the allies were featured in Super Mario Party, allowing you to use their specific character die as well as giving you an extra move or two. Some mini games also include your allies to give you a helping hand. It’s also just really amusing to watch a parade of Mario characters going around the board as your allies follow you!

Mini Games in between Turns

Having the mini games after every turn on the boards is back and it’s amazing! That feature is what defines the Mario Party series for me and I’m excited to see it back. That, and the mini games that we’ve played so far have all been pretty fun. I haven’t had a complaint about any of them yet!

What do you like best about Super Mario Party?

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS? Are you as excited as I am for it tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!

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Super Mario Party [Game Review]

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Title: Super Mario Party
Developer: Nintendo, NDcube
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Party
Release Date:
October 5, 2018
How we got the game:
We bought it

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There was so much riding on this game. After being disappointed with the likes of Top 100 and Mario Party Star Rush, we were hoping so much that Super Mario Party would return to the original Mario Party games, with boards and mini games after every turn. The more we saw of the game, the better it looked.

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I was trying not to get my hopes up for this game, but of course I did anyway. And guess what? I actually wasn’t disappointed!

gameplay

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Super Mario Party’s main mode goes right back to the beginning of the franchise, giving us boards to take turns going around and competing in mini games for coins to purchase stars. The player with the most stars (and coins, in the event two players tie for first place with the stars) at the end of the game is deemed the winner.

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Each character has their own turn – no cars – and a mini-game is played after all four players end their respective turns. The mini-games are decided based on what color spot your character lands on. The 4-player, 2-versus-2 and 1-versus-3 games are back. There are no duels and no more battle games, but there’s a rumble mini-mini-game that can be played that acts like a battle game.

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Each character — and there’s a good-sized roster with minimal “clone” characters — has his/her/their own dice block that gives more strategy to the turns rather than leaving everything to luck to go along with the standard dice block. There are a few items that can be gained and used throughout the boards as well, of course, to help even the odds.

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One thing about Star Rush was that I enjoyed some of the mechanics but didn’t think they were executed well. Each character having their own dice block is a mechanic from Star Rush and pairing it with the old boards again was a great idea. It really added a lot of strategy, like Kris said. What added more strategy was that there are Ally spaces on the board as well as a cell phone that calls a random ally to your aid. An ally comes, gives you their dice block in addition to the ones you have, they follow you around and roll a dice block that rolls 1-2, and they can even help you in special ally mini-games.

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Yes, those seemed to be great additions to the Mario Party franchise and I’m glad they were well executed with Super Mario Party. Aside from the board mode, there are a few other modes to explore. A mini-game mode is included, which was expected. A River Survival mode was introduced in this game, a mode where four characters are timed as they raft down a river, avoiding obstacles that slow them down and playing co-op mini-games to give them more time. It was interesting to play co-op mini-games rather than always competing against each other!

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I really enjoyed the co-op games. I thought that was a great idea. That would even be great in the main mode. Sometimes you won’t want to work with a certain someone and you can always choose to sabotage. I do wish we could play the main modes online with friends. I also wish there were more than four boards and they were a bit bigger. The small size did work, but it made the game less intense and easier to reach the stars. I also miss the Bowser spaces. Like I said, there’s more strategy which is awesome, but the overall game is less intense – despite there being some intense moments. The game as a whole was just a lot of fun and really well done.

graphics-music

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We’ve always been pretty impressed with the Nintendo Switch’s graphics, and Super Mario Party is no exception. You can see the details of Mario’s overalls, Bowser’s shell, and Monty Mole’s fur. All the characters are charming with their animation!

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I really enjoyed the looks of the characters. They each have their own personalities as well. They laugh when they use a poison mushroom on another player, they talk and cheer with one another, and yes, they’re walking animations are adorable.

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The music wasn’t too bad either. I’ll admit, we were probably louder from laughing or teasing each other than the music for the majority of the time, not allowing the music to really cement with me, but there was nothing I disliked about the music.

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The music is always upbeat and catchy. The sound effects are just as well done too.

replay-value

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Super Mario Party is a fantastic game to play with friends, and is decent to play in single-player mode as well. While I am a little disappointed at the few boards for the main mode, I still will go back to them (although, who knows — more boards may be a thing with DLC down the line). Super Mario Party is a game that we will definitely keep going back to.

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We’ve had this game for less than a week and we’ve already put in quite a few hours. I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back to it some more.

Super Mario Party gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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