Throwback Thursday: Mario Party 4

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a huge fan of the Mario Party series – well, most of them, anyway. Way back in the day, my all-time favorite Mario Party game was number 4. It’s not anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

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Mario Party 4 was originally released on October 21, 2002, for the Nintendo Gamecube. Kris and I played this one to death. We absolutely loved it.

Every time we played, we played on a team. It was always us versus two hard CPU. We’d always crush them, but it would be close and we’d have a blast every game.

Then we’d play just the mini-games because there were two that were our absolute favorites: Team Treasure Trek and Dungeon Duos. The first game was a maze – one needed to find the chest and the other needed to find the key and meet up somewhere to win. Dungeon Duos was an obstacle course inside a dungeon, cave-like place.

It was always a good time and when we recently got our Gamecube back up and running, we decided to play a round of Mario Party 4. You know, for old time’s sake.

However, the game is so easy. Even the CPUs on the hardest setting was dumb. The mini-games were still fun, but the gameplay with the CPUs on the boards wasn’t. It was definitely a lot harder when we were kids… or maybe we just weren’t as good as we thought. Still, we won each time.

It was fun to go back to it again though. I’m sure we’ll play through the game on stream sometime. I want to give it a shot again even though it was way easier than I remembered it.

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Mario Party 4

Title: Mario Party 4
Company: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo Gamecube
How we got the game: We bought it for our Gamecube, but play it on the Wii.

A little while ago, Rachel and I mentioned that we had downloaded Mario Party 2 on the Wii’s Virtual Console, considering that our Nintendo 64 had decided to retire. We had an awesome time replaying through all of Mario Party 2’s boards and mini-games and had decided to play through the next available Mario Party, which was Mario Party 4 that we had for the GameCube.

Mario Party 4 was my favorite when were little. We absolutely loved the 2v2 games such as Team Treasure Trek and Dungeon Duos. We were unbeatable at those games so, naturally, we always played as a team on the boards. But… re-playing the game, we realized Mario Party 4 isn’t as good as Mario Party 2.

Mario Party 4 itself still wasn’t that bad, of course, but Mario Party 2 definitely had proven to be more of a challenge and, thus, was more enjoyable to us. Mario Party 4’s tag team mode had been a favorite of ours for going against the computer characters, but even with the computer characters on Hard Mode, there wasn’t much of a challenge in most cases.

Even when we played against each other, there wasn’t much of a challenge. I posted a picture on our Twitter account which showed two hard mode CPUs ending the game with zero stars and zero coins. It was kind of pathetic and a little dull on our end.

It got us thinking about the franchise as a whole and how it grew. The first three Mario Party games seem to be the most loved from the franchise’s fan base, while the latest installments are the least, particularly number 10. Either we players grew too old, too skilled, for the games to give us a good challenge, or Nintendo opted to keep creating the games for the younger fans as opposed to keep the games growing with the original fans.

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Skill level aside though, we weren’t even that impressed with the boards. I felt as though they were all the same, with just different things happening based on where you were. The one I had the most fun with was Goomba’s Greedy Gala, the gambling one. That was probably the most challenging and I enjoyed the gambling aspect of it.

Haha, yeah, the gambling and lottery was all good fun. You’re right, though, the boards were pretty similar while Mario Party 2’s boards were so full of variety. I know in later installments the boards can get pretty funky, so at least that’s not so bad. The mini games in Mario Party 4 aren’t too bad, but I forgot how many 2v2 games that we hated were hiding among the few that we actually liked! Most of the 4-versus games were decent at least. I didn’t think there was enough, though, but that just may be me remembering how we’d end up playing the same mini game twice to three times in the same board.

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I feel like the mini-game variety wasn’t that big. But, I agree, that could just because we played the same one a few times in one board. Either way, Mario Party 4 was great to revisit. I love the game, but after that trip down memory lane, I’m ready to go back to Mario Party 2.

What do you think of Mario Party 4? What’s your favorite Mario Party game?