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.

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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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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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Friday Favorites: Multiplayer Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

Growing up, my friends and I were always the group to crowd at one of our houses for pizza and video games. It was easy on our parents — they always knew where we were! Throughout the years, here are some of my top multiplayer games.

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Mario Kart

Mario Kart has always been a great series to play with friends, despite its reputation for ruining friendships like Monopoly. While I definitely enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the extra characters and the awesome battle modes, one of my favorites was always Double Dash for the GameCube. Working in tandem with someone else to destroy the opposition was always fun!

Overcooked

This is a newer game that Rachel and I discovered and, with our Xbox One gifted to us from our generous brother-in-law, we were finally able to play it. We first discovered the game through PB&Jeff, a series on the PBGGameplay YouTube channel. It’s a ridiculous little game where you need to cooperate with others to complete orders in absurd kitchens. It’s always a challenge no matter how many people you’re playing with!

Mario Party

Mario Party 1 through 6ish, of course. The latter Mario Party games, the ones with the microphone gimmicks and the cars that cart everyone around the board, seem to have forgotten what a Mario Party truly is, in my opinion. The older Mario Party games were also ripe with minigames that sometimes seemed to favor one player or team over another, bringing about another challenge (or argument) for the players.

Super Smash Bros.

Before this series, I wasn’t one for pure fighting games. Seeing how much fun it is to pummel your friends with one of your favorite Nintendo characters had changed my mind. Melee was probably my favorite installment of this series, but I’m always eager to see what future games will bring!

What are your favorite multiplayer games? Any that you would recommend to play or any that you felt were a waste of time?

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Friday Favorites: Mario Party Boards

Double Jump Kris MiiYay for Friday!

Despite having the Switch and Xbox One, Rachel and I have been turning our Wii back on to play Mario Party 2 on they system’s Virtual Console. After the disappointing Top 100 3DS game, going back to one of the best Mario Party games was natural. Playing Mario Party 2 and its boards reminded me of some of the best boards from the series as a whole.

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Space Land (Mario Party 2)

Space Land is one of my top choices in Mario Party 2. The space aesthetics are fun, and the Bowser junction in the middle of the board can really mess up the standings. Once the countdown in the middle reaches zero, Bowser launches his Coin Beam to steal every coin from whoever may be caught in the crossfire.

Yoshi’s Tropical Island (Mario Party)

Yoshi was always a favorite character from the Mario franchise, and we always enjoyed his board from the original Mario Party game. Going back and forth between two islands for the star, there was always the chance that someone could land on a Happening space and make Bowser and the star switch places.

Goomba’s Greedy Gala (Mario Party 4)

This casino-based board is all about chances and gambling (of course). Yes, it easily got frustrating if you were never able to go the way you wanted based on the roulette wheel in the middle of the board. It was fun, though, to let chance that much control over who could reach the star space.

King Boo’s Haunted Hideaway (Mario Party 8)

Mario Party 8 is not my favorite Mario Party game due to the motion controls — I was never thrilled with them. This board was always fun, though. The night scenery and the fact that the board changed every time you played or were looking for the next star was a cool concept.

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Mario Party The Top 100 [Game Review]

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Title: Mario Party The Top 100
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Party, Multiplayer
Release Date: 
November 10, 2017
How we got the game: 
We each preordered a physical copy

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Mario Party is one of those game franchises that makes or breaks friendships. It was one of the games that were a stable in our childhoods as we grew with the generations of Nintendo consoles. We have lots of fun memories with the earlier installments of the games, but the newer ones were disappointing to us. We were hoping for the Top 100 to bring back a little fun to the franchise.

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I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much for this game, but I was excited nonetheless. They were bringing back old school mini-games, what could go wrong? Well, they did some wrong… but it was still nice to replay some of the old mini-games again.

gameplay

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Mario Party The Top 100 celebrates the top one hundred mini-games from the main franchise. With several modes, the Top 100 allows players to compete and play mini-games either alone or by linking up wirelessly with friends. Each mini-game has been updated with their graphics and controls to bring it up to speed with today’s modern handheld technology, and they all use simple controls to play, usually only a couple of buttons and the control stick to move.

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There are five main modes of the game, one being only for the single player while you can play the other four modes with friends. 100 Minigames, Minigame Island, Minigame Match, Championship Battles, and Decathlon. Minigame Island was probably my favorite mode, but even that wasn’t too great, to be honest.

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100 Minigames is a free-for-all mode, where you can play whatever mini-games you’ve unlocked whenever you want. Minigame Island was the single-player mode, where you would go through a series of little “islands” connected via warp pipes and defeat minigames as levels. As a single player, you would choose your character at the beginning and the character you would like as your partner during two-versus-two games. Your opponents in the game are randomized, as are their difficulty level. Each minigame win earns you ten coins, which earns you a life after you collect 100, as well as star points similar to those in Mario Party 9 and 10. If you lose a minigame, you lose a life.

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Well, if you come in fourth you lose a life. If you come in third, you get one mini star. Second gets you two mini stars, and first place gets you three mini stars. You want to collect all the mini stars you can (300 total) so that you can unlock something at the end. I liked this mode because it was completely random and it was all minigames, but it definitely would have been more fun playing with other people rather than alone.

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I wonder, if you play through the Minigame Island again, if the mini-game levels would be random? I agree that the island would have been more fun if that was a mode you could link up with friends to play. The modes were you could link up with friends weren’t too bad, however, what fans seemed to really want were boards like the original series had. Instead, Top 100 reuses the Star Rush board with some tiny updates, a small board where everyone moves at once one to six spaces, and you play a mini-game only if someone catches a mini-game balloon. It’s… not the most fun experience.

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It’s boring, to put it bluntly. The board is small and not exciting at all. Not to mention that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Star Rush. It probably won’t be a mode I’ll play again. Another mode is Championship Battles and that wasn’t as great as it sounded. You play 3 to 5 minigames and see who can win the most. It sounds fun in theory, but they only allow 3 or 5 minigames. What about 10? What about 20 or 50? That would certainly raise the stakes and have a longer playtime with friends. It was easy for the games to become one-sided, especially when playing with CPU characters.

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Decathalon was similar enough to Championship Battles, but players would compete for earning the most points depending on their ranking in the mini-game as well as time or your score, if they applied. The higher ranking you are in the mini-game, the more points you earn. After so many mini-games, the player with the highest amount of points wins. It seemed pretty skewed, to be honest. The mini-games were random and, once you become in first place in a couple, you seemed golden on the road to win the Decathalon. With players that are fairly even in their mini-game skills, it’s not much of a challenge.

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The Decathalon wasn’t too bad. But yeah, I don’t think I’ll be playing that again anytime soon. The game also had minigame packs as well. Each pack was its own category of minigames from the various Mario Party games. (Gamecube Pack, Nintendo 64 Pack, Action Pack, Sports Pack, etc.) This is a cool idea in theory. When playing Minigame Match (similar to Star Rush), you choose a pack. Then you and the other players vote from your respective pack on which game to play. This is a cool idea, but you can only choose from the five games in your pack. I would have liked to be able to vote on a set of 30 or something, that 30 would be random each time you played. I would have liked to see more variety.

graphics-music

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The graphics and music weren’t bad. They weren’t spectacular, but they weren’t bad. Graphics-wise, the game’s images are clear and crisp on our 2DS handhelds.

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It’s certainly interesting to play minigames from Mario Party 1, 2, and 3 with updated graphics. I enjoyed seeing the characters and games in a new light, especially with their updated voices and such.

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While the music wasn’t bad, as they seem to be reminiscent of the Mario Party series, it has changed. Many of the minigames have “updated” music, which are different tracks rather than merely updated versions of the original songs. We did notice that, in Minigame Island, the victory song matches the song that was played in the Mario Party game that the minigame came from. It was a cute, nostalgic-inducing touch.

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I didn’t mind the music at all. I found it upbeat and lifting like any other Mario Party game. Also, there were the nostalgic tunes thrown in there. While updated, like Kris said, they were still nice to hear.

replay-value

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The Top 100, while not what we wanted it to be, was decent for nostalgic purposes. It may be a game that I pick up once in a while if I have a little time to kill. Once you unlock all the minigames, it can be fun just to go around and replay your favorites.

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I agree with Kris. However, Mario Party is the kind of game you want to play with your friends and I felt as though this game was better in single player mode than with friends only because there was more to do. Still, I’m glad I could revisit old games again.

Mario Party The Top 100 gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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