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.
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.