Mario Party Review – Definitive 50 N64 Game #17
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Mario Party Review – Definitive 50 N64 Game #17

August 23, 2019


Welcome back to the Definitive 50, I’m Newbs Do you value your hands? How about your friends?
No? Great, then you’re ready for Mario Party! Mario Party is yet another series that grew
out of the N64’s 4 controller inputs. The system was made for live, in-person multiplayer
gaming, and Mario Party is one of the best examples. Whether it’s kids hyped on candy
or adults fuelled by alcohol, Mario Party makes for a raucous multiplayer experience. The Warp Pipe on Mario Party’s main menu is
your entrance to adventure. Through here, you and three competitors (hopefully human
opponents, although computer players can be subbed in) will challenge one another. Rather than just throw players into a mini-game
gauntlet, Mario Party has them navigate board game styled boards. Eight game boards of varying
complexity are available, each very Mario themed. From DK’s Jungle Adventure and Peach’s
Birthday Cake to Bowser’s Magma Mountain, it’s all here. Players bonk spinning dice and move around
– where they land determines what happens next. Sometimes they’ll just go up or down
a few coins, other times they might run in to Bowser or have a chance to alter the board
in some way. The goal is to navigate to spaces where stars can be purchased, and hopefully
have enough coins to afford them when the time comes. The player with the most stars
wins. Of course, most coins are won and lost in
the mini-games which take place between each round. Among Mario Party’s 50 mini-games, there are
4-player free-for-alls, 1v3s, 2v2s, and even single player games to be found. The mini
games can test your reflexes, your memory, your precision, and even your pain tolerance. Classics include Hot Rope Jump, Mushroom Mix-Up,
Skateboard Scamper, and many, many more. Best of all, obviously, is Bumper Balls. Outside of the main game, over in the Mini-Game
House, you can use the coins you collect in-game to buy mini-games and play them individually
any time you want. The Mini-Game House is also where you’ll find
the Pot o’ Skills, which leads to Mini-Game Stadium. This is, a simplistic star-shaped
board where a game of Mario Party can be played with all the complications stripped away.
There are no stars. Mini games are played, coins awarded, and the overall winner is determined
simply by his or her coin total. Mini-Game Island is Mario Party’s offering
to soloists. The player navigates an overworld not unlike those found in many 2D Mario games,
and works to clear each level, that is, each mini game. All 50 mini-games are included. A few of the mini-games in Mario Party, specifically
Paddle Battle and Tug o’ War, as well as the Mecha Fly Guy mini mini-game require players
to rotate their joysticks as fast as possible. Following release, it turned out the drive
to win was simply too great. Players ended up using their palms to rotate their joysticks,
and came away with blisters. Nintendo offered players special gloves following
an outcry. You won’t find the original Mario Party on
the Wii’s Virtual Console, just Mario Party 2. Apparently, the controversy generated from
the first game’s potential for hand-harming was just too much for Nintendo to risk re-releasing
the game. Of course, numerous Mario Party sequels have
been churned out since the original’s success, with sometimes questionable results. Two more
came to the N64, and Mario Party 10 is now on its way to the Wii U. Let me know what you think of Mario Party
and the Definitive 50 in the comments section below. Don’t forget to like this video and
subscribe. Check back next week for entry #16 on The Definitive 50 N64 Games.

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  1. I remember the all the harm my right hand suffered because of this game, so the rumors about blisters and pain are true, but thanx to this game and its sequel, now I'm the faster fingers in this side of the screen. Great job.

  2. Unlike Risk and Monopoly, Mario Party is a game that actually united my friends and I, usually because we wanted to take down the bot player who always managed to beat us no matter what

  3. Keep em coming.  I've been a fan since the Gamecube and SNES countdowns.  Looking forward to the finals!

  4. I honestly think that only taking Mario Party 1 in the list or even as the major title is wrong. Sure, it was the first one, but both sequels on the N64 improved over the first game by a lot. Being punished in MP1 for losing mini-games is frustrating. MP2 has better/improved mini-games and the best boards, while MP3 has the best items and mostly best mini-games.

  5. Just about every time friends are over i try to get them to play this. It truly is an astonishing classic which revolutionized the board game industry.

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