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  • Summary: The party comes to Nintendo Switch in this complete refresh of the Mario Party series. The Mario Party series is coming to the Nintendo Switch system with super-charged fun for everyone. The original board game style has been kicked up a notch with deeper strategic elements, like specifcThe party comes to Nintendo Switch in this complete refresh of the Mario Party series. The Mario Party series is coming to the Nintendo Switch system with super-charged fun for everyone. The original board game style has been kicked up a notch with deeper strategic elements, like specifc Dice Blocks for each character. The game also introduces all-new ways to play, including Joy-Con controller enabled minigames, and new modes to enjoy with family and friends. Board game play goes back to the four-player basics as you take turns and race across the board searching for Stars. You can also pair up two Nintendo Switch systems and delight in this dynamic play style, such as in the new Toad's Rec Room mode. With new modes and new minigames coupled with original board game play, the party starts anywhere, anytime, and with all kinds of players.

    Features a variety of modes, including:
    * Mario Party: Enjoy the original Mario Party board game experience with new element like character dice blocks, a party system, and new boards to explore
    * Toad's Rec Room: A dynamic new play style that pairs up two Nintendo Switch systems for Table top mode
    * Go head-to-head in 80 new minigames with many ways to play: Fast and fun skill-based mini-games that use the Joy-Con controllers in all sorts of different ways
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
  1. Nov 1, 2018
    90
    Super Mario Party is a perfect collection of fun and addictive mini-games.
  2. Oct 3, 2018
    85
    Super Mario Party is a game that ensures fun with the huge number of available modes. The variety of minigames and characters and its good graphics and sounds make it a highly recommended game, especially to play with friends on the couch.
  3. Oct 3, 2018
    80
    This isn’t a cash-grab with Mario's face on the front; this is a well-constructed and beautifully realised Mario Party game which takes the series right back to its roots, but without being a straightforward rehash. There are a few interesting ideas that feel a little bit underdeveloped, but on the whole Super Mario Party is a true return to form.
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Super Mario Party is still a game about backstabbing your friends and rubbing it in when you get a star right in front of their noses.
  5. Oct 3, 2018
    75
    If you've been eager to get more parties pumping with your Nintendo Switch, then Super Mario Party might be the game to make that happen. Though it could also make your friends throttle one another. Either way, good times are had, and memories are formed and shared. Poetry in motion.
  6. Super Mario Party is a party game, as the name suggests. So you can be bored very quickly when you play alone. In the multi-player part and some mini-games are very fun when you play the first time. Once you've experienced that, they become a little pointless.
  7. Oct 11, 2018
    50
    It still suffers from the same problems that have plagued the series for years, and the online mode is disappointing, to put it mildly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 83
  2. Negative: 18 out of 83
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Nice game, so many modes, and so much fun minigames. I want to see more stages to play in the party mode.
  2. Oct 6, 2018
    10
    This series' popularity was plunging downward with the "everyone in a cart" mechanic, but this game is the best Mario Party game in theThis series' popularity was plunging downward with the "everyone in a cart" mechanic, but this game is the best Mario Party game in the series. Nintendo took time to make all the mini games fun, and Super Mario Party feels like a great HD remaster of all the Mario Party games combined. It could have more maps for the classic party and some other "modes" for sound stage, but this game is absolutely great. 10/10. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2018
    9
    Fantastic Game, A joy to play with locally with 4 friends. Very reminiscent of the original Mario Party. The only problem is the number ofFantastic Game, A joy to play with locally with 4 friends. Very reminiscent of the original Mario Party. The only problem is the number of boards. Only 4 in total. If you compare this amount to previous installments you will be very surprised. Expand
  4. Oct 15, 2018
    8
    Exactly what I wanted from Mario Party with very few disappointments. I see people everywhere complain about there being only 4 boards, butExactly what I wanted from Mario Party with very few disappointments. I see people everywhere complain about there being only 4 boards, but there are actually 8 separated in 2 modes. The partner boards look like the same boards, but they are completely different with the same themes. Partner boards are more of a grid that you can go any direction you want instead of the paths that you can only go one way. These are more complex and have way more strategy than the standard boards. The river rafting and music modes are a lot of fun as well. My main complaints are the lack luster single player mods (beat it in 2 hours) and I was hoping for more from the shop. I love earning little extras for playing, and I was super excited to see 7 or 8 different categories of things I can buy, but when I unlocked all of the categories, there were really only 3 categories split up into sections. Stickers, music, and tips are the only things you can buy. I was hoping for a couple more boards or modes or characters. Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2018
    7
    While the 8-10 scores are typically reserved for more ambitious titles, Super Mario Party (in it's more reserved state) does everything itWhile the 8-10 scores are typically reserved for more ambitious titles, Super Mario Party (in it's more reserved state) does everything it intends to do perfectly. The multitude of modes is refreshing, the minigames are good, and the Mario Party gameplay is the same, classic gameplay. While more maps would be nice, the board size proved to be for the better, as it allowed for closer, more intense games. Sometimes the boards can be unfair, but that's true for any party game. The lack of boards (only 4) is disappointing, but ultimately prevents redundancy. This is the best Mario Party of the decade, and hopefully updates will keep it in that position for years to come. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2018
    6
    I am really struggling with this one. I got it on launch date, but I have tried playing all the modes and getting all unlockables beforeI am really struggling with this one. I got it on launch date, but I have tried playing all the modes and getting all unlockables before sharing my review to see how things sunk in. One part of me wants to absolutely love it, and another thinks it's not that great. I think this one was hyped up way too hard. They had ditched the vehicle mechanic and returned with the classic gameplay, they returned with minigames after every turn, and the character roster is diverse and the best the series has ever had. HOWEVER, this game has some glowing flaws that still cannot be overlooked.

    Boards: first and foremost, there is a problem with the boards. There are only 3 unlocked from the start, and the fourth is unlocked after playing on all 3. The fruit island one is probably the only one I'll give a passable score to, and even then it's nothing noteworthy for the series. The other 2 boards are just boring and gray. The unlockable Kamek board is alright, but still quite boring. The boards needed more color and personality. And what happened to happening spaces? I feel like almost next to nothing happens on the boards and that they are just a means to an end really, and on top of that, they are all very TINY, which I will discuss in my next point. I just hope that Nintendo brings new boards into the game as free updates or DLC, preferably the former because this game was $65 and doesn't have nearly the content to justify that price.

    Character dies: This is one of the most polarizing parts of the game, in my opinion. I think it is a great idea, and part of me hates it. And this, unfortunately, is why I think that the boards are tiny. Some characters (such as Donkey Kong and Bowser), have some great numbers on their special die (8+), but they have a lot of chances for 1's or 0's, too. Now this does make for character balance in a sense, but still it will have you moving 0 or just a few spaces each turn for a while, and while it shakes things up, I think it is what keeps the boards from flourishing as much as they should. I also wish they'd bring back the 1-10 dice block. 1-6 is what also keeps the boards small. Maybe do an update and try to alter out some of the character dies. It makes me feel like at times I have to be a character I do not like (Wario or Diddy Kong) just for their dies and not be able to be who I want to be (Bowser Jr. or Donkey Kong) because their special dies are so pathetic.

    Now for the good:

    Minigames return!: Mario Parties 9 and 10 were notorious for the vehicle mechanic and the removal of minigames after every turn. It lead to sort of chaos as to leaving it up to random chance (random minigames on random spaces) or minigame spaces which could be landed on a lot or none at all. In this game, they do them after each turn which does bring back that Mario Party feeling I've missed for far too long. And on top of that, the minigames are fantastic! Seriously I can't think of a single one I don't enjoy in some way.

    Characters: As I said before, the character selection is wonderful. It is the most I've seen in any Mario Party game. Just missing a few, but most classic characters and favorites are all here.

    Game modes: There are so many different modes it is unreal, and there are so many different ways to play to keep you and your friends going. I do wish that maybe they cut back on some of these, though, in order to focus a little more on the traditional Mario Party game mode, but I shouldn't complain about versatility.

    In the end, the game isn't terrible, but it's just not exactly scratching that Mario Party itch that myself and I'm sure many others thought before it came out. It certainly has potential, but I feel it is a missed opportunity until we can get more boards and more eventful boards, which may not even happen. Minigames are the shining part of the series, but we still can't overlook the boards, and I feel that's what they did here, and it's just far too big of a problem than can be overlooked. It's just not worth the price tag.
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  7. Oct 9, 2018
    0
    Cant believe were in 2018 and we still can´t play the board online with our friends.
    The boards are too small and theres only 4 boards!! I
    Cant believe were in 2018 and we still can´t play the board online with our friends.
    The boards are too small and theres only 4 boards!! I had so much hope in this game and i am very disappointed. Can´t believe mario party 7 back in 2005 had bigger and more boards!!
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