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Mario Party 2

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Reviewed by Danielle L. Mario and friends are back! And this time, they're playing dirty! Well, not quite, but this game is quite different from the original. There are new mini-games, new boards, and Bowser is badder than ever Is this game a Super Star? Let's find out!

Graphics: 9 out of 10

Very flawless animation during the mini-games, Bowser looks perfect, and the gameboards are captured in great detail. The colors are bright and very nice. The only problem is that every once in awhile you see some fuzzy edges, but nothing major.

Music and Sound: 8 out of 10

Each board has its own distinct tune, and that is a very nice touch. The music sets the mood for the boards (Ex: Bowser's board has gloomy dungeon music), and music that is played when your character wins a mini-game is appropriately triumphant. There are also many character voice clips. Some are nice, like Luigi's, and some are just plain irritating, like Peach's. Also, the announcer's voice during mini-games is just plain grating. You better hope there's never a tie during a mini-game, so you'll never have to hear a Japanese person who seems to have a barracuda.. or something... shoved up their nose squeaking out the word "Draw". *shudder* It might give you nightmares.

Game Challenge: 8 out of 10

A lot of it is luck, which really stinks, but the mini-games also depend on skill. Its sort of a mix. You might win every mini-game but still get your butt kicked on the game board. The mini-games are the actual challenge, and they're just about right. Only a few are really hard, but with practice, you can get really good at them.

Game Play-Fun: 8 out of 10

The game is pretty fun, especially if you're playing with friends, but it occasionally gets boring, especially when you're waiting for computer characters to make their turns.


The most frustrating thing is having a star, and someone hires Boo to steal it from you, but that doesn't happen very often. This is basically a nice, relaxing game... unless you're playing with a bunch of ultra-competitive friends.

Replayability: 7 out of 10

You do have to go through and buy all of the mini-games, and play mini-game tournament thingies, but other than that you'll just play to go through the boards. It might not keep you entertained for very long if you always play alone, but if you have friends that play with you, you will be quite busy.

Game Value: 7 out of 10

You can get it for about 40 dollars, which is a fair price, I guess, for an N64 game but... I wouldn't pay that much for a boardgame. You might end up playing it once a month, or never at all once you've unlocked the secret board and bought all of the mini-games. I think the price should definitely be a little lower. But, if puzzle/board games are your thing, it will be worth it to you.

Mini-games: 10 out of 10

These mini-games are great! In the first game, they were based on luck, but in Mario party 2, its all skill. There are 2 vs 2 games, 3 vs 1 games, and every man for himself games. They're really great. There are over 50 and they are all unique. The mini-games are what makes it fun to play this game for the fiftieth time.

Overall: 8 out of 10

All in all, this is a great board game, the best I've played next to Mario Party 3. It has great music, awesome mini-games, and its a heck of a lot of fun in multi-player. It has its flaws, but it still remains a good game. You can probably pick up one of these on Ebay for a small price, so if you liked the other games in the series, you'll love this one.

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