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Reviewed by Michael Staudt Mario Party! Mario Party! It seems like such a simple concept! You pick a character and you slide down a pipe onto a game board. What fun is that? You might ask yourself this. But, players are believers! It is so much more than a board game, it's an adventure! It has more depth than the title will lead you to believe. Now, let's cut the intro and get on with the review!

Graphics 8 out of 10

The graphics are Nintendo's polygonal trademark (as in Mario 64). The boards are vividly lavish with bright colors. The graphics always suit the character home board. The characters themselves are your usual sprites. Nothing new. And the games show their stuff in many ways. But, you don't really look for graphics in this game. Only a way to whip your friend's due-dah in multiplayer!

Music and Sound 7 out of 10

The music suits the mood of the board and the characters utter their own exclamations. Who can forget Luigi's "Oh No!" or Wario's "I'm a gonna win!" I think that when your in the middle of a heated match, you won't notice the sounds, but you should stop and listen sometime. (Or go buy that parrot) The music isn't overly complex, but it is pretty good for a virtual game board.

Game Challenge 6 out of 10

Not much challenge here! Unless you crank up the computer's difficulty or your playing a human, the opponents are pretty easy. The real challenge is not beating everybody, but collecting all the stars and coins and buying all the minigames. Of course, there is one exception to challenge... mini-game island! Try to beat Toad when you get to the end! Try it! It took me a million tries and my friend only once, but then again, I really suck at the karts!

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

This game is the most fun multiplayer game in exception of Goldeneye and Smash Brothers! It rocks! Hook up with four friends, set the timer to fifty turns and let-er-rock! You'll be playing all day and night! But, if you don't have people coming over a lot or you have no siblings, the one-player mode isn't as fun. The real value is in the multiplayer!


The game sometimes gets frustrating. When you are in the lead and it's practically the last turn, the computer sometimes lands on an exclamation mark and you will most likely have to trade stars. The other part comes from waiting for other people's turns (especially against the computer). It just gets tedious sometimes.

Replayability 9 out of 10

It's a multiplayer game. You'll probably play it whenever you have guests over. You can't really get bored of it unless you play by yourself too much. You'll find yourself playing it a lot to prove your friend wrong in who's better or to get absolutely everything! I've had my copy for a while and I still enjoy playing it. Expect to get many hours out of it!

Game Value 9.5 out of 10

I think that my game was somewhat like $59.99 in Canada. I think that that is a great price for a game that you will play a lot. Definitely worth that wad of cash under your bed. If you don't live around a lot of people or you don't have many friends coming over, ask yourself if you'll play it by yourself, or better yet, rent it! But, it is a certified multiplayer gem. Don't dismiss it!

Overall 8.5 out of 10

Well, you heard my review. Happy? Are you convinced to buy it? No, I'm not a salesperson from Nintendo, but I am a dedicated gamer and I know a good game when I play one. It may not be for everyone, but I sure like it and I hope that other people get the same or even more out of it than I have!

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