Mario Party 9 Storms Japanese Charts & The Nintendo 3DS Is On Fire

Mario Party 9 has successfully managed to climb to the top of the Japanese software charts this week selling a more-than respectable 144,585 units. If you look at the entire top ten you’ll immediately notice that eight of the ten game are on Nintendo platforms. With regards to hardware the Nintendo 3DS is once again the best-selling format, easily beating Sony’s PlayStation 3. Here’s the software and hardware charts:

  1. [WII] Mario Party 9
  2. [PS3] Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  3. [3DS] Fire Emblem: Awakening
  4. [3DS] Super Mario Land 3D
  5. [3DS] Mario Kart 7
  6. [3DS] Kid Icarus: Uprising
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 G
  8. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  9. [PSP] Conception: Please Have My Children!
  10. [WII] Wii Sports Resort
  • Nintendo 3DS: 91,868
  • PlayStation 3: 23,478
  • PSP: 20,033
  • Wii: 15,789
  • PlayStation Vita: 10,583
  • Nintendo DS: 1,911
  • PlayStation 2: 1,611
  • Xbox 360: 1,420

Mario Party 9 And Nintendo 3DS Perform Well In Japan

This weeks Japanese media create sales figures are in and they continue to show that the Nintendo 3DS is the consumers hardware of choice. Mario Party 9 for Wii sold well but didn’t sell enough copy’s to overtake Capcom’s Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City which resides at the number one spot. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts:

  1. [PS3] Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  2. [WII] Mario Party 9
  3. [3DS] Fire Emblem: Awakening
  4. [PSV] Ciel Nosurge: Ushinawareta Hoshi e Sasagu Uta
  5. [PSP] Conception: Please Give Birth to My Child!!
  6. [PSP] Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling
  7. [PS3] The Idolmaster: Gravure For You! Vol.7
  8. [360] Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  9. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land
  10. [3DS] Dynasty Warriors Vs.
  • Nintendo 3DS: 74,282
  • PSP: 22,457
  • PlayStation 3: 21,114
  • PlayStation Vita: 12,299
  • Wii: 9,200
  • Nintendo DS: 1,612
  • PlayStation 2: 1,395
  • Xbox 360: 1,327

Mario Party 9 Review

So who would have thought we would be at the ninth edition of the immensely popular Mario Party series? Thankfully, Mario Party 9 once again delivers fun by the bucket-load. Whether you’re embarking on the satisfactorily long single player mode, or you’ve got some friends round to play the Party Mode, Mario Party is billed as the ultimate party game and on that front it absolutely delivers.

What’s the background story?

You and your four acquaintances will be competing against each other on an interactive board to collect Mini Stars which the inexplicably evil Bowser, and his bunch of malicious cohorts, have stolen. You’ll need to get these mini stars back at all costs, and once you do, you’ll then be crowned the Super Star.

So what do you actually do?

You’ll traverse an interactive board game which is littered with mini stars and mini games. It’s your job to collect more mini stars than your rival. You’ll roll a dice which will determine how many steps you can make on the board. Some of the squares contain mini stars and other squares can deduct mini stars. Other squares will contain interactive mini games that utilise the Wii Remote in many unique ways.

So what do these mini games involve?

There are eighty mini games to be found in Mario Party 9 which will find players making pizzas, riding dolphins, shooting through hoops, escaping haunted mansions, and even racing snowmobiles. The mini games themselves are fun, accessible and simple and can be practised before you take the plunge. You’ll be flicking, waving and tilting the Wii Remote in plenty of unusual ways in a desperate attempt to beat your rival.

So what’s lacking?

I was initially going to give Mario Party 9 a score of nine, as it is immensely entertaining, but after some thought I’ve decided to dock half a point due to the lack of an online mode. In my opinion it’s a missed opportunity from Nintendo. However, you would be hard pressed to find as many games that deliver the fun, charm and sheer enjoyment you’ll get from Mario Party 9, and for that reason alone this game comes highly recommended.


Mario Party 9 Won’t Be Available At GAME

Troubled UK retail outlet GAME has announced that it won’t be stocking Mario Party 9. The previously popular retail chain also revealed that it won’t be stocking Bioware’s forthcoming Mass Effect 3. GAME previously pulled The Last Story from sale at the very last-minute which resulted in an array of disgruntled customers.

Check Out This Super Fun Mario Party 9 Trailer For Wii

Nintendo has released a new trailer for the next instalment in the successful Mario Party franchise. The trailer shows off a bunch of exciting mini-games and plenty of multiplayer related shenanigans. Mario Party 9 is due to be released in North America on March 11th and will be arriving in Europe on March 2nd.

Here’s The Gorgeous Mario Party 9 North American Box-Art

Nintendo has finally revealed the super-colourful box-art for Mario Party 9 which is due to be released in Europe on the 2nd of March. Mario Party 9 sees a few new gameplay addition to the popular franchise which can be found here and is exclusive to Wii. Mario Party 9 also comes out in North America a few days later on the 11th of March.