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.