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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.

8.5/10

New Mario Party 9 Information In Nintendo Power

The latest edition of American gaming publication Nintendo Power has plenty of new information regarding the forthcoming Mario Party 9 for Wii. Thankfully one of the forum members from the Mario Party forums has typed up all the exclusive details and here they are:

  • Instead of moving around the stage separately, all players ride together in a vehicle
  • Only the player who is taking a turn gets the rewards
  • Collect as many Mini Stars as possible before the end
  • Earn them by landing on special spaces and playing mini-games
  • Purple mini Zstars remove stars from your inventory
  • Variety of dice: high number dice, dice that only roll 0 and 1
  • Board details: Toad Road has a broken bridge that cannot be jumped unless all players roll a sufficiently high number
  • If you fall off the bridge, you enter a Mini Ztar-filled canyon
  • Bob-omb Factory is littered with conveyer belts that change your course
  • Each board has a miniboss and a final boss
  • In Bob-omb Factory, fight against a giant Whomp
  • Each player stands on a rotating platform while attempting to avoid being flattened by the stone creature
  • Mini-games include memory games (quickly count a horde of Goombas as they rush into their homes) to tests of your button-pressing skills (tap the proper buttons to climb a mountain) to more-physical activities (swing the Wii Remote to throw toppings on a pizza)

Mario Party 9 For Wii Is Filled With Boss Battles

Nintendo has revealed that for the first time in the series history Mario Party 9 ends each stage with a Boss Battle. Once players have finished a stage they are tasked with cooperating together to banish the evil bosses littered throughout the game. Bowser and King Boo are two of the bosses Nintendo has revealed so far. Mario Party 9 is due for release in North America on March 11th.