Mario Party: Island Tour 3DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
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  1. 85
    A fantastic addition for the 3DS. The graphics are crisp and utilize 3D well, while the music fits each game and board without becoming monotonous. Every mode and board is easy to pick up and play with anyone, anytime.. Island Tour is a perfect balance of old and new that keeps the game fresh with playing styles to meet every need.
  2. Nov 24, 2013
    Simplistic and easy to pick up, the pure fun that results make this a great game for people of all ages and gamers of all skill levels.
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour has lost a little of the magic that seemed to be in the first releases of the game way back on the Nintendo 64.
  4. Jan 24, 2014
    This is a solid rendition of the well known formula, catered to the needs of the handheld generation, but without an online mode the fun is limited.
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    The simplified objective makes for a more fun experience, and I wish they made more Mario Party games on the console in this style. That being said, it still is just Mario Party for a handheld console. Don't expect anything more than that.
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    It was nice to have a brief but satisfying match while out and about.
  7. Nov 26, 2013
    You might add a little to the score if you’ve got friends who are frequently ready and willing to play, but Mario Party: Island Tour ultimately feels par for the series’ course. It’s still good, but is mostly hurt by a higher barrier to entry for multiplayer, a lack of continuing the push towards truly "Mario" feeling mini-games, and the series’ ever-present dominance of luck over skill.
  8. Nov 22, 2013
    It's not a perfect party by any means, but some good design considerations, better-than-average variety, and always-enjoyable Mario thematics put Mario Party: Island Tour a few notches above your average video game bash-in-a-box.
  9. Jan 29, 2014
    Don't get me wrong; Island Tour's not particularly bad in any way; it's really not, but… unless you're hankering for a pretend board game and know a bunch of people who'll be keen for regular sessions, it's hard to imagine this being one of those purchases you'll look back on and think "that was the right decision."
  10. Dec 10, 2013
    Island Tour is not a step forward for the franchise, but also backward. NdCUBE chose to capitalize on its experience and create funny games for the crowd. Despite a truly forgettable single player campaign, multiplayer still manages to give some chills.
  11. Apr 13, 2014
    Nintendo is a master at finding a specific target audience and offer them exactly what they want, sometimes even with a little less quality than usual. Mario Party: Island Tour does just that, speaking to the more casual audience among the owners of Nintendo 3DS.
  12. Jan 17, 2014
    We were expecting something big, something everyone would like but Mario Party: Island Tour has shot wide. Once again, we have a Nintendo game that is really lacking innovation. We can go further and say that the spirit of the series seems to evaporate even if the minigames are still fun enough... One more thing: forget about online modes is almost a crime for this kind of title in 2014.
  13. Jan 16, 2014
    A new entry in the Mario Party saga designed exclusively for 3DS. Fun to play with friends, but the solo mode is quite tedious.
  14. Jan 20, 2014
    A decent Mario Party game, nicely adapted for portable gaming, but not very well balanced and with a poorly executed single player mode.
  15. Feb 3, 2014
    Fun is there to be found, in small pockets of good mini-games (although not consistent or regular), but - as a big fan of Mario Party in general - this isn't the greatest of games.
  16. There's fun to be had in the bits in which Nd Cube clearly enjoyed itself. It's by no means a party starter, but the nibbles are tasty enough to stick around for.
  17. Jan 16, 2014
    The tricky customs of these islands are refreshing, but this trip falls short of imagination considering the boards architecture. Moreover, the absence of an online mode confines this tour to a local scope, which is regrettable since the minigames provide lots of funny activities that make the most of the 3DS functions.
  18. Jan 13, 2014
    If you're going to play with some friends, it can be moderately fun. If you're going to play alone, then there are many other options out there to choose from.
  19. Jan 13, 2014
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Dec 27, 2013
    Sometimes this game gives a little bit too much info, that makes your brain totally shut down. On the other hand, Nintendo offers very clear information on the big variety in mini-games. They are all very much making use of the features of 3DS. It is too bad you have to wait for the CPU characters a lot because you just want to play those mini-games.
  21. Dec 19, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour is a party game that is only slightly above par. The lack of online multiplayer, no longer unbelievable at the end of 2013, and the inconsistency of many of the mini-games on offer, do not allow us to recommend the game.
  22. Dec 12, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour brings to Nintendo 3DS a wide range of challenging mini-games, but limits the options as a shared experience, renouncing the online multiplayer.
  23. Dec 2, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour is a pretty decent new addition to the series... if you have friends to play with. Despite the engaging Bowser’s Tower mode, the single-player campaign will soon run out of ideas.
  24. Nov 22, 2013
    Board game enthusiasts will find themselves bored quickly, the average player will only break it out when there are friends around—which is the point, and I guess with friends the skill-based games aren’t too bad—and Party aficionados will be able to scratch that virtual itch.
  25. Nov 22, 2013
    Ditching the lengthy matches of Mario Party's past in favor of shorter options makes sense, and it makes for more manageable experiences. But it's still saddening that the longest game of Island Tour that you'll ever play should wrap up in under an hour.
  26. Nov 22, 2013
    Those seeking a long-lasting single-player experience may want to steer clear though, as there isn't enough depth to the solo-focused modes to keep you engaged for very long.
  27. Nov 22, 2013
    There is still plenty of fun to be had when taking on some of the more successful mini games with a group of friends locally, but the game as a whole does come across as more of a re-tread of something we have played time and time again.
  28. Nov 22, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour will provide you and a bunch of mates with a great evening of laughs, but most of the time you'll be laughing AT it rather than with it.
  29. Dec 9, 2013
    This doesn’t hold up even compared to previous portable Mario Party titles, and it’s one of the few Nintendo published titles you can safely skip this holiday season.
  30. Nov 22, 2013
    Mario Party is continuing to see sequels and unfortunately it isn't seeing much change. In its 3rd portable experience, Island Tour, I had hoped for more enjoyable single player and internet multiplayer to keep players interested when they can't get their friends around. Unfortunately, the bread-and-butter experience of 4 players is easier to implement and more enjoyable on console experiences.
  31. Nov 21, 2013
    Island Tour’s single-player campaign is laughably bad, and the ambitious, content-rich multiplayer options and unique game boards are ultimately dragged down by mostly boring minigames and unfortunate system-jerking motion control.
  32. Feb 16, 2014
    A very slow party game. The majority of the mini games are well done and easy to learn and play, but all the waiting time is killing the pace and joy of playing. A group of players could have some fun, but if you're playing alone - stay away.
  33. 50
    There’s little reason to pick up the latest Mario Party. While it has plenty of personality, the majority of the experience is so thin that it struggles to keep your attention.
  34. Jan 24, 2014
    One Person doesn't make a party, and when trying to make my friends play this with me they all instantly wanna switch to Mario Party 9 instead.
  35. Jan 23, 2014
    It's the fact that you can play with 3 of your friends locally using only a card of the game that really saves this poor man's Mario Party from oblivion.
  36. 50
    Plenty of honest effort has been expended here, but Mario Party has never seemed like a sensible kind of game to turn into a portable title.
  37. Jan 7, 2014
    Island Tour trips all over itself whenever it loses sight of this strength — with every dice roll and half-assed gimmick.
  38. Dec 12, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour never seems a natural fit on the 3DS. It feels more like the game has been hammered into shape to fit as well as it can on the platform.
  39. Dec 9, 2013
    The charm of the Mario Party series was always bringing together a group of people in front of the T.V, to spend an enjoyable time going through boards and minigames. Island Tour, however, restricts that fun to the players by being a portable version. It's a title that disguises the features of other Mario Party games and offers them like they were new. It's a boring party with a serious lack of modes and online multiplayer.
  40. Nov 27, 2013
    The core gameplay model is so flavorless that nearly every new feature quickly becomes mixed in with the primarily luck-based advancement that's marred these titles in recent years.
  41. Nov 27, 2013
    Mario Party: Island Tour feels like a step backwards for the series, thanks to an uninspiring mini-game collection and an often grating single player experience. Fans of the series may want to check it out, but others can easily let this tour boat pass them by.
  42. Games Master UK
    Jan 14, 2014
    After a cracking 2013, the 3DS starts the new year hungover and partied out. [Feb 2014, p.75]
  43. games(TM)
    Jan 23, 2014
    This is a real party pooper. [Issue#143, p.111]
  44. Jan 15, 2014
    Ultimately, however, it feels like going on an island tour in a hot and cramped bus that's traveling at 10mph. There are things to see and fun to be had, but only if you're prepared to wait for it.
  45. Jan 10, 2014
    The party atmosphere was always going to suffer by not being on a big TV in the lounge, but Mario Party: Island Tour fails more miserably than we had imagined. For only the most hardcore fans of the series.
  46. Nov 27, 2013
    The lack of online play and the overall single-player experience is a pretty big bummer. Unless you’re desperate and need a quick Mario Party fix on the go, stick with a console version if you can.
  47. Nov 22, 2013
    Unfortunately, no amount of options can overcome the inane gameplay. I’ve defended the series in the past as harmless, dumb fun, but Island Tour is wholly unenjoyable.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 50
  2. Negative: 16 out of 50
  1. Dec 25, 2013
    Mario Party Island Tour lacks any depth or fun the originals had. The boards are short, and no skill is involved in playing this game. It isMario Party Island Tour lacks any depth or fun the originals had. The boards are short, and no skill is involved in playing this game. It is all luck that will lead you to win. The story of the game is non existing. Mini Games only last for a few seconds at most usually. Very disappointed in this long awaited title for the 3ds. Try again Nintendo Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2013
    "There's always something new to explore on the Party Islands." If you have played this game, you'll fall over laughing. True, the boards and"There's always something new to explore on the Party Islands." If you have played this game, you'll fall over laughing. True, the boards and extras are good, but that's pretty much it. The worst part is Bowser Tower. Bowser turns the sky purple, which is even lamer than kidnapping Peach, and all you do is play mini games. Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Mario Party: Island Tour isn't perfect, as is any Mario Party game, but I feel like it stands up to its console competitors. The minigames are fun, the boards are unique, and the multiplayer is amazing. The only downside is Bowser's Tower. It ultimately sullied my single-player experience as I found out that it doesn't really end. I have climbed the tower seven times now, and each time I find my character, Toad, being trolled by Bowser, saying that the Bowser I defeated was a decoy, and then punching me off the tower. It gets very annoying, and I have yet to see a definite storyline or a plausible ending. Maybe if I use a different character? If someone has a way to see a different ending, do tell me.

    Overall, Mario Party: Island Tour is charming, fun, and a very good time to be had. Too bad Bowser had to ruin it from being the best handheld installment. 8.75/10
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