Mario Party: Island Tour 3DS

User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 97
  2. Negative: 30 out of 97

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  1. Jan 19, 2014
    3
    Mario Party has always revolved around luck to an extent, but this game takes it to another level. This game makes Mario Party 8 look good, and will bore you in minutes. Starting off, the Mario Party series have never really offered a whole lot of content, but they kept gamers at bay, and also had a playable story mode. Not only is Island Tour the first Mario Party to not have a storyMario Party has always revolved around luck to an extent, but this game takes it to another level. This game makes Mario Party 8 look good, and will bore you in minutes. Starting off, the Mario Party series have never really offered a whole lot of content, but they kept gamers at bay, and also had a playable story mode. Not only is Island Tour the first Mario Party to not have a story mode, but the only thing close to it is the ridiculously easy minigame tower. Almost every single board in this game follows the concept that "Whoever gets to the end first wins!" and quite literally involve no skill and solely luck. Some boards last about 10 minutes and they did bring back mini stars, but screwed up at it by making the mini star stage full out luck (I got first on 90% of the mini games but still came in 4th). Mario Party's main selling point are the addictive minigames. Im not gonna lie, the mini games are pretty good but the only other modes beside free play are the usual step it up and time attack. Lastly, if you are looking for an original soundtrack, most of the music is ported from Mario Party 9. It's such a shame that a highly hyped game turned out like this. Even a hardcore Mp fan can skip this title. Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2013
    0
    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 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
  3. Dec 30, 2013
    4
    "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.
  4. Jan 19, 2014
    2
    All of the boards are extremely short. All the minigames are free-for-all style. The game doesn't have an online mode. All the major features you'd want in a Mario Party game on the 3DS are not in this game.
  5. Feb 13, 2014
    0
    I usually encourage Nintendo to try new things, but the past 2 Mario Party games have been dreadful. They don't even offer to have the old school mode, its like Mario Party 9 but worse, its literally boring, don't buy it.
  6. Feb 16, 2014
    4
    The party is over. Mario Party Island Tour is a boring and that's the problem because it depends wholly on multiplayer and if there's none then it fails.
  7. Feb 13, 2014
    4
    This game brought nothing new to the table. It just seemed like Nintendo had some extra time and made a new game. It did not focus enough on the mini games, and there were not enough unlockables.
  8. May 9, 2014
    0
    This game is not much better than Mario Party 9!!!! The only thing Nintendo fixed was to separate the characters. Again, the minigames suck and so does multiplayer!
  9. Oct 17, 2014
    2
    Horrible!!!!This game doesn´t have any depth or quality that saves this horrible, crappy game.First of all, they introduced the lame Bowser Tower.There even a Stupid event that you lose all of your M Points!
  10. Dec 29, 2014
    3
    I was quite enthusiastic to play Mario Party: Island Tour on the 3DS, but overall I was left pretty disappointed. The gameplay is almost entirely based on luck, and although I like that they made each board unique and different, it gets too messed up to enjoy. There is a story, but it doesn't have any impact on the actual game besides Bowser's Tower, a mode that's actually just a bunch ofI was quite enthusiastic to play Mario Party: Island Tour on the 3DS, but overall I was left pretty disappointed. The gameplay is almost entirely based on luck, and although I like that they made each board unique and different, it gets too messed up to enjoy. There is a story, but it doesn't have any impact on the actual game besides Bowser's Tower, a mode that's actually just a bunch of minigames. The graphics are actually pretty good this time around, a few lazy textures here and there but ultimately it looks pretty nice. Overall, Mario Party: Island Tour could have been a great game, but Nintendo seemed to have rushed it out the door and not given it any actual fun. Expand
  11. Mar 15, 2015
    4
    You know what? This game isn't actually too bad, but on the other hand, it isn't great. To be blunt, it's a mixed bag. Mario Party has always been innovating, but this game might be the most unique one yet. Each board is very unique and well designed, and the minigames are good, even the ones that don't innovate. A lot of the minigames in this game make good use of the touch screen andYou know what? This game isn't actually too bad, but on the other hand, it isn't great. To be blunt, it's a mixed bag. Mario Party has always been innovating, but this game might be the most unique one yet. Each board is very unique and well designed, and the minigames are good, even the ones that don't innovate. A lot of the minigames in this game make good use of the touch screen and other unique features of the Nintendo 3DS. Also, Mario Party has always had luck as an aspect. Here, that aspect is cranked up to eleven. A bunch of minigames and boards require very little skill, and more of that luck. The boards are also short, leaving less time to strategize on boards where there's more skill. The story mode is also a boring montage of minigames that can be completed in a few hours. And if you want to play with friends, you better assure that they have functional 3DS-es so they can actually play the game with you. And if not, then either say "Forget it" to the multiplayer, or have your friends spend wads of cash on hardware.

    Scores:
    Single player: 4/10
    Multiplayer: 4.1/10

    Final Grade: 4/10
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  12. May 4, 2015
    4
    Mario Party:Island Tour is boring and dull and dragged out. The only thing to make up for it is you can play mini games without going into a full game
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    65
    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.
  2. Feb 16, 2014
    50
    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.
  3. 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.