Mario Party: Island Tour 3DS

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  • Summary: The game features seven different game boards, each with its own set of rules. The game offers 81 new mini-games that test speed, concentration and luck. In addition to the board game elements, players are be able to play mini-games exclusively or try their hands at a 30-floor tower climb,The game features seven different game boards, each with its own set of rules. The game offers 81 new mini-games that test speed, concentration and luck. In addition to the board game elements, players are be able to play mini-games exclusively or try their hands at a 30-floor tower climb, AR Card games and StreetPass battles. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  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 27, 2013
    70
    It was nice to have a brief but satisfying match while out and about.
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    58
    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.
  6. Jan 24, 2014
    50
    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.
  7. Nov 22, 2013
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 49
  2. Negative: 15 out of 49
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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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  2. Aug 24, 2015
    9
    It is not the best Mario Party but this one is pretty good! The boards are simple but they do have some challenges here and there. The miniIt is not the best Mario Party but this one is pretty good! The boards are simple but they do have some challenges here and there. The mini games are simple but are oddly fun and satisfying to complete. You can play as a good amount of characters on a good amount of boards. The music fits every board and mini game. The graphics are pretty good. This is just a simple party game that is pretty fun. Younger Mario Party fans will enjoy this game. Older people, eh. I'm older but I like this game. I love this game. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2015
    8
    Yes, this is a game meant for more than one person to play. If you're playing by yourself is it going to be a blast? No. This is the sameYes, this is a game meant for more than one person to play. If you're playing by yourself is it going to be a blast? No. This is the same problem that Smash Bros has. BUT if you have a friend (or two.. or three) that you can play this game with? It's great. Really great.

    Maybe the best Mario Party game ever.

    The different game modes all vary and play in different ways. Thought was put into this, people. I wish some of these modes made it into the Wii U version but alas they didn't.

    I originally stayed away from this game because of the scathing reviews. You can NOT judge this game based on its single-player merit! If you've got someone to play this with, download it and always have it on your system and go to it
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  4. Jul 4, 2015
    7
    I don't understand why everyone is hating so much on Mario Party: Island Tour. This is not a bad game people, and I will briefly explain toI don't understand why everyone is hating so much on Mario Party: Island Tour. This is not a bad game people, and I will briefly explain to you (below) some good things that make this a good game. It's not perfect, and it will have its faults, but I feel that the goods of the game are stronger than that of the faults.

    The Good: The minigames. Packed with 80 minigames, which has been one of the highest of the series, we can tell that nintendo isn't messing around with the minigames that they want us to play. To be honest, most of the minigames in the past have been pretty luck-based, but for once, the % of minigames that actually require some skill are included. Even though some minigames are ridiculously short, they're still a really small burst of fun and can be played multiple times. I have found my self stuck playing a few minigames (like tanks a lot) for more than 15 minutes in one go, either with Master AI or my family members or friends. The amount of fun and rage that you get from playing locally with people you know is just one of the best things that Mario Party games can deliver. I can see myself coming back to this game over the next few years playing those addictingly fun minigames with buds. The next great thing about Mario Party: Island Tour is its PHENOMENAL 3D effect. Assuming you have access to the 3D slider, you can see an incredible amount of depth and detail on the screen when turning up that slider. I swear, the graphics sometimes even look better with 3D on than off (main menu for example). The high amount of boards is also a great part of the mario party package, but that isn't one of the best features of the game (why is what you'll see later). Another interesting thing is Bowser's Tower (which is the main single player adventure/story you're aiming to beat). Its good features are that you get to play all the minigames, and usually 1 of the 2 choices are skill based and you have a chance at clearing it. Another good thing (and nostalgic) is that you battle bosses every 5 floors, and nearly every single one of them brings you back to the good times, such as the same characters in SM64, NSMB, and more! The final boss's minigame is quite enjoyable and has some pleasuring music.

    The Neutral: There isn't too much "neutral" in this game. It was typically a hit or miss for certain categories, but there was 1 or 2 things that I thought could've been improved a bit. Music is definitely one of those mixed parts of the game. It has some great tracks, such as some of the boards and boss battles, but other tracks like the songs in the minigames, and other tracks here and there are not as good as the ones mentioned earlier. Other than that, I could probably say that the character roster could have been expanded to 12 or 16.

    The Bad: There are bad things, as most mario parties do have bad things about them. Let's go through a few of those bad things now ~ I'll state it in one short list: Boards are TOO short & luck based, collectable count is WAY too low, and the single player adventure is TOO weak. Boards are so short, that I could probably beat them in 3 to 6 moves. Some, like the rainbow road, are way too luck based, as the winner of the first minigame has been basically guaranteed the win. Collectable count is probably the biggest bummer for me, as I really was disappointed that all you could unlock were the music tracks (which were nice) and voice bubbles. If you had MPDS, then you would remember board items, badges, and other nice things that helped extend replayability by a large amount. I feel like the single player adventure is a bit weak because there is only one thing to do, and after clearing it (30 floors), you sorta lose the urge to continue to go up again. (as you can play those same boss minigames in free play after the first run), other than that, there isn't much to do other than playing the minigames w/ AI or friends/family.

    Overall: I feel like this game has absolutely phenomenal minigames (some of the best in the series), but is dribbled down a bit with each small problem, including weak boards, weak single player adventure, and lack of collectables. The good minigames and fun played w/ others is one thing though, that cannot be gotten from many other games out there today. To be honest, I usually buy the mario party games for the minigames - not the boards, so hearing that the boards sucked, I wasn't really TOO unhappy about that. Knowing that I can have fun with a bunch of other people with one card only is also one thing that makes my day and this game basically the best local-multiplayer game on the 3DS!

    Gameplay: 8.5/10
    Story: 5/10
    Music: 7/10
    Presentation: 7/10
    Length: 7.5/10
    Overall: 7.5/10
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  5. Feb 17, 2017
    5
    Whenever I play Mario Party: Island Tour I don't get that competitive feeling that I get when I play games such as Mario Party 8 and theWhenever I play Mario Party: Island Tour I don't get that competitive feeling that I get when I play games such as Mario Party 8 and the boards are quite short and some only last for 10-15 minutes. There is also a mode called Bowser's Tower where he absorbs all the power of Party Island and creates bubble clones that you have to fight to get to the top of the tower. This could have been made better by perhaps having the inability to play a Peach because she has been captured by Bowser and you can play as her when she has been saved. You can unlock Bowser Jr. when you complete the tower but his voice is so high-pitched and whiny that it's, sometimes, unbearable.

    In Island Tour, you have to travel as many spaces as possible to reach the goal, however, there is one board where at the end you will meet Bowser and will have to travel as little as possible and I think that this is quite unique and enjoyable. During Bowser's Tower, there are also boss fights including a goomba tower, chain chomp, snowman and Dry Bowser and these battles are quite enjoyable.

    As a whole, I'm not sure where I stand with this game.
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  6. Nov 13, 2015
    4
    Nintendo's getting Lazy, I saw it with Mario kart 7 now with this... This time they couldn't be bothered to do the extra bit of programming toNintendo's getting Lazy, I saw it with Mario kart 7 now with this... This time they couldn't be bothered to do the extra bit of programming to make this an online multiplayer, or maybe the 3DS can't keep up with the times then they should put out a better machine that can...It's all about Top multiplayer games... Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2016
    0
    The minigames are hard, easy, simple, complex, stupid, and the worst **** piece of **** in the world! The gimmick is to get to the end atThe minigames are hard, easy, simple, complex, stupid, and the worst **** piece of **** in the world! The gimmick is to get to the end at least 10 and 9 and advance you do a collect-athon but in this game you just get to the END. The boards are lackluser and suck ass. The story mode is also a big piece of **** Expand

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