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  • Summary: You'd think years of defeat would get to a guy, but Bowser just doesn't give up! He's captured Mario and his friends in his pursuit of a crystal that the group collected when it fell from the sky, and he doesn't hesitate to shrink them to miniature size to get rid of them and get his hands on the other four crystals. The mini-heroes have to find the crystals before he does, making their way through giant environments filled with enormous creatures. The single-player campaign takes place in five different settings, each of them ending with a boss. As usual, players have to collect coins and stars, at the same time escaping dangers such as Piranha Plants and other classic creatures from the Mario universe. As they progress through the game, players also can unlock various mini-games, such as Rail Riders, Sweet Sleuth and Goomba Wrangler! When players are tired of exploring the story mode, they can choose one of the other modes, like Puzzle and Minigame. Play with up to four friends on the DS' local Wi-Fi and let the party begin. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The board game is still essentially a dice powered foot race. The boss fights were a step in the right direction, but the rules of the game itself need to be refreshed. However for what it is it's great.
  2. 80
    Its wide variety of game modes and options lets you create a multiplayer gaming experience to suit any time frame, and the huge number of mini-games sets a very high, very consumer-friendly bar.
  3. Just add ice. Getting a party started is easy with this multiplayer gem, thanks to a huge assortment of quirky mini-games and single-cartridge play.
  4. 75
    Mario Party DS is actually a pretty good Mario Party installment, but it's ultimately meant for gamers who regularly get together with their friends for some DS gaming.
  5. The ability to score board items and extra puzzle games is a nifty bonus, adding to longevity. However, the Mario Party formula is too comparable to previous games, with dull artificial intelligence (except on Expert). Lastly, the absence of Wi-Fi support hurts the game's appeal.
  6. The stylus might offer some new dynamic to these mini-games, but that doesn’t stop them from being repetitive when played solo. This makes playing with your friend a mandatory condition to enjoy it. [Jan 2008]
  7. If you're one of those who has enjoyed the series on console, you'll enjoy it on DS. Otherwise, steer clear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    An all-time classic brought back for a handheld. It was the best idea ever! The story, mini games, extra modes, etc. were all brought into a great mix of party! Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2012
    The mini games where addicting and I just love playing as toad. Playing it like monopoly is cool. Thumbs up for Nintendo. The graphics are so lovely. The music is soothing. Expand
  3. Jun 22, 2013
    A silly story, but helps captivates the scene for monstrous amounts of new minigames that no one would ever think of. Think of how many fun little games you can play with your friends anytime (or with cpu) when your character is shrunken to a minimal size. You're smaller, but the game isn't reduced whatsoever. People saying that the game is too difficult in certain examples are false and incorrect, enough practice and strategy can get you past just about any minigame. Buy this game no matter what, even if you only have a 3DS! Replay value is basically infinite with many multiplayer modes and 80 or so minigames!

    Gameplay: 9.5/10
    Story: 7.5/10
    Music: 8.5/10
    Presentation: 9/10
    Length: 10/10
    Overall: 9/10
  4. JessicaBidging
    Oct 6, 2009
    I recommend this to everyone who likes Mario. It's basically about 5 crystals that bowser fights over and the Mario heroes try to get them before he does. it's actually a great, great games. The graphics are so awesome! It's like the NINTENDO 64. It's just so great and entertaining. The music is so catchy, just so great for people who love to listen to music. The gameplay is also nice sometimes it could get abit challenging. Overall, I give it a 9/10 and Hudson should be really proud of how much effort was put into it.
    Don't rent, BUY IT!!!
  5. Aug 13, 2010
    This is another DS title that really makes the most of the DS's different controls, with minigames using the mic., the touchscreen, and the buttons, with great graphics, it covers all bases. Although it doesen't have wifi, there is multiplayer and it's great fun as well. I'd call it the best Mario Party title yet. Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2013
    Mario Party DS may not be the best the Mario Party series has to offer, but I certainly packs a punch! The 70+ minigames are new, fun, and creative. The story mode is worth checking out and it makes for an alright single-player mode. It does not have the same appeal as other titles in the series, though. Mario Party games are known for allowing any character to be winner at any given time, but this just goes overboard with the idea! It makes you feel ripped-off when you work hard for your stars, and Yoshi takes all of them because he keeps "getting lucky"! Also, most of the minigames are either too easy or too hard with CPU players in the mix. Speaking of which, the computer players are only somewhat of a challenge when you put them on Hard difficulty because Normal is too easy. Overall, fun game if you have the time, but definitely not the cream of the crop. Expand
  7. May 20, 2014
    The game is kind of boring, the graphics aren't that good, the story is extremely repetitive, the minigames are unoriginal, and the Boss Minigames are hard, except for the second and third ones. Expand

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