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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 handsYou'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. Best of all, the developers have made it so that you need only a single cartridge to get a party going with as many as four people.
  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. 70
    A solid multiplayer mini-game experience with a lot of the flaws of the previous versions. It doesn't do anything truly special than create a bunch of touch screen and microphone-centric minigames (and even then we've seen variations of them in other DS titles), but it at least comes together as a better title than the last console Mario Party design.
  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 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    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 soThe 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
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    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 aAn 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
  3. Aug 10, 2013
    9
    This is a must have game if you are looking for a good multiplayer experience!

    Great board designs, good minigames and a lot of fun simply
    This is a must have game if you are looking for a good multiplayer experience!

    Great board designs, good minigames and a lot of fun simply put.

    9 out of 10!
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  4. DJT
    Dec 15, 2007
    8
    Great multiplayer minigames for the system! If you like the Mario Party Franchise, this is a good one to pickup for the DS. Be sure to have Great multiplayer minigames for the system! If you like the Mario Party Franchise, this is a good one to pickup for the DS. Be sure to have friends ;) Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    It is similar to the previous Mario Party games, but there is a twist. The characters are shrunk to an extremely small size, and thatIt is similar to the previous Mario Party games, but there is a twist. The characters are shrunk to an extremely small size, and that influences the mini-games within the game. If you want an overall easy, yet fun mini-game themed game, then this game is right for you. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2011
    6
    This game is an all right bit of harmless fun and you will find yourself playing mini games again and again to get an awesome high score,This game is an all right bit of harmless fun and you will find yourself playing mini games again and again to get an awesome high score, especially on the higher difficulties, but after 3-4 hours playing this game I bailed out because I found it way too repetitive. Expand
  7. May 20, 2014
    2
    The game is kind of boring, the graphics aren't that good, the story is extremely repetitive, the minigames are unoriginal, and the BossThe 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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