Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. If you own a GBA or SP, there is absolutely no reason not to own Mario Party Advance. Heck, even if you don't own one yet, this is the perfect excuse-a true, must-own killer app.
  2. Had it made use of the wireless adapter it might have been able to duplicate the traditional Mario Party feel.
  3. The focus on creating a "game" out of the franchise is commendable and makes for a worthwhile purchase if you're a GBA owner looking for something to keep you busy on the bus.
  4. Taking Mario Party on the go is a great idea, it just wasn't implemented in the best fashion possible this time around.
  5. If there were ever a Mario Party on the DS, then that would be perfect; sadly, this is far from perfect.
  6. 7 / 7 / 7 / 6 - 27 [Jan 2005]
  7. Besides being on the dull side, the game unquestionably offers the player quite a bit of unlockable items, extras, and mini-games to mess around with.
  8. The GBA game's multiplayer features are fairly limited and poorly organized. Its single-player component, on the other hand, is very nicely organized and offers a great deal of variety.
  9. The Shroom City board game is a single-player adventure that will capture the imaginations of young players, but may be a little elementary for others. [May 2005, p.92]
  10. Having the board game only available as a single player option is kind of disheartening and takes away from the charm of this game. Add to this a lack exciting graphics and sound and somewhat negative feelings for some of the multiplayer games and it starts to look bad.
  11. 60
    The GBA version features a whole slew of different things to do and play, but it all seems just a bit uncreative for the first outing on the handheld system.
  12. Squeezing the fun out of Mario Party Advance is a tough slog.
  13. 60
    A cute idea with limited appeal thanks to the spotty quality of the minigames and the watered down multiplayer.
  14. 60
    While there's some fun to be had with Mario Party Advance, and quite a few great game-playing aspects, it's a bit tedious and tired when you look at the slew of other excellent multiplayer games have been released for the GBA.
  15. 60
    A nice batch of cheap thrills for what it is, even though the core aspects that have made past versions so popular aren't as prominent.
  16. It was an absolute mistake to create a Mario Party game that didn't follow the same mechanics and style as the rest of the franchise.
  17. A single player Mario Party isn't really a party and there aren't enough mini games to even put this title in competition with games like "Wario Ware Twisted."
  18. The GBA just isn't suitable for a party game the nature of how Mario Party is supposed to be, however the DS, equipped with wireless and forthcoming online play, is a whole different story.
  19. 50
    Though I'm open to new possibilities and reinterpretations of Mario Party, playing this game made me want to just jump on my Gamecube and play the original console versions -- even if I have to play against 3 CPU players because frankly, being the only player on a board game that's advertised as a party is just disheartening.
  20. In this game, there are more decisions to make, a stronger plot and the game is better for solo play.
  21. If not for the board game pain, this would have been OK. But as it is, it's just another lifeless Mario Party to sling on to the slowly growing pile. [NGC Pocket]
  22. The entire presentation is flat and uninspired. With the exception of color, this game looks like it was destined for a watch.
  23. Due to its colorful graphics and kid-friendly atmosphere this could have been an entertaining game for kids, but the lacking production and the language-barrier (if you don't know English that is) are problems. [July 2005, p.75]
  24. With daft mini-games and Gadgets designed for four players to huddle around a single GBA, it's stupidity of the highest order that Nintendo should invent the 'one man party'. [July 2005, p.102]
  25. Worse still are the "Gaddgets" that are your rewards - completely boring and devoid of any enjoyment. [May 2005, p.73]
  26. 15
    Lazy, downright idiotic design coupled with a staggering lack of ideas. Awful.
  27. Possibly the worst videogame Nintendo has had the misfortune to publish. Avoid at all costs; this is disgracefully bad.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 17, 2011
    3
    Mario Party Advance was the first Portable Mario Party game to be released and it fails. Reasons are because repetitive Mini games, stupid questions to answer and a horrible single player mode Plus there is no Multiplayer mode whatsoever. In the single player mode to move it costs one of your lives. Really? If you want a better Mario Party on the go. PLEASE get Mario Party DS instead. Full Review »
  2. Aug 10, 2013
    8
    This is simply a drug, mini-games are hilarious, varied and never dull, Besides, it's enough replay value after finishing the main story.
    MPA
    is one of the few brave and special games for GBA. Full Review »
  3. Jun 4, 2011
    5
    A colorful and educational Mario Party game for children of all ages. For everyone else, it's just colorful. Pros: Colorful visuals; lots of mini-games; lots of replay value. Cons: The mini-games are just too simple; lack of features. Full Review »