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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    A cute idea with limited appeal thanks to the spotty quality of the minigames and the watered down multiplayer.
  6. AceGamez
    50
    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.
  7. Squeezing the fun out of Mario Party Advance is a tough slog.
  8. Nintendo Power
    64
    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]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. In this game, there are more decisions to make, a stronger plot and the game is better for solo play.
  15. If there were ever a Mario Party on the DS, then that would be perfect; sadly, this is far from perfect.
  16. Weekly Famitsu
    68
    7 / 7 / 7 / 6 - 27 [Jan 2005]
  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. Taking Mario Party on the go is a great idea, it just wasn't implemented in the best fashion possible this time around.

Awards & Rankings

#9 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. May 23, 2015
    4
    This game is mediocre at best. The first portable Mario Party game. It is also my least favourite in the series. The graphics are okay. TheThis game is mediocre at best. The first portable Mario Party game. It is also my least favourite in the series. The graphics are okay. The character selection is fine. The quality is terrible. The boards are okay. This is a mediocre game and I recommend you stay away from it. You can buy this if you like the gameplay. If not, buy Mario Party 9 instead. Full Review »
  2. 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, stupidMario 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 »
  3. 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
    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.
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