Mario Party 4 GameCube

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
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  1. Does exactly what it sets out to do, and as such it comes highly recommended to anyone with more than one controller to their name.
  2. 90
    If you’ve got the warm bodies, Mario Party 4 will bring great gameplay.
  3. Nintendo Power
    84
    The minigames are just as goofy as ever, with only one or two clunkers amid dozens of fun challenges. [Nov 2002, p.218]
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    It's kind of a letdown that the only major difference in MP4 is the sharp GameCube visuals. [Jan 2003, p.187]
  5. GameNow
    83
    As a single player game, it's kinda boring. [Jan 2003, p.59]
  6. A lot of fun, and definitely worthwhile if you have a lot of friends. For solitary gameplay though, you might want to pass this one up.
  7. If your house is party central, you can’t go wrong with Mario Party 4. It’s got everything the previous games had (plus more) to keep GROUPS of two or more happily playing.
  8. Play Magazine
    80
    Though the mini-games are all new, things haven't changed much from the previous entries. [Dec 2002, p.82]
  9. 75
    With four-players in tow, it's a total blast, but for those that are looking for some solid, non-anger-inducing solo play, you'd do well to swerve away from this one for sure.
  10. The best game in the series yet. But that isn’t saying a whole lot when you consider that the sequels have always felt more like continuations than they did actual sequels.
  11. While more accomplished gamers may find some of the minigames too simplistic, this accessibility ensures that Mario's party is one that just about anyone can enjoy.
  12. netjak
    71
    The designers didn’t make the modifications to make this more than an N64 game with a different controller, and the changes that were made hurt the game rather than help it, for the most part.
  13. There’s no doubt that this is an absolutely great game for multiplayer, but we’re upset that HAL didn’t really put their all in with the visuals or on making a more streamlined game.
  14. While some mistakes were made in the making of this game, not enough were made to make it bad.
  15. There are extra little features that make Mario Party 4 the best of the bunch, but nothing that makes it soar above the rest.
  16. 70
    It's worth noting if you've still got your N64 hooked up, there's not enough new and exciting here to make it worth the purchase.
  17. 69
    Outside of... basic upgrades, there's nothing new about Mario Party 4... An absolute must-rent if you have a few friends over for the weekend.
  18. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    The formula is getting just a little stale. [29 Nov 2002, p.114]
  19. 60
    Its strength is that it gives fans exactly what they expect. But the whole concept is getting a little long in the tooth.
  20. The GameCube version is, not surprisingly, the best looking of the four games, but it’s not the huge leap in visual quality it could have been given the dramatic improvement in technology.
  21. Really meant for four players and is simply a game you either love or hate.
  22. The franchise has become an exercise in monotony.
  23. The mini-games have different faces but they play ostensibly the same, and even with the visuals buffed to a sparkle the overall effect is very much ‘more of the same’.
  24. 50
    Mario Party though is not a particularly good game and it's up against much better titles like "Super Monkey Ball" that manages to bridge this age gap by having inspired game play and a quirky feel. Most Nintendo games have this quality but it is sadly missing here.
  25. Another flaw with the game is it's lack of A.I. I'm not talking about the computer controlled characters, but rather the unfairness that occurs throughout any standard 4 player match.
  26. Game Informer
    30
    If anything, the game did show me how much torment I can put up with before breaking down, sobbing, and pleading to make it stop. [Dec 2002, p.125]

Awards & Rankings

#12 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
#33 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2002
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Feb 3, 2017
    9
    Not sure why the reviews are bad for this one. Being a great coop game with unique mini-games and cool party boards, and there are some veryNot sure why the reviews are bad for this one. Being a great coop game with unique mini-games and cool party boards, and there are some very creative features that continued to be used for the rest of the series. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2016
    8
    Well Goomba's Greedy Gala aside the boards are phenomenal. And the minigames are great but some are unoriginal and tedious. Basically, MarioWell Goomba's Greedy Gala aside the boards are phenomenal. And the minigames are great but some are unoriginal and tedious. Basically, Mario Party 3 but a gamecube version and more flaws. Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2016
    10
    My only main problem is some of the minigames and repetitive boards but everything else is a okay. And this game was a HUGE step up from MarioMy only main problem is some of the minigames and repetitive boards but everything else is a okay. And this game was a HUGE step up from Mario Party 1,2, and 3. Really great game. Full Review »