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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While some mistakes were made in the making of this game, not enough were made to make it bad.
  6. There are extra little features that make Mario Party 4 the best of the bunch, but nothing that makes it soar above the rest.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    The formula is getting just a little stale. [29 Nov 2002, p.114]
  10. 60
    Its strength is that it gives fans exactly what they expect. But the whole concept is getting a little long in the tooth.
  11. 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.
  12. Really meant for four players and is simply a game you either love or hate.
  13. The franchise has become an exercise in monotony.
  14. 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’.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#12 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
#22 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2002
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Jun 18, 2016
    10
    My favorite mario party out of all is this one. This game has fun and cool minigames that are memorable to anyone. The controls are great andMy favorite mario party out of all is this one. This game has fun and cool minigames that are memorable to anyone. The controls are great and this game 100% aged well. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    1
    Looking back on all the Mario Parties made, it's clear to say this one's the dumbest. There's barely no point to the game, and the mini-gamesLooking back on all the Mario Parties made, it's clear to say this one's the dumbest. There's barely no point to the game, and the mini-games are the worst in the franchise. There's a lack power-ups and other needed sets running around the board, and the game will just ruin your experience. There's better party games out there. It lasted me 70 minutes before I decided how dull the game was. If you invite friends over they won't be laughing at your stupid mistakes; they'll be laughing at your stupid game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2013
    7
    This is the point in the Mario Party games started getting repetitive. After Mario Party 4, they just all began to get worse and worse. ThisThis is the point in the Mario Party games started getting repetitive. After Mario Party 4, they just all began to get worse and worse. This is the last great Mario Party, however it's not as good as the ones on the N64. Full Review »