Mario Party 5 GameCube

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
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  1. Adds a few nice modes to the Mario Party series, but if you already own "Mario Party 4" there is absolutely no reason to upgrade.
  2. Waking up bleary eyed the next day, our mouths taste like dry Toads and the room smells of Peach. But that won’t stop us going to Mario’s for another party, with so much to do if he threw a party every day of the week we still wouldn’t get ‘board’.
  3. The added Super Duel Mode (which would also be good online) brings a new aspect to the title. Bottom line, despite its shortcomings, Mario Party 5 proves once again why the Nintendo Gamecube is the system to own for multiplayer fun.
  4. Probably the biggest step in making improvements than any of the other sequels has made. Bottom Line: If you're a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed.
  5. Nintendo Power
    84
    Doesn't do anything to revolutionize the franchise, but it's still one of the most enjoyable multiplayer experiences around. [Jan 2004, p.155]
  6. It may not replace traditional board games, but Mario Party 5 is another solid addition to the Mario Party franchise.
  7. Play Magazine
    83
    The real draw here are the minigames, and as always, they are all new. Of course, some are variations on themes passed down, but there are more than enough that surprise and delight to no end. [Dec 2003, p.80]
  8. GameNow
    83
    As far as party games go, this is still your best bet. [Jan 2003, p.49]
  9. GMR Magazine
    80
    Minigames, as always, tread a fine line between clever and stupid. [Jan 2004, p.87]
  10. Easily the greatest party game on the market today. While that isn’t saying a whole lot since anything that isn’t Mario Party is usually schlock and unworthy of anything but the bargain bin, it still proves that there’s plenty of spunk within the series.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    Some of the new minigames are a little stale, and some concepts are recycled, but the new capsule system functions well as the necessary fresh coat of paint. [Jan 2004, p.159]
  12. 80
    Another solid game from Nintendo – it features a few new tweaks on the old formula but it’s more or less the same game with new boards, new mini-games and a few new characters.
  13. 79
    On the one hand, it's filled to the brim with imaginative mini-games and modes, on the other it still suffers from the same baffling waiting times in the board-based modes.
  14. It’s definitely the Mario Party title you’ll want to buy if you’re new to the series, since it has the most minigames and the best boards of the Cube iterations.
  15. 75
    Mario, get with it -- get hipper, get slicker, and get as good as you outta be. Right now, you're phoning it in.

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#41 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 17, 2017
    10
    The story mode is creative and brand new. The boards now is like a breeze of fresh air from Mario Party 4. The new minigames clearly areThe story mode is creative and brand new. The boards now is like a breeze of fresh air from Mario Party 4. The new minigames clearly are better than what we got from mario party 4. We have new characters and a new gimmick! Capsules! Mario Party 5 is amazing! Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2017
    9
    9.3 - One of the best in the series, this one adds a few new modes that are mostly coop and fun. The party mode and items are well made and9.3 - One of the best in the series, this one adds a few new modes that are mostly coop and fun. The party mode and items are well made and the mini-games are iconic and creative. Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2016
    10
    Mario Party 5 did more. Usual mario party games have 70 to 79 minigames but Mario Party 5 has 88 cause of the duel minigames. There is only 2Mario Party 5 did more. Usual mario party games have 70 to 79 minigames but Mario Party 5 has 88 cause of the duel minigames. There is only 2 bad minigames. Get A Rope and Heat Stroke. But anyways the boards are fun and very memorable and added more great characters, capsules, and a lot of modes. If you want a almost perfect Mario Party game well the 5th is that one. Full Review »