Mario Party Nintendo 64

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
Buy On
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    86
    The game that would start a Mario-themed party-game revolution. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  2. 100
    Even the single-player mode is fun, but the Party really starts when the players interact with each other while competing in this hilarious game.
  3. Mario creates another new genre and further demonstrates why the N64 is the system for party animals. The first game of it's kind … for groups of three or four people, though, Mario Party is a Nintendo 64 classic.
  4. An excellent game that should be embraced by all gamers (Nintendo haters and loves alike). The best party game since "Super Bomberman 2."
  5. As with most board games, Mario Party relies heavily on luck (the roll of the dice) and has little to do with skill. Although most of the mini-games are fairly simple to learn and to play, I must warn potential buyers of Mario Party that this game is extremely tough on your controllers.
  6. The best multi-playerS game for parties, sleep over or a past of time for kiddies & young adults alike. Hudson Soft has taken the game boards of the family room table and crush it all into a game cartridge that is well worth the purchase.
  7. Bring over a few friends, and although they may laugh at the cutesy setting at first, the excitement raised by the frantic multiplayer action is nothing short of sensational. Avoid this one if you're one of those shady loner-types.
  8. 79
    It's the ultimate party game for N64 on one hand -- but it can also turn into a grueling experience when less than three players are taking part. Mario Party is one of those rare games that has to be played by three or four people to be fun.
  9. Do whatever you can to play this game the way it should be played : with four players! The amount of trash talking, cheating, and jinxing provided when you're playing with three other people is unbelievable. A great game that pioneers a great new genre : The Party Genre.
  10. A perfect, addictive blend of luck, skill, and strategy … anything can happen in a game of Mario Party, and that's what makes it such unique and enjoyable game. Throw your coat on the bed in the guest room, because you're going to be staying a while.
  11. Mario Party reflects Nintendo's current policy in Japan of knocking out gimmicky video toys instead of those pesky expensive-to-produce games. A good laugh with a group of friends, but it's no substitute for the games that made Nintendo's name in the first place.
  12. Weekly Famitsu
    78
    8 / 8 / 7 / 8 - 31 silver

Awards & Rankings

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#6 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1999
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#4 Most Shared N64 Game of 1999
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. WhyNot?
    Feb 8, 2009
    8
    The first in a series is usually the best, and Mario Party is no exception. Although there are only 6 characters and 8 boards, once you start The first in a series is usually the best, and Mario Party is no exception. Although there are only 6 characters and 8 boards, once you start playing, you'll see why it doesn't need any more. The mini-games -- all 50 of them -- are what you really want to play this game for, and only a couple fall short of expectations. However, twirling the control stick can get a bit painful. The one place where this game lacks is the story -- it's basically nonexistent. All you do is play a board game. A revolutionary, virtual board game. I give Mario Party an 84/100. Full Review »
  2. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    This game has survived for over 11 years. Just about everytime friends are over i try to get them to play this. It truly is an astonishingThis game has survived for over 11 years. Just about everytime friends are over i try to get them to play this. It truly is an astonishing classic which revolutionised the board game industry. If i could show you my face when playing this i would Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2015
    6
    This game is alright. A good start for the awesome series. The graphics are fine for N64. The minigames are pretty fun. The characterThis game is alright. A good start for the awesome series. The graphics are fine for N64. The minigames are pretty fun. The character selection is okay. The boards are great. Mario Party 1 is not the best in the series, but it is worth getting. The series started getting even better since 6. Full Review »