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  • Summary: Play with motion control! Row your way down a river, punch a statue to pieces, steer race cars and mopeds, and handle a balancing pole while walking a tightrope. Play with the pointer. Drag and drop decorations onto cakes, shoot Boos in haunted house, quickly choose your answer in a gamePlay with motion control! Row your way down a river, punch a statue to pieces, steer race cars and mopeds, and handle a balancing pole while walking a tightrope. Play with the pointer. Drag and drop decorations onto cakes, shoot Boos in haunted house, quickly choose your answer in a game show. Mash those Wii Remote buttons. Jump and pummel your way through a football brawl, hop and run across an obstacle course of spinning platforms. Mario Party 8 includes six brand-new boards, dozens of minigames and many new modes. In a franchise first, you can collect special power-ups and transform your character into a boulder that smashes rivals or a coin-sucking vampire. Mario Party 8 includes "extra-large" minigames like Star Carnival Bowling and Table Menace. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  1. 90
    Played alone, against the computer, the game is barely worth popping out of its case. But, having even one other human opponent ups the fun exponentially--you just can't get the same satisfaction out of trash talking against a faceless computerized enemy.
  2. Bottom line is that if you love Mario Party, you’ll still love Mario Party 8. If you don’t love the Mario Party games, this one isn’t going to do anything that will change your mind, even with the Wii controls.
  3. Buy it for the multiplayer, pass on the single-player.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    63
    It's just such a waste to see "Mario Party" get a frsh start here, only to have us turn the Wii-mote on its side to use it like any other motion-control-free controller. [Aug 2007, p.72]
  5. Games Master UK
    59
    With brand new controls they had a chance to reinvigorate the franchise. They didn't. [Aug 2007, p.65]
  6. Besides the tired gameplay, Mario Party 8 has some serious presentation issues that will make you wonder if you’re still playing a Gamecube game.
  7. Also, about the ultra-long credits that you can’t skip: please. It’s like watching the dirt get shoveled onto my open grave as I wait for the ordeal to end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 91
  2. Negative: 33 out of 91
  1. Nov 20, 2017
    10
    The peak of man's creation lies within this game it's Mario Party but with PERFECT motion controls implemented into it, you can play asThe peak of man's creation lies within this game it's Mario Party but with PERFECT motion controls implemented into it, you can play as Waluigi in it and the ugly micro Bowser is gone for good, the mini games are top tier and the boards are amazing! Expand
  2. ShawnP.
    Nov 5, 2007
    9
    Very entertaining party game.
  3. SqueM.
    Aug 28, 2008
    8
    Mario Party 8 Graphics: 8/10 (Just like their previous Gamecube games) Sound: 8/10 (Awesome music and okay sound effects make this worth Mario Party 8 Graphics: 8/10 (Just like their previous Gamecube games) Sound: 8/10 (Awesome music and okay sound effects make this worth hearing) Controls: 8.5/10 (Almost niche, though it sometimes won't work) Gameplay: 7.5/10 (Just like the previous MP games, though rather on luck than strategy) Lastability: 9/10 (Worth playing, especially with 2-4 players playing this) Overall: A- (Sure it's not the best but it one of the best Mario Party games ever). Expand
  4. John
    Oct 9, 2007
    5
    I would not recommend this game to anybody. It is not a HORRIBLE game. But it is not fun. The 15 turn games even seem forever. 15x4= 60 I would not recommend this game to anybody. It is not a HORRIBLE game. But it is not fun. The 15 turn games even seem forever. 15x4= 60 freaking turns. I did give this a 5 because i would say that if you had a group of 3 or more it is fun. Maybe even the 1 on 1 with the comp. But mini games repeat a lot. I would recommend renting having some fun and brining it back before you say it starts getting bad. Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2011
    5
    Its a good compilation of mini games that has a rather descent story mode and a fun multi-player experience. Using the Wii Remote adds in aIts a good compilation of mini games that has a rather descent story mode and a fun multi-player experience. Using the Wii Remote adds in a small factor of motion game that could have been taken to another level. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    3
    Mario Party 8 is a flat-out bad game. It comes nowhere near the franchise's peak (Mario Party 2) because the mini games have all taken a stepMario Party 8 is a flat-out bad game. It comes nowhere near the franchise's peak (Mario Party 2) because the mini games have all taken a step backwards in terms of control. This was done to bring the Wii's motion controls into full effect. But basically speaking, they just don't work very well. They are so imprecise, that most of the time winning is a case of mere luck. It shouldn't be titled 'Mario Party', it should be titled 'Thrash The Wiimote Around Randomly Party'. Utter drek. Expand
  7. GlenP.
    Jun 22, 2007
    0
    The game is a mess. Long, slow board game that determines it's winner essentially by luck, is reqauired to play multiple times to unlock The game is a mess. Long, slow board game that determines it's winner essentially by luck, is reqauired to play multiple times to unlock the mini games. The mini games themselves are a hodgepodge of styles, many making bad use of teh motion technology. Must play the worthless board game to get mini games. bad. Very bad. Pick up SuperMonkeyBall or Muppet Party Cruise for a much better set of mini games. Expand

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