Mario Party 9 Wii

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
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  1. Mar 14, 2012
    72
    An over-reliance on random chance over strategy can quickly derail the experience when things go awry at the worst possible time, but when matches come together with the right balance, Mario Party 9 does deliver the fun this exuberant series is known for.
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 25, 2012
    70
    Nice party game is filled with large amounts of enjoyable mini-games – the only cons are the great dependency on luck and missing online multiplayer. [Apr 2012]
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    Mario Party 9 is the series' best episode after the fourth. The new elements introduced, like the players moving all together, are not completely convincing, but the formula designed hanging around funny minigames and 3 pals around still works.
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    70
    Exactly the kind of the change needed by the franchise, although this new game depends too much on luck and randomness.
  5. Mar 21, 2012
    70
    Mario Party 9 does not offer online modes or leaderboards. True to local multiplayer it reveals a propensity to promote, challenge, competition and socialization, as long there are four players in the same room.
  6. Mar 17, 2012
    70
    This ninth episode is – finally – innovative and original, with a strange but appreciated focus on the boss fights. Sadly the winner, now more than ever, is chosen by fortune. A new starting point, that has to be polished in the next chapters. On WiiU, possibly.
  7. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    A true renaissance for this Nintendo's franchise. The new modes will up the challenge and you'll have a good time, especially if you invite your friends over to your house. Too bad there's no online mode.
  8. Mar 9, 2012
    70
    During sessions with Mario Party 9 I was still able to suppress my critical instincts and lose myself in its charms -- but booze was perhaps more essential than ever.
  9. Mar 2, 2012
    70
    Essentially, Mario Party 9 is a great leveller. No matter if you play games for a living or only touch a controller when one is forced into you hand, chances are you'll be in with a shot of winning come the end of the each game. The Wii has always been about bringing people together to play, and Mario Party 9 does that considerably better than I thought it would.
  10. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    A successful reboot for a franchise that still has a lot to give in terms of uniting gamers, and non-gamers, around its uncomplicated but endearing charms.
  11. Mar 12, 2012
    68
    It's a fun game, but you'll get bored with it pretty quickly.
  12. Mar 12, 2012
    65
    If you have a dedicated group of friends who are ready to toss down on some Mario-themed minigames and game board shenanigans, then you're probably good to go with Mario Party 9.
  13. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    In the end, it's Mario, and it's a great party game. If you buy it, you'll get exactly what you paid for.
  14. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    Mario Party 9 contains a lot of new mini games and changes the rules of the game completely. The new rules are boring and everything depends on luck. Therefore this is the worst Mario Party title ever.
  15. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Though an enjoyable addition to the series, Mario Party 9 is much too familiar and predictable.
  16. Mar 9, 2012
    60
    The concept is still the same, gather your friends for a friendly battle of speed and luck inhilarious mini games. However, new mini games and creative, lively worlds aside, Mario Party 9 is pretty much exactly the same as before. Some may love this, others can't help but feel a bit disappointed at the lack of innovation from Nintendo.
  17. Mar 5, 2012
    60
    Not a must-have, still far from perfect, Mario Party 9 still manages to squash one of the most common criticism to the series by offering a quicker pacing in between runs, as all players now share the same ride. Everyone also competes for little stars, now, rather than the big purchasable ones. Not all the mini-games are funny, but enough are, and even though the concept is old as hell, it still works fine.
  18. Mar 9, 2012
    58
    There are things about Mario Party 9 that make it a better experience than previous entries, but overall it's still a disheartening experience. The best times I experienced with the game were the times when co-workers and I were laughing at each other's stupid mistakes while playing, but you really don't need a video game to fuel stupid mistakes worth laughing at.
  19. games(TM)
    Apr 18, 2012
    50
    There's little reason for the lonely man to pick this up. [Issue#121, p.117]

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2012
#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2012
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 57
  2. Negative: 12 out of 57
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    9
    This game is amazing and it's very fun as you will experience hours of fun mini games, great multiplayer, challenging bosses, and an overallThis game is amazing and it's very fun as you will experience hours of fun mini games, great multiplayer, challenging bosses, and an overall nice looking environment with great music. Overall this game gets a 9 and really is worth your money! Full Review »
  2. dz9
    Apr 10, 2012
    6
    I am very lenient with this title, I know that this game is on the wii and is intended for a family audience, but even on that meritt, thisI am very lenient with this title, I know that this game is on the wii and is intended for a family audience, but even on that meritt, this game presents serious flaws. But let's start with the good, the campaign is fun and challenging, mini games are a blast, the graphics in this game are flashy and polished, and the new take on the movements system is refreshing and good for the most part. It's so sad to see a genuinely fun game have such an obvious serious flaw! The huge problem in this title is that the game mechanics are so random and events range from over powering to over crippling. Too many times in this game, you will lose your well earned fortune because you uncontrollably lose half your stars due to one bad roll. Now... Mario party is known for these events but never before on this scale. Picture you have accumulated a nice fortune of 5 stars going into the end of the game on a previous MP title, but at the last minute you land on a space that takes away 4 stars and 100 coins. This is wayyyyyy to overpowering in a game based on chance, and doing this. Developers have robbed the nice mix of luck and strategy known in Mario Party and left it with nothing but luck. You could win every mini game and get good roles on every turn but that doesn't mean you will win not even by a long shot, cause in this title, you're always one Bowser Revolution away from losing no matter what. In the End: this is a great game for kids and I don't think they'll notice the randomness too much. But for adults like myself, as long as you don't play to win, you could have some fun times with this Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2012
    4
    As much as I was looking foward to play this game I was very displeased with it. You don't have control with the turns like in the previousAs much as I was looking foward to play this game I was very displeased with it. You don't have control with the turns like in the previous games. Everyone moves at the same time which makes the game weird and shorter time wise. Boss battles were a bit different but not as challenging. Most were just about luck rather than skill. Pointless to unlock vehicles. Graphics were awesome but this game would've been a lot better if it followed the previous games. Mario party 8 is way better!!!! Not worth the $50 Full Review »