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  • Summary: You'd think years of defeat would get to a guy, but Bowser just doesn't give up! He's captured Mario and his friends in his pursuit of a crystal that the group collected when it fell from the sky, and he doesn't hesitate to shrink them to miniature size to get rid of them and get his handsYou'd think years of defeat would get to a guy, but Bowser just doesn't give up! He's captured Mario and his friends in his pursuit of a crystal that the group collected when it fell from the sky, and he doesn't hesitate to shrink them to miniature size to get rid of them and get his hands on the other four crystals. The mini-heroes have to find the crystals before he does, making their way through giant environments filled with enormous creatures. The single-player campaign takes place in five different settings, each of them ending with a boss. As usual, players have to collect coins and stars, at the same time escaping dangers such as Piranha Plants and other classic creatures from the Mario universe. As they progress through the game, players also can unlock various mini-games, such as Rail Riders, Sweet Sleuth and Goomba Wrangler! When players are tired of exploring the story mode, they can choose one of the other modes, like Puzzle and Minigame. Play with up to four friends on the DS' local Wi-Fi and let the party begin. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The board game is still essentially a dice powered foot race. The boss fights were a step in the right direction, but the rules of the game itself need to be refreshed. However for what it is it's great.
  2. 80
    Its wide variety of game modes and options lets you create a multiplayer gaming experience to suit any time frame, and the huge number of mini-games sets a very high, very consumer-friendly bar.
  3. Best of all, the developers have made it so that you need only a single cartridge to get a party going with as many as four people.
  4. 75
    Mario Party DS is actually a pretty good Mario Party installment, but it's ultimately meant for gamers who regularly get together with their friends for some DS gaming.
  5. 70
    A solid multiplayer mini-game experience with a lot of the flaws of the previous versions. It doesn't do anything truly special than create a bunch of touch screen and microphone-centric minigames (and even then we've seen variations of them in other DS titles), but it at least comes together as a better title than the last console Mario Party design.
  6. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    70
    The stylus might offer some new dynamic to these mini-games, but that doesn’t stop them from being repetitive when played solo. This makes playing with your friend a mandatory condition to enjoy it. [Jan 2008]
  7. If you're one of those who has enjoyed the series on console, you'll enjoy it on DS. Otherwise, steer clear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    The mini games where addicting and I just love playing as toad. Playing it like monopoly is cool. Thumbs up for Nintendo. The graphics are soThe mini games where addicting and I just love playing as toad. Playing it like monopoly is cool. Thumbs up for Nintendo. The graphics are so lovely. The music is soothing. Expand
  2. May 22, 2016
    10
    I love the way it's like mp8. its Aaaaaaaaaawwwwwweeeeeeeeeessssssssoooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  3. May 26, 2011
    9
    This game offers portable parties in the car. In my opinion, this is the best of the Mario Party titles with its great boss minigames, smoothThis game offers portable parties in the car. In my opinion, this is the best of the Mario Party titles with its great boss minigames, smooth controls, and a truckload of unlockables and bonus content. Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2017
    8
    This game has a lot of flaws and I know that but I also realize that for it's time this game was just jaw dropping when it released. AThis game has a lot of flaws and I know that but I also realize that for it's time this game was just jaw dropping when it released. A handheld mario party was such a shocker and something that seemed so unreal especially for the time when it was released. It was so much fun to play with friends because it was the first one you could play on the go and the only one worth playing on the go honestly. It had all of the good assets of the other mario party games and more. It's such a charm to play honestly and even now I sometimes think about going back to play it even though I have the new 3ds versions of the new garbage mario partys. One day i hope they remake some of the old mario parties. Expand
  5. DJT
    Dec 15, 2007
    8
    Great multiplayer minigames for the system! If you like the Mario Party Franchise, this is a good one to pickup for the DS. Be sure to have Great multiplayer minigames for the system! If you like the Mario Party Franchise, this is a good one to pickup for the DS. Be sure to have friends ;) Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2016
    7
    Unlike most Mario Party games, this one had a creative story. Bowser's pain of suffering led him to making Mario's friends getting shrunk soUnlike most Mario Party games, this one had a creative story. Bowser's pain of suffering led him to making Mario's friends getting shrunk so he can have his ends on the other hidden crystals. Unlike most Mario Party games on the other hand which had a few fun minigames, this one, still have fun minigames to play, repeats the same elements of the minigames and it gets repetitive playing the same thing over and over again. Expand
  7. May 20, 2014
    2
    The game is kind of boring, the graphics aren't that good, the story is extremely repetitive, the minigames are unoriginal, and the BossThe game is kind of boring, the graphics aren't that good, the story is extremely repetitive, the minigames are unoriginal, and the Boss Minigames are hard, except for the second and third ones. Expand

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