With a great collection of classic mini-games and a surprising level of challenge, even for experienced players, there’s plenty to love about Mario Party Superstars. While it can be unfair at times, the randomness of the game keeps emotions high, spicing it up for everyone and making each new game fresh.
With its very classic approach including five streamlined game boards from the N64 era and healthy collection of 100 mini-games Mario Party Superstarts is an enjoyment especially for veterans of the series. As always, the best way to play the game is with others on the couch or online. But because of the a little better balanced AI solo players can have some more fun as in the predecessor Super Mario Party.
Mario Party Superstars is a blast from the past put into a very clean and modern package. It’ll definitely be more appealing to older generations of gamers who grew up before the early 2000s. The minigames and maps have aged well and showcase moments that truly defined the Mario Party franchise more than 20 years later.
Mario Party Superstars is a love letter to the parties you remember attending 20 years ago. A disappointingly slim selection of boards takes the shine off things somewhat, but it’s hard to argue that this is the best Mario Party has been in over a decade. No new ideas absolutely feels like a missed opportunity, but by the same token we’d much prefer to have all these classic ideas intact rather than potentially tainting them with unwanted and unnecessary inclusions only added for the sake of being new. Grab a can of Tango and a fistful of 10p Freddos — you’re going to party like it’s 1999.
Mario Party Superstars certainly provides the highs that the series is capable of, but unless you're restricted to playing on the Switch Lite or itching to play with a Pro Controller, there's a better version of this game available for you and your loved ones to play in Super Mario Party.
Probably my favorite Mario game right now.
Why? The game only works if you actively talk with your friends. Strats, lies, collabs, and coop mini-games are essential here. That way, there's no way you can have fun right here. Also, since it can last a few hours, you can totally play it for all the hangout with your friends if you want.
As nothing is perfect, this game can be pretty unfair. Thus, unpredictability can be a kind of artificial. So, at the end of the day, if you care most about having a good time with your friends, this can't be a problem. Otherwise, you'll get frustrated. A good example was my friend, Neto. He used the same strat all game. He literally played, sleep, woke up, and played again. At the game's end, he got lucky and won it - without even caring about it. Since it was a lot of fun and memorable, it's ok. But be advised about it.
I like this game, but I think the only way to enjoy it is to play in multiplayer mode, and that is because the game boards are only five. The minigames are fun overall. I don't know why, but I was expecting for something more.
Mario Party is arguably the most fun and most accesible party game ever created. In that sense, Superstars is a fun game and definitely not a "bad purchase". However, it is a very low-effort game with the triple A pricetag, and that doesn't sit well with me. So collecting some of the most fun minigames of older titles and putting them in 1 game is fine, I'd even say they did a good job. But aside from that, there's just nothing. They've picked minigames from 10 different titles, yet they decided to use some of the most generic playing boards in the games history. Only the first 3 Mario Games have their boards in here, with one of them being so outdated that the star remains stationary after collecting it. There is nothibg meaningful to unlock either. Mario Party 4 for the Gamecube for example had 5 boards off the bat, but every time you beat one you play this special minigame vs the host. Each character has a unique room to build and they receive an item when they win a board. Beating 5 of them unlocks the special Bowser one, and if you beat that there's an endboss Bowser too. This is a game from what, 20 years ago? And it has more content than this cashgrab game.
If you don't have a Mario Party game or never played the games, this is a fine addition for family and friends. Minigames are still gold, but looking at the effort for the price, Nintendo is robbing you.
SummaryA Superstar collection of classic Nintendo 64™ boards - Calling all Superstars! Mario Party™ is back with 5 classic boards from the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games. Frosting meets flowers as you race to get the most stars (and sabotage your opponents) on the Peach’s Birthday Cake board from the original Mario Party game. Or watch the count...