Mario Party 3

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mario and friends are throwing a party and you're invited. It's their biggest bash yet, with seventy totally new Mini-Games and five brand new adventure boards. You'll be the life of the party as you punch, pound and stampede right over your opponents in a multiplayer melee or goMario and friends are throwing a party and you're invited. It's their biggest bash yet, with seventy totally new Mini-Games and five brand new adventure boards. You'll be the life of the party as you punch, pound and stampede right over your opponents in a multiplayer melee or go head-to-head in the new two-player duel mode. You can even unlock new characters in the one-player challenge. With so much fun and excitement, this is a bash you'll just have to crash! Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
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  1. 100
    Don’t get rid of your N64 yet—Mario Party is one of the last and best games you can play on the system with up to three buddies.
  2. Da Gameboyz
    89
    Colorful environments and entertaining animations complete with Nintendo's patented stable of sounds ensure repeat enjoyment and lasting value.
  3. MP3 retains all of the wonderfully simplistic features that made its predecessors easy to pick up and tough to put down, while adding a ton of new mini-games to the mix.
  4. There isn’t a single satisfying mode you can play Mario Party 3 in, and the sad thing is, all of this boredom could have been solved with one very, very simple option; let the player set the level of game animations they desire.
  5. After spending solo time with the game, I've decided that Mario Party 3 is like that last guest who refuses to accept that the party is over.
  6. 64
    I made the fatal mistake of trying to give the single-player story mode a chance. It's a decent way to practice, but it's INSANE as to how much watching you do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    Classic game. I remember playing this as a kid this is the best series of any game in the world i would trade my Xbox 360 for a N64 & everyClassic game. I remember playing this as a kid this is the best series of any game in the world i would trade my Xbox 360 for a N64 & every mario game for it if you hate this game you had a horrible childhood Expand
  2. RichardS.
    Mar 17, 2002
    10
    It stinks...Right? Wrong! It's da best game ever!
  3. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    Easily the most chaotic Mario Party game, but that's hardly a bad thing given that it's supposed to be a mostly luck based game anyway. It'sEasily the most chaotic Mario Party game, but that's hardly a bad thing given that it's supposed to be a mostly luck based game anyway. It's let down by a few bad minigames such as The beat goes on and MPIQ, but it has easily the best item mechanics of any Mario party game, very good board design. And it's chaotic enough that, unlike many other games in the series, the most experienced player isn't going to win every game. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2018
    8
    I was kinda disappointed of this game, but I don't know why. I do have some reasons why this game is flawed...perfect transition, anyways,I was kinda disappointed of this game, but I don't know why. I do have some reasons why this game is flawed...perfect transition, anyways, some of the boards are really bad, I mean really bad. The Gate Guy stages or whatever there called in story mode, this game isn't memorable, and game guy. But they're are some good things. Waluigi Island, the story, the graphics, waluigi and daisy, the minigames are pretty good, and waluigi island....wait i said that... Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2020
    8
    Last one of N64 Trilogy, and is the least best of them all, the minigames and maps aren't as good as MP 1 or 2 but still a solid game. 8/10
  6. Apr 14, 2019
    8
    [OBJECTIVE QUALITY REVIEW] For a Mario Party game closing out and concluding their N64 era and their original trilogy, it fits perfectly as[OBJECTIVE QUALITY REVIEW] For a Mario Party game closing out and concluding their N64 era and their original trilogy, it fits perfectly as the best in the trilogy itself and the series then. Although 2 DOES remain the best out of the trilogy, at the time 3 was it's high point in the trilogy and the series itself, when N64 was on its way out but was still king in those and all regards.

    The character selection is easily one of the best, with Princess Daisy and Waluigi making starring appearances - adding on to an already awesome character-set predefined in the beginning - and making for a perfect conclusion to the original trilogy character formula.

    The graphics have obviously been greatly improved on, as well as the soundtrack. It's much more memorable than the previous two, and some of them, especially on some boards, have theming that is quite unique to the Mario franchise as a whole and was rarely IF EVER seen again.

    The minigames suit both casuals and hardcores both perfectly well, both even more so than the previous two. Even hardcores may find the more casual games a relaxing break from their hectic play and therefore should not be considered a turnoff, although it cannot be denied that some players may be turned off by it.

    The boards are easily some of the most memorable in the entire franchise and particularly this original trilogy. Some theming, such as pack camels, Christmas, the 'No Step On Thin Ice' sign in the Chilly Waters board, and the Creepy Cavern board in general, is nothing to be forgetful about, and really adds a great deal of flair to the graphical design and game of the series as well.

    That said, sadly, it DOES suffer from some of the usual problems when it comes to Mario Party across all games. First, there's the impression that players are punished for playing well, and those that play 'poorly' are often, if not always, rewarded. That's not to say that this has considerable merit, much less entirely true. The minigames STILL allow for some sufficient play, but overall remains generally casual, which as aforementioned can still turn off hardcore players. Also, going back to the usual Mario Party problems, they're MUCH MORE suppressed in this title this time around - they're MUCH better than what would and was usually the case. However, it still DOES exist somewhat at the VERY least.

    Overall, very nice, positive game. Virtually no problems with it outside of the usual, and everything - the graphics, the soundtrack, the boards, the minigames, the hub areas; you name it - has AT LEAST some memorability to it. Unfortunately, it does suffer from some of the same problems Mario Party usually has, but are much less so than the usual algorithm it has to sit on.
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  7. MichelleP.
    Feb 21, 2003
    0
    After playing this game, I felt... well, cheated, annoyed and 100% ticked off. I was hoping for an updated version that was better than the After playing this game, I felt... well, cheated, annoyed and 100% ticked off. I was hoping for an updated version that was better than the first two. Well, thank god I didn't BUY this game. The first one was fun, and had excellent music, the second one was fun, had excellent music, and was adventurous. The third one was none of these. What a disgrace to nintendo. Expand

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