Super Mario Party is, without doubt, the best entry in the series since the days of the GameCube. It’s stellar presentation, kooky sense of humour and fantastic mini-games make it for an exceptionally fun party game. Also in the game’s favour is that there is variation in the game mode’s hitherto unseen in a Mario Party. The game is plagued by a lacking amount of boards and a sometimes painfully slow pace but on the whole, there’s a fantastic multiplayer experience in there.
So, here’s the plan: invite your friends over, order some take out, crack open a cold one and have fun! Super Mario Party offers a wide variety of (generally) fun minigames, more than enough game modes and a couple of interesting ideas on how to use both the Joy-Cons and Switch’s features. It’s a great party game that will entertain the seasoned gamer and the newcomer as well.
Super Mario Party seems to be the right step back for the series. The focus is on the competition again, meaning the party is a lot more fun. The game is more accessible and yet offers more tactical gameplay. Too bad there aren't many boards to enjoy.
This game was not a good game. Pre release had hyped this up as a more return to the original formula i.e. no cars (didn't even bother playing those) but couldn't have been further from the truth. This turned out to be a a major disappointment for various reasons as many other people have noted in reviews.
- There's only 4 boards. These 4 boards can barely be considered boards as they have a small grid like structure. It's almost as they tried doing some kind of grid like formula, scratched it, and said well heres 4 let's make it work. They are painfully pathetic, aesthetically and playability.
-Economy is bad. Stars are now 10 coins reduced from 20 of the original. Everyone gets coins from mini games also.
-Golden warp pipe is broke. This ties in with last point but a golden pipe is 10 coins which can be farmed to buy over and over and then buy 10 coin star. Don't remember much of the other items but not good.
-Dice block only goes to 6. No idea why they would change this but I'm sure it has to do with tiny boards for making this decision.
-Ally characters also impede flow of game. If someone gets one, two, three or even four, (don't know how many you can get) they are able to lap the entire board it makes no sense. Now had they done it where you get an ally and can use their special dice ability, that would have been fine as that idea is the only decent new addition to the game. But it doesn't work that way they roll extra dice on the turn allowing for more travel on the tiny maps with broken economy.
-Online support was a joke. This made it sound like, and I'm sure most people agree, that online meant you could play the maps online with others. Not the case of-course. You're allowed to compete in FIVE mini games online to see who wins.
- And my least favorite I saved for last, motion controls & Joy Con. This is the worst aspect in that you cannot use the pro controller or even two joy cons. You have to use one joy con but it gets worse...there's motion control. I hated that about the Wii (least favorite NINTENDO console ever) but now you have to give high fives and other motion BS. Don't get me started on the motion control specific modes I'm sure as F*** not getting up pretending I'm in a marching band.
And there you have it for reasons that ruin the game. But why 4 /10? Well, realistically I'm sure some kids and people out there will enjoy so even though I overall don't like it, I can see where some may enjoy it. Especially kids who never played originals. As an adult who grew up on the originals and probably too old for my age to be playing Mario party (F*** it) there's bound to be some young kids or dumb adults who will enjoy it. I, however, would not recommend this Mario Party.
Super Mario Party attempts to bring Mario Party back to it roots; or at least that is what NdCube tried to do. If anything, Super Mario Party is more like Diet Mario Party, it has a plethora of issues that you can look up on your own, or you'll immediately notice if you're a veteran Mario Party fan.
If you're looking to buy Super Mario Party, I wouldn't recommend it, and instead purchase the upcoming (as of writing this review) Mario Party Superstars, that'll ACTUALLY bring the game back to its roots.
TLDR; Super Mario Party is bad.
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