Generally favorable reviews - based on 84 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
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  1. Nov 1, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a perfect collection of fun and addictive mini-games.
  2. NF Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    This is a wonderful sequel/soft reboot for this series, and it's quickly become the new family favorite here. [Issue #36 – November/December 2018, p. 77]
  3. Oct 8, 2018
    Super Mario Party manages to perfectly blend nostalgia with brand new gameplay, and no party’s going to be complete without it.
  4. Oct 3, 2018
    The series has found its encore, and it's ready to keep dancing deep into the night. Super Mario Party is the essential Nintendo Switch release, a true return to form for a franchise that was at risk of going stale.
  5. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is the rebirth of a franchise that, after a great audiovisual work and very successful mechanics, will provide a lot of hours of fun to all players.
  6. Oct 3, 2018
    After the misstep that was Mario Party 10, Nintendo has gone back to basics with Super Mario Party. The competitive boards and minigames are back, along with a few welcome gameplay twists that make this party game feel like a fresh start for the series. From two-console minigames to the Joy-Con motion controls, the new Switch features elevate the entire experience, making Super Mario Partythe best in the series so far.
  7. Oct 3, 2018
    It's all about the fun factor, which is higher than ever in Super Mario Party.
  8. Oct 3, 2018
    ND Cube takes a step back to return to the essence of the Mario Party saga with a delivery in which the strategy is again important, there are more game modes than ever and the mini-games are still fun. In addition, the benefits of Nintendo Switch are exploited in unique ways and risk for the first time with an online mode.
  9. CD-Action
    Feb 13, 2019
    Both players and critics agreed that in the last couple of years Mario Party’s quality has been dropping. Nintendo decided to go for broke this time and I hope slapping “Super” in front of the title heralds the restart of the franchise, because SMP finally delivers what we expected. [12/2018, p.51]
  10. Oct 3, 2018
    A good number of game modes, replayability value and tons of fun. Super Mario Party is, in fact, a super party for Nintendo Switch.
  11. 85
    Mario Party has seen its fair share of good and bad over the years, but Super Mario Party swings the pendulum back in the right direction. The return of the classic style is a welcome one, and the plethora of different minigames hit the mark more often than not. It would have been nice to see another board or two, but the assortment of other fully-fledged modes helps to mitigate that feeling.
  12. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a game that ensures fun with the huge number of available modes. The variety of minigames and characters and its good graphics and sounds make it a highly recommended game, especially to play with friends on the couch.
  13. Oct 3, 2018
    With impressive aesthetics and delightful character animations, Nd Cube has finally found its rhythm with Super Mario Party. Although the game isn’t without its issues, these are few and far between, making the eleventh instalment one of the best it has been in years.
  14. Oct 3, 2018
    This is a Mario Party that more than deserves that ‘Super’ prefix that’s been coming for so long, and that’s rather amazing.
  15. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a great debut of the party genre franchise on Nintendo Switch. Joy-Con control gets the most out of the console's capabilities while having a perennial smile in almost all of its 80 minigames. Super funny.
  16. Oct 7, 2018
    When it comes to multiplayer fun, you can't do much better than Super Mario Party. The variety of modes and mini-games is so phenomenal that you'll gladly boot it up whenever you have friends or family over. That is, until Super Mario Party 2 releases.
  17. Oct 23, 2018
    It’s just shy of being the full package but it’s also exactly the shot in the arm this series needed and couldn’t have come at a better time than being on the Switch. I mean what’s more fitting for a console with built-in local multiplayer than “the” party game? Okay maybe Smash Bros, but that’s more apples and oranges. So if you’ve been waiting for Super Mario Party then it looks good to jump in, the water’s fine!
  18. 83
    Super Mario Party is a good step forward for the series after the previous pale chapters. With this first episode for Switch, Nintendo wanted to look back to the past, especially in the first few games of the series, to bring out the simplicity and immediacy of the original gameplay. The operation has succeeded and is exalted by the peculiar characteristics of the console.
  19. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is an exceptional, fun and long-lived party game: it's impossible to resist in the company of friends and family on Nintendo Switch.
  20. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party’s new modes offer a welcome break from what some might consider the main attraction: the board game. They’re faster, and they focus on two of the Nintendo Switch’s strengths that make it such a special console in the first place — good Joy-Con motion controls and fun co-op play. For me, it makes this Super Mario Party the best in franchise history, even if I don’t care for the staid board game.
  21. Mar 6, 2019
    Super Mario Party goes back to its roots and delivers just like it should. The vast number of different modes, really prevents any to shine the brightest, but the entire game is a small step back that greatly leaps forward. It makes us only more excited for the next entry. Something we haven't felt with the Mario Party series in ages...
  22. Oct 15, 2018
    Super Mario Party is the game of the series that you should not skip because it recovers everything that has made this intellectual property fun and adds many things that are worth trying, also the hours of fun will be many and with the end parties Year in sight is a game to put in the Christmas dinner with family or friends.
  23. Oct 12, 2018
    Super Mario Party is still a game about backstabbing your friends and rubbing it in when you get a star right in front of their noses.
  24. Oct 11, 2018
    While not the best one in the series, Super Mario Party is one of the best Mario Party games of the past few years with great mini-games and extra modes to its name.
  25. Oct 11, 2018
    Super Mario Party‘s expansive pallet of different game types opened my eyes to the the benefits of spicing up the traditional formula.
  26. Oct 10, 2018
    Super Mario Party is the Mario Party title we've all been waiting for, offering a fun and exciting experience for all the family. Although you may lose a few friends playing it, and the control scheme and online offerings leave much to be desired, there is plenty of content on offer and endless hours of fun to be had. Be sure to give all of the new modes a try, and explore all that the interactive plaza has to offer. Just don't spend all your coins at once, or you could be all out of luck..!
  27. Making brilliant use of the Switch console's various gimmicks while also finding several ingenious ways for four players to compete and co-operate in dozens of mini-games, Super Mario Party is the best this series has been in years.
  28. Oct 9, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a welcome comeback for the series that seemingly plays it safe with its modes, but still manages to be fun. The best way to sum it up what exactly is missing would be a lack of focus, as it feels a little bit like the teams were scattered and didn’t get together to discuss how to make each mode a little more in-depth. It still itches that party-game urge that Mario Party fans have been looking for and will continue to be wonderful to play for a good while to come.
  29. Oct 8, 2018
    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.
  30. Oct 5, 2018
    Super Mario Party actually does almost everything I had hoped for. More playable characters, finally again a classic board game mode, successful mini-game selection and last but not least two in my opinion successful co-op modes, which at least for some new paint in this but come a bit old game principle.
  31. Oct 3, 2018
    A good party game that takes advantage of the console and its control system.
  32. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a joyous bounty of content picked out in lurid colours that comes together as a great way to play games with friends after a couple of drinks, or with younger relatives...However, it really only works as a multiplayer title with friends sat around in the same physical space. Strip that away, and you’re just shaking a Joy-Con in a room, alone.
  33. Oct 3, 2018
    Despite some less interesting mini-games, Super Mario Party is a cool new addition to the series, thanks to its good use of the Joycon unique properties.
  34. 80
    Sitting squarely on the "fun for the whole family," end of Nintendo's spectrum, Super Mario Party is a joy. It's colourful, cheerful, and good-spirited, and backs that up with excellent board and minigame design. After a few iterations that were too experimental for their own good, Mario Party is back in form, and that has made me really happy.
  35. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a fantastic entry in the series, one that uses the unique attributes of the Switch wonderfully. The modes on offer are plentiful and varied and all a lot of fun. If you have been hoping for a good family game, then this is it.
  36. 80
    A consistently great game. Despite luck-driven boards, some subpar minigames, and technical limitations, Super Mario Party is enjoyable at its core.
  37. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party manages to get the series back on track in a big way, it’s selection of modes engaging, mini-games exciting and overall sense of fun high. While not every idea is a winner, it nails what fans have been after for many years while also injecting a few new twists of its own.
  38. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party retains the whimsical and hilarious nature of its predecessors while greatly expanding on its mini-games and their complexity. It’s a joyous time with a bunch of friends or family, even if you can’t actually get any better at playing due to its heavily randomised mechanics.
  39. Oct 3, 2018
    Mario Party finds its way with a very good entry, full of good ideas and modes, and ready to test even the strongest friendships.
  40. 80
    While the most stubborn and curmudgeonly of gamers will find time to complain about an overemphasis on luck over skill, Super Mario Party and its bevy of mini-games are sure to please casual gamers and series fans alike.
  41. Oct 3, 2018
    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.
  42. 80
    The best Mario Party in a very long time, and while it’s shallow and silly it’s also one of the few times casual and core gamers can compete in perfect (dis)harmony.
  43. Oct 3, 2018
    This isn’t a cash-grab with Mario's face on the front; this is a well-constructed and beautifully realised Mario Party game which takes the series right back to its roots, but without being a straightforward rehash. There are a few interesting ideas that feel a little bit underdeveloped, but on the whole Super Mario Party is a true return to form.
  44. Oct 10, 2018
    Super Mario Party has an awesome way of going back to the essence of the franchise. The gameplay might be a bit too shallow, the new modes and sharp graphics are epic enough to even impress hardcore players.
  45. Oct 9, 2018
    Super Mario Party is the game that Nintendo fans have been waiting for. It has 80 fun mini games that can be enjoyed in an assortment of game modes. Sadly, it has a couple of shortcomings ―like a small selection of games and a poor online component― that hinder the experience.
  46. Oct 6, 2018
    Super Mario Party has a huge collection of super fun minigames, but the principal tabletop mode could be better.
  47. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    Complex and unpredictable board game, numerous mini-games and being able to play as your favorite character – those are the three pillars of Mario Party’s success. Neither of these elements was polished to perfection over the years, but together they offer a very enjoyable experience. [Issue#234, p.72]
  48. Oct 3, 2018
    A more than satisfying Mario Party.
  49. Nov 8, 2018
    Super Mario Party manages to return to the roots of the series while sprinkling in some new features and a wealth of diverse content that all but guarantees there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Minigames are usually simple and easy to grasp, while still being enduring.
  50. Oct 13, 2018
    Super Mario Party elevates the franchise to a new platform and gives you plenty of things to do with friends. The randomness is still a bit more frustrating than it should be, but the high points make up for the occasional frustrations.
  51. Oct 9, 2018
    Super Mario Party may not do everything perfectly, but it's easily some of the most fun I've had the Switch since launch. The boards are a bit dull but the overwhelming amount of great new minigames makes up for any short-falls with aplomb.
  52. Oct 7, 2018
    Super Mario Party feels like a game tailored for the Switch with so many types of gameplay, fully using all of the console's possibilities. A must-have for families looking to have a good time around a table during the holiday season.
  53. Oct 5, 2018
    Super Mario Party could be the best game in the series. It perfectly utilizes the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch, providing a fresh and innovative iteration of what a party game should be. However, with the Switch’s Handheld Mode being deactivated and with a control system that rejects all other control input methods other than the Joy-con, it might not be enough to shine the way it should and win over the series’ veteran players.
  54. Oct 3, 2018
    If you've been eager to get more parties pumping with your Nintendo Switch, then Super Mario Party might be the game to make that happen. Though it could also make your friends throttle one another. Either way, good times are had, and memories are formed and shared. Poetry in motion.
  55. The modes and minigames are quite good, but I think the need to use Joy-Cons rather than traditional controllers could prove a little frustrating for people who only have two Joy-Cons and prefer using a bigger gamepad.
  56. Oct 3, 2018
    By ditching previous entries' clumsy attempts at innovation, Super Mario Party reminds us how fun it can be to crowd around a TV and roll dice with the Mushroom Kingdom crew.
  57. Oct 3, 2018
    I have a lot of quibbles with Super Mario Party that could have drowned it, but the extras pull it up above water.
  58. Oct 3, 2018
    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.
  59. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party delivers the couch multiplayer experience the series is famous for with an awesome new layer of strategy, 80 mostly-great minigames, and the quirky tech of the Switch controllers to keep things feeling fresh. The downside is that with the Switch’s controllers come some annoyances that make getting people settled onto your couch a bit more of a hassle than previous parties, and certain minigames are prone to annoying random upsets.
  60. Oct 3, 2018
    Despite lackluster board design and side modes that can become repetitive, Super Mario Party is a fun group game that showcases a diverse collection of minigames.
  61. Nov 13, 2018
    As someone that hasn’t really been exposed to the series proper, the only expectation I had going in was that it would be a fun couch gaming experience and in that regard, Super Mario Party is a rousing success as I saw nothing but smiles all around during my numerous play sessions with over a dozen different people. However, those smiles were short lived as they soon faded when we realized that there were only four boards to play and the rest of the other modes were simple novelties at best. A shame as this party was one I was glad to be invited to- I just didn’t feel the desire to stick around for too long.
  62. Edge Magazine
    Nov 9, 2018
    With a generous array of modes and some unexpected creative flourishes, this is certainly the best Mario Party since the GameCube era; perhaps even beyond. [Christmas 2018, p.120]
  63. games(TM)
    Nov 1, 2018
    Terrific for getting a super party started. [Issue#206, p.80]
  64. Super Mario Party is a party game, as the name suggests. So you can be bored very quickly when you play alone. In the multi-player part and some mini-games are very fun when you play the first time. Once you've experienced that, they become a little pointless.
  65. Oct 12, 2018
    Super Mario Party’s core Party mode and excellent minigames are the true Super Stars in this package. However, they’re diluted by the extra modes. While some are genuinely creative and engaging, such as the team-based Partner Party and the fully cooperative River Survival, others feel like afterthoughts. Everything included can still be hilarious fun with a good group of friends, but a sharper focus on the classic board game/minigame combo and an increased online presence would have enhanced its longevity. As it is now, Super Mario Party may not be the life of the party, but it’s a solid step in the right direction for this long-running series.
  66. Oct 10, 2018
    Super Mario Party builds up on the legacy of the now-veteran party game series and adds new and fun game modes, as well as a much requested online component. While it's unquestionable that this is an amusing and enjoyable game in the proper context, all aspirations are not satisfied. The cooperative and single player modes feel too repetitive and the online component is too simplistic. Nevertheless, the Mario Party series remains a flagship of the party game genre.
  67. Oct 5, 2018
    Most of Super Mario Party's varied assortment of 80 minigames are fun, especially if you've got a full group of four players, as the NPCs aren't smart or skilled enough to pose much of a challenge until you unlock Master difficulty. The new Partner Party, River Survival, and Sound Stage modes add enjoyable alternatives to Mario Party mode--which at least returns to its competitive roots.
  68. Oct 5, 2018
    Play it with friends, play it with family, don’t take it too seriously and for the love of God don’t play it alone. Stick with that ruleset, and Super Mario Party might just be the party game you’ve been waiting.
  69. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is what you'd expect from the series - short bursts of fun that everyone can enjoy .
  70. Oct 3, 2018
    While the classic campaign only revamps the old, individualistic, yet outrageously randomised formula by developing few recent additions, Super Mario Party displays a more strategic approach through special dice dedicated to each character and cooperative modes. This episode also features diverse wonderful mini games that cleverly use the ergonomic particularities of the Nintendo Switch, with a solid competitive dimension even extended online, but the whole program lacks sufficient content to be really worthy of such superlative a title.
  71. 70
    Super Mario Party has successfully stripped back a lot of the bloat that the last few iterations had introduced to return it back to the simple, fun and classic game that it was intended to be. At the same time, the game cleverly uses a number of key Nintendo Switch features making it a must own for Nintendo Switch owners that are longing for a game to play with friends and family.
  72. Oct 3, 2018
    So that’s why we went back to 1-2-Switch. Super Mario Party has far more mini-games – and ones of higher quality, too – but it’s too time-consuming and tedious to get into them.
  73. Games Master UK
    Nov 1, 2018
    The additions and breadth of ways to play earn that "Super" prefix, but the games are still the star. [Issue#336, p.80]
  74. Oct 21, 2018
    Even with the sheer amount of content and the decent visuals, Super Mario Party fails to impress, mainly because of the mediocre minigames and the minuscule online-mode.
  75. Oct 16, 2018
    Super Mario Party is some of the most fun to be had with a local multiplayer game on the Switch. Unfortunately that is compromised by a deluge of limited modes and design decisions that pull the whole package down. Based the fun factor alone, Super Mario Party justifies its price tag for anyone looking for a new game to play with friends. However, Super Mario Party's fun factor well exceeds the title's fundamental design principles--so tempering one's expectations is a must.
  76. Oct 7, 2018
    Super Mario Party is a unique game for the Switch. It could've been the best game in the whole series, but the simplified boards and the friendliness nature of the game lessened the tension between players that made Mario Party very memorable in the first place.
  77. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party features a large character selection, beautiful visuals, fun minigames, fresh new modes, and that fun, party-style gameplay - all of which is great. But I constantly found myself wanting... more. Maybe it's because I see what Nintendo is doing with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - with its massive roster, absurd number of levels, and so much more and I wish Nintendo would put that kind of effort into a Mario Party game. If you have three friends that are Mario Party fanatics - than there might be just enough here to satisfy the Mario Party craving for a while. Otherwise, it's really hard to recommend Super Mario Party - especially if you don't have anyone to play with, the stupid AI will just drive you insane.
  78. Oct 10, 2018
    There’s no doubt that Super Mario Party is at its best with a couchful of friends, but even 2v2 matches in which you have to play with the computer AI are passably done.
  79. Oct 9, 2018
    This isn’t the most expansive or intense game you can play on the Switch, but brings great local multiplayer features and enough innovative mechanics to justify the price of admission.
  80. Oct 9, 2018
    There is plenty of fun to be had with Super Mario Party, if the circumstances are right. With four friends and the right mindset you will have hours of fun in front of you. Although if you prefer a fair game, can’t gather enough players, or want to play online the enjoyment falls significantly. In the end Super Mario Party might actually be the highlight of the series so far, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
  81. Oct 3, 2018
    The minigames of Super Mario Party are great, taking advantage of the Switch hardware in unique and creative ways. It's the dialed back board game and its lackluster extra modes that let the whole package down though. While it's still bound to be a great party game to break out when friends visit, it lacks the drama of the best in the series.
  82. Oct 3, 2018
    Super Mario Party is just a very safe game. It brings back the classic Mario Party board game form, marrying it with some of the better ideas from Mario Party: Star Rush, but it's light on the number of boards to play, lacks depth in other game modes, and misses opportunities for solo handheld and online multiplayer. It's Mario Party, but it's not particularly super.
  83. Oct 3, 2018
    It’s the game that tries too hard to please everyone, but at the end of the night, the party leaves things a bit flat.
  84. Oct 11, 2018
    It still suffers from the same problems that have plagued the series for years, and the online mode is disappointing, to put it mildly.
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  1. Oct 5, 2018
    Super Mario Party gets an enjoyable reinvention for the Switch, though it introduces as many problems as it fixes.
  2. Oct 3, 2018
    Despite a few minor hiccups, Super Mario Party offers precisely what I wanted: a refreshed, ridiculous and majorly replayable virtual board game that won’t totally end my friendships, but might put a few at risk. It’s saturated with small (and large) touches that give the game character, but respectfully relies and improves on classic mechanics.
  3. Oct 3, 2018
    On a console that feels like it’s starting to overflow with third-party releases, Super Mario Party is an essential party game to win over family and friends during the upcoming holiday season. This Mario Party goes back to what makes the series so captivating, and it feels like I’ve rediscovered why I enjoyed the first title almost 20 years ago.
  4. Oct 5, 2018
    Super Mario Party isn’t a groundbreaking entry in the series, but it is fun. It offers the sort of party experience that other mini-game-driven Switch titles, like launch title 1-2 Switch, can’t match.
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    In a largely non-narrative francise with so many entries, some redundancy is inevitable, but Super Mario Party” does iterate on the formula in some novel ways and, more importantly, offers imaginative options outside of its usual every-player-for-themselves Parcheesi with plumbers.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 367 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 367
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    Nice game, so many modes, and so much fun minigames. I want to see more stages to play in the party mode.
  2. Oct 5, 2018
    It's not perfect, but I've owned and played all the console Mario Partys - and this is the best one. It really is the most accessible, and theIt's not perfect, but I've owned and played all the console Mario Partys - and this is the best one. It really is the most accessible, and the graphics are gorgeous. Mini Games are mostly great, some stellar ones, some that are a little meh, but always lots of laughs in the room for each.

    By the way, my 9 score is as a 4-player game. As a solo 1 player game, it's probably a 6 or 7.
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  3. Oct 5, 2018
    Super Mario Party is fun, but it leaves me a little bit conflicted.

    On one hand, the classic gameplay that hasn't really been seen since
    Super Mario Party is fun, but it leaves me a little bit conflicted.

    On one hand, the classic gameplay that hasn't really been seen since Mario Party DS is finally back. In the main "Mario Party" mode, you go around boards individually collecting Stars. I (and many others from what I can tell) prefer this style of gameplay to the 'all moving in a vehicle' from Mario Parties 9 and 10. The other modes are nice additions too, and really take advantage of the Switch's versatility.

    However, on the other hand, you're forced to use a single Joy-Con controller for each player. If you want to play Super Mario Party in handheld mode, with a Pro Controller, or with two Joy-Con via the Joy-Con Grip, you're out of luck. Since I find holding single Joy-Con awkward, this was a let-down for me, despite the many ways the controller is used (it's too small to play with comfortably in my opinion).

    Still, control issues/limitations aside, Super Mario Party is a welcome return to form. It seems that fewer (if any) minigames this time are luck-based, which is a plus for me (I prefer games to be more skill-oriented).

    Would be a great game to play with friends, if they don't mind the arguably awkward controls.
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